The Shelby Mustang GT500 is the angrier version of all Mustangs. It is one of the most aggressive muscle cars of all time.
The Shelby Mustang GT500 has defined how a performance muscle car can be. Coming from a legacy of the iconic muscle car, the Mustang gives a real worth to itself. More than 50 years ago, Carroll Shelby built the 1965 Shelby GT350, a car that made the stripes cooler. It was meant for the hardcore experience that enthusiasts could shell out on a race track. A proper race-spec car made to deliver a compelling performance with sheer driving satisfaction that the average road cars lacked. He didn’t stop there and built the Shelby GT500 is 1967 which is considered one of the most iconic classic sports cars of all time.
The legendary car came in 2007, 40 years after the first Shelby Mustang when Ford and Shelby collaborated to make high-performance Mustangs. And since then there have been just absolute best of the best Mustangs anybody could imagine. The 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 was the last car Carroll Shelby made before he passed away. Here are 10 things you should know about the Shelby Mustang GT500.
10. Most Powerful Mustang
There is no doubt that the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been the most powerful Mustang ever. It was the best-selling American sport for several years. People apart from the enthusiasts love to tune it and beef up the power even more. The Shelby GT500 has a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes a hefty 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque which is the highest Ford offers in the road-legal Mustang.
9. Has a practical trunk
Apart from the power, the Mustang also is very good in terms of practicality. The current Mustang features a really deep trunk of 13.5 cu-ft to carry your bags and luggage, unlike the Camaro ZL-1 which offers only 9.1 cu-ft.
8. Optional Add-Ons
The Mustangs are not only loved for their looks and superior power. They also offer a flexibility that most performance cars lacked. You can spend countless money to install a new add-on to your car and make it look more unique and new. Ford offers many packages for extra money to tune the Mustang and offer anything they buy from new seats and carbon fiber parts to more aggressive racing stripes and wheel sizes.
7. Basic Interior
When you buy a car like that, you don’t expect it to offer a luxury and super high-tech interior as the current electric or luxury cars. The Mustang offers a marly cheap and basic interior. You have to expect it from a car that costs this much money, but unfortunately, the Shelby offers just an average-looking interior that just does the job. You’ll have to pay much extra to get an interior above average.
6. More Than An American Muscle
There is just a lot more nostalgia attached to this car. It is more than a classic American muscle car that most people know. Most people see this as a blast from the past which is very close to their hearts. Even though there are many cars that can just destroy the Mustang’s performance figures.
5. High Cost
Although the love for the Ford Shelby GT500 isn’t going to diminish anytime soon, buying one could really form a hole in your pockets. It could easily cost you over $80,000 and even more if you go for optional add-on packages. If you aren’t in need of Mustangs, you can still buy more powerful cars which costs much less than what Ford has to offer with this one.
4. Very responsive transmission
Even though the Mustangs were loved for their manual transmissions, Ford wants your hands on the wheel at all times with the newer models. That doesn’t mean they killed the thrill. Ford offers a dual-clutch transmission that is insanely responsive. The gearbox is very competitive and can shift gears in under 100 milliseconds. While a manual would be much appreciated, the Mustang can still easily accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3.5 seconds with its paddle shifters.
3. Impressive Performance
With that insane power, the Shelby beast is made to tear up roads with its performance. The Mustang is built to deliver superior grip whether on-road or on tracks. It offers great ability and has a really impressive power-to-weight ratio that helps the car to give out more power and stick to the surface as it was built to be. The steering response is quick and the handling is also very athletic, not like any Porsche if say, but it is enough to compete with the rivals.
2. Great agility and braking
The Mustang’s performance doesn’t make it hard for its wheels and brakes. Even at the top speeds, it can apply brake easily without much body roll. It offers a good amount of ability and grip thanks to a great tire choice. With such great tires and braking system, we can say that it is easy on brakes and high on grip.
1. Always hungry for fuel
With the amount of power that the Shelby Mustang generates, it is obvious that it isn’t the most fuel-efficient car you think it would be. It is even worse than you could think. With an insane 760 horsepower, the Mustang delivers fuel efficiency of just 12 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway if you drive carefully. The more you push the throttle, the more quickly your fuel tank would get empty.
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