The new Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful road-legal production Ford yet, says the car maker
Steve Cropley Autocar
16 January 2018

Ford has capped an action-packed Detroit Show by revealing an all-new, super performance Mustang Shelby GT500, reviving a model it stopped selling in 2015 and greatly enhancing the performance of the outgoing car. 

The new Shelby edition, revealed in a cryptic video (below) at the end of the second show preview day, is claimed to have around 700bhp, and to be the most powerful street legal Mustang ever offered. It is more than twice as powerful as the first-ever V8 performance model of 1967.

The video shows the car with wide longitudinal body stripes, and with two lights set centrally into the grille.

Ford is believed likely to build a limited run of GT500s, and to put the build in the hands of a specialist company, but the company won’t specify the size of the batch.

Sales are due to begin in 2019, but the car is unlikely to be sold in the UK. The recently launched (but slower) high performance model, the GT350, didn’t cross the Atlantic either. However, the GT500 looks a strong candidate to appear on US racetracks, like so many of its Shelby predecessors. 

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16 January 2018

If they spent a small bit of the design budget on making the interior a# good as Audi for instance, buyers wouldn’t mind paying a few thousand more because this Shelby version ain’t going to be exactly Focus RS money...!!

Peter Cavellini.

16 January 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

If they spent a small bit of the design budget on making the interior a# good as Audi for instance, buyers wouldn’t mind paying a few thousand more because this Shelby version ain’t going to be exactly Focus RS money...!!

 

questionable supposition

currently, and for a long time, Mustangs are bought for other qualities than "Audi" interior

This applies especially for GT500 which is a pure Shelby-500+hp V8-diehard car.

No manual - no fun

16 January 2018
NoPasaran wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

If they spent a small bit of the design budget on making the interior a# good as Audi for instance, buyers wouldn’t mind paying a few thousand more because this Shelby version ain’t going to be exactly Focus RS money...!!

Yeah, but I was on about the interior, I saw a walk around on AutoExpress YouTube and they weren’t allowed I guess to show the interior, same goes on Jay Leno’s web page, so, if even Jay Leno can’t let you see the interior......?

 

questionable supposition

currently, and for a long time, Mustangs are bought for other qualities than "Audi" interior

This applies especially for GT500 which is a pure Shelby-500+hp V8-diehard car.

Peter Cavellini.

16 January 2018
Hopefully the production model runs to 800+. Ford is a leader, not a follower.

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