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Click above for high-res gallery of 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 spy shots

We've seen plenty of spy shots showing the next-gen 2010 Ford Mustang, but these are the first batch of pics to show the high-horsepower Shelby GT500 version running around the streets of Detroit. Though the exterior is largely covered in camouflage, we can make out the Cobra badge on the far right of the front grille. And though camo often obscures the true lines of a car, it does appear that the next GT500 will have a different, bulging hood than the regular Mustang and a deeper front air dam. The spy photographers from KGP also caught the rear of this Shelby GT500 prototype with the camo lifted just a bit to reveal some unique detailing on the car's lower rear valence. Perhaps most significant is the view we now have of the car's interior, which is the first to be seen uncovered. The dual-cowl dash remains, while the entire instrument panel flows seemlessly from one side of the car to the other. The two giant gauges we saw earlier are also present here along with the rectangular air vents atop the center stack, and this model also features a steering wheel sporting a Cobra badge in bright brushed metal. No one's quite sure what will power the next-gen Shelby GT500, though our bet is on a new supercharged 5.0L V8 that will replace the current S/C 4.65.4L engine. As always, time will tell, but these pictures do give up some of the goods.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone notice the body coloerd rear view mirrors?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please carpet the entire interior, all the way up to the bottom of the dash.

      Why do I have the feeling (not based on these photos alone) that the new "GT500" won't be badged as such, and just as a Cobra? This is not a bad thing, at all, and adds value to the current run of GT500s. I can't stop thinking of how cool it would be if they badged the car simply, "Mustang Cobra" sans SVT badges. I'll take one in black.
      • 6 Years Ago
      good to see Ford spending its resources in making gas guzzling cars in these times of high price gas...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh please. We are all allowed to drive what we want, if we want to spend more $$ for gas, so be it. Get off our backs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Gets better mileage than a lot of imported 4 bangers.

        So what's a gas guzzler?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Fiesta? Fusion Hybrid? Developing their hybrid program?

        What? You think ALL of their money is going towards this car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can drive whatever you like, I don't care, but it seems to me that Ford would have better things to do, if they actually want to get out of the funk there are in right now. That's it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy crap, is that paint on the mirrors!

      I know this refresh isnt going to get IRS but c'mon Ford, next gen pleeease? The IRS in the 99-04 Cobras was only weak due to it being cobbed into 30 year old chassis. It could be beefed up and eliminate wheel hop from numerous suspension places. I mean you get axle windup with the solid rear. You only need a solid axle if youre going really high HP and slicks, and in that case you dont use the stock one anyway. I've never had problems with my 03s IRS despite having a ford racing twin screw on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford gave us the live axle for two reasons: 1) it's cheap and 2) there was no competition. All the fluff BS that came from Ford about how the handling gains were not worth the cost, blah, blah is just about Ford de-contenting themselves out of business.

      While item 1 still applies, competition is fast approaching. Even the Koreans are getting into the act. I say, bring it all on. It will only drive Ford to make the Mustang better, because they clearly won't do it on their own.

      The IRS in the '99-04 Cobras was a first step, a band-aid to an old chassis. A proper IRS fitted to a stiff, modern chassis would be light years ahead. The drag racers didn't like the IRS primarily due to extreme axle hop. But they have a fairly simple solution, whereby those that prefer good handling are stuck with excessive unsprung weight.

      The current Mustang has a number of inherent compromises that this fan hopes Ford rectifies with the new model. The live axle is but one of them. The interior basically sucks with a hard to see gauge cluster. It's like looking into a dark tunnel, except of course when the glare washes them out. The temp and oil press gauges are fake anyway, so there's not much point in watching them.

      The new Camaro has (what appears to be) real gauges in the center console. That interior looks a bit more friendly as well. I would not buy one ('cause I'm a Mustang guy), but whether or not I replace my 2001 Cobra with a 2010+ Mustang is up to Ford.

      C'mon Ford - you KNOW what you need to do. Don't just do a 're-fresh' of the 2010 Mustang - make it better.




        • 6 Years Ago
        While it's hard to say, one way or the other, what the materials quality will be like, the interior _arrangement_ of the next Mustang's human interface looks far less, well, overstyled than the Camaro's pods and dash-slope. The Challenger one-ups both of them by having a normal layout and a human-readable font in the guage cluster.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "The IRS in the '99-04 Cobras was a first step, a band-aid to an old chassis. A proper IRS fitted to a stiff, modern chassis would be light years ahead. The drag racers didn't like the IRS primarily due to extreme axle hop. But they have a fairly simple solution, whereby those that prefer good handling are stuck with excessive unsprung weight."

        Not entirely true, yes it was a band-aid, but no it wasn't primarily about the wheel hop, it doesn't handle high horsepower and they break when you add any kind of sticky tires to the equation.

        I guess we'll see how the Challenger and Camaro do once they start drag racing them with added power and sticky tires.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dave,
        I don't understand how having gauges lower down in the center console makes them more readable. Instead of looking straight into the gauge cluster, I have to look down at the shifter? There is a reason why gauges in the center of a car never caught on.....

        As for the numerals, Steve McQueen had no problem reading 'em...I guess he *is* super-human. Seriously, these numbers haven't posed a problem for millions of buyers since the 60s. This number style font was used in everything ( including Camaros )- if millions of people could see them, are you sure you don't need glasses? And if you'd be more careful in your comments, it seems the new Camaro interior taking a page from the Mustang's playbook- they are using the same 60s style font:
        http://jalopnik.com/assets/images/gallery/12/2008/01/thumb1280x1280_2221526424_9e0604b3ac_o.jpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      To all those complaining about the Interior, take a good look at the upcoming Camaro Dash Layout--it's horrible.
      As for gas mileage, the current V8 returned 26.7MPG on a highway test I just did this weekend. If Ford puts Cylinder deactivation Technology and Direct Injection as well as cleaning up the Aero a little bit, I think the V8 could see close to 30MPG highway. I am pleased with my Gas mileage--frankly the Turbo 4's don't return any better if as good mileage.
      GerardNYC
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im a great driver but being 'POOR' I drive a 93 Saturn. I'd like a car like this if some very nice man or lady out there who is very wealthy would be kind and give a poor guy a wonderful gift of life (into my paypal account at inventiveminds@aol.com) like this car here. I'd love a car world, I am asking the world. Can I have help to have a new car? I'm not a beggar, I am an 'asker'. Much thanks everyone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two things that will get me into the new GT500:

      aluminum-block engine, and Independent Rear Suspension.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To The Other Bob, it's not a truck, it doesn't need to be durable like a truck, as it won't be towing or hauling. Obviously IRS is durable enough to handle high horsepower...you don't see Ferraris with live axles. And yes, while it does handle better than your average family sedan, you need look no further than any comparison between the Mustang and Challenger to see that the Challenger, though bigger and heavier, rides and handles better. Considering how well the G8 handles the Camaro will be just as good if not better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude, you have no clue what a Mustang buyer wants. Most Mustangs are drag raced, not on a road course. Do you know that the 03/04 Cobra's had IRS? Did you know that 50% of the people drag racing those said Cobras replaced their IRS with a solid axle? And the 30% of the other 50% that didn't swap it had axles busting all over the place? Didn't think so. Stick with the solid axle, it's what the core mustang enthusiasts want. Kudos to Ford for giving it to US!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The solid axle is also more durable in that it requires much less maintenance. Ever hear of a solid rear axle coming out of alignment?

        I haven't.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ford doesn't care what the small percentage of guys modding thier Stangs to the point of needing a solid rear axle want.
        They will do whatever is cheaper and will sell more cars.
        If they can put a cheap IRS in it and make it handle better for the majority of people who will never take it to a drap strip then they will.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well it's the cheaper way to go, it's the weight and what the buyers want. Most of the enthusiasts want a solid axle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This interior is so much better than the Camaro or Challenger. The Camaro looks like two scared eyes and a pregnant radio area. The Challenger looks as bland, boring a plastic as the Magnum...which it basically is. This Mustang looks classic and clean.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The GT500 (actually, GT447), uses a S/C 5.4 boat anchor for a power plant...not the 4.6
        • 6 Years Ago
        GT447? Are you alluding to the episode of Top Gear in which they measured the rear wheel horsepower of a GT500? Advertised HP is at the flywheel, not the drive wheels. Drive wheel HP is always less than flywheel HP due to frictional losses in the drivetrain. Getting 447 HP to the ground from a 500 Flywheel HP engine would mean you're only losing about 10% to drivetrain friction, which is pretty good. I know the engineering is more complicated than that, but it's ignorant to measure HP at the drive wheels and expect the advertised numbers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A turd is a turd is a turd - even if polished and propelled by 500HP. Could the interior get any more ugly? There are more cheap plastics there than the Dollar store around the corner.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right because you can see the entire interior in the photos, or you've had seat time in the new interior right? All interiors look lousy in spyshots..they are prepoduction after all. Please, if you're going to say something stupid just do us all a favor and keep your mouth shut.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kimura.. shut your pie-hole, and stop brown nosing Ford and Shelby's bum.

        I have driven enough Mustangs over the years to know that this iteration also follows the same trend with the interior. If your eyes are shot and cannot see the similarity in the plasticky-look, then it's your fault. Are you saying they did not put in the final interior trim in that cloaked thingamazing?

        What did you do? Voted my post for low rank and patted yourself on your back?
        • 6 Years Ago
        saycheese, you are clueless and need to start thinking before you start slamming someone else for being a little more open minded. wait until the car comes out and you sit in it and then make your comments. how in the world can you make a negative comment about something you CANY EVEN SEE or touch for that matter. so lay off the comments to other bloggers for looking at things the right way.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Just because something was one way in the past doesn't make it the same way now. Does a current CTS interior have the quality of the last CTS? No, its far superior. And THIS Mustang is superior to the last in interior quality, so stop making assumptions based on photos and how "plasticky" they look. The whole notion of knowing how "plasticky" PLASTIC is from a spy photo of PREPRODUCTION NON-GRAINED interiors makes you look like a fool.

        And it sounds like someone has it in for Ford a lot more than someone else is "brown nosing".
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