With the introduction of the new 2024 Mustang, Ford expects substantially fewer sales for the 2023 model. In preparation for the launch of the new Mustang in the summer of 2023, it is thereby reducing the number of variants, trims, and features. As a result, neither a 2023 Shelby GT500 Mustang nor a 2024 version will be made. So, will it return, and when, if so?
Why would Ford cut the 2023 Mustang Shelby GT500 production?
Offering as many variants as possible would seem to assist preserve sales given that Mustang sales have been down over the past few years. But that is not conceivable given the circumstances. Jim Owens, the brand manager for the Mustang, stated as much to Muscle Cars & Trucks.
Demand exists, supply does not, and we are attempting to fill that gap. Referring to Flat Rock assembly, “We were down nine weeks this year, thirteen weeks last year.” Obviously, he is making some reference to the current supply problems with microchips. The fact that the Mustang 2023 model year will be cut short in favor of the S650 is another reason to get rid of the Shelby GT500. However, there is still another explanation.
Why can’t Ford make more Predator engines for the Shelby GT500?
The 5.2-liter Predator mod-motor, which has 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, powers the Shelby GT500. The Raptor-R F-150 has the exact same engine. Ford probably prefers to use the engine it produces in the Raptor that is manufactured with 37-inch tires. Recently, it was revealed that these hyper-Raptors will switch from the EcoBoost V6 to the Predator engine.
The EcoBoost Coastal Edition will no longer be offered for the 2023 Mustang. One of Ford’s classic color selections, Brittany Blue, is also being discontinued. Additionally, it will continue to sell the Mach 1 model until 2023, although it won’t be offered during the winter. That’s because the Michelin performance tires, which are a component of the handling package, require warmer conditions to operate effectively.
Can you still order a 2022 Mustang Shelby GT500?
Time is running out if you’ve been wanting a Mustang Shelby GT500. Mustangs from 2022 are still being made. In reality, Flat Rock, the sole Mustang assembly factory, won’t stop making cars until November 23, 2022. For them, orders are still acceptable. Production of the 2022 Mustang was shortened by 10 months.
Order banks for the 2023 Mustang just opened up today, on September 19, 2022. On November 28, production will start after a one-week model switch. It is anticipated that 2023 S550 production would last barely five to six months because 2024 Mustang sales will start this summer.
Due to ongoing plant outages and other reasons, keep in mind that some of these dates may change. That is the situation of global vehicle production at the moment.