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2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

 

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, a car more crucial to the brands performance reputation than its bottom line. Carrol Shelbys name is legendary among Ford fans, and for good reason. Since the 1960s, cars bearing the Shelby logo have been feared by foes and cherished by owners. The latest in the shelby line, the 2010 GT500, is primed to carry on the tradition, taking the title of Ford’s most powerful SVT-tuned Mustang ever!

 

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Safety is addressed with technical features such as 4-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Also included, Driver Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag, Passenger Air

Bag On/Off Switch, Auto-On Headlights, Traction Control, Auto-Off Headlights and Electronic Stability Control. Crash test rating results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

The GT500 should feel even more powerful thanks to a shorter rear-end ratio (3.55:1 Versus 3.31:1) to ensure that the new rear-end  wont’t make the car too busy on the highway, the engineers made the top two gear’s of the six-speed manual transmission (it’s the only available gearbox) Taller. Only a Base convertible with automatic transmission and a GT coupe with manual have been made available for test so far. The V6 in Base models provides surprisingly quick acceleration, and the automatic transmission downshifts quickly for passing. The V8-powered GT is even stronger in all driving situations, with snappy throttle response and ample torque. The manual transmission has smooth, positive shifter and clutch action. They also revised the linkage, for shorter, quicker throws like the standard mustang, the GT500 benefits from the recent reskin. Of course, there are plenty of unique bits on the Shelby version. The aluminum hood sports functional air extractors. A new front air dam and rear spoiler altered the aerodynamics for better high-speed stability. There’s the cobra badge on the grill, which was moved from the right side to the left to allow a clear path to the cone-style air filter. The suspension also gets new SVT tuning, with revised spring and damper rates for better roll control, thanks in part to work done in the GT500 KR program. Handling is further improved with new 19in Goodyear F1 Supercar tires on forged aluminum wheels.The main gauges are inset into chrome trim rings; they’re large and clearly marked, but can be partially obscured by the driver’s hands on the steering wheel. Manual shifting is awkward when the console cupholders are in use. With either transmission, the shifter interferes with the low-mounted climate controls. Still, most buttons are large and easy to reach, with most all functions self evident.Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Interior

The GT500 is a very thirsty car, (the base price includes a $1000 gas-guzzler tax) this much power does not come free. In Consumer Guide testing, a V6 convertible with automatic transmission averaged 20.0 mpg. Manual-transmission GT models averaged 18.0-20.4 mpg. Both V6 and GT use regular-grade gas. The Shelby GT500 requires premium.

Mustang Shelby GT500 Interior

MSRP: $20,995 – $51,325

Overall CarAdviceUSA Rating: ★★★★☆

For more information on the 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 please visit www.fordvehicles.com

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