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

Article by Christian A., 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.

The 2013 design enhancements include new signature lighting with two LED bars for commanding attention at the front and back. The rocker panels that run along the car are body coloured to add a finer look. The rear end also features a new high-gloss black panel between the taillamps as well as a diffuser surrounding a new quad-tip exhaust.

2013 Shelby GT500 has available two new forged-aluminium wheel sets and an exclusive wheel with optional packages. All variations come with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels matched with Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires.

A dark finish and improved spoke designs freshen up the wheels to appear even sleeker and stronger while still having the advantage of being light in weight.

To celebrate the SVT’s 20th anniversary, there will be badging all through the car’s interior and exterior to commemorate the years of performance vehicles. The SVT official launch occurred during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the introduction of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning. The 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra comes with a 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, displaying the progress the products made in over 20 years.

Noteworthy work in aerodynamics will ensure that the Shelby GT500 has appropriate downforce for all-speed performance. With high-tech computational fluid dynamics (CFD), engineers could determine exact airflow to optimise cooling. The resulting car tracks come with greater security and a feeling of being more connected to the road at higher speeds.

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