Shelby GT500 will live on even with the arrival of the next generation Mustang

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 12, 2012

The Shelby GT500 will continue on as a model even with the arrival of the next generation Mustang in 2014 as a 2015 model. Last November, Ford unveiled the 2013 Shelby GT500. But with the announcement of the impending introduction of the next-generation Mustang, many wondered if the GT500 would stay.

The new GT500 is indisputably the most impressive Mustang that has ever rolled out from the plant with its 5.8-liter supercharged V8, which delivers 650hp and new aerodynamics enabling a top speed of 202 mph. There were doubts on whether the Shelby GT500 would still be built when the next generation Mustang is launched.

It’s believed that Ford may go back to using the SVT Cobra name or use a totally different name. But according to Shelby American president John Luft, the contract with Ford has bee extended through 2015 and beyond, proving the long-term vision for their alliance. Luft explained that the relationship between Ford and Shelby has been “extremely beneficial” to both firms.

He said that having a Shelby as the halo car has been beneficial to Ford and its dealers so there’s no reason to change something that obviously works. Luft also said that Shelby intends to continue to have Ford handle the large scale operations while Shelby concentrates on small production runs of cars such as the GT350, GTS and GT500 Super Snake. He added that Shelby couldn’t ever have the same volume as Ford as its business has been limited to just build 500-600 cars annually.

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