• Aug 8, 2009

2010 Shelby GT500 - Click above for a high-res image gallery

We already know the 2010 Shelby GT500 is incredibly quick. In our initial performance test of the car, we ripped off a 12.9 second pass despite our lack of drag racing experience, a slippery track and a stiff headwind. With an experienced driver and prime conditions we have no doubt that Shelby's latest muscle car can break into the 11's. At the time, we thought to ourselves that the car's 540 horsepower number was probably underrated, and it turns out we were spot on.

While we haven't had the chance (yet) to strap a new GT500 to a dyno, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords jumped at the chance as soon as they had one in their possession. The results didn't surprise us: 478.53 horsepower and 470.43 lb-ft torque at the rear wheels on a hot and muggy day in Florida. Much can be argued about exactly how much power is transferred from the flywheel to the back rubber, but the traditional calculation of a 15% loss puts the GT500 at over 560 bhp. Interestingly, it's still quite a bit less than the Shelby GT500KR that 5.0 tested last year despite the same official power rating. Even so, we're happy that Ford is now underrating their pony cars and preventing power-rating debacles like the one the SVT Cobra created back in 1999.




[Source: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Simply marvelous. Better get one now before the Greenpeace sympathizers controlling Congress bans 'em.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If anyone has the chance to drive this car do it! I love mine and it's such a well balanced car. Sometimes you forget you are driving a muscle car. It doesn't have that rough edge of the previous model. The interior is fantastic, which is crazy considering it's not normally a selling feature for this kind of car. With just a good tune the car is well over 500rwhp. A Teamshelby member already ripped off a 11.6 on a stock 2010 GT500 vert.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To set the record straight, that 11.6 time was not run by an entirely "stock" car. The owner stated that he had replaced the rear suspension control arms with aftermarket pieces. These cars have a wheel hop issue that can easily be corrected without spending a lot of money. I suspect Ford had to compromise to achieve the ride quality they were after and did so knowing that the majority of these cars would not be raced on a regular basis. But that is one of the best qualities of the Mustang...if you don't like something about the car it is easily changed due to the huge aftermarket support.
      I know Ford doesn't want you to hear this but if you are seriously considering a GT500, unless you just have to be the first on your block to own one, it might be a good idea to wait for the 2011.
      As for Matt, or P71 as he was known on BON before he got banned, he has been trying his damndest to be a one-man wrecking ball ever since Ford denied a warranty claim. Based on his obvious intelligence level, I'm sure they had good reason...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is it that every time a car journalist or wanna be does a 0-60 or 1/4 mile run, they always mention head winds, bad tires, hot weather, diarhea etc as an excuse or a reason for "it could have been EVEN better..."
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you watch the video from that day you'll see how windy it was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Because it's more honest than saying "Well, the thing runs 12.4, and we expected better." It is not, however, as honest as saying "Well, we suck as drivers, so all we could get was a 12.4, while anyone with any skill could easily run 11.80s".

      Journalists have egos, too, so you gotta cut them some slack. They publish in front of millions of readers, and admitting they suck is a tough call.

        • 5 Years Ago
        C'mon, Drew...wasn't knocking you guys that bad. :grin:

        Besides, I grew up in Michigan, and had a Hurst SC/Rambler that ran 12.97, so I claim to be qualified to comment, and the weather sucks more often than not.

        When you consider that the Corvette, Mustang and 911 have all outlived every other model in their nameplate, it has to say something about buyer preference, historically, and this Mustang fits right into that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, we admitted we had a "lack of drag racing experience" and in the article talked about how easy it was to get good times with the car despite ourselves. It makes the GT500 even more impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Drew - You do know about 95% of the people that buy that car are gonna be regular joes who have a "lack of drag racing experience" themselves. That mean the numbers you guys get are most likely the same ones they are going to get. To me that doesnt make it more impressive. Not everyone that buys that car is going to be a professional drag racer and have perfect racing comditions if and when they choose to race it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so, that car looks nothing short of incredible
        • 5 Years Ago
        Both the Aston Martin v12 and s600 Mercedes TT v12, well over the 500hp mark, are 0-60 in 4.6, which is slower than the 2010 gt500. It took me 3 seconds to find this in a google search.

        Both weigh more, and cost 3x as much.

        You calling this car bland shows how little you know about design, and how terrible your taste is.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. I never really cared about muscles cars, 'except the 68-69 Boss and the Sting Ray.
        The three new ones look incredible though, The challenger has incredible presence (but ok handling and a terrible interior), the Camaro has modern striking looks (again, interior is OK, and aspects of the build look cheap), but for the first time, it's the GT500 that is swaying me and really put muscles cars on my radar. I'm considering getting a Z06 or a C6-Grand Sport (it's coming out soon), a 911 4S or a C63 AMG. Those are amazing quick sports cars (especially the first two Vettes) that give Ferrari's a run for their money and look great. The GT500 being a muscle car exactly has never been comptetitive. That said, this thing has it's own presence (amazing what small tweaks over the previous model have acheived) and the handling has tightened up considerably according to what I read.While bench racers will say it will be slower than a base Vette around the track, the interiors here have nicer update materials (especially the new seats, cue ball shifter, aluminium trim and lighted door sills). It's also more striking to look at than the 911, which where I live is common place and bland (granted the 911 is a more nuanced dirving experience). I also like the low 12 quarter mile times here, which are competitive with the base Corvettes and the 911S's. Finally, the sound it makes is as nice as a Vette and C63 and unique in its own way (by the way, the Vette and C63 along witht he Aston V8 Vantage are incredible sounding cars if you havent heard them!)

        Ford has a compelling package in this car and I am def tempted. To me it's the king of the muscle cars today and I dont see anything in the pipeline that can beat it. Also, 600+HP is just a few tweaks away. (If only the tyres were wider though!)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am ignoring the performance, which is still impressive. There's something about how mean the car is that is worthy of note
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sour. Grapes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Matt, your comments as above:

        "Hardly...

        It is still an overweight pig that looks bland and is the slowest 500+ HP car on the market."

        Are way off the mark. A stock 2010 shelby just ran a 1.65 60ft, on stock tires, and clicked off a 11.6...proven by a timeslip. With a good driver it is a hell of car. Drop 1000 into engine mods, and the car will run 11 flat all day long.

        If you are a road racer, drop a couple of K's into a suspension and the car will eat porsches and M3's for lunch. Believe it, cause its happening all over the country, I should know...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never fear Ford Fan-boys . THE ECO-BOOST 6.2 LITRE. DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM FOUR VALVE V-8 TWIN TURBO COMETH !
      And the four star over weight re-called porky pig cartoon shamaro is already stuffed an apple in its ugly mouth . Soon , very soon , you can stick a fork in its ass .
      That behemoth couldn't run out a sight in a week !
        • 5 Years Ago
        Four total valves for eight cylinders? AMAZING! ... -LY BAD IDEA!
        • 5 Years Ago
        ARE YOU SERIOUS ? WHAT A TROLL !
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to admit I do love this car... a lot. I'd eventually ditch the supercharger for twin GT28s though: virtually no lag and a crazy top end. Nothing wrong with the blower... I'm just a turbo guy. Plus, twin turbo V8s sound absolutely crazy when you're on it:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGU3iHW7npU
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is clear this biased blog is in the back pocket of Fix Or Repair Daily and reports on useless info.

      Try for once being positive of GM as the 1st run for Corvette in GT2 took 2nd and fourth places today

      The new GT2 Corvettes have exceeded all expectations in their GT2 debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio with Magnussen and O'Connell taking the first podium finish for Corvette Racing team in the new class.
      For most of the race, the #3 Corvette ran second behind the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche while Gavin/Beretta was a solid third before dropping to 4th place

      There is some hunch that towards the end of the race the two Corvettes slowed up just a bit to prevent any performance restrictions that might come from the Corvettes finishing too strong in their first outing.

      NBC will show the race tape-delayed at 2:30 p.m tomorrow.

      So where were all the riceballs that claimed once the vette went to GT2 how they were going to kick our ass, in fact were is the POS GT-Ricer in any pro races in last 2 years ?

      Sounds like they only like the RING where they can lie and cheat and blow trannies.

      Not surprising the Eurosnobs are already complaining they cannot compete again the American Corvette and want weight added to them.



        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford deserves the attention, GM doesn't imo.

        If its any solace, the corvette is a nice car. The drivers, however...

        :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        For the record, I've seen quite a few pictures of the Compuware GT cars on Autoblog.

        In fact, search Google for "corvette gt1", guess what the #1 result is...

        Why are you angry that a car got a good review? I consider myself a Ford man, but I'm happy that Chevy's got a very good car in the new Camaro. Competition in the performance and quality departments are what make cars like the current iterations of the Mustang/Challenger/Camaro/Corvette/etc possible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interesting thing the me is the difference in reported dyno runs from the GT500KR to the new GT500.

      If anything, I think the new GT500 is basically spot on its reported power ratings. I know a lot of people say 13% drivetrain loss for older Cobras, which would put this new car right at 540. However, unless there was some funny business going on with the dyno, it seems like the GT500KR is being significantly underrated. Even at 10% that number is well over 540hp.
      Marshall Davidoff
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does it handle. Speed is great, but sometimes you need to maneuver.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new shelby is light years ahead of the last few years.
      It's finally not only a car with big power numbers, but also one that handles well and puts the power to the ground.
      People that bought the older model should be feeling ripped off right about now.
      For those who just had to have the last model (even paid over sticker), I guess you had to learn the age old lesson of never buying the first run of a model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        People who got the first model did not know what was to come in the future and should already know that the next models would be better. Thats the case with any car. If the first model was better or the same as the next no one would want the new one. That would make the people who got the new model feel ripped off.

        Remember cars are made to get better as time goes on. Second model it suppose to be better than the first.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Dan, while that may be true, people still went out of their way and paid heavily for their gt500's long after it came out and they already knew it wasn't all that great of a performer.
        Reviews were generally poor on the previous model.
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