2010 Ford Shelby GT500. Click image to enlarge
2010 Ford Shelby GT500
Dearborn, Michigan – Ford has announced the 2010 Shelby GT500, which it said will deliver the most power and refinement ever for a Ford SVT-tuned performance Mustang. The new model will go on sale in the spring as a coupe and convertible.
“The 2010 Shelby GT500 demonstrates Ford’s continuing commitment to high-performance vehicles,” said Derrick Kuzak, vice president of global product development. “In addition to the numerous performance and refinement improvements inside and out, the 2010 Shelby GT500 is an estimated two miles per gallon more fuel efficient on the highway.”
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team used the 40th anniversary edition Shelby GT500KR “King of the Road” Mustangs as a performance starting point, while the design team used styling cues from the original Shelby Cobras of the 1960s. The 2010 Shelby GT500 uses a supercharged and intercooled 5.4-litre V8 engine with six-speed manual transmission, and is expected to produce 540 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, with a redline of 6,250 rpm. A cold-air intake feeds directly into the air box and necessitated moving the Cobra snake badge to the other side of the grille for maximum airflow.
Standard equipment includes electronic stability control that can be put into “sport” mode or turned off completely, side impact airbags, and 18- or 19-inch wheels. Racing stripes will be available and and are carried through on the leather and Alcantara seats. Other standard or available features include Sync, driver-selectable ambient lighting colours, and navigation system.