• Jul 26, 2006


Recently Ford stopped by to give us a ride in the company's new second-in-command supercar, the 500-horsepower Shelby GT500. We say second-in-command because if anything bad were to befall Ford's fastest product, the 550-horsepower Ford GT, well, the GT500 could assume command as the Blue Oval's flagship supercar just fine.




Unlike the GT that costs over $150,000, the Shelby GT500 retails for around $43,000 (good luck finding one for that price, though). We've already done the math, which shows that each unit of horsepower in the GT500 costs around $86. With the GT you're paying $272 per horsepower. That makes the Shelby GT500 one of the best bang-for-your-buck deals in the world.



Our time with the Shelby GT500 was brief, about thirty minutes, and our drive was limited to a suburban jungle of stoplights and school zones with a brief trip on the freeway. Despite all that, we came away from the GT500 impressed with its grand touring demeanor that makes for a great daily driver. This is an easy to drive car, the only hint of the power that lies beneath being the firm clutch pedal on our tester.



It may drive easy, but the sudden rush of acceleration when you mash the gas feels like you've been rear ended by a wrecking ball. We could go on, but Ford assured us that a Shelby GT500 would be in the Autoblog Garage soon, at which point we'll give Ford's second-in-command a thorough workout.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      You don't have to like American muscle cars, but if you do, you can't not like this new GT500.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not to drag this topic further astray, but the Mitsubishi Evolution IX is cheaper, faster, and a better handler than the STi. Therefore, it would be the better 4WD car to match against a machine like this.

      ... As to the car itself, I'm in aggreement that the upcoming Boss Mustang would be a better buy. It's basically a cheaper GT500 without all the weight; plus, it will probably be a bit more resistant to the demand-responsive pricing than the trumped-up GT500 is. Ford is Satan, though, so I'll go with a Corvette, thanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope to see these getting sold at near the MSRP soon, this car is awesome as a muscle car! If I could change anything about the car, I would drop 600-800 lbs off of it, and give it IRS.

      If this engine is truely as close to the Ford GT as everyone is saying, pull off that supercharger, toss on a turbo (or 2) and get ready to see 1000WHP on stock internals. Lets see that happen with a STi.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The GT500

      0-60 4.5sec

      1/4 mile 12.7 @116 mph

      passing 45-65 1.9 secs

      600ft slalom: 69.7 mph

      lateral accleration .92g

      Mt figure eight: 24.5secs @ .77g

      Weight distribution: 57/ 43


      The WRX STi


      0-60: 4.5 secs


      Passing 45-65 mph: 2.5 sec

      Quarter Mile: 13.0 sec @ 103.5 mph

      600-Ft Slalom: 68.8 mph avg

      Lateral Acceleration: 0.91 g avg

      Weight distribution: 58/ 42



      Behold the numbers....again
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like both cars, but I'll take the bait from earlier... how's that GT500 in inclement weather? :-)
      • 8 Years Ago
      If Ford lives up to the rumor of making a Boss Mustang that is as light as the V6, with 390hp and with all the GT500's underpinnings, I think that is going to be the car to have....not this boat anchor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice, How can you not like this car?

      The only other vehicle i would comfortably compare this to is a Z06 Vette ($60K)

      Subar-who? why was this junk even mentioned? Yeah, in ten years which car do you think will be of any value or even remembered?
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I first heard about this car, I was really excited about it. The idea of a relativley affordable car with a detuned (which can be "re-tuned") Ford GT engine is pretty cool. From what I have read though, It gets owned by the standart C6 Vette in nearly every catagory aside from interior room. I am nothing close to a GM guy, but I would much rather have a much more advances Vette (plus it has IRS) The GT500 wiegh 3900 Lbs. That is seriously un-sporting and ridiculous. It is a throw back to be sure, butfor all the worng reasons, i.e. low tech. Also, considering the mark ups going on right now (hopefuly they will subside) this thing is nothing close to a performance bargain.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Your (Steve C.) prices are skewed lets go with base:

      WRX Sti: $32,99
      3 yrs/36,000 miles
      cloth interior
      Comfort and Convenience Features

      Front Seats
      5 person total seating capacity sport front seats
      alcantara upholstery height adjustable driver seat
      Rear Seats
      bench rear seat rear ventilation ducts
      Power Features
      remote power door locks power windows
      1 one-touch power windows power mirrors
      Convenience
      cruise control speed-proportional power steering
      tilt-adjustable steering wheel cruise controls on steering wheel
      front and rear cupholders remote trunk release
      front door pockets 12V front power outlet(s)
      front console with storage
      Comfort
      climate control interior air filtration
      front reading lights dual vanity mirrors
      leather-wrapped steering wheel leather trim on shift knob
      front and rear floor mats trunk light

      180 watt 6 speaker/cd player


      GT500:40,930
      5yrs/ 60,000
      Leather

      Front Seats
      4 person total seating capacity sport front seats
      leather upholstery 6-way power driver seat
      height adjustable driver seat driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support
      Rear Seats
      bucket rear seat
      Power Features
      remote power door locks power windows
      power mirrors
      Convenience
      cruise control power steering
      tilt-adjustable steering wheel cruise controls on steering wheel
      front cupholders front door pockets
      12V front power outlet(s) front console with storage
      Comfort
      air conditioning leather-wrapped steering wheel
      alloy trim on shift knob alloy trim on dash
      front floor mats

      Entertainment and Telematics



      In Car Entertainment
      AM/FM in-dash 6 CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo 500 watts stereo output
      8 total speakers













      • 8 Years Ago
      The GT500 DID get bashed by a Corvette. All ya have to do is look on Car and Driver and its right there. It was the regular C6 too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You can't beat the fun factor of a roots or twin screw blower. I've ridden in 600hp turbo mustangs, all motor vettes and other high hp cars and I still favor the low end torque pull of this type of blower. This will be a very fun car to own.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The GT500 handles better than an Sti...


      Please explain.
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