• Apr 24, 2008
Click on the image for more live shots of the 2009 GT500KR

We got a chance to visit Shelby Automotive out in Las Vegas a week or so ago to witness the first 2009 GT500KR going through final assembly. Although the KR was originally intended to be an '08-only model release, demand for the new King of the Road was high enough that Ford and Shelby decided to keep on rollin' for another year and plans to offer an additional 746 units for 2009. As a refresher, these beasts are powered by a 540-horsepower version of the GT500's supercharged V8. If you love special edition versions of the Mustang like this one but aren't ready yet to buy, fear not... we have a feeling that there will be many more to choose from in the coming years.




Travel and lodging for this media event was provided by the manufacturer, as were the photos, since our camera was stolen on this trip.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess its convertible counterpart should be named GT500QR ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford always does this. They come out with a special "limited edition Mustang" and all the collectors buy the cars thinking they're special. Then they sell so well that Ford extends production which dillutes the numbers and they're not so "limited" anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Compared this to Rousch and would have bought the Rousch myself. Top gear has a funny video racing the 2 of them, look it up.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Hey I just heard shelby has a charity? hahahahahhahahaha
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even with production "extended" this car is still pretty limited.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Last special Stang? That was ONE year they had problems and stopped production of the Cobra. You will never see actual power from a car. All numbers are flywheel, not wheel HP. A 505hp SRT-10 Ram makes 442hp at the tires. I have seen many new model GT stangs turn 275+ hp at the tires stock.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Someone stole your camera ? You just use one ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the care but I hate the production version of the rims, they are horrible compaired to the rims on the pre-production model or KITT for example.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The extension of the model only matches the production numbers of the original KR's. I think that puts it at around 1400-1500 total.

      The stripes are vinyl...just peel'em off if you don't like'm.

      The car looks great. If I had a late model Stang I'd buy that front bumper cover.
      • 6 Years Ago
      540 hp= 275 real world hp. Remeber the last special stang that never made its claimed hp. I dont ever remember a vette or a camaro not making the hp chevy claimed it had!