• Jul 15, 2010

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We've just gotten off the horn with Ford's SVT performance division, and we've learned that the Blue Oval's hot-rod arm is going to limit production of the 2011 Shelby GT500 to 5,500 units for this model year. According to Ford spokesman Henry Platts, the move is not the result of slow sales, but rather a desire to maintain exclusivity. In fact, sales of Ford's king of the Mustang range have "exceeded expectations," with in excess of 3,300 orders already placed.

The 550-horsepower GT500 has not only been performing surprisingly well in a down economy, it's been going out the door loaded-to-the sills with options. According to Platts, there have been three times as many GT500 coupes ordered with the $1995 glass roof option as compared to the regular Mustang. In the "News That Makes Us Happy" category comes word that a full 68 percent have been spec'd out with the $3,495 performance package (includes 19- and 20-inch painted forged alloys, 3.73 limited-slip, tuned suspension, Gurney flap rear spoiler, etc.), and additionally, 70 percent of all GT500s have been ordered with the $2,340 electronics package (navi, dual-zone HVAC and Sirius/HD radio). With the GT500 starting at an out-the-door price of $49,495 before options, we're guessing that the GT500 is more than carrying its weight for Dearborn's bottom line.

While Ford is limiting total output of the GT500 to 5,500 units for 2011, Platts says the automaker has no plans to dictate how that shakes out in the coupe/convertible bodystyle mix. That said, if you've been fence-sitting on whether to pick up a GT500 of your very own this year, might we suggest that you make up your mind... quickly.

[Source: Ford]

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• Annual production of the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 has been limited to 5,500 units to maintain exclusivity of the product

• Demand for the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 has exceeded expectations with more than 3,300 initial dealer and retail orders received to date

• Premium features including the glass roof and the Electronics Package with SYNC, navigation and HD Radio™ are exceeding expectations as consumers show an appetite for new features and technology

DEARBORN, Mich., July 12, 2010 – Customer demand for Ford's new 2011 Shelby GT500 is growing nearly as fast as the world's fastest production pony car. More than 3,300 orders have been placed for the new Shelby GT500. To ensure exclusivity, U.S. sales of the 2011 Shelby GT500 will be limited to 5,500 units.

"We are pleased with the pace of retail orders for the 2011 Shelby GT500," said Fritz Wilke, Mustang brand manager. "The car continues to be popular with sports car enthusiasts and collectors who are blown away by the increase in horsepower and performance. The limited production of the 2011 should make this year even more desirable."

The 2011 Shelby GT500 is powered by a new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, which produces 550 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase over the 2010 model. The engine is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.

The new engine uses a state-of-the-art Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA) liner coating, a process that applies a 150-micron composite coating that contains nanoparticles on the internal surfaces of engine cylinder bores, replacing cast-iron liners typically used in aluminum engine blocks. The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation honored the inventors of the Ford-patented PTWA technology with the 2009 National Inventor of the Year Award.

Customers are showing an appreciation for the GT500's performance on and off the track, as well as its many features.

Standard 2011 performance features include the 550-horsepower aluminum 5.4-liter V8 engine, a new 2.75-inch exhaust system, revised brake cooling and pedal box construction for more consistent brake pedal efforts and feel, and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). SVT worked hard to make EPAS better than the outgoing hydraulic steering system, with improved torque build-up and road feel.

New for 2011 is an optional glass roof providing customers with yet another open-air option that does not compromise the coupe's versatility, headroom or climate-controlled environment. Three times more 2011 GT500s have been ordered with the glass roof compared to the base Mustang showing the popularity of this new feature.

Interior options have proven immensely popular, with almost 70 percent of the GT500s ordered with the Electronics Package, which includes voice-activated navigation, SIRIUS Travel Link™, HD Radio and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control.

The new SVT Performance Package is also proving to be a popular option with just over 68 percent of coupe orders selecting the enhanced performance delivered through this all-new option. The package was developed to provide track performance. SVT engineers worked directly with Goodyear to develop all-new Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires that give this already great handling car supercar grip and control levels. The optional package also offers unique styling, staggered lighter wheels with 19-inch fronts and 20-inch rears, a numerically higher rear axle ratio, stiffer springs and dampers, and a lowered ride height. The SVT Performance Package is available on both the coupe and convertible.

Other standard items new for 2011 include high-intensity discharge headlamps, MyKey™ programmable vehicle key, integrated spotter mirror and fold-down rear headrests.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone have advice on how to buy a GT500 without being ripped off with dealer markup? I'm tempted to go for one when the 2012 models come out and would love to be able to custom order one like I did my 07 GT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Find a dealer or wholesaler who would buy you one at auction. If it's an extra clean vehicle you'll pay about 2-4k under invoice.

        The 2010's are averaging $43k.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sat in one of these things in a Ford dealership the other day. Though the dash was pure economy Mustang, the alcantara steering wheel and ribbed leather seats were awesome. They had the hood popped so you could see the engine, Shelby valve covers, and SVT builder's signature plate in all of it's supercharged glory.

      I knew better than to ask to drive it but I know where I would go if I could: Burnout City.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ribbed...for your pleasure.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah i got to start one up and play with it for a little while. It had the electronics package as well as the SVT package. Pure awesomeness. Not 55k awesome, but awesome nonetheless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bought one of the first gt500s produced, probably the first delivered to Calif. I paid a good premium mostly because ford said they were limiting production to 20k units over only two model years. Well, as we see that went out the window. Folks said then, I was dreamin' if they thought that was going to be the case. So where was exclusivity 4 years ago?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right. Ford is in the position of building as many as the market will demand, so they never indicated (at least that I saw) that they would cap the GT500. However, I do recall them claiming to cap the Mach1 in 2003, and then went on to carry that into 2004.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes... what you meant was the dealership TOLD you that Ford said production was limited. This is the same dealership that profited from that premium, since Ford doesnt get any part of that markup. You should never believe what the salesmen tell you!

        It is foolish to ever pay for dealer markup on a new car. If you have money to just throw away on "ADP", then use it for something useful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LMAO, i'm a Mustang freak yet everytime i look at that front end i crack up. Ford designed that front end after a cross-eyed idiot with a toothless smile (check it out and tell me you don't see it). I'd still sport that thing hard as hell though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      5500 units? That kind of sucks. But I have seen test mules running around and they are just wicked. Wish I could afford one.

      And what is with all the Z28 talk? GM still hasn't even confirmed it. Don't get me wrong, I would like to see one but I will believe it the second it hits the showroom floor. It's still total speculation...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally i got this car its a used car but it smells like new one (10k mile , red with white racing stripes ) . it was my dream since i was 10 years old i`m 23 now and very happy to be one of the 5.500 owners =) . I
      Laura Lynn
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not happy at all to hear this. A world without Mustangs is a world without joy. How dull our existence would be without the Mustang to enjoy this beautiful land that surrounds us. Flying down the open road, embracing every curve so smoothly you find yourself being hypnotized by the road in front of you. Ah, what bliss!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport is now selling for as little at $47,950 for a base 1LT - which performance-for-dollar is untouchable at the moment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I have no problem believing this will sell very well, if they wanted exclusive, they'd go for 2000 units or so. 5500 seems like a lot to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Talk about nit picking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How many 2010 models have sold?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm perfectly fine with 5,500 units. I'm kinda thinking about getting one, to go with my parents' GT500s.

        But this number is probably in line with supply for a better price and an adequate demand for a hi-po pony car. But I'm sure when the Z28 comes out, Chevy will initially sell high volume for demand, like when the new Camaro came out but will level out later.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll just take a 2011 premium GT convertible with every option , then remove the 5.0 emblems & add a blower & wait for a the new Z/28 to pull up next to me at a red light !

      SWEET !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Games---pure and simple.
      • 4 Years Ago
      such a waste of money to be just another face on the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I also has an 06 GTO...pretty exclusive there...but most "ugly" cars are! Hah.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is a great car, but in terms of exclusivity, it's status only came about through failure of the brand, not through a desire for GM to sell less. They'd punch their grandma to have 100000 G8's on the road right now!
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually I had my G8 GT in mind. I don't see any of those anywhere on the road 100s of miles within my radius. And THAT'S a sleeper :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        true, but it also has the status as one of the best cars ever made by GM. it's a shame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not that I really care...but I constantly get looks in my 2011 GT500 SVTPP. A friend with me at Cupcake Meet #7 this passed weekend didn't even get proper pictures of it because there were always people in frame checking it out.

        I mean, it's nice to get looks, but it's not why I bought it. Being an all black car helps keep it sleeper from a moderate distance as well (compared to White with Lemans Grabber Blue stripes, etc).

        I don't know what world you live in, but there's a price to pay to NOT be another face on the road when it comes to new cars. Why car did you have in mind? An M3? Even more expensive, and it's just a muscled up 3-Series in the looks department. You really need to spend Aston, Jaguar, Ferrari, Audi R8, etc money to be "exclusive." Porsches are a dime a dozen in my town.

        I'm glad I got my car a couple weeks ago at MSRP. Not only is a markup justified with only 2200 national allocations left, I'd expect it.

        To the person asking about how to get a Shelby at MSRP...I muscled my way through the dealership with a sizable amount of cash in hand and perfect credit. And I have zero regrets. On that note, this car is only a waste of money to people who don't have money. I know I look like a d-bag saying that, but it's a fact of life. Deal.
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