• Feb 10, 2010
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.




Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Those robot arms in the backround are cool! I hope which ever auto-manufacture brought those brings them to the NY auto-show,pleaseeeeee!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So THIS is the cause for that little tremble this morning..... someone must have fired it up too close to a fault line.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think something has to give.....pony cars are way to heavy. I think the only way for car companies to improve performance is to throw in a lot of horse power and it`s cheaper to to do than trying to cut down on the weight. 3800 plus pounds is way to heavy. I`m a fan of horse power but it`s not all that matters.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A 2003 JGC with V8 weighs more than 3800lbs.
        http://www.wjjeeps.com/dimensions.htm
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can't compare the weight of a new vehicle with one that is 8 years old. They didn't need to follow the same standards as they do now. With that in mind, a new Grand Cherokee SRT-8 weighs in at 4,819lbs. Even a regular V6 4x2 Grand Cherokee weighs over 4,300lbs. Still significantly more than a GT500.

        One must take into account that the GT500 needs a significantly stiffer chassis than most vehicles because it's available as a convertible and has an engine that puts out over 500ft-lbs tq. That's especially tough to accomplish in a car with 2+2 seating, as so much of the length is attributed to the open passenger compartment.

        Sure, they could drop the weight on the GT500 even more, but one of two things will happen. Either the price will grow astronomically because of the use of light weight components. Or, the car will drive like a wet noodle and be poorly rated in crash tests. Therefore, It's all about finding a balance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Could you imagine how awesome this car would be if it "only" weighed 3200 like most cars this size? Still would love to drive one of these
      • 4 Years Ago
      These days, apparently, anyone who bolts/paints/modifies something onto a Mustang gets press coverage only comparable with Toyota's recalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that's the Kitko we know, completelly wrong
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the e-brake release broke in the interior shot or am I smoking crack?
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anything that engine is a beast.
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