Oakville, Ontario – Ford has announced that it will offer a Shelby GT500KR for 2009, building on the concept unveiled at the 2007 New York International Auto Show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Shelby Cob ra GT500KR.
The 2009 version will build on the Shelby GT500 with an additional 40 horsepower, making it the most powerful production Mustang that Ford has produced. It will be produced in an exclusive run of 1,000 vehicles, to be sold in Canada and the U.S.
The model features a Ford SVT-engineered 5.4-litre supercharged V8 with Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack, which boosts horsepower to an estimate 540, and torque to 510 lb-ft, thanks to revised ignition and throttle calibration, and a cold air intake system in place of the stock unit. The engine is mated to a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission and 3.73:1 rear axle ratio, upgraded from the standard GT500’s 3.31:1. A new Ford Racing short-throw shifter with white ball makes its debut on the KR, with shifts that are 25 per cent shorter than those of the GT500.
Other features include unique spring rates, dampers, stabilizer bars and strut tower brace, all designed specifically for the KR.