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2017 Ford Mustang SVT Caught Attacking the Nurburgring
Another 2017 Ford Mustang SVT prototype has been spotted - this time lapping the Nürburgring. Where the last prototype we spotted was covered with loose fitting camouflage on the front and rear clips, the latest mule features skin-tight camo revealing more of the high-performance model’s figure.
Up front, the Ford Mustang SVT has a more aggressive front grille is deeper with what appears to be a deeper open center section flanked by aggressive vertical dividers. The lower front air dam is also more aggressive, while the lower fascia’s center opening is framed by outward facing sides rather than the inward facing sides of the already revealed base Mustang and GT. A power bulge hood may feature a large heat extractor vent. The side rocker panels are also more pronounced as is the lower rear fascia’s aggressive lower splitter, while the trunk lid is capped by a subtle lip spoiler.
The Ford Mustang SVT prototype also features a big brake package with cross-drilled rotors and large calipers stuffed behind deep dish wheel wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. An earlier prototype sported Pirelli tires.
Many details about the new Ford Mustang SVT are still unknown including its official name. Some rumored names include Mustang SVT, Shelby GT350, and Shelby GT5000. Cobra is another possibility. There has also been conflicting reports about what engine the high-performance Mustang will have. Rumors have suggested a more powerful version of the last Shelby GT500’s supercharged 5.8-liter Trinity V-8, a forced induction (supercharged or EcoBoost) 5.0-liter Coyote V-8, or a 5.2-liter Coyote V-8 with a flat-plane crank.
It wouldn’t be unprecedented for Ford to make more than one high-performance variant of the Mustang. There have been three generations (1993,1995, 2000) of the track-focused Cobra R model above the standard Cobra SVT as well as the 2003-2004 Mustang Mach 1 that slotted between the Mustang GT and Cobra SVT as well as the 2012-2013 Mustang Boss 302 and Boss 302 Laguna Seca that slotted between the Mustang GT and Shelby GT500.
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