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Old 12-31-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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2009 Detroit Auto Show: 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Like the new Ford Mustang GT and V6 models introduced at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2010 Shelby GT500 to be introduced at the Detroit auto show in January is far from an all-new car.

Like its more pedestrian brethren, the GT500 gets a revised look, a vastly improved interior and a bump in horsepower for the 2010 model year. The car goes on sale in early spring 2009.

Unlike the meager 15-hp injection given to the GT, the GT500 gets 40 horses more for a grand total of 540. And no, Ford will not change this car's name to GT540. The 2010 model uses the same, basic supercharged 5.4-liter V8, but it's tuned more like the limited-edition GT500 KR. A new cold-air intake draws air from the upper front grille through its own snorkel, and this piece helps generate the increased power. It's so important that the Cobra emblem on the grille has been moved to the passenger side so as not to block the intake. Along with the 540 hp at 6,200 rpm, the reworked motor now makes 510 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm (a 30 lb-ft increase).

The GT500's increased accelerative thrust will be aided by a new 3.55:1 rear end, in place of last year's 3.31. Even so, Ford says that the 2010 model will get a 10 percent improvement in highway fuel economy thanks to taller 5th and 6th gear ratios in its six-speed manual transmission. Figure it should return about 22 mpg highway.

In truth, the last thing the GT500 really needs is more power; what it needs is a retuned suspension. The 2009 GT500 is just too soft and floppy for track duty, with a noted tendency toward understeer. Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief nameplate engineer, has been aware of this fact. So Hameedi says the 2010 GT500 incorporates lessons learned from the KR development for suspension tuning as well. For example, the 2010 GT500's front springs are 13 percent stiffer and the rears are 7 percent stiffer. The new model also carries the next generation of Goodyear's Eagle F1 Supercar tires, upsized to 19-inchers for the coupe. The convertible version (which arrives at the same time as the coupe and should account for about 30 percent of sales) sticks with 18-inch wheels and tires. Hameedi claims the GT500 should be significantly quicker through the slalom and less prone to understeer. The new car will also come standard with the three-mode traction and stability control system (on, off and sport), just like the new Mustang GT.

Ford also tells us that the new GT500 will have better aerodynamic balance. A pan under the engine reduces front-end lift and a new rear spoiler reduces lift in the back. The GT500 won't be any lighter than the outgoing model due in part to the addition of more acoustic insulation. However, the 2010 GT500 will get a heavy dose of stripes. As Chief Designer Doug Gaffka says, "The car is all about performance, but a lot about design." In all, Ford will offer five different stripe packages, including striped leather seats and a striped cue-ball shift knob. And when we say cue ball we mean it — the shift knob is supplied by a maker of billiard balls.

In the name of science, we are willing to test the ability of the updated chassis to handle the increased power. — Daniel Pund, Senior Editor, Detroit












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Old 12-31-2008, 09:31 PM   #2
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I liked the old one better, but the front end on this one just screams NOM NOM NOM
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:33 AM   #3
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racing stripes on seats?!?
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Nice, racing stripes on the seats too. That's something new.
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I like it. I'm still a little skeptical that the handling will be that different.
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I never realized the upped the power on these things so much since the '90s. Where have i been.
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:28 PM   #7
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:04 PM   #9
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I've driven the 500hp GT500 a few times and while the suspension could use a little bit of work, it's not as a bad as some people say it to be. Throw some better tires on there and you have a car that cannot be beat for sub 50k.
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racing stripes on the shift nob.. nice..

dang.. mustang is so powerful now..
i want one.. i want one..
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Old 01-01-2009, 01:49 PM   #12
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I'm sorry, but this is an awesome looking 4 seater convertible..
I'd take this over the new IS250c or the G37 vert.. The two japs look so f-ing ugly
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the front end looks sick....likey likey
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too bad it's still a mustang... and a Ford. but other than that is looks good.

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too bad it's still a mustang... and a Ford. but other than that is looks good.

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Stupid idiot. Don't bash unless you have experience with the mentioned vehicle, which, I believe you do not....
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they did a good job with the new interior, looks great
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Stupid idiot. Don't bash unless you have experience with the mentioned vehicle, which, I believe you do not....
who said I wanted experience? Having driven a few GT's the car is not for me.

If I had the money to afford one of these, which I don't... there are much better cars that I would spend it on.
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i like it but way too much power for me
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the baby blue looks pretty cool
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If I had the money to afford one of these, which I don't... there are much better cars that I would spend it on.
Like a beaten up WHD Skyline?
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is it almost m3 laguna seca blue?
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