• Jun 12, 2008
KGP photographers have caught another 2010 Shelby GT500 prototype just days after shooting the first one, but this time the prototype on display gave up much more info to the spy lens. In the gallery of 10 spy shots below, we can see a much clearer view of the next GT500's front fascia, including copious amounts of mesh for the grilles, as well as a pair of inboard, pie-shaped lights mounted on each side of the main grille. KGP spies also noticed that the wheels worn by this prototype sporting five split-spokes are new, and that the rear rubber appeared noticeably wider than the front. This car also sported a roll cage, which doesn't necessarily tell us anything, but the seats are some serious performance thrones from Sparco. Unfortunately, there's no telling from spy shots whether Ford is planning on using these Sparco EVO2 seats on the production model. Click the gallery below to check all the new shots and compare them to the first set of GT500 spy shots we published earlier this week.



[Source: KGP Photography]

KGP Photography

After last-week's first shots of the 2010 Shelby GT500 Mustang, we have spotted another prototype--this time with better conditions and more revealing camouflage that has revealed a few new details. The camouflage on this latest prototype gets some new grille-mesh, which gives us our best look yet at the GT500's front fascia. We can now clearly see the outer edges of the grille, the aggressive mesh treatment, and new, pie-shaped auxiliary lights placed at the corners of the front grille. The Cobra badge still sits offset in the grille of this prototype, but it's taped over in black, and is just barely visible.

The revised frontal camouflage is also pulled tighter to the front bumper, and the round fog lamps are now exposed, giving up another detail destined for the new Shelby's face. While the prior Shelby GT500 prototype was wearing the wheels from the current model, the latest test car was wearing new open-spoke five-star wheels, and the rear rubber looks notably wider than the front.

A close pass-by photo has raised another question about the specs of this prototype--namely the type of seats that will be used on the Shelby GT500 Mustangs. The passenger seats appears to be curiously covered in what appears to be the same material used to camouflage the dashboard design. The test driver's seat was uncovered, and could be identified as a Sparco EVO2--a very serious high-performance seat. A roll cage is also clearly installed in this prototype. Outfitted as it is, this Shelby looks nearly competition-ready.

A roll cage in any prototype doesn't necessarily mean anything, as certain tests require extra protection, but have nothing to do with an actual production application. Similarly, the aggressive driver's seat could be in place for some special, aggressive track testing, and may not be production-bound. It's the presence of the "bag" covering the other seat that has us more than a little curious. The prior Shelby prototype was outfitted with relatively conventional seats, and were completely uncovered. Then again, the interior was also completely uncovered, so we may have just caught a uniquely uncamouflaged interior. Perhaps the seat cover is only hiding some cool Cobra embossing--we can only speculate at this point.

What was clear was that these latest shots of the Shelby GT500 gave us our best look yet at its front fascia, and it's level of specification made it ready for some serious high-performance duty. Whether the spec-level captured here is destined for production is the real question--a question that only Ford insiders can answer at this point.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Another article about special edition of Ford Mustang. Special edition of Ford Mustang - what a novel idea!
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a cage in this car, to which no doubt the 4 pt belts are hooked.

      This looks like a testing/Ford Racing item as it would render the rear seats (which are there in the photos) useless.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm hoping this car doesn't get "hips" like the Challenger or Camaro. The Mustang is a very nice, clean design and it'd be a shame to see it get cluttered up.
      Chris
      • 6 Years Ago
      The other spy photos of the gt500 have regular seats, so it's probably some kind of special edition.

      Possibly the gt500KR or super snake?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is not the current S197 platform. Notice the Hump aft of the Door and the inset Turn Signals and the bottom portion of the Grill. It could be 1 of the future versions of the Mustang Variants though as the Rear Wheels look huge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hasn't Ford said something in the past about going to 4-point seatbelts in some of their cars in the 2010 timeframe? While that was, if i recall correctly, about more conventional/staid passenger cars, these sorts of comp-style seats with 4-point belts would be consistent with that, no?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's what Ford's "belt and suspenders" system does.
        • 6 Years Ago
        4 points right now are illegal for some reason. They are safer. Theres regulation government for you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Government or no, do not use 4-point seatbelts in a car that doesn't have a rollcage. It can lead to significantly higher injuries in the case of rollover (which hopefully never happens).

        And don't use 4-point seatbelts. Use 6-point seatbelts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The GT500 is about as much of a 'retread of a special edition mustang' as the Z06 or ZR1 are 'a retread of a special edition corvette', which is to say not at all.

      How about you NOT be a biased dick? Just a thought.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My vote is that it's either a race car for Miller racing school (or Skip Barber, Bondurant, etc.), a factory spec. racing pack, or it's a pace car for the debut of the new Mustang.

      The inboard grill lights would seem to especially support the latter. After all, how many lights do you need? It has primary and high beams in the main circular lights flanked by inboard directional marker lights, and fog lights below. What would the grill lights be required for? The driver's side light looks more like a scoop, which goes well with Ford's global design language and also looks a lot better than a Mustang-II grill light:

      http://www.muscularmustangs.com/database/19751.jpg

      I hope that I am right on this last point.

      Oh, also notice this is another model testing with 19" or 20" rims while even the current GT500 makes due with 18" unless it's a super rare KR. I suppose it could then be a testbed for aftermarket parts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Say what?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sparco? puke. Make mine Recaros. I've never seen an OEM Recaro solution I didn't like. Sparcos scream rice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      MSRP $179,995
      before dealer markup.




      Peso's that is. Ha.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd like to see ford flood the market with shelbys over the next few years, so there is plenty to go around at a normal MSRP.
      Right now the 42k car sells for 60k, and then goes and sits in peoples garages.
      It's not like the 03/04 which the average guy could buy and enjoy as a driver, not collector.
      Besides, back in the day very few people were collecting shelbys off the showroom floor, hence many of them have been missing or destroyed, thus no supply and a big demand making for ridiculous values.
      With 6000 (of 8-10k) of these each year sitting in climate controlled garages collecting dust not miles, there will be plenty in the future, therefore the 60k they spent to get it, probably won't rise to 200k like the predecessor.
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