• Apr 21st 2011 at 2:59PM
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2012 Shelby GTS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Designated as the spiritual successor of the Shelby GT that was built from 2007 to 2008, the new GTS represents the base model in the Shelby lineup. According to company president John Luft, Shelby's average buyer is in their late '50s, and the iconic tuner hopes to bring in a younger crowd with a more affordable offering.

Available as a post-title package on both the Mustang GT and the Mustang V6, the GTS includes a variety of upgrades including a Ford Racing handling pack, Borla exhaust system, Baer brakes, unique front fascia, Le Mans stripes and a deep-draw hood. Optional components include superchargers for both the V6 and the V8, a Watts-link rear suspension system, upgraded brakes and more.

Pricing for the Shelby GTS starts at $9,995, not including the base car, which means a customer can get their hands on one for as little as $32,000. You can read more details about the Shelby GTS in the official PR after the jump.

Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

[Source: Shelby]
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Fulfilling the desire of Ford Shelby GT fans worldwide, executives with Shelby American Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) introduced today the new Shelby GTS post-title package for the 2011-2012 Ford Mustang at the New York International Auto Show. Available with a either a V6 or V8, normally aspirated or supercharged, the Shelby GTS is the spiritual rebirth of the popular 2007-2008 Ford Shelby GT.

"The Ford Shelby GT was introduced in 2007 as an agile, reliable and affordable muscle car," said John Luft, president of Shelby American Inc. "It dominated its SCCA racing class and was a popular canvas for enthusiasts to create their dream Shelby. Our Shelby GTS picks up that mantle and expands upon it with a choice of V6 or V8 power for a new generation of Shelby enthusiast who wants a car built just for them."

Ever since Ford introduced the 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 Mustang for the 2011 model year, the Shelby research and development team has been secretly developing the GTS package. Once the Shelby GT350 was finalized in both coupe and convertible versions, the skunkworks team accelerated the project. Working with partners at Ford Racing, Borla and Baer, Shelby American enhanced the car's suspension, strengthened the braking and coaxed more power out of the engine.

"The V6 Mustang is a particularly good platform for the Shelby GTS," noted Shelby American vice president of operations Gary Patterson. "It's even lighter and more nimble than the GT. And the V6 Shelby GTS makes about as much horsepower as the V8 in the Ford Shelby GT, but with better fuel economy at a lower price."

The post-title package starts at $9,995.00, not including the base car. Superchargers and other options are available that allow buyers to personalize their dream Shelby. A limited number of the Shelby GTS will be built with reservations starting April 21; production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The 2012 Ford Shelby GTS post-title package includes:
• Ford Racing handling pack including new springs, tuned stabilizer bars and front strut tower brace
• Fresh air package for the normally aspirated V6 tune or V8
• Borla exhaust system
• Shelby / Baer brakes
• Unique deep draw hood featuring classic Shelby design
• Black billet upper grill with Ford "Running Pony" emblem
• Unique Shelby front fascias
• Shelby LeMans stripes and side stripes
• "Shelby GTS" vehicle badges and official Shelby CSM interior plate
• "Powered by Ford" side badges
• "Shelby" lettering across the rear deck lid

The many options available include:
• Shelby superchargers for both V8 and V6 models
• 6 piston Shelby/Baer Brakes
• Adjustable control arms
• 18" to 20" wheels and tire packages
• Watts link rear suspension
• Two tone leather interior

"Our Shelby GTS is a fantastic way to pump up the capabilities of a stock Mustang within a budget without sacrificing performance," added Mr. Luft. "It's a car that reaches a younger buyer while acknowledging the economic realities of our times."

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is terrible. The front end looks like there's a tumor growing out of the hood.
        Mr. H
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, I was really excited about this, but the front ruins it. I do not know tumor is the word, but it looks like its from another car or botched plastic surgery.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, makes it way to large looking. Mustang needs to shrink a bit in size and weight and this dosent help.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "there's a tumor growing out of the hood." hahaha
      Ohso Clutch
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...the wheels are chock full of fail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Ohso Clutch
        Whats worse is those are the only ones you can get with the V6 sport. To get foglights you have to have these disasters rolling around on your car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      See Ford, the front look so much better without that tacky unpoainted plastic...now fix the rest, realign the rear end so it isn't awkward looking, give me about 3-4 inches of more rear seat room and I am in! Oh wait, I need a tan interior, a real one too!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like the look of the bumper...and this just seems way overpriced.
      Jason Keiter
      • 4 Years Ago
      anyone want to do the numbers on the options? 10k for exhaust, brakes, and some stripes seems a bit steep
      • 4 Years Ago
      im in the younger crowd(im 21). my main issue with this is the price. 32000 is a lot for what this is, i had issues stomaching the 25k for a new v6 sport package mustang, and the upgrades this offers just dont seem worth it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The whole idea is to take YOUR Mustang to Shelby and have them mod it. The base price for a base Mustang PLUS the Shelby GTS Package is the $32,000. You can take your GT to them as well. It is a more versatile approach than the 2007 - 2008 Shelby GT. You could get it one flavor, 2 choices of color (2007 white or black, 2008 orange or blue) with some variations thrown in. The Shelby upgrade for those cars was $9,995 on top of the premium GT. So starting price for that car was over $40,000. $32k seems reasonable when you factor in the Shelby heritage and the fact that the 2011 V6 is just as strong as the 2007-2008 V8.
        Prince David
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah this is a cool package but for a V6 it's not worth it. If you are going to spend over 30K, just buy a 5.0 GT
      Shawn Porter
      • 4 Years Ago
      50% of that markup has to be Shelby tax. Being a guy that has attended many a Mustang show I can tell you that it holds sway over a lot of people. Personally I'd love a GT again but I'd probably go V6 with the Ford Racing handling pack and then hit the after market piecemeal to buff up the looks over time. The days of heavy performance modding are behind me. I've had some pretty well tuned cars but drive ability almost always suffers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am in the target group, but most of people in their 20s have college loans to pay back and getting a 30k car is usually not the wisest thing to do especially in this economy. Do I want a Mustang/Camaro/Challenger/Genesis/370Z of course I do, but I can't afford a new one.
        Toold Forthis
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the words of Jeremy Clarkson: " I would really buy one of these if I looked at my sister and went ...hmmm"
      Logan Wild
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice looking car but I would rather put my money into a house not a car! At least in 5 years my house won't be completely worthless while my car will loose 50% of value
        Hello, Brian
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
        Wrong answer for this blog. Can't compare cars to houses in any way. Some people lost hundreds of thousands by buying houses a few years ago, so I guess it depends on what the real estate market does. Nothing is certain - especially if they change the lending rules. Park the Mustang, wait 40 years, and the ROI on the car, actually, could be much better with the car...but that is a gamble. Two things certain. Unless you are living in a very depressed area, you can't buy a livable shed for 30k, and the Mustang will be a hell of a lot more fun than any house ever will.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
        Wrong blog man.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Logan Wild
        I hope you don't live in Arizona, Nevada or California because the car is the better value than homes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would never buy a ford! they can call it whatever they want its still doesn't appeal to me visually never drove it so cant say how it performs. id rather pay a bit more and get an m3 or new benz c300 amg.
        • 4 Years Ago
        An M3, and anything AMG, is alot more expensive then "a bit more"...
        Shawn Porter
        • 4 Years Ago
        What do you classify as a bit more? The M3 is 18-20k more than a base GT, let alone a V6 Shelby as above. the Benz starts at 33 so yeah that's a bit more but it's not even in the same vehicle class as the Mustang or the M3, nor even in the same performance class.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cheap looking front end...........pass
        • 4 Years Ago
        what do you call the front of the current one? At least this model isn't cheap looking with tacky unpainted plastic that will fade in 3 yrs.
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