• Apr 4, 2007

UPDATE:
Video of Ford revealing the GT500KR has been added after the jump

click above image for 34 high-resolution pics of the Shelby GT500KR

A few of us here at Autoblog Towers consider the Shelby Cobra GT500 to be the purest expression of the musclecar genre since lead was removed from pump gas, so watching Carroll Shelby wander up on stage to introduce the GT500KR was an experience that could probably only be rivaled by using all 540 HP to set up the rear tires in a fog of acrid smoke.

We've already covered the pertinent details in an earlier post, and there's no new information to add at this time - other than the fact that the car looks downright lethal in person. Shelby did elaborate a bit, however, on how the KR designation originally came to be back in 1968 - it seems that the Texan got word that GM was planning on using the moniker for a big-block Corvette but had not yet registered it as a trademark. Shelby kicked his lawyer into gear, placed a call to 3M to get "GT500KR" badges on the way, and a few calls to his factory clarified that week's production plan. Back in those days, legends were born with a lot less red tape.

Check out our gallery and video of the press introduction, and take a gander at the rest of our New York Auto Show coverage while you're at it!




PRESS RELEASE:

2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR

Launching next spring, the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR model features a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 with a Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack that boosts engine output to an estimated 540 horsepower.

Produced in a limited edition of 1,000 units, the Shelby GT500KR coupe comes with a custom carbon composite hood with scoops and stainless steel twist-down hood pins, a lower front air dam with chrome-trimmed functional brake ducts and large 14-inch Brembo front brakes. The suspension has been modified with an emphasis on race-inspired handling.

Drawing inspiration from the classic 1968 KR model, the Shelby GT500KR also features 40th Anniversary exterior badging, unique striping and a distinctive interior with Carroll Shelby-signature embroidered seats and a 40th Anniversary numbered dash plaque.


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  • 17 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't it amazing how they (Ford/SVT/Shelby) can come out with a new
      car that's suped up more than the one the year before ???
      I would think with an even smaller, limited prodcution run of 1,000
      vehicles like it says in the article. The dealer markup for these will
      be higher.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Fantastic looking Mustang, I think it is the best color combo ever with the blue racing stripes. It puts the regular GT500 to shame, especially the wheels. I also don't understand why they still use these prehistoric antennas.
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      DPCcars
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't it amazing how they (Ford/SVT/Shelby) can come out with a new car that's suped up more than the one the year before ???
      I would think with an even smaller, limited prodcution run of 1,000 vehicles like it says in the article. The dealer markup for these will be higher.

      http://www.americantruckdeals.com/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait, an "over priced ford?" are you kidding me!! when the frist Shelbys came out(the new ones) the pricing started at around $40-50,000, ppl were willing to play up to twice that for one. this car is BADASS, Corvette? Camaro? hahaha Their designers are probably shitting the bed after seeing this beauty. Mustangs are Americas Muscle car. End of Story.

      GREAT JOB Ford and Shebly on kicking the everyones ass! AGAIN!
      • 7 Years Ago
      @#2 - I agree. It looks really good until you notice the antenna messing up the body lines.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another Over Priced Ford. How musch the dealers going to beat you up on this P.O.G.

      Chris Kerry
      • 7 Years Ago
      1st mod. Shave the antenna.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah, that antenna hurts the cars looks a lot. I didn't know car manufacturers still used them (or had them undisguised like that)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Ford, could you please come out with several more Mustangs?

      Straight from the Ford website:
      http://www.fordvehicles.com/cars/mustang/index.asp?SECTION=MODELS

      V6 Mustang Deluxe
      V6 Mustang Premium
      Mustang GT Deluxe
      Mustang GT Premium
      Shelby GT 500
      Shelby GT Convertible
      V6 Pony Package
      GT Cal Special Package
      and now...the Shelby GT 500KR
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is one sweet looking ride.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Best Mustang yet, this car is beautiful.
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