2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Review
The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a god among muscle cars. For 2011, it gains more power and sheds a lot of weight -- making it the best iteration yet. "Who among the Mustang faithful wouldn't want the fastest and arguably best Mustang ever?” asks AutoWeek. “The 2011 GT500 is fabulously fast, ruggedly handsome and imposingly obvious. It has leading-edge technologies that pony cars aren't necessarily supposed to have."
The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a performance-tuned variant of the 2011 Ford Mustang -- which earns praise among muscle cars for its impressive performance and attractive retro-styled exterior design. In fact, the latest Ford Mustang is arguably a Camaro killer.
Engineered in partnership with the legendary Carroll Shelby, who created the first Ford Mustang Shelby GT in 1965 by modifying a regular Ford Mustang, the 550-horsepower 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a drag racer’s dream. And though it’s not designed to behave like an agile sports car, test drivers report that performance upgrades allow it to handle twists and turns with more ease than ever before. Altogether, reviewers find that this pony is a great American performance vehicle.
Though the Mustang Shelby GT500 received extensive upgrades in 2010, this year’s model is also revised -- leaving critics more satisfied than ever before. In addition to light stylistic changes and 10 more horsepower, the coveted Shelby GT500 sheds 120 pounds in excess weight and gains an optional SVT Performance Package. "When looked at individually, the upgrades to the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500's upgrades may not impress,” writes Motor Trend. “But when you're behind the wheel, the GT500's modifications more than equal the sum of their parts."
The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is available in two body styles: coupe and convertible.
- "The combination of less weight, more power, better tires, and a revised suspension turns the Shelby into the car it always should have been." -- Car and Driver
- "With an impressive combination of tire-shredding performance, fairly agile handling and a compliant ride, the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 is a winner that also offers classic-era styling and daily-driver livability." -- Edmunds
- "The Performance Package-equipped 2011 Shelby GT500 is no longer merely a rip-roaringly fast Mustang - it's a well-balanced rip-roaringly fast Mustang." -- Jalopnik
- “Calling the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 a lightweight is no insult, because it's now a true heavyweight in the midst of its track-day peers." -- Road and Track
The Bottom Line
Without a doubt, the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the best American muscle car available today. It bests the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS by 124 horsepower, and the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Challenger SRT8 by 115. The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 also blasts from 0 to 60 mph faster. The only drawback? The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is expensive. While the coupe starts at $48,645, the convertible starts at $53,645.
Before you drop nearly $50,000 on a 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, be sure that it’s the car for you. If you’re not planning on racing your pony at the drag strip, you should consider buying the 2011 Ford Mustang GT instead. It’s not as capable, but equipped with a 412-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 engine, it’s no slouch either. Priced at just $29,645, it also costs thousands less than the Shelby GT500.
If you’re more into the Mustang’s look than its power, settle for the Mustang V6. While it used to be the butt of jokes, this year it packs 305 horsepower and nets an impressive 31 mpg on the highway… which is nothing to laugh at.
Thanks to increased horsepower and weight-saving upgrades, test drivers report that the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is more capable than ever before. Like the rest of the Mustang lineup, the Shelby GT500 has been redesigned -- but still reigns supreme when compared to all other muscle cars.
The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is equipped with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 550-horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 510 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm. That’s a ten horsepower increase over last year’s Shelby. Like the outgoing model, a Tremec six-speed manual transmission is standard.
Handling components for the rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 include a power rack-and-pinion steering system, SVT performance-tuned suspension, and a four-channel Anti-lock Brake System with Traction control -- including Brembo front rotors and calipers. Also standard is a stability control system with three modes -- “traction off,” “sport mode” and “full off.” Drivers find that this system allows for a more thrilling ride.
At first glance, the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s equipment looks largely unchanged from last year. However, significant weight-reducing changes have been made. AutoWeek explains: "The 2011 GT500 gets a new aluminum engine block, cast by Honsel in Germany and finished with a metallurgical process called Plasma Transfer Wire Arc. Steel cylinder liners are sprayed in under extreme pressure at 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit, then machined to a thickness of 150 microns. As result, the 2011 block weighs 102 pounds less than the previous cast-iron block.”
That’s not all. “Other weight (and fuel) savers include an electric power-steering pump,” AutoWeek continues. “Charge cooling capacity for the Roots-type supercharger increases 40 percent, thanks to a larger, two-layer intercooler.” Altogether, the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 weighs 120 pounds lighter than the 2010 model. Best of all, most of the weight reduction comes from the front end -- contributing to a more balanced weight distribution and, ultimately, better handling.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is further set apart from other Mustangs by its front air dam and rear spoiler which enhance its aerodynamics. Optional for 2011 is a SVT Performance Package, which -- among other things -- includes a 3.73 limited slip rear axle, eye-catching 19" front and 20" rear painted forged aluminum wheels, and unique front and rear springs.
According to the EPA, the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 nets a city/highway fuel economy of 15/23 mpg. While that’s not as powerful as the Mustang V6’s reported 31 mpg (highway), the Shelby GT500 is a much more powerful machine.
- "Shifting? The linkage of the Tremec TR6060 6-speed is direct and gates are well defined, though it's a little balky when rushed."--Road and Track
- "Ford's track numbers speak for themselves: 0-60 mph, 4.2 seconds; quarter-mile, 12.3 seconds at 119 mph; skid pad, 1.01 g; 60 mph-0, 106 feet. It's more than five seconds faster than the 2010 GT500 around the full 3.2-mile circuit at Virginia International Raceway. "--AutoWeek
- "With more power than any of the revered Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s, the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 offers performance that's nothing short of intoxicating. Just as its specs suggest, the GT500 lunges forward with exotic-car verve when you boot the throttle. Gearchanges are positive and crisp, and the overall driving experience can be either civilized or brutal, depending on your mood and how quickly you move your throttle foot."--Edmunds
- "The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 bathes you in reassurance and proves lithe and responsive from VIR's start to finish. From the lightened load to the upgraded rubber (all the cars we drove had the SVT pack), its actions feel sharper, its grip level is far higher. It's a downright hoot to drive quickly -- especially with your right foot mercilessly prodding the rear end. That such confidence is available from a 3800-pound Mustang with 550-horsepower is an impressive feat."--Motor Trend
- "Ford has also lowered the GT500 by 11 millimeters up front, and 8 millimeters out back for improved handling. SVT says it added slotted brake dust shields to help improve brake cooling and handling, as well as a new pedal box with is aimed at improving clutch and pedal efforts."--Left Lane News
- "This less porky GT500 also gets better EPA gas mileage-up from 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway to 15 and 23-making it the first GT500 to avoid a gas-guzzler penalty."--Car and Driver