Pundits and analysts have been declaiming the end of the horsepower wars, the death of the muscle car, the arrival of pure electric power, and other such tragedy for years now. Ford thinks its nonsense.

Or at least Ford thinks such things as efficiency, emissions, and utility need to occasional counterbalance--or that's what we read into the report from Mustangs Daily that the Shelby GT500 Mustang will carry forward into the next generation of the car, due as a 2014 model sometime next year.

While the Mustang line itself has gotten rather efficient, scoring up to 30 mpg highway in certain configurations, the GT500 has always been about efficiently turning gasoline into horsepower, not miles traveled. Even the next-gen GT500 is likely to get a dose of the green hose, to be sure, but it will still be here, as an ultra-high-performance version of the latest iteration of America's pony car.

The news comes by way of Shelby American president John Luft, from the floor of the New York Auto Show. Luft told Mustangs Daily that the company's relationship with Ford would continue through 2015 and beyond thanks to a recent contract extension.

That's great news for muscle car fans--even Chevy fans--as it will mean the competition will continue. The question will just be where it will lead.