2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Specs Review Part 2

 
 
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Exterior
blue shelby drivers rear.jpgFord was able to redesign the 2010 Mustang lineup to give it a far more aggressive look and many of those styling cues extend into the 2010 Shelby GT500.  Ford also shaved 20 lbs off the 2010 Mustang Shelby GT500 compared to the 2009 Mustang.  The weight has dropped from 3,944 to 3,924 lbs, giving the 2010 models a power to weight ratio of 7.26 lbs per horsepower compared to the 7.88lbs/hp  of the previous GT500s.  The exterior of the 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is nearly identical to the 2009 models in almost every dimension, but with the help of the new 'King of the Road' suspension tuning the 2010 sits over an inch lower than the previous models.

Exterior Dimensions of the 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (2009 Dimensions)
•    Height, Overall: 54.5" (55.7)
•    Length, Overall: 188.2" (188.0)
•    Tread Width, Front: 61.9" (61.9)
•    Tread Width, Rear: 62.5" (62.5)
•    Wheelbase: 107.1" (107.1)
•    Width: 73.9" (73.9)
•    Turning Circle: 37.0' (37.0)

Interior
blue shelby interior.jpgThe 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has received refinements to make the new Cobra stand out more from the Mustang GT models.  The materials are all improved, from the bright aluminum gauge cluster and instrument panel to the high quality leather used for the sport-inspired seats.  The GT500 has a luxury car feel inside with accessories like the state of the art premium sound system and advanced climate control, and the seats are both soft to the touch and offer a firm ride during spirited driving.  Since many of the improvements to the 2010 GT500 were in quality, the interior dimensions have remained mostly similar to the 2007-2009 GT500 models.  The biggest changes come in headroom, with the space in the front and rear decreased due to the new, sleeker roofline, but changes to the rear seat have made for more shoulder and hip room for rear passengers.

Interior Dimensions of the 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (2009 Dimensions)
•    Passenger Capacity: 4 (4)
•    Passenger Volume: 83.3 ft³  (81.6)
•    Front Head Room: 38.5" (38.8)
•    Front Hip Room: 53.4" (53.6)
•    Front Leg Room: 42.4" (42.7)
•    Front Shoulder Room: 55.3" (55.4)
•    Rear Head Room: 34.7" (36.3)
•    Rear Hip Room: 46.8" (45.2)
•    Rear Leg Room: 29.8" (30.3)
•    Rear Shoulder Room: 51.6" (45.0)

The 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has claimed its title as the most powerful production Mustang ever thanks to the revamped engine and transmission package.  The exterior improvements have given the car a mean, sporty look while making the car more aerodynamic, and interior changes have given this high performance pony car a luxury car feel.  The price has not been made official by Ford yet, but prices are expected to be in the $45,000-46,000 range, making the 2010 GT500 comparable in price to the less powerful Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chevrolet Camaro SS.  2010 Mustang Shelby GT500 units are expected to be available for orders sometime in the spring of 2009.

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