Ford recently demonstrated the prototype of the new for 2017 Shelby GT500 sports car at the International Auto Show in Detroit to both members of the public and Ford employees.
2017 Shelby GT500 release date
It is expected that sales of the new “Shelby” will start in the summer or autumn next year.
Release date: late summer 2017
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2017 Shelby GT500 redesign
Debuted at the Detroit auto show, the new Shelby GT500 is an even sportier version of the Shelby Mustang, and it has had quite a makeover, both externally and internally.
2017 Shelby GT500 price
Orders will start being taken for the new generation Shelby in January 2017, and it should be available in both coupe and convertible models. No official prices have yet been released, but it is thought that it will be a minimum of $50,000 in the U.S. market and no overseas market has been announced.
The current generation European version of the ‘Stang is available for €35,000 with an EcoBoost 310 BHP engine.
2017 Shelby GT500 exterior
In terms of appearance, there are some subtle changes, but the overall appearance is unmistakably Mustang. However, the new version has bigger wheel arches and it will be sporting new 19” rims, it has a slightly restyled hood and front fender which includes a front splitter. The car will come with Michelin tyres fitted as standard.
2017 Shelby GT500 aerodynamics
It seems that the developers have payed attention to the aero on the new model; front splitter, rear diffuser and rear wing will be fitted on this sixth generation model.
2017 Shelby GT500 interior
Although the Shelby GT500 reviews have criticized the current model for being sparse, surely that’s a good thing? Fitting a sports car with toys just adds weight and fuss, neither are great for a serious sporting contender.
However, the interior has quality trim and plastics, and a fair bit of carbon littered throughout the cabin. The seats are well trimmed and offer good lateral support.
2017 Shelby GT500 specifications
There will be two versions, a regular road-going version (the GT500) and a track version (GT500R). Both versions will be fitted with a 5.2 liter V8 power plant, which produces 533 BHP and 427 lb/ft, with peak torque happening at just 3,000 RPM.
In a first for Ford and the Shelby, the redline will be an almost screaming 8,250 RPM.
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2017 Shelby GT500 video review
2017 Shelby GT500 equipment
As you’d expect for a serious sports car, there is no automatic transmission option, the gearbox will be a 6-speed Tremec TR-3160.The GT500R will be put on a serious diet; no climate or media system, no trim in the trunk, no exhaust resonators and possibly no rear seats. Further weight reduction will come from the replacement of metal body panels with carbon fiber and the the suspension and diff also get an upgrade.
2017 Shelby GT500 options
The basic options of the car included:
- Xenon headlights
- Stylish 19” alloy wheels
- rear diffuser
- separate climate system
- advanced 9 speakers music, information and entertainment system
- 8’’ touchscreen on the front panel.
Shelby GT500 brand history
The first GT500 model was launched in 1965, the same year as the original Mustang. The first models were fitted with a 4.7liter V8, producing 306 BHP. The Shelby versions were really only a styling exercise, although the standard version later got a bit more decoration; different color schemes and GT500 decals for example.
The new generation is thought to keep most of these styling cues, apart from perhaps the GT decals on the sills.
2017 Shelby GT500 pictures