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post #1 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Shelby GT500 will live on for 2015+ S550 Mustang

For those of you who were wonder if Ford might drop the Shelby GT500 model from it's future mustang line-up, fear no more, the Shelby GT500 WILL live on!

Don't forget to check out a rendering of it here: NEW: 2015 Mustang GT500 Rendering

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Ford took the automotive industry by surprise when it unveiled the 2013 Shelby GT500 back in November. With its 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower and new aerodynamics allowing for a top speed of 202 mph, the new GT500 is unequivocally the most impressive Mustang to ever come from the factory. However, with the next generation Mustang coming in 2014 as a 2015 model, what’s in store for the GT500′s future? Will there even be a Shelby GT500 when the next generation Mustang is introduced? Ford could easily return to using the SVT Cobra name or even go with a completely different moniker.

According to Shelby American president John Luft, though, the Shelby GT500 will continue on as a model well into the Mustang’s next generation. In an exclusive interview at the New York Auto Show last week, Luft told MustangsDaily.com that “the contract [with Ford] has been extended, and we have a long-term vision for our relationship. It has been extended through 2015 and beyond.”

Luft went on to explain that the relationship between Ford and Shelby has been extremely beneficial to both companies. “When something works you just don’t change it,” he said. “Clearly, having a Shelby in their stable as their halo car has really worked for them. Ford Motor Company loves it, their dealers love it, and we love it. It gives us a great platform. So we need Ford Motor Company to develop great base cars.”

According to Luft, Shelby plans to continue to focus on small production runs of cars like the GT350, GTS and GT500 Super Snake and leave the large scale operations up to Ford. “We could never produce the volume that they produce,” he told us. “We’ve sized our business to build 500-600 cars per year. That’s our sweet spot. To ever do another production run like the GT was where it was 6,000 or 7,000 cars, it’s not in our game plan.”
Shelby GT500 will continue past 2014 as part of next generation Mustang lineup | Mustangs Daily



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post #2 of 8 Old 05-27-2013, 12:07 PM
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Ford better continue making the GT500. Though I wouldn't mind if they readopted the cobra moniker either. But if there was plans to completely drop supercharged V8 engines from the Mustang, Ford would be losing their minds... and customers.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-28-2013, 11:24 AM
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Call me ignorant but I wasn't aware that Shelby was a separate company from Ford. I always thought it was a Ford line.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-28-2013, 01:49 PM
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There's no way they couldn't include Shelby on this, as long as the Mustang is a performance focused vehicle in specific trim levels with a V8, there will always be a Shelby edition to follow.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-28-2013, 03:01 PM
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There is no news like good news. I forgot about the Shelby Gt500 for a slight second. Well at least they will making a new one so the legend himself can live on through the new mustang.
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I don't know about the new mustang looking like that unless the GT500 will be different look. Going with the rendering it looks too much like the current camaro.

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I don't know about the new mustang looking like that unless the GT500 will be different look. Going with the rendering it looks too much like the current camaro.



I see it as well I would hate to say it but if the Shelby Gt500 actually looks like that I could see a lot of people say its a knock of Camaro with a different front end.
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The Camaro is more boxy looking but this render of the Shelby Gt500 mustang looks much better and smoother. A lot more modern. Do you guy like the tiny head lights?
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