The powerplant could produce “well over the 700HP mark”, all while “breathing through a straw”.
Take it for what it’s worth, but we perceive that as a hint towards Forced Induction (low boost from the factory? We are also hearing that Ford is working ‘very hard’ on Direct-Injection for this new powerplant.
Could we see Ford’s first production 5.0 Eco Boost make it’s debut in the 2018 GT500? And it’s no secret that Ford has been testing a 5.0 Twin Turbo development mule as recently as a few months ago: Regardless, we expect this new beast to depart from the highly-discussed Flat Plane Crank 5.2L GT350 motor.
Traditionally, the GT350 (and GT350R) has always been aimed towards track use, while the GT500 is more of an earth-rotating, straight line, freeway runner.
A nice place to start would be the Dao-Dao Islands some seven to ten minutes away from the seaport, when riding a motorboat.