Ford Shelby GT500 Origins
The first Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang was introduced in 1967 and was the big and bad-boy muscle car on the block. As the years went bey, the GT500 slowly became a trim modification rather than a racing option for the typical speed-addicted muscle car owner.
While it did still have its speed, the first GT500 line was discontinued in 1970. The GT500 second generation was reintroduced in 2007. The new GT500 models are the performance monsters of the Ford line. About the Ford Shelby GT500
The early GT500s were known for their high speeds and thrilling designs. While the GT500 was built on the Mustang frame and looked like a Mustang, some small cosmetic changes. The engine under the hood also made it different from the others. Additionally, the Shelby high-performance parts made the GT500 one of the fastest vehicles on the road.
The new GT500s continue the tradition of the first generation by offering stylish bodies with high performance engines. Ford Shelby GT500 Features
The 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 is one of the fastest vehicles available at a reasonable price.
Under the hood is a massive 5.4-liter Supercharged, four-valve V-8 engine. Although big, it doesn’t weigh as much as its predecessors; the body is made of aluminum, which makes it a staggering 102 pounds lighter. This means extra performance with less weight to haul.
The 5.4-liter engine is rated at 550 horsepower with 510 lb-ft of Torque. Although you’d expect the vehicle to be a terrible gas-guzzler as well, the 2012 model gets better fuel economy, running 15/23 mpg city/highway.
Inside the vehicle is cushy trim, while the dual-zone climate control and covered cup holders keeps the driver’s body acclimated to the open road. Voice-activated navigation keeps them from getting lost. Universal garage door opener, message center, floor mats with Shelby stitching, bright clutch pedals, and other amenities make for a luxurious interior.
Entertainment includes Shaker 500 audio equipment standard, with the 100 bass systems as an optional feature. Sirius Satellite radio as well as an audio input jack is also standard.
Leather bucket seats come standard, but Recaro sport seats are also available as an option.
On the outside the GT500 is dressed to impress. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, fog lamps, and integrated turning lamps keep everything illuminated. A glass roof is optional for those brave or flashy Mustang owners who want the sun shining in without the convertible top. But if a convertible is more suitable, it’s also offered as an option.
Keeping the car on the road are selectable electronic power assist steering options, Brembo front and back calipers, and 19-inch premium painted forged aluminum wheels.
The car also has safety features galore: dual front and side airbags, tire pressure monitor system, lower anchor and tether anchors for the kids, Advance Trac with Electronic Stability Control, and an SOS post-crash alert system. Ford Shelby GT500 Evolution
The Ford Shelby Mustang has a long and glorious history.
The first generation GT500 sold in 1967 under the Shelby Cobra name. These were highly desirable vehicles. In 1969, the Cobra name was dropped and the GT500 received a facelift and a longer body. Ford took over much of the design responsibilities of the vehicle. A 1971 and 1972 Shelby GT500 was produced, but it was under a different name, called the Europa. It was only sold abroad.
Ford shelved the Shelby GT500 until 2007, when they reintroduced it at the New York International Auto Show. It had a 5.4-liter engine that produced 500 horsepower. Only 10,000 units were made for the next three years. The 2008 and 2009 models received a 540 horsepower 5.4-liter with a cold air intake and other power tweaks.
A GT500KR was also produced that had a carbon fiber hood, which lowered the weight of the vehicle and increased speed.
A very special limited edition Super Snake was available to those who purchased a 2007 GT500. The standard model could be shipped to Las Vegas for body tweaks and a new paint job. Also, an engine upgrade on the Super Snake produced 800 horsepower.
If a driver is in the market for a top-of-the-line sports car, the GT500 has the performance and luxury they can expect from the Ford Mustang line and Shelly parts.