Spy Shots: 2010 Shelby GT500 snapped again, more revealed
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]
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.