Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ford Shelby GT500 specs

0-60 mph: 4.8 secondsEngine: V8 5.4 liter Supercharged 500 hpIt is certainly one of the most powerful Mustangs to date. This is the new 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 muscle car. To give you a small preview of what this sports car has to offer, let me sum it up with a few numbers and words: 500 horsepower and 5.4-liter supercharged V-8. Did that got your attention? It should have, for someone who likes sports cars with brute strength, those numbers will get them at the edge of their seats. What can I say, this muscle car´s power is classic Shelby. The 5.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 engine has been the result of Ford´s years of tinkering with modular engines. The results are nothing less but remarkable.The 5.4-liter, 32-valve V-8 engine is nice to read and surely nice to be heard, but how does it perform? Ford made sure that a mixture of air and fuel will be forced-fed into the engine via a "Roots-type" supercharger producing, are you ready for this, 8.5 pounds per square inch of boost. Imagine how the sudden power will affect your speed.And in order to handle all that power, the Ford Shelby GT500 sports car used a cast-iron engine block drivetrain, reminiscent of the old Ford GT design. The old program aluminum, four-valve cylinder heads, piston rings and bearings system was the foundation for the 2007 sports car GT500' drivetrain. A 6-speed manual gearbox also equips the new Shelby. The heavy-duty transmission has been made to withstand both road and track conditions. Solid Mustang underpinnings and upgraded key chassis components born from a fusion of improved shocks, spring rates and stabilizer bars care-off SVT engineers made the new Shelby strong and stable especially during sudden stops and abrupt turns.With that V8, you can imagine the sound this baby can make. This sports car roars. And as sinister as the engine sounds, the outside of the GT500 is almost as sinister. Have you seen a Mustang Cobra before? If yes then you´re familiar with the ominous front-end design, the wide upper and lower fascia openings and that functional air splitter. The same goes with the new Shelby. The look of this car can only be described as one mean machine. If you observe the sports car closely, you´ll notice that there´s the presence of an upper intake which made the Cobra logo float off-center. The logo takes the place of the traditional galloping pony that can be found in the center of older Mustangs. Also, the hood has those heat extractors sticking out near the leading edge. This is not just to make the look sinister but to provide engine airflow and create the perfect aerodynamics. Due to this design, the air from the engine compartment is sucked out through ducts that are attached to the hood extractors as the air from the outside passes through the hood.Definitely, the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 sports car is more than one could hope for after the unique collaboration of legendary Carroll Shelby and Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT). Now being a product of a great union of minds, effort and money, the muscle car sports a "GT500" script on the gas cap emblem along side an updated Shelby classic Cobra logo.When you look at the interior of the new GT500 racing car, chances are you will be a little surprised. Leather everywhere, that´s what you will see. You will find that the Mustang´s molded-plastic surfaces is covered by uninterrupted layer of stitched black hide. The trimmings found in the door panels are covered by leather as well. So is the steering wheel, the shifter, the parking-brake handle, the dash top, and even the console are covered by no less the genuine hide. The seat center panels themselves are made from red perforated leather, what else would you want? But strikingly different in the new GT500 is the usage of matte-aluminum finish on the shift knob, steering-wheel spokes, instrument rings, and vent registers. In the cars of yore, these parts were made of shiny bright metal decor.These are considerable upgrades which makes the already legend GT500 sports car more infamous. Base price of the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 has been pegged at more than $40,930.

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