2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Specs Review Part 1

 
 
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gt500engine.jpgThe 2010 Ford Mustang galloped into the public eye with an aggressive new appearance, but the 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has received mechanical improvements to make this new Cobra better than the last.

Engine
When the Shelby GT500 moniker returned to the Ford Mustang in 2007 with 500 horsepower, it was the most powerful production Mustang ever sold, and the 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 builds on that.  The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500's 5.4L Dual Over Head Camshaft V8 makes use of a similar supercharger and intercooler setup as the 2009 models which made 500 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.  However, using tuning adjustments that Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) developed when building the 2008 GT500 King of the Road, the 2010 GT500 makes a whopping 540 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.


Transmission and Differential
blue shelby passenger front corner.jpgThe same 6-speed manual transmission from 2009 is used in the 2010 Mustang Shelby GT500. Gears 1-4 have retained the same ratios but in an effort to improve the overall fuel economy of the GT500, the fifth gear has been changed from 0.80 to 0.74 and sixth gear has gone from 0.63 to 0.50.  This allows the engine to run at lower RPMs at highway speeds, thus using less fuel when cruising.  The new lower 5th and 6th gears have also allowed SVT to equip the 2010 GT500 with a 3.55 rear differential ratio, so the GT500 will have greater bottom end acceleration without hurting the fuel economy.  The twin-disc clutch has been greatly improved to handle the extra 40 horsepowerby increasing the disc size from 215mm to 250mm.   The fiberglass and copper construction makes them more durable than the standard Mustang clutch.  The 2010 GT500 is also the first Mustang to offer standard 19" wheels, and the SVT-forged aluminum rims are wrapped in Goodyear F1 Supercar tires designed specifically for the 2010 Mustang Shelby GT500.

2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Drivetrain Specifications:
•    Engine: 5.4L (5,411cc) V8, Dual Over Head Camshafts, 4 Valves per Cylinder
•    Bore: 90.2mm
•    Stroke: 105.8mm
•    Compression Ratio: 8.4:1
•    Required Fuel: 91 Octane
•    Multi-point Fuel Injection System
•    Horsepower: 540 @ 6,200 rpm
•    Torque: 510 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
•    Transmission Ratios:
     1.    2.97
     2.    1.78
     3.    1.30
     4.    1.00
     5.    0.74
     6.    0.50
•    Rear Differential: 3.55:1, Limited Slip

Does this improved GT500 help eclipse the power difference from the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro? Talk about it here!!

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