Ford Mustang Shelby GT First Drive Review: Here To Win, Not To Play
Carroll Shelby was many things, including a driver, a team manager and a car manufacturer. In fact, he was the only person to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans as all of those things. But, outside of the many titles he held, Shelby was first and foremost a businessman. Many Americans first met him when he introduced himself in a promotional film for Ford: My name is Carroll Shelby and performance is my business.
This mantra and his diehard, competitive nature is what made Shelby, who passed away in at age 89, a household name in American sports cars. He was the father of the classic Cobra roadster and later the Mustangs that bore his name, among many other hot car projects.
That legacy continues to this day. Carroll’s ethos comes through in the latest car to wear the Shelby badge, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT, a Stang that’s all business and here to win.
When it comes to the latest GT, driver enjoyment is secondary. It’s both the fastest production Mustang ever built and the most powerful street legal Ford product ever. By all accounts, this Shelby pushes the current generation Mustang and Ford’s modular V8 to their absolute limits. It’s a showcase of brute strength wrapped in a sophisticated package designed to be the best, despite whomever is behind the wheel. Unsurprisingly, its a blast to drive.
My testing ground du jour for the latest Shelby was New Jersey Motorsports Park’s 2-mile “Lightning course.” On an initial sighting lap, it becomes clear how “big” the GT can go; this turn course is a light snack for this supercharged powerhouse.
At the heart of this snake-bitten Mustang is a liter V8 affixed with a liter Eaton supercharger capable of churning out horsepower and sending pound-feet of torque. Ford calls this special variation of its modular V8 the “Predator” just as the earlier Shelby GTR used an engine called the “Voodoo.” The GT channels all that power through a Tremec-developed 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
It’s at this quasi-controversial junction where Shelby loudly declares the GT’s intentions far louder than any supercharger whine or bark of exhaust. Mustang enthusiasts are doggedly traditional, which is why, barring the disco-era Mustang II and the recent all-electric Mach-E, Ford’s famous pony car hasn’t often deviated far from its core composition in more than 55 years of continuous production.
Throughout that time, a manual gearbox was always an option on the Mustang and in terms of its Shelby variants, the default transmission. Committing to a dual-clutch with an millisecond upshift speaks to Ford’s dedication to putting out the most competitive car possible, even if that means excluding the slowest component—human drivers—to shave precious half-seconds off a lap time.
The Shelby rides on the same independent suspension underpinning the regular Mustangs, though the optional Magneride adaptive dampers are standard. These, along with the electronic-assisted steering, transmission and stability controls are tied into the different dive modes that influence the car’s behavior. Normal mode loosens and softens things up as much as possible while the track modes stiffen everything for performance and opens up throttle response while the gearbox trades smoother shifts for faster ones, while also allowing the driver to dial in as much torque as they need.
Climbing into the GT’s cabin is a familiar affair, as not much differs from the other Mustangs of this current, post generation. With a few flicks of a switch, the Shelby is in track mode, primed and ready to brawl.
Naturally, the Mustang’s “track apps” also make an appearance in the GT They’re performance-oriented programs in an in-dash menu that designed to give Mustang drivers a little computational assistance for track-or-drag strip endeavors. Notably, the GT’s launch control lets drivers dial in the RPMs ahead of a straight-line run so they can pinpoint the ideal amount of power to lay down for perfect—and consistent—launches off the line.
There’s also line lock, with which the Mustang holds itself in place while allowing the rear wheels to spin, ostensibly to prime the rears for a grippy drag strip launch but practically speaking is a dial-a-burnout program for easy rubber-burning smoke displays.
If fitted with the carbon fiber performance package, the GT will be sporting the latest iteration of Ford’s no-compromise carbon fiber wheels. Like the inch wheels on the GTR, these inch barrels weigh around 17 pounds, about half as much as an aluminum set, while still meeting all the same strength and safety requirements.
When on the move, there’s plenty of power underfoot but the dual-clutch in track mode is surprisingly reserved until the gas pedal is finally flattened enough to grab its attention, subtly teasing the driver to not hold back. Indeed, getting up to double digits is an effortless affair and almost leisurely. It would be easy to accidentally get to flashing-blue-and-red-lights speed on an open highway.
The Shelby finally comes into its own at full attack, planting driver and passenger into their seats with the G-forces the supercharged snake is expected to deliver. As much as the V8 gives, the massive brakes are ready to claw back. Ford is very eager to share that the GT can go from 0 to to 0 in under seconds, a metric inspired by Carroll Shelby’s own similar measures of the fearsome Cobra in the s.
It takes a substantial brake system to bring that under control. Compared to the Mustang GT and Mach 1, the brakes are larger and more powerful by just about every metric. It’s appreciated when standing on the pedal for a lunch-slamming halt before a sharp turn, but it makes the lesser corners a breeze to negotiate since there’s less time spent on deceleration.
Hot-footing though turns also rarely puts the Shelby out of sorts. The power is there to have things go literally sideways, but the control is tight enough that most maneuvers are well within the means of the car’s capabilities and it telegraphs its limits well to the driver. On one run, it took a sharp-ish rise in elevation followed by an off-camber right-handing crest for the rears to momentarily un-stick just enough for a quick overcorrect.
In a handful of laps, the Shelby GT performed with enough gusto to convince this writer that it’s got enough juice to back all the chest-thumping noise it makes as well as the impressive numbers it touts on a stat sheet.
Here sits an off-the-shelf performance all-rounder that’s ready for track or drag strip action, and all in with a sub-$k price tag if carefully optioned. Performance is the Shelby GT’s business, and nobody’s ever said such business was boring.
I've been an automotive writer for over 10 years. As a full-time freelance content producer, I’ve got bylines at outlets such as Gear Patrol, Trucks.com, SlashGear, NY Daily News, and many others. I have also spent time as the Car section editor at Digital Trends. In my time covering the automotive industry, I’ve traveled the globe and driven every type of car on the market—on the road, off the road, and on the race track.
Updated: Oct 4,Sours: https://www.forbes.com/wheels/features/ford-mustang-shelby-gt/
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT boasts horses of supercharged-V-8 mayhem, but it also possesses the athleticism of smaller and lighter sports cars. Those accolades make it the most powerful production car Ford has ever built as well as the most immersive Mustang we've ever driven, which is why it's on our Editors' Choice list. At the center of the excitement is the Shelby's supercharged liter V-8, which plays a thrilling soundtrack through its bazooka-like exhaust pipes. A manual transmission isn't available, but the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic operates damn near telepathically. The rear-drive-only coupe also accelerates so tenaciously that it should include a warranty on underwear. The GT feels equally thrilling when running down more exotic metal on a racetrack. Sure, it has terrible fuel economy and costs a lot for a Mustang–especially with the exorbitantly priced Carbon Fiber Track package–but the Shelby GT is a magnificent muscle car and a phenomenal sports car.
What's New for ?
With Ford ending production of the Shelby GT, that leaves the GT as the only Mustang to bear the Cobra snake badge. This year, Ford has added the Carbon Fiber Handling Package to the GT's order sheet; the $10, package includes inch carbon-fiber wheels, adjustable strut-top mounts, and additional aero elements. Three colors join the palette: Grabber Yellow, Antimatter Blue, and Carbonized Gray Metallic.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Shelby GT isn't only the most powerful Mustang—it's also the most expensive. While its maximum performance potential is unlocked with the Carbon Fiber Track Pack (inch carbon-fiber wheels, aerodynamic add-ons, stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and other weight-saving measures), that package costs $18,–roughly 25 percent of its base price. Even without all that hardware, we're still extremely impressed with the GT, so we'd recommend only a few options. The Handling package allows front suspension adjustments and adds improved aero with splitter wickers and a Gurney flap. The available Recaro front seats don't have power adjustments or heated and cooled cushions, but they better match the car's personality and are comfortable and supportive. Likewise, the exposed carbon-fiber instrument panel trim enhances the Shelby's cabin quality.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The most powerful engine ever stuffed into a Ford production car lurks behind the Shelby GT's menacing mug. Aptly called Predator, the motor is a supercharged liter V-8 that summons horsepower and pound-feet of torque. That prodigious power twists the rear wheels through a clairvoyant seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (sorry, the mightiest Mustang isn't offered with a manual transmission). We've tested a GT with its standard summer tires as well as the ultra-sticky rubber offered with the Carbon Fiber Track package, which includes inch carbon-fiber wheels. The latter was part of a comparison test with the hp Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE and hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. While during testing the Shelby's base wheel-and-tire setup actually provided better acceleration (hitting 60 mph in seconds versus ), the upgraded rolling stock contributed to higher cornering grip ( g versus ) and a shorter stop from 70 mph ( feet versus ). Optimized for racetrack duty, the Shelby GT proved that modern muscle cars can post quicker lap times than more exotic machines, such as the Porsche Cayman GT4 and Lamborghini Huracán Evo, at the most recent running of our annual Lightning Lap event. Even when the ultimate Mustang isn't blasting down drag strips or terrorizing six-figure sports cars at the track, it makes daily driving extra exciting with its soil-your-shorts acceleration and surprisingly agile handling, considering its two-ton curb weight. Despite its racy demeanor, the GT's standard adaptive dampers provide a merciful ride quality, too.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Shelby GT's hp V-8 is the antithesis of fuel efficiency. The government estimates that it'll earn a measly 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. That's less than the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger SRT Hellcat; they're EPA-rated at 13/21 mpg city/highway and 13/22 mpg city/highway, respectively. The GT did average 20 mpg on our mph highway fuel-economy test, part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the Shelby GT's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Shelby Mustang's interior is very similar to that of its mainstream counterpart. Although they share a design and have comparable passenger and cargo space, the GT offers options such as carbon-fiber instrument panel trim and more-aggressive, Shelby-specific Recaro front buckets along with a roster of desirable standard features. The latter includes a configurable inch fully digital gauge cluster, dual-zone climate control, leather-trimmed front seats with heated and cooled cushions, and a six-way power driver's seat. Shoppers who prefer a more supportive pair of front buckets, albeit without the aforementioned functions, can opt for leather-trimmed Recaros. The Shelby's standard aluminum dashboard trim can also be swapped for a piece made of exposed carbon fiber. Those looking to save extra weight can delete the rear seats, but that requires the extremely expensive Carbon Fiber Track package.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The infotainment system in the Shelby GT is very similar to what’s found in the regular Mustang: an inch touchscreen that supports Ford's Sync 3 software. Along with steering-wheel control and voice commands, the stereo's volume and tuning functions can be controlled with physical knobs. Thanks, Ford. Desirable standard connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot. A speaker B&O sound system is available for drivers who want to complement the supercharged V-8's thundering soundtrack with beats of their own.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
For more information about the Shelby GT's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Unless you count a powerful braking system and launch control as important driver-assistance technology, the mightiest Mustang offers a very short list of assists. The lone key safety feature is:
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross-traffic alert
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ford's limited and powertrain warranties are the definition of average, but they align with the periods offered by and Dodge and Chevrolet. However, in this group, only the bow-tie brand offers complimentary maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36, miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60, miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
Ford Mustang Shelby GT
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED
$81, (base price: $74,)
supercharged and intercooled DOHC valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
hp @ rpm
lb-ft @ rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): in vented disc/in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S, F: /30R (Y) R: /30R (Y)
Passenger volume: 85 ft3
Trunk volume: 14 ft3
Curb weight: lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: sec
1/4 mile: sec @ mph
Top speed (mfr's claim): mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: ft
Braking, –0 mph: ft
Roadholding, ft-dia skidpad: g
Standing-start accel times omit 1-ft rollout of sec.
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 13 mpg
mph highway driving: 20 mpg
Highway range: miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 14/12/18 mpg
C/D TESTING EXPLAINED
More Features and Specs
There's bad news for Mustang convertible fans because Ford doesn't intend to build a droptop version of the current Shelby GT The info comes from Ford Chief Product Platform Hau Thai-Tang speaking to Muscle Cars & Trucks.
"When we designed the (S platform Mustang) we really looked at the high end and projected what we’ve historically been able to do," he said. "The GT I think we projected for. It’s towards the top end of the capabilities of (S)… one of the things we didn’t do was a convertible variant for that reason. You have to find the bandwidth of the architecture."
That leaves the most powerful droptop Mustang as the GT Convertible. It has a liter V8 offering horsepower ( kilowatts) and pound-feet ( Newton-meters). Buyers can select a six-speed manual or speed automatic. The optional GT Performance Package adds six-piston Brembo front brake calipers, a revised suspension, K-brace, larger radiator, and more. As an extra upgrade, there's the MagneRide damping system.
The previous-gen Mustang Shelby GT was available in a convertible and debuted for the model year. It packed a liter supercharged V8 making hp ( kW) and lb-ft ( Nm). The only gearbox option was a six-speed manual. Ford only made the vehicle until the model yea, and the automaker auctioned the final one to benefit the Brain Injury Association of America.
Ford is currently working on developing the next-gen Mustang. The latest info about it suggests the model goes into production in the fourth quarter of as a model year product. There are persistent rumors of an all-wheel-drive variant being available for the first time. At least one electric motor would power the front wheels, and a V8 would spin the back axle. Then, a fully electric Mustang reportedly arrives in
The Shelby Mustang is a high-performance variant of the Ford Mustang which was built by Shelby American from to , and from to by Ford. Following the introduction of the fifth generation Ford Mustang in , the Shelby nameplate was revived as a new high-performance model, this time designed and built by Ford.
1st generation (–)
– Shelby GT
The – cars were the smallest and lightest of the GT models. These cars are often called "Cobras", which was the Ford-powered AC-based two-seat sports car also produced by Shelby American during the same period. Both models use the Cobra emblem, similar paint scheme, and the optional "Cobra" valve covers on many GTs that were part of a marketing tie-in by Shelby, as well as one of his iconic symbols. All –66 cars had the Windsor cuin (L) HiPo K-Code hp (kW; PS) V8 engine, modified with a large 4-barrel Holley CFMcarburetor to produce bhp (PS; kW) at 6,rpm and lb⋅ft (N⋅m) of torque at 4,rpm. Marketing literature referred to this engine as the "Cobra hi-riser" due to its high-riser intake manifold. Beginning as a stock Mustang with a 4-speed manual transmission and 9" live rear axle, the cars were shipped to Shelby American, where they received the high-riser manifolds, Tri-Y headers, and were given larger Ford Galaxie rear drum brakes with metallic-linings and Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes.
The GT was not built for comfort or ease of driving. There were 34 "GTR" race-spec cars built specifically for competition use under SCCA rules, and the model was the B-Production champion for three straight years. The GT was more comfortable for casual drivers, including rear seats, optional colors, and an optional automatic transmission. This trend for more options and luxuries continued in the following years, with the cars becoming progressively larger, heavier, and more comfortable, while losing much of their competitiveness in the process. The GTs and GTs were largely styling modifications to a stock Mustang. By Carroll Shelby was no longer involved in the Shelby GT program, and the design was done in-house by Ford.
The and GTs were delivered from Ford's San Jose Assembly Plant in body in white form for modification by Carroll Shelby's operation, originally in Venice Beach and later at Los Angeles International Airport. San Jose cars carried an "R" in the Ford VIN denoting that facility. The only year that Shelby Mustangs from the s came from another plant was , where they came from New Jersey, "T" in the VIN, and were modified by A.O. Smith.
All GTs were painted in Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker stripes. Very few GTs were delivered to the dealer with the optional "Le Mans" (or "LeMans") top stripes, which run the length of the entire car. Approximately 28% of the cars built had Le Mans stripes. Dealers often added the stripes, probably at the customer's request. Today, it is difficult to find a GT not so equipped.
Many ERT cars had the battery relocated to the trunk, which was changed mid-year from complaints of fumes, and had over-rider traction bars, relocated A-arms, as well as other modifications. Over-rider traction bars are so named because of their design being on top of the leaf spring as opposed to underneath them. There was only one transmission available, a 4-speed Borg-Warner T10 manual. The exhaust system in the GT was a side-exit dual exhaust with glasspackmufflers. Fourteen cars were equipped with rear exiting exhausts to meet state regulations for sales in certain areas. For this one year, the GT also had special mph (km/h)-rated Goodyear "Blue Dot" tires, named for the prominent blue dot on each sidewall. The GT had a full size spare tire mounted in place of rear seats, making it a 2-seat-only vehicle (to be allowed to race under SCCA regulations as a "sports car"), and rode on either silver-painted steel wheels or special cast-magnesium center "Cragar Shelby" 15" rims with chromed center caps marked with a stylized "CS". Total model year production was units.
For , the GT lost its Mustang tag and was marketed simply as the Shelby GT The new model year also saw the introduction of non-white colors, including blue, red, green, and black. Other changes included special rear quarter-panel windows replacing the factory extractor vents, functional brake scoops on each side, and optional SelectShift 3-speed automatic, as well as an optional Paxton supercharger. The battery was no longer relocated to the trunk for , and the over-rider traction bars were discontinued. The normal factory fold-down rear seat was optional. While early cars had black engine blocks, and later cars had their engines painted the regular factory Ford dark blue. The models came with a dual-exhaust exiting in the rear.
The first GTs for began as Mustang K-Code Fastbacks. These cars were specifically ordered by Shelby American for conversion into GTs. Upon delivery to Shelby-American, the cars were randomly picked for conversion. The Shelby VINs do not correspond in numerical order with Ford VINs. The Ford VINs were shipped in 'blocks,' but many differ significantly because of the order that they were selected for conversion.
Total production for was 1, fastbacks, including two prototypes and four drag cars, and the early production models with Ford Mustang bodies. In order to help Shelby sales, Ford, the major shareholder of Hertz, persuaded the rental car giant to purchase 1, fastbacks, including two prototypes. Four "experimental" GT convertibles were also built for test purposes in anticipation of a /2 convertible offering, bringing total production to 2, units for A small number of the models were fitted from the factory with Paxton superchargers, but not the No-Spin limited slip differential; with an option price of $, the engine was rated at hp (kW).
Shelby GT Hertz models
The deal with the Hertz Corporation to offer ~1, GTs for rental was that, after their rental-car lives were finished, they were returned to Ford, refurbished, and sold to the public as "GTH" models. Most Hertz cars were black with gold LeMans stripes and rocker panel stripes, although a few were white with blue stripes. The first 85 Hertz cars were available with four-speed manual transmissions and Hertz advertised them as "Rent-a-Racer" cars. During rental, these cars were sometimes used as production class cars at SCCA events, and were rumored to have been returned to Hertz with evidence of roll bars being welded in. Ford pushed another models on Hertz with black paint, gold stripes and black interior, as well as automatic transmissions.
When the Hertz cars were returned to Ford to be prepared for sale to the public, the high-performance parts were often "lost" (presumably at the manufacturer) before final sale.
Shelby GT / GT
For , the GT carried over the K-Code high performance with a 'COBRA' aluminum hi-rise. The GT was added to the lineup, equipped with a "Ford Cobra" FE Series cuin (L) V8 engine with two CFM Holley four-barrel carburetors sitting atop a mid-rise aluminum intake manifold.
Documented plans to introduce a convertible mid-production year were shelved due to supply, production and financial problems that happened as soon as the first cars started to arrive at Shelby's Los Angeles facility in September. By October , Ford took control over engineering and purchasing. A.O. Smith was tapped to fix the fiberglass fitment and quality problems. Six months later, in May , the decision was made to terminate the California-based Shelby operation. On August 18, , a small staff, along with the remaining engineering cars, was sent to Ionia. The small staff of the newly formed Shelby Automotive, Inc. had substantially less involvement after this time.
Notable cars for include:
- , the first GT built.
- , the only Shelby GT coupe built ("Little Red'), which was the precursor to the '68 California Special. The original "L'il Red" was rediscovered in a Texas farm field in March 
- , the onlyShelby GT convertible built (in ) Note: cars , and were the first big block Shelby GT cars ordered and built.
- One Fastback was updated to a GT equipped with a FE GT40 racing engine producing hp (kW), and was known as the "Super Snake" The car was capable of speeds over mph (km/h); hitting mph (km/h) during a demonstration (by Shelby himself) of Goodyear's Thunderbolt tires. No cars other than the prototype were built due to limited interest. The car sold at Mecum's Indianapolis auction for $ million.
For , the Cobra name was applied to both models, and they were now marketed as the Shelby Cobra GT and the Shelby Cobra GT . The solid lifter K-code engine was discontinued by Ford so Shelby used the hydraulic lifter hp It produced HP with the high rise intake but was not equipped with Shelby headers in order to make room for power steering. The early GT used the Shelby installed Police Interceptor with a single four barrel carburetor rated at HP.
- Shelby GT fastback
In Shelby American built 26 K-code Mustang Coupes to the FIA’s Group 2 specification. This allowed the cars to race in the SCCA A-Sedan class and the Trans Am series. The Mustang notchback Group II sedan was Shelby American's competition model for The same rule that allowed the GT to compete in SCCA's B Production class - no rear seats - effectively kept the Shelby Mustangs out of the Trans-Am series.
Shelby GT and Cobra GT
The redesign made for a heavier Mustang, along with a longer, fiberglass hood, and new front and rear fascias. The design of the original version was evident, but these styling upgrades gave the car a more aggressive appearance and achieved Carroll Shelby's goal of differentiating his car from the Mustang on which it was based. The separate high-beam headlamps in the grille added more character, while a thin, chrome front bumper sat below a mesh grille with the classic "Shelby GT" logo in place (except for the very early cars). The small hood scoop was there to deliver fresh air to the engine. Shelby also included new, horizontal sequential taillights (sourced from a '67 Cougar in and a '65 Thunderbird in ) and an integrated Kamm-type rear spoiler. Functional rear brake-cooling scoops adorned the rear quarter panels. Ten-spoke, fifteen-inch, cast-aluminum rims were the wheel choice with Goodyear white-lettered radials.
The GT was available with air conditioning and an AM/FM radio. The steering wheel was a wood-rimmed and satin-trimmed design with the classic Shelby logo in the center. Behind this wheel was a very classy-looking set of gauges. A mph speedometer and a whopping 8,rpm tachometer were joined along with a smaller analog clock, fuel level, water temperature, and oil pressure gauges.
The GT came with an iron-block, cubic-inch (liter) V-8 rated at horsepower and lb-foot of torque. For a pushrod design, the GT revved relatively high, with the horsepower peak not in full swing until the 6,rpm redline. was well before modern fuel injection came about, and the car used a single Holley four-barrel carburetor. The true dual-exhaust with H-shaped crossover system came standard with low restriction mufflers and chrome exhaust tips. Power was routed to the ground through a sturdy, four-speed manual transmission with a single, dry-disc clutch. A three-speed automatic was made available as an option. Rear-end ratios were to-1 for the four-speed manual and to-1 for the automatic. Acceleration was impressive, with a 0-to time of around seven seconds and a top speed of miles per hour (km/h). Braking duties were handled by inch discs up front and drums in the rear. Power assist was standard. The front suspension consisted of unequal-length control arms, coil springs, adjustable tube arms, and an anti-sway bar. Out back was a live axle, with multi-leaf, semi-elliptical springs and tube shocks. The steering was a power-assisted recirculating ball design.
In the ci V8 was replaced with a factory V8 using an aluminum Cobra intake manifold and Holley cfm carb. The had less racing parts than the and was rated at hp. A Paxton Supercharger was available that was rated at 33hp at 5,rpm.
Shelby GT and Cobra GT
The Shelby G.T. was the first model built in the Shelby G.T. range. It is based on the Mustang and is equipped with a FE cuin (L) Police-InterceptorV8 engine topped with an aluminum mid-rise intake and 2X4-barrel CFMHolleycarburetors producing bhp (PS; kW) at 5,rpm and lb⋅ft (N⋅m) at rpm of torque. Two thousand forty eight were produced in
Several body parts of the G.T. were made of fiberglass including the front-end, hood, rear tail light panel, deck lid, quarter panel extension, and side scoops.
Beginning in April , Ford began factory installing a version of the engine known as the "Cobra Jet". The GT was subsequently known as The Cobra GT KR. The initials KR stood for "King of the Road." Ford rated the Cobra jet at hp (kW), but with lb⋅ft (N⋅m) of torque at 3,rpm, the horsepower was considered significantly underreported, as it was later found that the engine made hp (kW). Shelby's KR engine was left stock adding die-cast aluminum valve covers with "Cobra Lemans" to note Ford's FE engine family victory over Ferrari at Le Mans in and
The GTs lost their Cobra tag for , and once again were marketed simply as the Shelby GT and Shelby GT The GT and GT for the model year received an extensive face lift, the body alone increasing in length by 4 inches (mm) with some reaching 10 inches (mm). Ford was involved with design and style decisions, with Shelby having little input. The GT was now equipped with a cubic-inch V8. Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford in the summer of
No production of Shelby GT and models was undertaken; however, unsold models were given vehicle identification numbers under FBI supervision. The models had two cosmetic changes, a front chin spoiler and two black hood stripes. The rest of the changes had to do with emissions. The GT had the carburetor modified and marked "ed" (edited) on tag. The distributor in both the GT and GT was changed to a version. A total of were re-VIN'd.
Shelby GT Convertible
Although production of Shelby GTs in the USA had ceased, a total of nine "Shelby Europa" GT and GT Mustangs were produced under license by Belgian dealer Claude Dubois for the European market. Seven Fastbacks (Ford used the term Sportsroof) and two convertibles were produced; of which seven were M-code and one H-code cars. One SCJ J-code Fastback was produced, though its whereabouts today are unknown. Both convertibles and one fastback were modified to GT with HO. Both convertibles are located in Finland. All Shelby Europas were based on Mustang, none on Mustang. Previously it was believed that 14 cars were produced, but the total production number of nine cars was confirmed in by cross-check of Claude Dubois' files and Ford Factory Mustang production data.
2nd generation – (S I)
Shelby, along with Paxton, also designed a new variant based on the V6 Mustang. Modifications include a supercharged motor producing hp (kW), 20" wheels bearing the Shelby name and the Cobra badge on each side and the decklid, a 2" drop in suspension, Baer/Shelby inch front and rear brakes, an aggressive front fascia and a dual exhaust. Shelby also created the CS8, a liter V8 variant of the CS6. The Shelby CS6/8 was not available as a factory release. However, Shelby had made the CS6/8 kit available for purchase. But then the contract with Hertz GT-H came, and only a handful of CS6/8' were built, making them one of the rarest cars ever built by Shelby.
Only 17 CS6s were known to exist.
; Ford Shelby GT-H
Ford introduced the Shelby GT-H version of the Mustang at the New York Auto Show. Like the original GTH from , the GT-H had gold-on-black paint and was only available at the Hertz car rental agency.
Ford Racing Performance Group provided Shelby its FR1 Power Pack to add 25 horsepower to the existing Mustang GT powertrain with an additional 10ft-lb of torque. The package included a 90mm cold air kit, muffler kit, a new X-pipe and Ford Racing "GTA" axle-back mufflers. The Ford Shelby GT-H also had the Ford Racing Handling Pack (FR3) which included specially tuned dampers, lowering springs, sway bars, strut tower brace, and a Ford Racing ratio rear axle assembly.
A total of cars were built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Shelby GTH.
For , a convertible version of the GT-H was offered for rental at Hertz. This time the convertibles came with a custom light bar reminiscent of the Shelby Mustang convertibles.
– Ford Shelby GT
The liter, cubic-inch, hp (kW) Ford Shelby GT slotted between the hp (kW) Mustang GT and the Ford Shelby GT It is essentially a retail sale version of the Hertz rental-only Ford Shelby GT-H, except a manual transmission is available. The Shelby GT was a unique model in that, just like the Shelby Mustangs of the 60s, the Shelby GT's manufacturing was completed at Shelby Automobiles Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada after being shipped directly there by Ford Motor Company. Shelby GT's were then sold pre-title to customers. By comparison, GT models were manufactured solely by Ford Motor Company in Flat Rock, Michigan.
Production of the Shelby GT began in December and the car went on sale in January It was originally planned that a limited number of up to 6, cars would be built. The Shelby GT's include the deletion of the rear spoiler, a retro Shelby hood scoop, a cold air induction system with performance tuning resulting in a power output of hp (kW), a Ford Racing suspension package consisting of upgraded dampers, springs which lowered the vehicle " and sway bars, a high performance exhaust system, interior Shelby sill plates and badges and silver stripes, with the car available in either white or black in and Vista Blue, Grabber Orange, or Black with red stripes for Following the Shelby GT-H convertible rental car, Shelby offered the Shelby GT as a Vista Blue coupe or convertible also in limited numbers. The Vista Blue models were available as a coupe or convertible
Shelby GT-C (Southern California)
The southern California Ford/Shelby dealers requested a California - Shelby GT, These grabber orange only cars were sold in California and some western states. Only of these Carroll Shelby signed GT-C cars were sold. MSRP averaged $42, Only available as a coupe, these cars were optioned like the Hertz GT-H. These cars had Shelby serial numbers ranging from #08SGT to # and they were the first cars of the GT production run for # and # were reserved for Shelby Automotive and were not used.
Barrett-Jackson Shelby GT
A total of units of Shelby GT coupe and convertible were named after the Barrett-Jackson auction. They included black exterior with "Barrett-Jackson Red" LeMans Hood and Side Stripes, Barrett Jackson Edition door sill plates, black interior with the Shelby GT serial number plate, special gas cap insert, autographed photo of Carroll Shelby, Craig Jackson, Amy Boylan, and Steve Davis.
The vehicle was unveiled at the Arizona International Auto Show. Production versions were sold in Arizona Region Ford dealers with an MSRP of US$38, (including $ donation to the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation).
One hundred Barrett Jackson Shelby GTs were built in that were black with red stripes, also available in coupe or convertible. The Barrett Jackson Shelby GTs were sold exclusively in Arizona. Ford dealers and customers asked for a version of the Shelby GT-H. Like the GT-H, the Shelby GT is modified at Shelby Automotive's factory in Las Vegas, Nevada, while the GTs are produced entirely by AutoAlliance International.
At the request of owners, a number of Shelby GTs were modified in various ways by Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas. One of these modifications results in a model known as the Shelby GT/SC (Supercharged). A large number of add-ons could be had including the "Super Snake" brakes, as well as larger wheels and tires which were necessary to accommodate these brakes. Additionally there were three different available superchargers, again installed by Shelby Automobiles or authorized Shelby Mod Shop, that can increase rated horsepower to * max H.P.. These include the Ford Racing Whipple and the rare Paxton superchargers. *Superchargers were limited because the engine did not have forged internal crankshaft and pistons.
The Terlingua is a V6 Ford Mustang fitted with a Racing Team package that includes performance enhancements and modified cosmetic details by Shelby. The package is applied by Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Terlingua features improvements to the handling with Ford Racing components, and improved braking capabilities that included Baer brakes. The optional supercharger was a Paxton/Vortech blower in either polished or raw. This model also features a deep draw hood designed by Chief R&D at Shelby Vince LaViolette, 20" anthracite "Razor" wheels and a comprehensive styling changes including a logo with the Terlingua rabbit on the hood.
2nd generation (S II)
Coinciding with the 45th anniversary of the original Shelby GT, Shelby American unveiled an all new GT Mustang at the opening night gala of the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Presented in concept form, the new GT had a supercharged version of the brand new liter V8 engine in the Mustang GT as well as performance upgrades from Ford Racing, Borla, Cragar, Baer and more.
The GT was a post-title upgrade available from Shelby. Customers could have their Mustangs shipped directly to Shelby's Las Vegas facility to be converted or they could deliver the car themselves. Automatic transmission was available for conversion with a naturally aspirated engine, producing up to hp (kW), and manual transmission cars had the option of NA or a supercharged engine fitted with a Ford Racing supercharger to produce hp (kW), or at the expense of the warranty, hp (kW), a Ford Racing suspension system (The first cars were fitted with the Eibach suspension carried over from the GT Supersnake), Baer brakes in front and optional in rear, Custom Borla exhaust system, 19" Cragar wheels, and more. For the exterior, Shelby installed a new front fascia, front splitter, functional hood scoop, functional brake cooling ducts, tail light trim, rear deck lid filler panel, and a rear fascia with center exhaust exit. Performance White with Guardsman Blue racing stripes were the only available color combination for models. models were available in other colors, but lost the 45th Anniversary badge of the
Initial road tests of the GT by Motor Trend show the Shelby GT is capable of accelerating from 060mph (97km/h) in seconds, compared to the horsepower Mustang GT's time of seconds. It is also faster than the GT, which needs seconds to get to 60mph (97km/h) as well as the Shelby Super Snake with hp (kW), which takes seconds. Weight difference isn't a factor to blame for the better performance than the GT, considering the GT is only 24lb (11kg) lighter than the newly lightened GT
The GT's quarter mile time is 12 seconds at mph (km/h)
NASCAR pace cars
Two GTs were used to pace the NASCAR race in Las Vegas. They had the prototype front fascia and are now displayed at the Shelby Heritage Museum, being a mainstay for promotional materials and posters.
After being revealed at Barrett Jackson in as a celebration of the original Shelby GTs 45th anniversary, the GT made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show.
A convertible version was offered for , the first convertible GT since
The Ford Shelby Mustang GT was previously offered only in a white exterior color with Guardsman Blue Le Mans racing stripes running the length of the vehicle, but the model year saw two new colors in Race Red with white LeMans stripes and Kona Blue with white LeMans stripes. These paint schemes are unique because they are not Factory paint jobs from Ford. The convertible offered a new optional light bar with other options including a one-piece drive shaft and color coordinated billet aluminum engine cap set. The extensive body kit upgrades included a revised front fascia, side rockers with brake ducts, rear bumper, and decklid. New taillights and custom Shelby GT badges further distinguish this special model and bring back memories of past models. The serialized dash plate with individual numbering for each GT produced was also included. The Shelby GT delivers the same performance numbers as the model. The addition of a Whipple supercharger and Borla exhaust system have really allowed this V8 to take on a life of its own. An automatic transmission was optional with the naturally aspirated engine. Keeping the powerful engine under control was an upgraded suspension system designed by Shelby to give the Mustang a reduced body roll and more variability to create custom track setups. Custom ERADISPEED rear rotors in conjunction with Bear 6-piston brakes were also included in the package.
The Shelby GTS was unveiled at the New York Auto Show, a new model designed to be attainable to the masses. It was available in both V6 and V8 form configurations. "It's a car that reaches a younger buyer while acknowledging the economic realities of our times," said Shelby American president John Luft at the time.
Shelby installed new front and rear fascias, a "deep draw" fiberglass hood, black billet grille, Shelby lettering on the trunk lid and finally the signature "Le Mans" dual stripes over the top and triple side stripes with GTS lettering. Shelby also added a short-throw shifter with cue-ball knob, a serial number plaque and Shelby-badged floor mats. The GTS was fitted with the optional inch Baer front brake system. Only were made
50th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate the foundation of Shelby American, Shelby American released a 50th Anniversary Edition of the Shelby GTS. The car was based on the Mustang GT and Mustang V6, and was only available in two exterior colours, Black and Performance White. Production was limited to units with 50 being black and 50 Performance White units.
Revealed in as an upgrade kit for the Mustang GT, the Shelby GT (S II) was built in limited numbers and was offered in both coupe and convertible versions. For the model year, the GT received new color options, visual styling cues, and optional performance enhancements. The Shelby GT is powered by a liter V8 engine offered in either a hp (kW) naturally aspirated version with an optional upgrade to increase the power output to hp (kW), or a hp (kW) or hp (kW) supercharged versions. The engine could be combined with a manual gearbox with a short throw shifter as standard, or an automatic transmission for the naturally aspirated engine as an option.
The Ford Mustang GT from Shelby was previously only offered in a white exterior color with Guardsman Blue Le Mans racing stripes running the length of the vehicle, and the model saw the addition of two new colors; Race Red with white LeMans stripes and Kona Blue with white LeMans stripes. The model year added even more color options in the form of Grabber Blue, Sterling Gray Metallic, "Gotta Have It" Green, Candy Red Tint Coat Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, "Deep Impact" Blue Metallic (replaces Kona Blue Metallic), Race Red, Performance White, and Black. These new colors could be combined with Satin Black or Gloss White stripes and a new set of wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic. Other styling cues for included a glass roof option, Recaro Seats, and a modified custom rear valance.
Changes for the model year also included a one piece drive shaft, more powerful brakes, cooling enhancements, and a color coordinated billet aluminum engine cap set.
It was a prototype of GT used as a track demonstrator vehicle; which ended up not being used that much as anticipated. It had a hp (kW) supercharged V8 engine, premium interior with Recaro seats, gauges, and 6 piston Wilwood brakes in the front and 4 piston calipers in the rear. It was in the sales literature and is one of the Heritage Center show cars.
Shelby GT, Shelby GT/SC
The Shelby American version of Shelby GT was based on the Ford Mustang GT. It was unveiled at the LA Auto Show.
Shelby offered a unique set of modifications for the exterior. On the base GT, it got a front splitter conversion with a GT rear spoiler and quarter glass covers. The hood was made of fiberglass to save weight and the Le Mans stripes added some style. A separate wide body conversion with the option of rear-only or full all-around wide body wheel arches was also available to spice up the exterior of the Shelby GT. Among other accessories, Shelby GT front fascia, carbon laminated hood louvers, billet upper grille with Ford running pony emblem and "Powered by Ford" badges on the sides completed the exterior package.
The interior of the Shelby GT had been overhauled to keep up with the latest trends. Unique touches to the interior included an A-pillar gauge pod with boost, and fuel and oil pressure gauges. This modification was only available on the GT/SC conversion. Even the standard GT conversion got the Shelby headrest covers, special GT dash plaque and engine plate. Leather upholstery in black was standard along with electrically adjustable seats.
The "Shelby GT Standard" is the base pack with horsepower. The slight bump in power was achieved by fitting a Borla performance exhaust as well as engine tuning. The standard package also included a Barton short shifter. The "Shelby GT/SC" gives more horsepower over the base modification. Shelby Ford Racing Whipple Supercharger kit in either hp or hp configurations, Shelby cooling system and front splitter. Although, Shelby did not independently confirm the performance figures, a 060mph (97km/h) of seconds and a quarter-mile in an estimated mid second range has been estimated.
The base upgrade package used inch wheels, shod with BFG G-Force Comp2 tires and a Panhard suspension bar to stiffen up the chassis. Apart from this, the standard upgrade did not offer much in terms of performance or improved handling. Of course, better tires did provide improved grip while the suspension brace resulted in better cornering.
Shelby had done a whole lot to improve the dynamics of the Shelby GT/SC starting with an aluminum driveshaft, employed to deliver power to the rear wheels in order to reduce the overall mass. Wilwood brakes — six-pot front and four-piston rear — for added braking performance.
The inch rims on the GT/SC were painted black and were lined with Michelin Pilot Supersport tires. Eibach provided stiffer coil-over springs as well as a sway bar kit to improve handling.
3rd generation (–)
– Shelby GT
Shelby American launched the Shelby GT in It is a package available for the Ford Mustang GT and is available with either manual or automatic transmissions.
According to Shelby American, the upgrades for the Shelby GT include a more aggressive style with carbon fiber enhancements: hood, rockers, splitters, spoiler and diffuser. Shelby GT also features cold air intakes, custom 20" WELD Venice wheels with high-grip Michelin tires, Ford Performancesupercharger, Wilwood brakes, adjustable rear control arms, dash-mounted 3-gauge pod for track boost, fuel and oil pressure, race seats, roll cage and harness.
Shelby GT Ecoboost
The Shelby Ecoboost is a Shelby GT package for Ford Mustang Ecoboost launched in The package is available in North America.
The GT EcoBoost's exterior changes are extensive. Many of the upgrades are the same as the ones found on packages offered on Ford Mustang GT. This includes the extensive use of carbon fiber, notable in the front splitter, hood, rear spoiler and rocker panel.
The Shelby Ecoboost includes a Ford Performance handling pack upgraded suspension. Like the manual and automatic transmission V8 version, the EcoBoost version of the car is far more than stripes and a badge. The car was refined with a Ford Performance handling pack upgrade, engine tune and a throatier Ford Performance exhaust. The result is over hp (kW) on 91 octane fuel and significantly better handling.
– Shelby Super Snake
Shelby American launched the new Shelby Super Snake in Due to the discontinuation of Shelby GT, the Super Snake lost its GT tag, but still have some people called it as GT Super Snake. Like the Shelby GT, it is also based on Ford Mustang GT. The Super Snake has a L V8 equipped with a Shelby/Ford Racing supercharger engine rated at +hp (+hp via Shelby/Whipple Supercharger). According to Shelby, the test car produces hp (kW). But the car's second, mph (km/h) quarter-mile run speaks to a horsepower number far less than , let alone A stock Camaro ZL1 is faster. Tuner cars such as this one lack SAE-certified horsepower and torque ratings.
In front is a carbon-fiber Super Snake hood, adorned with a forced-air scoop that rises above the central grille. The grille is also new, with a black anodized material used both in the upper and lower portions of the front intake.
Aerodynamically, Shelby added a carbon-fiber front diffuser, which is complemented in the rear by a larger carbon-fiber spoiler. Below the wing there's more carbon fiber used in the new rear diffuser, taillight panel, and rocker panels with side-skirt aero blades just in front of the rear wheels. The composite is also in place for the mirror covers. Finally, there's the requisite Super Snake racing stripes and external badging.
The Super Snake includes special CSM badging, Shelby floor mats, sill plates, a dash-mounted gauge pod made from carbon fiber and stuffed with AutoMeter gauges, Ford Performance short-throw shifter, an upholstery upgrade, racing seats, five-point racing harnesses, Shelby valve covers, and a carbon-fiber latch cover.
Routing the power are gears and new half shafts, both from Ford Performance. The tires are Michelin Pilot Super Sport wrapped
around staggered inch WELD Racing Super Snake wheels. For the first time, the Super Snake will be[when?] available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Under hood options include an upgraded intercooler and cooling kits for the differential and transmission.
Shelby American has for the first time provided right-hand drive version Super Snakes to the UK and Europe through official distributor Bill Shepherd Mustang, and also to Australia, introduced by Mustang Motorsport.
Shelby American offered a limited run of 50 Shelby Terlingua Racing Team Mustangs based on the –16 Ford Mustang GT in The Shelby Terlingua is Shelby American's most track-inspired Mustang and is built as a tribute to the Terlingua Racing Team and their Trans Am Championship.
Modifications for the Terlingua include a Whipple supercharger mated to the new Mustang GT L V8 engine producing over hp (kW) and an exclusive Eibach sway bar and adjustable coilovers. The Terlingua also includes Ford Performance's upgrades like halfshafts, a short throw shifter and a Borla Exhaust with black tips. The car also added the Brembo big brake kit for race track proven performance, and with 20" WELD racing wheels, tons of Shelby-designed carbon fiber components and the distinct Terlingua Racing Team badging.
Ford Shelby GT-H
On the 50th anniversary of the Rent-a-Racer program, Ford, Hertz and Shelby introduced the Shelby GT-H. Based on the L V8 Mustang GT, Shelby enhanced the Mustang with Ford Performance components including suspension, exhaust and wheels, along with Shelby design cues like polycarbonate hood and stripes. Beginning Memorial Day, Shelby GT-H's are available for rent as modern-day "Rent-A-Racers" through the Hertz Adrenaline Collection at select U.S. airport locations.
There are several logos and emblems spread throughout the body. "GT-H" logos are on the grille, rear faux gas cap, and on the trunk lid. Shelby replaced the standard front splitter and rear spoiler with elements made of carbon-fiber. The hood is also specially crafted with vents and a big bulge at the center, the same as the Shelby GT. It has inch aluminum wheels fitted with Michelin tires (/40s at the front and /40s at the rear.
The interior of the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H is based on the standard Mustang GT. Only a few features sets the two models' interior styling apart. They include "GT-H" logos on the headrests, customized sill plates with "Hertz Shelby GT-H" lettering and a numbered plaque on the dash. The floor mats also have "GT-H" logos.
It also features a cat-back exhaust system from the Ford Performance. This specifically gives the model a throatier sound. A "Shelby-GT-H" engine plaque is also added as well as an engine cap kit. The chassis has also been updated via the Ford Racing Handling Pack which helps deliver a race-like driving experience. The package adds lowered springs, special-tuned dampers and revised sway bars.
Shelby Super Snake
50th Anniversary edition
In January , Shelby American introduced the 50th Anniversary edition Shelby Super Snake based on the Mustang GT, and having a limited production run of units. The 50th anniversary edition has different fascia and wheels than that of the Mustang GT version, can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in seconds along with having a quarter mile time of seconds.
Shelby American introduced the Shelby GTE on August 2, Like the Shelby GT, the GTE (in which the E stands for "Enhanced") is also available with either the V8 or Ecoboost engine, and an automatic or manual transmission. The V8 version produces hp (kW), 21hp (16kW) more than the standard Mustang GT. The power increases come in part from the Ford Performance catalog, with V8 models getting the factory-approved Power Pack. EcoBoost models, in contrast, get a Shelby-specific engine tune. GTEs also get the Ford Performance Handling Pack and Ford Performance Borla cat-back touring exhaust as well as Ford Performance inch wheels wrapped in
tires of Shelby's choosing. GTE also gets its own specific hood, upper and lower front grille, splitter, rocker panels, and rear spoiler.
SVT 1st generation GT – (S I)
– Ford Shelby GT
Shelby and Ford returned for the model year with the Shelby GT. Introduced at the New York International Auto Show, the GT uses a supercharged and intercooledModular L; cuin (5,cc)V8 engine rated at hp (PS; kW) at 6,rpm and lb⋅ft (N⋅m) at 4,rpm of torque. Features include the TremecTR 6-speed manual transmission, suspension tuning, a body kit, and 18inch wheels.
Deliveries of the Shelby GT began in May 
A collaboration of Ford's SVT and Carroll Shelby, the GT was produced in limited quantity for three years (approximately 10, units per year) on the line at Ford's Flat Rock, Michigan (AutoAlliance) assembly facility.
The Ford Shelby GTKR, revealed at the New York International Auto Show, was released in the spring of The car is powered by a Modular 5,cc (L; cuin)supercharged and intercooled version of the base GT V8 engine now upgraded to bhp (PS; kW) at 6,rpm and lb⋅ft (N⋅m) at 4,rpm of torque with functional Cold Air Intake and unique calibration. SVT and Shelby announced that 1, 40th Anniversary Editions would be built for the U.S. in , with another units in This 1, production run matches that of the original GTKR. In total, 1, units were produced, with the remaining units going to Canada, export markets and military sales.
All KRs were built by AutoAlliance International on the normal Mustang production line and then shipped to Shelby Automobiles Incorporated (SAI) where final assembly was completed. SAI was the manufacturer of record.
The Shelby GTKR features a carbon fiber composite hood with functional scoops and vents, twist-lock hood pins modeled on the original KR, a unique carbon fiber splitter, carbon fiber mirror caps, and functional brake cooling ducts. The suspension was tuned by SVT with unique spring rates, dampers, stabilizer bars, and strut tower brace and was sourced from Ford Racing. Unique Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires were developed for the KR with a unique compound. With the same tread pattern as the Eagle F1 Supercar tire on the – GT they can only be identified by a unique Goodyear "Wingedfoot" emblem on the sidewall.
The –09 GTKR draws on styling cues from the classic "King of the Road" GTKR model, and the model includes "40th Anniversary" badging; both years will have availability of standard GT colors with "LeMans" stripes, and Carroll Shelby signature embroidered seats. The GTKR's starting price was $,
The GTKR was prominent in the short-lived Knight Rider television reboot on NBC. One of the main new characters of the show was KITT, (voiced by Val Kilmer) an advanced Artificial Intelligence housed in a GTKR that was colored black with dark gray stripes, using the GTKR's hood scoops for its famous red scanner. KARR (once again voiced by Peter Cullen) KITT's evil prototype, was also a Ford Mustang GTKR, although its scanner was yellow, like its own original incarnation.
- 4 seating
- Displacement 5,cc (L; cuin)
- Power: bhp (PS; kW) @ 6,rpm
- Torque: lb⋅ft (N⋅m) @ 4,rpm
- differential ratio
- 18 x " Alcoa wheels with unique Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires (front: P/45ZR18 rear: /40/ZR18)
Shelby GT Super Snake
"Super Snake" redirects here. For the Shelby Cobra variant, see Shelby Cobra §Super Snake.
Starting in , previous Shelby GT Mustangs could be sent to Carroll Shelby's Special Performance Plant in Las Vegas to be rebuilt into a Super Snake, for an additional cost of $27, The Super Snake will offer a hp (kW) (at the engine) L. A Kenne Bell twin-screw supercharged version with "over hp" was also available, without warranty and offered a varied 0–60mph acceleration time in to seconds. The Super Snake is inspired by the GT Super Snake, a car made by Carroll Shelby for Goodyear Tires.
The Super Snake also comes with a variety of other performance, handling and cosmetic changes. These include badging, new gauge pod, 20" Alcoa wheels, fibreglass ram-air Super Snake hood, stripes, carbon fiber front splitter and side skirts, larger 6-piston Baer brakes, front and rear brake cooling ducts, complete track setup suspension, aluminum driveshaft, differential gears and cat-back exhaust system.
The Super Snake package was also available for – Ford Mustang.
Prudhomme Edition Super Snake (–)
The Prudhomme Edition Super Snake is a limited ( units) drag racing package for the – Ford Shelby GT cars, named after Don Prudhomme. The engine is rated at hp (kW) on race fuel or hp (kW) on 93 octane pump gas. It includes a Kenne Bell supercharger, a modified air intake sticking out of the hood in the tilt front end, a five-point Impact safety harness, a Borla side exhaust system, front and rear adjustable BMR racing suspension and drag tires with optional street tires. The side lower rockers are incorporated.
The package has an MSRP of $, (not including car).
The Prudhomme concept car went on sale in Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction. The vehicle was sold with a winning bid price of $, (before buyer premium).
SVT 2nd generation GT (S II)
Ford Shelby GT
For the model year, the Shelby Mustang GT was redesigned along with the base Ford Mustang. As with the –09 GT, the included unique front and rear fascias, hood with functional vents and unique rear spoiler. The rear spoiler included a functional Gurney flap. Along with new exterior colors, customers had the option of extending the exterior stripes onto the seats. Production was limited to units.
The L engine's power output was increased to hp (kW) and lb⋅ft (N⋅m) of torque with the addition of a cold air intake similar to the 08/09 GTKR and includes a knock sensor to protect the engine if lower octane fuel is used. The GT's fuel efficiency increased by 2 miles per gallon.
SVT re-tuned the coupe's suspension and worked with Goodyear on 19" tires with new construction, compound and tread pattern. The coupe's 19" wheels are forged for a reduction in unsprung weight. The convertible retained the 18" wheels. The Shelby Mustang GT can accelerate from 0 to 60mph (0 to 97km/h) in seconds and has a top speed of mph (km/h). The GT can brake from 60–0mph in ft and has a lateral acceleration of G.
Much like the V6 and GT Mustangs, the Shelby GT got an engine update with an all-new L aluminum engine which was lb (46kg) lighter than the previous cast-iron engine and uses Ford-patented plasma-coating technology (Plasma transferred wire arc). The inventors of PTWA received the IPO National Inventor of the Year award. This technology was initially patented and developed by inventors from Flame-Spray. The technology was subsequently improved upon by Ford and Flamespray. With the engine updates, not only has performance improved to bhp (PS; kW) at 6,rpm and lb⋅ft (N⋅m) at 4,rpm of torque, but the GT's gas mileage has improved to 15mpgUS (16L/km; 18mpgimp) city and 23mpgUS (10L/km; 28mpgimp) highway, which was enough to eliminate the U.S. Gas Guzzler Tax. The final production number of the Shelby GT by the end of the year was units.
Ford also improved upon the handling characteristics of the GT The overall stance of the car has been lowered by 11 millimeters in front and 8 millimeters at the rear. The car also features Ford's new Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) that improves torque build-up and road feel which delivers quicker and more precise steering, increased effort on the racetrack or winding roads, and reduced effort in low-speed parking maneuvers. The car also has Ford's AdvanceTrac stability control system, which features a sport mode when pressed twice consecutively while stopped with the brakes applied.
External improvements include an optional SVT Performance Package, which includes Goodyear EagleF1 SuperCar G: 2 tires, all-new lightweight inch forged-aluminum wheels in front and inch forged-aluminum wheels at the rear, a rear axle ratio, and performance tuned front and rear shocks along with stiffer springs. The package includes a unique rear spoiler Gurney Flap for improved handling, slightly revised front and rear fascias, a new pedal box for improved clutch use, slotted brake dust shields for improved brake cooling, standard HID (high-intensity discharge) headlamps, MyKey programmable vehicle key, integrated spotter mirrors, and fold-down rear headrests. Optional is a glass top roof, previously available, starting in , with the Mustang GT.
The improvements in handling and performance gives the Shelby GT a skidpad rating of g, and a Virginia International Raceway lap time of , making it as fast as, and sometimes faster than, cars such as the M3, Audi R8 V10, Dodge Viper SRT and Porsche GT3 around this racetrack. Changes to the model year Shelby GT included a new Recaro seat option. The Sterling Gray color was no longer available.
GT Super Snake
Just like the Shelby GT, born on the proving grounds of the drag strip and road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Shelby American worked with companies like Ford Racing to create an even more aggressive suspension and engine package for the Super Snake. For the model year, more power, new anthracite wheels, white stripes and new side scoops are optional.
The Ford Shelby GT Super Snake post title package includes:
- Ford Racing handling pack including dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, tuned stabilizer bars, and front strut tower brace
- 6-speed manual transmission with rear axle ratio
- Shelby/Ford Racing supercharger upgrade producing over HP and ft.-lbs. of torque
- Either a Shelby/Ford Racing or Shelby/Kenne Bell supercharger kit producing HP with upgraded drive shaft, billet twin 75mm throttle body and exclusive badges
- Optional Shelby/Kenne Bell horsepower tune on pump gas
- Borla exhaust system
- An optional Shelby / Eibach handling pack is also available
- Shelby-designed Alcoa inch wheels in durabright or anthracite
- Short-throw shifter
- Forged Shelby / Baer brakes with 6 piston calipers and cross drilled / vented rotors
- Front brake cooling ducts and behind the door side scoop
- Unique fiberglass hood featuring classic Shelby design and pins
- Shelby signature Super Snake stripes in either matte black or matte white
- "Shelby" lettering across the rear deck lid
- "Super Snake" vehicle badges and official Shelby CSM interior plate
- Optional two tone leather interior
- Shelby signature embroidered headrests, floor mats and other Shelby designed components
Full details on the Shelby GT Super Snake were revealed at the New York Auto Show. The package included a unique fiberglass hood featuring the iconic Shelby design and pins, a new Borla exhaust system, the Shelby signature Super Snake stripes that come in either matte black or matte white, and "Super Snake" vehicle badges. An official Shelby CSM interior plate and "Shelby" lettering across the rear deck lid allowed the GT to be fully recognizable as a Shelby vehicle, while a set of Shelby designed 20" Alcoa wheels that came with a choice of either durabright or anthracite finished off the exterior look.
The interior also included Shelby signature embroidered headrests and floor mats, along with other Shelby designed components. These signatures could also be applied to optional two-tone leather.
The Limited Edition Super Snake produces hp (kW) and lb⋅ft (N⋅m) of torque from its L supercharged V8 engine. The power can be taken up to hp (kW) with the optional upgrade. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission with rear axle ratio and short-throw shifter. The car uses forged Shelby/Baer brakes with 6 piston calipers and cross drilled/vented rotors.
50th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Shelby American, 50 black and gold Super Snakes were manufactured. The prototype was used as a promotional vehicle and is considered a highly sought-after car by collectors. The prototype had been reported as sold in
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Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, the Shelby is an upgrade to the Shelby GT and was available in two versions. The Street Legal version produces hp (kW), while the Track version delivers 1,hp (kW). The chassis has been strengthened to handle the additional power. The rear end was replaced with a high performance 9-inch unit; the brakes included 6 pistons in front and 4 pistons out back. The driveshaft was a stronger unit while the suspension included new struts, sway bars and bushings. The hood, rear panel and splitter were functional pieces for performance.
Ford Shelby GT
|– Ford Shelby GT|
|Production||May – June|
|Engine||L "Trinity"DOHC4 valves x cyl.superchargedV8|
|Transmission||Tremec TR 6-speedmanual|
|Width||in (1,mm) (Excluding mirrors)|
in (2,mm) (Including mirrors)
|Height||Coupe: in (1,mm) |
Convertible: in (1,mm)
|Curbweight||Coupe: 3,lb (1,kg)|
Convertible: 3,lb (1,kg)
|Predecessor||– Ford Shelby GT|
First unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November , Ford Shelby GT was the most powerful Mustang at the time. The DOHC4 valves per cylinder 5,cc (L; cuin) supercharged and intercooledV8 engine is certified to produce bhp (PS; kW) at 6,rpm and N⋅m (lb⋅ft) at 4,rpm of torque, with a claimed top speed of mph (km/h). The new GT weighs 3,lb (1,kg), and was available from May
The models had various improvements and differences compared to the GT of including new front end sheet metal along with standard HID headlamps, along with a new LED tail light assembly. The new Shelby GT also had no grill, due to the massive amount of cooling required for the vehicle. Performance changes included twin fuel pumps (a Mustang GT's single supply pump, twice over), larger fuel injectors, a grippier and larger-diameter clutch, a larger fan, a three-row intercooler (the previous car used a double-row unit), a beefed-up Tremec TR six-speed manual transmission with an internal oil pump, and a single-piece carbon-fiber driveshaft. Larger Brembo front disc brakes with six-piston calipers, reinforced axle tubes, and aero tweaks to help the car reach mph (km/h)+ safely. According to Ford, the changes have resulted in a percent reduction in drag and a percent increase in front-end downforce. Also new for was a larger front anti-roll bar and retuned springs. An rpm-adjustable electronic launch-control function was standard, as was a four-mode electronic stability control system.
A Performance package was also offered, adding two-mode adjustable Bilstein dampers and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential
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