Ford has yet to release details surrounding the 2011 GT500 but the Internet is all abuzz about what appears to be a leaked order form for next year's Shelby uploaded by a user on the enthusiast forum ModularFords.
If this is authentic, we should expect the next iteration of Ford's baddest Mustang to feature electric power steering, standard HID headlamps, Ford's safety-minded MyKey, and an aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 as standard equipment.
Presently, the 2010 GT500 uses a similar engine, but with an iron block mated with aluminum heads. Power ratings for the revised engine are still unknown but it's likely that it will produce at least 540 hp, which is what the current supercharged 5.4-liter is able to produce.
If you want the best performance, there is an optional SVT performance pack, which claims to add a 3.73 limited-slip rear axle, staggered forged wheels (19-inchers in front, 20-inch rims in back), unique suspension tuning and dampers, a new shift knob, and a spoiler with a Gurney flap.
According to the leaked document, a convertible GT500 will be available, and other options are to include a glass roof, along with Shaker 500 and 1000 sound systems.
Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby American, remarked that reducing weight to enhance performance has been a steadily held belief among the so-called "hot rodders." He noted that while such efforts may not be as “sexy" as adding more horsepower or installing bigger brakes, it is the single smartest move a vehicle owner could take.
The new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine of the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 features the Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA) liner coating, which effectively replaced cast-iron liners usually used in aluminum engine blocks.
This entailed the application of a 150-micron composite coating – containing nanoparticles -- on the internal surfaces of engine cylinder bores. Interestingly, the inventors of this Ford-patented PTWA technology were granted the 2009 National Inventor of the Year Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation.