What happens when a legendary manufacturer from Michigan reunites with a legendary race car driver from Texas? You get the Ford Shelby GT500. This world-class collaboration between Shelby America and Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) continues to yield an instant collector’s Mustang that delivers serious horsepower and earth-shattering performance. Of course, Shelbys are, and always have been, about numbers: performance, horsepower, displacement, and yes, even production. And this 2012 GT500 coupe, which has been thoroughly massaged by Las Vegas’ own Shelby Automobiles, happily continues that tradition. Big horsepower? Check. Screaming performance? Check. Limited production? Check! There’s really no better way to see, or be seen, than in a rare American muscle car. And this one-of-a-kind Mustang is sure to turn heads, drop jaws and eat most ‘performance’ cars for lunch!
Wearing a sinister coat of traditional Ford Black paint under a spectacular clearcoat shine, this spotless 2012 Mustang has been in the care of two meticulous owners since new and presents excellent in every way. All the car’s modifications, aside from larger rear brakes, were performed by Shelby’s shop in Sin City, Nevada; and they add up to what is essentially a full Super Snake conversion minus Shelby’s beefier supercharger. Like most of our low-mileage, factory fresh pieces, this Mustang’s body presents as new in every conceivable way. Its shiny, wet-look panels are 100% straight with no history of accidents or damage of any kind. And a close look down its sculpted fuselage reveals world class fit and finish that, by far, creates one of the nicest factory Fords we’ve ever seen. At RK Motors Charlotte, we pride ourselves on being your number one source for specialty cars of all ages, and this showroom fresh GT500 is only the latest in a long line of exceptionally cool Shelby muscle!
As Ra’s Al-Ghul says in the current Batman film trilogy, “I see you took my advice about theatricality a bit... literally!" This killer Mustang, with its giant, powder-coated wheels, panther-like stance and completely blacked out exterior is about as evil looking as a car can get. Up front, a traditional Mustang grille hangs an offset cobra emblem between two intricately detailed HID headlights, a sculpted front valence with traditional halogen fog lamps and a sleek carbon fiber air splitter. At the top of the car a factory aluminum hood holds a carbon-fiber patterned air extractor in front of a carbon fiber patterned cowl, chip-free factory glass and a shortened antenna. At the sides of the car large cobra emblems ride between clear front markers, body-matched mirrors and factory side splitters. And at the back of the car blacked out tail lights, a bold, blacked out “SHELBY” script and a blacked out, GT500-exclusive faux fuel filler hang between a large, trunk-mounted spoiler, a sculpted rear bumper and an aggressive black splitter that’s pierced by “SHELBY” branded exhaust tips.
Like Batman’s gothic attire, this Mustang’s awesome appearance is a thin and very deliberate veil of world-class ass kicking ability! The supercharged 5.4 liter V8 is now 100 pounds lighter than its LESS powerful predecessor. And thanks to a mild tweak from the speed hungry folks at Shelby, the all-aluminum mill sends an astonishing 558 horsepower and 563 lb./ft. of torque to the car’s 20 inch wheels. Ford’s new wet-sump block utilizes freshly developed technology that trades traditional iron cylinder liners for a sprayed on, molten steel plasma coat to create a reliable powerplant that’s actually 8.5 pounds lighter than the one used in their own GT super car. That revolutionary engine’s thrust is provided by a familiar Eaton supercharger that’s been augmented with a Shelby cold air intake, a smaller Shelby 2.60 pulley and a larger two-row intercooler. A carbon fiber-shrouded Shelby radiator combines with a Shelby heat exchanger and a blue Shelby billet, anodized fuel rail kit to complement white hot combustion with ice cold coolant. And since Shelby engineers knew most of this Mustang’s admirers would want to check it out both on the track and in the pits, they dressed its engine compartment up with a number of cool aesthetics including Shelby coolant tanks, a Shelby shock tower plaque, a Shelby billet battery tie down, and a full set of Shelby billet fluid caps and dip sticks. In short, you’re just not going to break this muscle car. Twist the key and the mean mod motor rumbles to life, sending a symphony of bass notes down sweet Shelby headers to big Borla exhaust pipes. Goose the throttle and a Shelby GT500 idler kit combines with the efficient M122 supercharger to zing the engine toward redline. Click the transmission into gear and you’ve got 680 horsepower, an engine that eliminates performance-diluting heat soak, a chassis that is less nose-heavy than its older brothers, and a car that is more capable than 95% of today’s best street machines, all at your fingertips.
As most performance car fans already know, this Mustang’s SVT-tuned suspension is nothing short of excellent; but with a few of Shelby’s aftermarket bolt-ons, it sticks to the corners like the high speed luge winner at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The firm’s suspension upgrades began with a Shelby Performance Handling Package that straightens the curves, progressed to Shelby Camber and Caster plates that fine tune the ride, and ended with a billet watts link set up that keeps the power to the ground. Behind the smooth engine, a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission sends power to tall 3.71 gears and a factory limited slip differential via a Shelby one piece aluminum driveshaft. At the corners of the car, stops are provided by a Shelby Wilwood front and aftermarket rear disc brake system that makes good use of black, “Shelby” branded calipers, Shelby brake ducts, a full set of braided steel lines, and a combination of drilled and slotted rotors. Turns come courtesy of Ford’s super-efficient EPAS electronic steering system. Exhaust flows through fresh Borla pipes to bright, Shelby-branded stainless tips. And naturally, Ford’s standard ABS and Advance Trac stability and traction control systems are all present and accounted for. All this first class speed and agility rides on a set of massive 20 inch Shelby Super Snake wheels which spin sticky 255/35 front and 275/35 rear Pirelli P Zero radials around a gray powder coat finish. And, given its similarity to the Super Snake package, this Mustang drives and handles just as well as any of Ol’ Shel’s top-of-the-line kits!
Inside this Ford, highly bolstered Recaro sport seats, which feature Shelby’s traditional Cobra logos, fit like a glove; and a leather wrapped tilt steering wheel with convenient thumb buttons sports a snake on its hub. The instrument panel is a familiar Mustang layout which features a programmable “SVT” shift light inside a large, graphite-faced tachometer and great looking metal trim. Below that great looking trim, a familiar Shaker stereo combines with Sirius Satellite radio, touch screen navigation and Ford’s revolutionary SYNC system to become a one-stop shop for all your electronic needs. Between those seats a slick black-topped and white-stitched shifter is framed by an impressive, aluminum-clad console. And naturally, all the luxuries you’d expect in a high dollar modern car are ready and waiting including: cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, power seats, a power trunk, and remote keyless entry with a built in theft deterrent system. It’s always hard to describe a car that is essentially new in every way. So I’ll just sum this Mustang up by saying that everything is in impeccable working order from its ice cold air conditioning and super cool MyColor interior lighting to its snazzy, red-lit SVT sill plates.
The sale of this awesome GT500 includes an original owner’s manual, receipts for all its aftermarket upgrades, a Shelby product guide, both of its MyKey programmable keys, a Shelby-issued trickle charger, an ECM flash tool, a wheel lock key, and a set of Super Snake embroidered floor mats.
There’s no questioning the fact that this sinister Shelby is both a serious threat on the streets AND an instant collectible. Not only does it feature a hypnotic combination of killer performance and classic good looks, it also has the kind of pedigree and exclusivity that typically transforms today’s toughest street warriors into tomorrow’s hottest auction kings. If you’re looking for a no holds barred muscle car that’s every bit as svelte as it is rowdy and desirable as it is menacing, this GT500 is your ticket!