• Feb 5, 2010

2011 Shelby GT500 with SVT Performance Pack - Click above for high-res image gallery.Follow the jump to watch video

The latest Ford Racing email newsletter contains some juicy stuff for Mustang fans. It confirms that the 2011 Shelby GT500 will be revealed this coming Monday, February 8, at 1:30 PM Eastern time via a live webcast, during which FoMoCo VP for global product development, Derrick Kuzak will also run down the SVT product strategy with Jost Capito, Ford's director of global performance vehicles. The newsletter includes a link to FordMediaLive.com, which is counting down the seconds to the webcast in real time. We recommend you click on the system test button, because doing so gives you a teaser reel of the 2011 Shelby GT500 (shown above), and if you've been following the leaked developments so far, it's pretty revealing. (Note: Ford has since pulled down the old test/teaser reel and replaced it with generic nature scenes.)

As you know, the Shelby GT500 order guide found its way onto the web last week. Among the new-for-2011 features mentioned (beyond the aluminum block for the blown 5.4-liter V8), are the glass roof option, which is installed on the car in the video, and the new SVT Performance Package, which is also equipped. Visual giveaways that differentiate the performance pack cars are readily evident: the hood stripes are skinnier than the ones on the standard GT500, and the body-side stripe is solid (it's bisected on the regular GT500).

Even more obvious are the different wheels, 19 x 9.5 inches in front, and 20 X 10 inches in back) that are exclusive to the SVT Performance Package. Finally, in the shot of the car's rear end, the spoiler with Gurney flap is plainly visible. Regular GT500s don't get the flap.(Never mind; I forgot that the 2010 GT500 rear spoiler had the flap, too. - Nunez) As specified in the leaked order sheet, the performance pack cars also get upgraded to a 3:73 rear axle ratio over the base GT500's 3:55s.On top of all that, The Detroit News reports this morning that the tweaked, aluminum-block 5.4 gets another 10 horsepower over the iron-block version, raising total output to 550 HP.

There's more to tell, but unfortunately, we're sworn to secrecy until 1:30 sharp on Monday. What we will say is this: The Mustang V6 and GT aren't the only ponys in the stable that get better for 2011. As good - great, even - as the 2010 Shelby GT500 is, the 2011 improves on the formula. Stay tuned for some pretty hot stuff on Monday. Thanks to Murray for the heads-up, and to commenter Mike for the Detroit News link.

Update: The teaser video has been posted to YouTube, and is now embedded after the jump.




[Source: Ford Media Live via TeamShelby.com, The Detroit News, YouTube]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's getting IRS. Can't think of another feature that would be worth holding back until Monday to talk about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's funny. Now back to reality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sounds like the numbers are gonna be insane to me

        550hp, how much weight? 3800lbs?

        with the performance package, this thing is as close to a street legal nascar as you are gonna get
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think you're right! it's the only thing i could think of also. if so, this thing is gonna kill and and it'll be a not so poor mans' M3,... with more power! and they're finally giving the mustang some real meats. 19x9.5 front and 20x10 rear tires! that along with irs and aluminum block and gt500 will finally be able to put its' power down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the surf-punker music. In blue, with the Gurney flap, it's starting to look like the Cobra Daytona Coupe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ya, what video? It would also be nice to see pics that are a bit better than camera phone quality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read the article. There's a link. the pictures are captures from the video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since when are thin rally stripes and non-bisected rocker panel stripes on a Shelby Mustang considered acceptable?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the system test video is now showing another video. Guess Ford realized their mistake?
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol it played (slowly) but i got a red X. lol. disappointed that there wasn't a single engine note in that video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Independent Rear Suspension would be nice.

      This thing with all it's "SVT'ness" might be an M3 hunter for those who like Shleby/Mustangs.


      But if it weighs 4,000 lbs in Coupe form you can forget it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh no, it doesn't have IRS! Somebody call the wambulance.

        Have you even driven a Mustang? It handles better than most cars with IRS in it's price class.

        IRS is overrated. I've owned an 07 Mustang GT with a 3-link SRA and now own an 03 SVT Cobra with IRS. IRS is the worst thing on my car. When you have over 500 HP, IRS is a pain in the ass to deal with. I could beat the crap out of my GT and the stock axles could handle everything without breaking a sweat. Now I can't even get on the throttle in first or second without inducing halfshaft-breaking wheel hop. Two of my friends also own Cobras; one has already switched to SRA and the other will after he puts a Whipple on. IRS does not belong on a model of a car that is heavily used on drag strips.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The one thing I actually do like about the IRS on my Cobra is that the back end doesn't pull extremely hard to one side if I spin the tires at low speeds. That is a double-edged sword though, because under hard acceleration IRS likes to wander. I'm hoping to get rid of that with subframe connectors, but right now I actually have to steer a lot more just to go straight when accelerating.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You really are misinformed. Ever watched the Grand-Am Sports Car Challenge? Mustang GTs are M3 hunters on a road course.
        You've obviously never actually been to a road course if you don't think that Mustangs don't road race. Oh and just an FYI....the advantages of IRS disappear once you get on a track with a smooth surface. If you road race and drag race, SRA has a competitive advantage over IRS.

        @ngiotta - In this economy you can get Cobras in great shape a lot cheaper than $23k. Got mine for $18k...not bad for a $30k car 7 years ago with 5 grand in parts. If you have 655rwhp, the IRS would be insanely easy to break. I've seen cars with less HP run through halfshafts faster than tires.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess we're into different styles of cars then. I have driven mustangs, sure they're nice, but there's always room for improvement.

        I guess I'd like to see a Mustang that isn't just used to go in straight lines, a stang I could take to the track and compete with other cars, but sure, I see your point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ DE07GT

        Ok, I understand the problems with the IRS that Ford previously made. No system is perfect, and it seems clear that the SRA arrangement is superior to the IRS one from FORD.

        That doesn't necessarily explain why the M3 is able to out maneuver these babies and still put down anywhere from 414-500 hp (depending on how souped they are). It would seem then, that BMW's IRS setup is superior to that of Ford's when it put it on the Cobra.

        At the same time, if, according to you, SRA is so superior to IRS, why doesn't the M3 have a SRA--seems like it'd be cheaper and make more sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wake up dude. IRS is NOT the end-all, and your comment about weight is also baseless. Doesn't a 4300lb. CTS-V stomp M3's?
        • 4 Years Ago
        A car that's almost twice the price of a GT should handle better than it, yet they compete against each other in the same series. If you think 414 is a lot then this just proves my point that they aren't the same type of car. 03/04 Cobras and the new GT500s have underrated HP ratings. A bone stock Cobra has 420-430HP and the 2010 GT500 is actually closer to 600HP. Three quarters of the Cobras on the road today has at least 450RWHP (from just a pulley swap). I know of more Cobras putting down 650-700 at the wheels than M3's with 500RWHP. (Oh and the car still costs no where near the price of an M3)
        Let me ask you this...who is more likely to race their car? (At the strip and on the road course). A Mustang. Which is more likely to be modded into high-horsepower vehicle? A Mustang. How many M3's have you seen that have a compound boost setup with twin turbos plus a positive displacement blower on the stock motor? A car that does all of these things will easily break halfshafts at the snap of a finger.

        People who buy BMWs are looking more for a touring vehicle that will remain mostly stock. What is the point of buying a $60k car if you don't drive it to its full potential? Most owner's see it as a status symbol that makes them better than everyone else. In that aspect IRS would be preferable. In high performance situations I would rather have a more reliable suspension under my car. When you are driving a vehicle at speed the ride will always be harsh, no matter what kind of suspension it has.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you want a Mustang with IRS, pick yourself up an 03-04 Cobra for around $23k. Then put a Kenne Belle under the hood for $6k and get yourself 655RWHP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW! I wish I could afford one. it looks awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love those wheels, i pretty much love them on any car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      where's the 'shelby' rear lenses??
      • 4 Years Ago
      I gotta say, I think the car in the picture above, as well as the video are friggin' ugly. Don't like the red/wht. combination, don't like the skinny stripes, and definitely don't like those wheels. Just saw a '10 GT500 at the Philly car show last night, and it looked WAY better to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 on the skinny stripes = Fail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn that music... I wanted to hear the engine!!
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