Ford released new information and images of the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 to be debuted at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. Whether you like the new design of theor not, there’s no denying that it’s been seriously upgraded. The new Shelby GT500 takes this to the extreme.
The 2010 version of this snake’s 5.4-liter supercharged V8 gets a 40 horsepower increase from its predecessor, now up to 540 HP. Torque is also increased to 510 lb-ft, and it gets a new gearbox to handle the extra power, provide faster acceleration, and better fuel economy. Exterior changes are functional – a new hood extractor removes heat from the engine, and a Gurney Flap spoiler tunes rear downforce.
Helping the engine produce that extra power is an open-element cold-air induction system with a new conical air filter. A new, larger twin-disc clutch helps to increase drivability. Chassis tuning and a tighter suspension help with improved handling.
For 2010, Ford seriously upgraded the interior in the base Mustang, and you’ll notice an even bigger difference for the GT500. In addition to the use of genuine materials inside (real leather, real aluminum,) the GT500 gets a touch of class by using Alcantara seat inserts and a redesigned steering wheel. Other details include various Cobra and “GT500” emblems, different textures used, a white shift knob (as a tribute to Shelbys from the past,) and unique engravings will remind you that you’re driving a Shelby.
Expect to see the new GT500 at the Detroit Auto Show this year, and in dealer showrooms this Spring.