2011 Ford Shelby GT500 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Like the 2011 Mustang GT at last month's Detroit Auto Show, the 2011 Shelby was unveiled here at the Chicago Auto Show with little fanfare. In fact, there wasn't an unveiling at all, as the new Shelby was sitting uncovered on the show floor as soon as we arrived. The car looks fantastic in person, especially with the optional Performance Package and its 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, and the thinner stripes look better than we expected.

The best part about the 2011 GT500, however, is underneath the hood. Ford has finally thrown out the heavy iron block in favor of an aluminum unit that contributed to a significant weight savings of 120 pounds. The GT500 still isn't a lightweight at 3,820 pounds, but we fully expect the handling to be improved over the 2010 model with all that weight removed from the nose. You can read even more details about the 2011 Shelby GT500 here, or you can view the new live photos from the show floor in the gallery below.



  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 delivers an all-new aluminum block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and better horsepower than ever before. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: On the SVT Performance Package option, a unique rear spoiler Gurney Flap was developed for increased rear downforce and improves handling balance in high-speed corners. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 delivers an all-new aluminum block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and better horsepower than ever before. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 delivers an all-new aluminum block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and better horsepower than ever before. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: On the SVT Performance Package option, a unique rear spoiler Gurney Flap was developed for increased rear downforce and improves handling balance in high-speed corners. (02/08/2010)
  • Ford Shelby GT500: The new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 delivers an all-new aluminum block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and better horsepower than ever before. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: A new glass roof option is available for the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, giving customers a less expensive option than a convertible, without compromising the coupe�s versatility. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 with the SVT Performance Package comes with all-new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires that SVT engineers worked directly with Goodyear to develop. Nineteen-inch forged-aluminum wheels in the front and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in the rear compliment the all-new tire. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: An optional SVT Performance Package highlights the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500; available on both coupe and convertible models; making it racetrack ready. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 delivers an all-new aluminum block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and better horsepower than ever before. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: On the SVT Performance Package option, a unique rear spoiler Gurney Flap was developed for increased rear downforce and improves handling balance in high-speed corners. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: An optional SVT Performance Package highlights the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500; available on both coupe and convertible models; making it racetrack ready. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: An optional SVT Performance Package highlights the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500; available on both coupe and convertible models; making it racetrack ready. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: An optional SVT Performance Package highlights the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500; available on both coupe and convertible models; making it racetrack ready. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 : On the SVT Performance Package option, a unique rear spoiler Gurney Flap was developed for increased rear downforce and improves handling balance in high-speed corners. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 with the SVT Performance Package comes with all-new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires that SVT engineers worked directly with Goodyear to develop. Nineteen-inch forged-aluminum wheels in the front and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in the rear compliment the all-new tire. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 with the SVT Performance Package comes with all-new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires that SVT engineers worked directly with Goodyear to develop. Nineteen-inch forged-aluminum wheels in the front and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in the rear compliment the all-new tire. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: A new glass roof option is available for the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, giving customers a less expensive option than a convertible, without compromising the coupe�s versatility. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: Performance shocks were retuned for the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 , adding control to work better with the chassis and tire. They were also painted red on the SVT Performance Package to differentiate it from the base Shelby. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 delivers an all-new aluminum block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and better horsepower than ever before. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 comes with an all-new aluminum-block engine that is 102-pounds lighter than the previous cast-iron engine and delivers 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase over the 2010 model. It also features a Ford-patented plasma-coating technology, which is the first Ford application. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 delivers an all-new aluminum block engine, even better driving dynamics and handling, improved fuel economy and better horsepower than ever before. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 comes with an all-new aluminum-block engine that is 102-pounds lighter than the previous cast-iron engine and delivers 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase over the 2010 model. It also features a Ford-patented plasma-coating technology, which is the first Ford application. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The new aluminum-block engine in the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 uses state of the art, Ford-patented Plasma Transfer Wire Arc (PTWA) liner coating, a process that applies a 150 micron composite coating on the internal surfaces of engine cylinder bores, replacing cast-iron liners. This process offers improved overall performance and durability, along with functional benefits of reduced friction between piston rings and cylinder bores, improved heat transfer and a weight savings. (02/08/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Shelby GT500: The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 comes with an all-new aluminum-block engine that is 102-pounds lighter than the previous cast-iron engine and delivers 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase over the 2010 model. It also features a Ford-patented plasma-coating technology, which is the first Ford application. (02/08/2010)

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