2007 Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 Review

The Shelby GT500 is the ultimate Mustang. It is the fastest Mustang to every come from a Ford factory – and it deservedly wears the Shelby name. Having been a Mustang fan for about as long as I can remember, just looking at this car is enough to get my blood flowing. Supercharged, DOHC 32 Valve V8. 500 HP. 480 fl-lbs of twist. And it has a back seat ( I have a son, so that’s important to me. )

Shelby GT500 Reviews

Jalopnik reviews the Ford Shelby GT500 and writes – ‘There isn’t much to this ‘Stang except engine. Beneath the bulged hood resides a 5.4-liter block of pig iron, topped with aluminum heads from the Ford GT and finished with an Eaton supercharger and intercooler setup. Altogether, this badassed chorus produces 500 hp and 480 lbs. ft. of torque at the flywheel.’

Yea, that’s one sweet engine.

Automobile Mag reviews the Ford Shelby GT500 and writes – ‘Crank up the big V-8, click the faithful Tremec six-speed into first, and one touch of the gas is all it takes to rock you back to 1968, when a Shelby GT500KR (King of the Road) Mustang cost $4473. Back then, the 7.0-liter Cobra Jet V-8 delivered a bazookalike torque hit without waiting for the tach needle to climb the dial. Today, an even more forceful smack is provided by a medium-size V-8 pressurized to 9.0 psi by the belt-driven blower.’

Car and Driver compares the Ford Shelby GT500 with the 2006 Corvette C6 and writes – ‘In the end, we wish this GT500 had more horses to go with its lofty price. The last SVT Cobra only cost $35,000 and was just as quick. We also couldn’t stop thinking about a one-off project Mustang we tested in February 2000, the Ford-built, 3587-pound FR500. With a naturally aspirated 415-hp V-8, it was as fast as this GT500, it felt a whole lot less ponderous, and we loved it.’

I have to agree here – the GT500 is too heavy. With the phenomenal engine under that hood, this car should be even faster than it is. Oh, for an aluminum engine block.

Published on November 29, 2006 in Car Reviews

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