Shelby Mustang: What Is a Predator?

When Carroll Shelby first got his hands on the Ford Mustang, he turned it into a performance-oriented take on an everyday car. The result of his team’s efforts was the legendary GT350, which used a modified version of the Ford 289 cubic inch V8. Since then, Shelby American has had an impressive tenure turning Ford Mustangs into some of the baddest muscle cars in the world. The latest Shelby Mustangs are the most powerful yet, but how did they get there? Ford and Shelby built the Predator engine to put the newest GT500s over the top.

What is the Ford Predator engine?

Ford Predator engine | ford

The Predator is a range-topping supercharged 5.2L V8 engine featured in the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500s. With names like the Coyote and Voodoo, the Mustang was already packing some sinister engine names. However, engineers needed a seriously cool moniker for the rebirth of the top-of-the-line Shelby. Enter the Predator.

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