2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupe Preview

 
 
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The 2011 Shelby GT500 Coupe bears a striking resemblance to the 2010 GT500 models of the Ford Mustang but a handful of new color and stripe options, new headlights, a new aluminum engine block, a glass roof option and the new SVT Performance package made for big news at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show.

The 2011 Shelby GT500 version of the Ford Mustang is available in 7 colors; Grabber Blue, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Race Red, Black, Sterling Grey Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic can be coupled with a variety of accent colors including Black, White, Silver, Red and Grabber Blue. 

HID projection headlights are available across the Ford Mustang lineup but for 2011, these ultra bright headlights are standard for the Shelby GT500 Coupe.

The glass roof option was first seen at SEMA as an aftermarket modification for the Mustang and in 2010 Ford introduced the glass roof as a factory option for the Mustang and Mustang GT.  The glass roofline has proven to be a popular selection so the 2011 Shelby GT500 gets in on the see-through roof fun with an expected price of around $2,000.

The most exciting feature of the 2011 Shelby GT500 is the new aluminum engine block.  This 5.4L supercharged engine is similar to the previous version but in an effort to cut weight, the new SVT 5.4L uses an aluminum engine block - cutting 102lbs from the engine.  Also for 2011, the SVT engineers have squeezed out 10 more horsepower bringing the output of the GT500 to 550 horsepower and 510lb-ft of torque.

Finally, the 2011 Shelby GT500 is available with the SVT Performance package (code 67F).  Ford's performance division designed this package to turn your new GT500 into a track-ready street car.  This begins with a 3.73 limited slip rear differential turning the SVT Performance package-unique wheels measuring 20 inches on the rear axle and 19 inches up front all wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires.  Next, the SVT Performance package offers specially tuned springs and shocks at all four corners to improving the handling and to help these specially equipped Mustangs stand out, the SVT Performance package includes a unique stripe package and shift knob.  Finally, 67F package adds the unique Gurney wing to the GT500, allowing for fine tuning of the car's aerodynamics.  The SVT Performance package carries an MSRP of $3,495.

 
 
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