Luxury Autos:The 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 is the
most powerful Mustang ever to roll off Ford's assembly
line. Racing legend Carroll Shelby and Ford's Special
Vehicle Team (SVT) jointly designed this vehicle to
make it special. Forty years following the Cobra's
introduction, it remains among the most brutish cars
ever produced. Just like the old days, the Shelby
GT500 is available in a coupe and a convertible. The
engine was upped to a 5.4-liter, V-8 block with
overhead cams and four valves per cylinder with a
supercharger and an intercooler, giving the GT500 500
horsepower. Its transmission is a six-speed manual
and, believe it or not, it gets over 20 miles per
gallon on the highway.
The suspension, which is the same setup that brought
Ford the 2005 Grand-Am Cup, coupled with stiffer
stabilizer bars and coil-over MacPherson struts with
reverse ensures smooth, stable handling. Eye appeal
and functionality are balanced well. The rear spoiler
is designed to provide substantial downforce at high
speeds and the heat extractors on the hood, albeit
great visually, are there to maximize displacement of
the heat generated by the monstrous engine.
The fabric top of the GT500 convertible is made from
the same material as used on the Jaguar XK. The top is
available in black only, matching both the
black-and-crimson and the black-and-crimson interior
packages. The tachometer is on the right instead of
the left to offer the driver a better view of the
levels while shifting gears. All gauges are
light-faced to ensure easy visibility, and the front
seats are bolstered compared to other Mustangs to
improve lateral support.
A cobra is displayed on the airbag cover of the
steering wheel and embossed onto the front seats. A
GT500 Performance Interior Trim Package is optional.
It features a leather-wrapped and stitched instrument
panel brow and a center console. Upgraded door
armrests and aluminum pedal covers also are included.
This car is awesome!
For LxM James Rothaar
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