• May 9th 2006 at 11:06AM
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StangsUnleashed is reporting that Ford has told its dealers that SVT will produce 9,000 Shelby GT500 Mustangs, which is well above the anticipated 7,500 - 8,000 units we were expecting. Ford is on track with its timetable for production, so the GT500s are expect to reach dealers by the end of June. While Ford will wait until the last week of May to announce MSRP for the coupe and convertible, the GT500's marketing manager reportedly said it will be the only 500+ horsepower car in the world available for under $50,000.

[Source: StangsUnleashed]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Might have been a good concept 10 years ago for the opportunity to make an excessive profit, on a car not worth the money. But in todays economy the price tag of close to 50,000 for this muscle car will not go over well.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The F-150 SVT Lightning had the same motor, didn't it? Did it make 500HP for under $50K?

      Note it also had a live rear axle.

      You can keep both of them. A Mustang should hover around $22K, not $50K, considering what you're getting. Okay, this one is a little more powerful, I guess that's good for another $3K to some people, but not me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is NOT the same engine as the SVT Lightning. The SVT Lightning only made 380HP. This thing basically has the same engine as the Ford GT supercar. I think it really should be priced under $40k, but I have no doubt that they'll sell every one of 'em at "under $50k". I'm sure many will be sold for significantly higher than $50k - even though SVT will "heavily discourage" dealer markups. :rolleyes: Puh-lease... you KNOW the dealers are going to gouge the crap out of this thing at first!
      • 9 Years Ago
      First of all, SVT Lightning had a 380 hp. Secondly, if a Mustang should be around $22K, can you name another car with 300 hp that's $22K? Also you think 200 hp upgrade is worth $3K, please, oh please name any 500 hp car that is $25K.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bet they sell every last one of them...and $50k will probably be the minimum. Look all the Saleens and Roush's out there form the last generation Mustang that ppl paid in the high $30's and low $40's. This iteration is light years ahead of those and as I said before, $50k will be a bargain. Just sit back and see.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is the ultimate Mustang. I am not a Mustang fanatic, but I have heard enough buzz about this car to guarantee they will all sell for well over MSRP. A US market of over 275 million people and only 9,000 made? Forget about it.

      The live axle is simple more capable when it comes to transfering all that power to the wheels. And, this is not some old rear end from the sixties. The design of this solid axle is thoroughly modern.

      There are plenty of new Mustangs you can buy for $22k. They sell about 40,000 a year. The 500hp Shelby GT500 will outrun a few Porsches and Maseratis but the real story is in the exclusivity and future value. Think about Barrett Jackson 2037...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Like a dealer will see it for that. expect 60k or more.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Considering the price of a new Z06 or Viper, it's priced competitively, but for some reason the $50K price does not sit well. I do like Mustangs, but when I see pictures of the GT500, I just don't get the "d@mn I wish I had 50K to drop on that" feeling. Might be just me....
      You can probably expect "1st year of the PT Cruiser" type shenanigans from dealers on the final price.. :-(
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's not gouging if someone is willing to pay it...that's called market value.

      They didn't just drop a new powerplant into a base GT and call it a GT500. There is much more than just a 500hp motor involved here. There is also the beefed up drive train to handle it, upgraded exhaust and the suspension/brakes upgrades to stop it. The wheels and tires alone would cost you at least $2500. You add up all those upgrades and you would easily take a $27k GT to the low $40's not including labor for the install.

      • 9 Years Ago
      too bad most dealers are marking up the price. I had the chance to get the first one from my dealer but they want 20k over sticker. For $62,000 I could get a new Z06 or an M3. I really want this car but thats asking too much.
      • 9 Years Ago
      hah hah hah hah hah... $50K... hah hah hah hah hah... lets see, a Corvette or a Mustang, hmmmm...
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