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. 

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