Following the presentation of the new Shelby GT350, 2018-2019 Ford unveiled the Shelby GT500, the model, which is also based on the 2018-2019 Ford Mustang in and will be available as a coupe, a convertible and, for the first time, with a glass roof.
Special Vehicle Team (SVT) installed under the hood of 2018-2019 Ford Shelby GT500 more powerful, lighter and more economical than on the 2018-2019 Ford Mustang V8 engine with a supercharger.
The all-new aluminum-block 5.4-liter V8 engine with a supercharger develops power of 550 horsepower, which is 10 hp more than the previous GT500 model.
More importantly, the new engine is 46.2 kg lighter than its predecessor, providing better power-to-weight and fuel economy.
2018-2019 Ford said that the new engine, the roots of which go to the famous 2018-2019 Ford the GT, uses a unique coating process, which replaces the cast iron liners, resulting in a good weight saving compared with a typical steel inserts.
In addition, the 2018-2019 Ford engineers added decorative slits to improve brake cooling, and the new box promises to improve the “softness” of the clutch pedal.
For those who want easier control for the coupe and convertible models have a new package of the SVT performance, which adds Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar tires on alloy 19-inch wheels in front and 20-inch rear.
2018-2019 Ford claims that during the test drive, 4-kilometer track model Shelby GT500 coupe with the SVT Performance package traveled by 3.0 seconds faster than the Shelby GT500.
Although the base price Shelby GT500 is 49 $ 495, and the car was introduced at the beginning of this year, 2018-2019 Ford has already received more than 3,000 orders for the Mustang power of 550 horsepower, but, in spite of the success of sales, the automaker said that the production Shelby GT500 will be limited to the amount 5500 units of the model year.
“We are very pleased with the pace of retail orders for the Shelby GT500” said Fritz Wilke, 2018-2019 Ford Mustang brand manager. “Shelby continues to be popular among collectors and fans of sports car enthusiasts. This small-scale production in will be even more desirable.”
As expected, the Shelby GT500 will go on sale in the United States in the late spring.