Ford is not unaware of the responsibility of naming yet another Mustang after the legendary racer and entrepreneur who, amongst other legendary accomplishments, led Ford to its famed Le Mans wins and, of course, built the original GT500 powered by the famed 428 Cobra-Jet which he once called "the first real auto I'm really proud of".
The new Shelby GT500 delivers more than 700 hp with a new engine.
It can be configured to be a drag strip or racetrack weapon, Ford maintained.
Ford Motor The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the fastest and most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built
This is the new Shelby GT500, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever made - just announced at the Detroit motor show.
Underneath that "hood" you'll find a handbuilt 5.2-litre V8, with a 2.65-litre roots-type supercharger hidden in the V. The best bit? 'A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine and visceral swagger'.
Part of the speed comes from a new dual-clutch, seven-speed 'box, and with a shift speed under 100 milliseconds, it's the fastest ever put in a Mustang. Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are optional here, providing some seriously sticky rubber from performance applications. Meanwhile, those largest brakes I mentioned earlier are some whopping 420-millimetre front rotors coupled with Brembo six-piston calipers.More news: Cardiff distance themselves from Neil Warnock's Brexit comments
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will go on sale in the USA from the third quarter of 2019. They won't say exactly how fast - or even how powerful - the new Shelby GT500 will be, but the numbers they are willing to stand by are pretty darned impressive. "As a Mustang, it has to be attainable and punch above its weight".
With a 5.2-liter, supercharged V8 roaring away a louvered hood scoop, the monster makes 700 horsepower/ And according to Ford, it can hurtle from 0-60 miles per hour in the mid-three-seconds range. It uses alloy wheels paired to Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
A revised suspension geometry, a new electronic power steering unit and lighter-weight coil springs front and rear ensure the vehicle stays on the tarmac no matter the number of revs coming from the engine, while at the same time providing for the highest-ever lateral acceleration of any Mustangs.More news: Robbie Williams 'blasting Black Sabbath' at Jimmy Page, letter claims
An available Handling Package adds the Gurney Flap and an adjustable strut top mount.
Yes, and you'll find it's simply a more race-centric version of the stock Mustang's. The Shelby GT500 includes a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster, introduced in 2019 Mustang models, and a high-performance 12-speaker B and O Play audio system.More news: WEATHER: Brace yourselves... it's going to get COLD