• Sep 7, 2010
Shelby Mustang Concepts - Click above for image gallery

Earlier this year, Shelby announced it would focus less on building complete cars and more on selling parts, and that transition began when the company brought much of its manufacturing in-house and created a new speed shop to customize Mustangs at its Las Vegas facility.

Looking to the future, Shelby has now posted a query online asking its customers what they want to see from the company, and in the process it's proposed four Mustang aftermarket packages ranging from a V6 model to a twin-turbo Shelby GT500.

While probably the least likely to appeal to the everyday Mustang enthusiast because of its cost ($100,000 not including the car), the twin-turbo GT500 obviously caught our attention. The concept, codenamed 2010-04a, would be based off the 2007-2009 GT500 and would feature a twin-turbo system with variable boost good for 1000+ horsepower at the rear wheels in addition to an adjustable suspension, widebody kit, 10-point roll cage and more.

On the other end of the spectrum, Shelby is considering offering a package for 2010+ V6 models carrying the Shelby GTS moniker. This seems more likely to make it to production, especially since Shelby has already produced a working prototype. The GTS would feature various visual and performance upgrades and the package would retail for somewhere between $9,000 to $12,000. Finally, the last two concepts are based on the new 2011 Mustang GT and would feature the same styling upgrades as the V6 version. Follow the jump for a full list of proposed features for both the twin-turbo GT500 and the GTS model, and let us know which packages you think Shelby should offer.



[Source: Shelby American]

Shelby GTS Standard Features:
  • Shelby "Deep Draw" hood
  • Shelby custom front fascia
  • Shelby/Baer 2-piston front brakes
  • Shelby/Baer ERADISPEED rear brakes
  • Shelby/Borla performance exhaust
  • Shelby handling package
  • Shelby CSM serial numbered dash plaque and engine plate
  • "Powered by Ford" side badges
  • SHELBY trunk lid letters
  • Shelby lower rear fascia
  • Behind-the-door side scoops
  • Billet black upper grille with Ford running pony emblem
  • Shelby LeMans racing stripes over the top
  • Shelby signature side stripes with model designation
  • Shelby badged floor mats
Shelby GTS Options:
  • Shelby/Baer 6-piston rear brakes
  • Shelby/Baer 6- piston front brakes
  • Choice of available superchargers
  • Watts link rear suspension
  • Caster/camber plate kit
  • Shelby/Eibach suspension
  • Rear spoiler
  • Many available wheel choices
  • One-piece driveshaft (GT only)
  • Rear upper and lower adjustable control arms
  • 1" drop front lower ball joints
  • Bump steer kit
  • Goodyear street race tire package
  • Shelby high-performance cooling package (GT only)
  • Functional front brake duct kit
  • Quarter window block-off plates
  • Quarter window scoops
  • Painted Shelby LeMans over-the-top and side stripes
  • Custom interior upgrade
  • Shelby/Kicker premium sound system
  • Custom car cover
Shelby GT500 Twin-Turbo Package Features and Options:
  • Shelby twin-turbocharger (1000+ rear wheel hp with adjustable boost)
  • Shelby/Baer 6-piston caliper front and rear brake system
  • Ford Racing suspension w/ adjustable dampers
  • Shelby/Eibach adjustable coilover suspension
  • Widebody package
  • Shelby custom exhaust system
  • 10-point full roll cage w/ rear seat delete
  • Dual fuel system (pump and race fuel))
  • 9" Ford rearend with 35-spline drag axles
  • Shelby custom driveshaft with safety loops
  • 3.50:1 air locker differential
  • 20" Shelby Alcoa wheels and tires
  • Functional vented hood
  • 6-speed short-throw shifter
  • 6-speed paddle shifter
  • Carbon fiber front fascia splitter
  • Carbon fiber mirror covers
  • Carbon fiber rocker panels
  • SHELBY deck lid letter kit
  • Special badging - grille and front fenders
  • Sequential taillights
  • Front and rear brake duct kit
  • Quarter window scoops or black-outs
  • Shelby/Kicker stereo upgrade
  • Shelby performance cooling package
  • Two-tone leather interior upgrade
  • Two-tone leather console cover
  • Perforated leather seat inserts
  • Custom racing seats


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      • 4 Years Ago
      With gas mileage, the environment, and the economy in focus, they should create the ultimate "handling" machine with the near stock 3.7.
      Weight distribution should be more favorable than the 5.0 and an Eco-boost 3.5. It should be a low cost, fun, eco friendly machine.
      Suspension pieces, exhaust, wheels, tires, g-force and gas mileage cluster, and few body bits would do it. Probably just a 6 hour factory conversion.

      Totally promote the GREEN & FUN factor.

      Name it something that would tie the environment, handling, and fun together. The Prius of sports cars. The Mustang ET (Ecoturn)


        • 4 Years Ago
        I would hate to see the price tag on something like that, a performance oriented car that gets the mpgs of an economy car.

        At this point in time, the current v8 Mustangs are nothing to be ashamed of. I average about 21 mpg, which is comparable with smaller displacement such as the 370z, WRX, and Genesis Coup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nice idea, but dont look to Shelby to do it. There is much more profit in sticking on a tacky body kit and slathering Shelby labels all over it than in actually engineering something that adds value and/or sportiness. It is specifically targeted to the poser who wants ppl to know he owns a SHELBY and thinks that in 20yrs his V6 Mustang will be a collectors item, and well worth the extra $9k he spent on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What I'd like to see Shelby do is take a mostly stock mustang engine/chassis and put the car on a diet. Spend the money lowering the car's weight as much as possible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is it with the need to plaster huge tacky stripes all over Mustanks?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not a modern GT350, with the "350" refering to the 3.5L Ecoboost, Shelby boosted to about 450-475 HP? That would be on the sane side of really fun and a better balanced road car in the spirit of the original.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe this is a dumb question, but why would you pay a $9000 premium for a V6 Mustang from Shelby, instead of just buying a 5.0 from Ford?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd love to see someone take the V6 'stang and simply make it significantly lighter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        haha, it would be pretty funny for Shelby to take your $9k and then deliver the car with all the body panels removed, the roof cut off, trunk cut off, kind of like what Dave Coleman did with that Sentra a few years ago for SCC!!

        http://www.nerocam.com/SCC_TAP.asp

        Now that is what I call "adding lightness" :)

        • 4 Years Ago
        Part of me agrees.

        The other part says, "It's got 300hp for christ's sakes! Who needs more than that in a daily driver?". The 5-0 is sick. Don't get me wrong, but for daily driving, I don't need that much. I'm not saying I couldn't handle it, just that the V6 model would be perfectly adequate while returning appreciable economy figures. And I, for one, wouldn't mind a little of Shelby's touch in something I could drive every day and not feel bad about occassionally hooning, racking up miles, and putting wear on the seats. All for around 30k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess I understand the sentiment, but it's basically $9,000 for an aero kit, a bunch of stickers, and a nice set of brakes. Maybe it's a very nice aero kit, but still...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can you get the car without that goofy rubber antenna leaning out the back. why cant you get a vertical antenna on the rear fender sticking straight up...or one on the right fender ...or in the windshield or rear glass like all other cars. The rubber things looks like a JC Whitney add on
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget the Boss 302 is coming soon also.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow. 1000 HP. That is Veyron territory.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The hard sell for Shelby is that the Mustang models are now a superior performance value, from the V6 model up through the lighter GT500. Stock.
      I cannot imagine why someone would want to spend $9K-$12K for mostly cosmetic add-ons for a V6 model, when they can just buy the GT.
      And why they would spend hat money to add those poser bits to a GT instead of buying a GT500.
      And especially why anyone would want to spend $100K on upgrading an older Mustang to have obscenely unusable HP.
      We are talking about new ACR Viper, ZR-1 money here!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep the floor mats and give me a twin-turbo V6 please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The SHO has AWD. Also, siginificantly heavier, hence the "similar mileage."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its hard to beat the value in the mustang lineup. With the base V6, GT 5.0, boss 302 (coming soon), and GT500 your almost always going to be better off going for the next model up rather than spending $10k on an after market body kit (?!).
        • 4 Years Ago
        The trick is that the twin turbo V6 of the Ecoboost SHO Taurus makes under 400HP (although it will soon jump to 400HP). But the Mustang GT's V8 already makes more power stock and gets similar gas mileage. So it's a better deal overall.
        Still, I do agree that the stickers, floor mats, seat stitching is NOT a great value for $10K compared to any real performance upgrades that you could add.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The red one in the picture looks WWWAAAYYYY better from the front than any Mustang I've seen lately . Now if Ford will just extend the rear quarters about six more inches & do away with that huge gap between the fenders & tires , then maybe , just maybe .
        • 4 Years Ago
        its just a different angle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think a Mustang with a DOHC, twin-tubo V-6 and excellent handling might lure some import oriented enthusiasts. I'd certainly take a test drive.
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