2008 Ford Shelby GT500

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$42,330 - $47,155
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Engine Engine 5.4LV-8
MPG MPG 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2008 Shelby GT500 Overview

KITT Shelby GT500 KR – Click above for high-res image gallery At age 8, I had a bed time that ranged from 8:30-9:00 PM. That time went unmodified for years, until my dad decided that I could stay up once a week to watch a new show called Knight Rider. It featured my favorite new car at the time; the Pontiac Firebird. The original KITT was black, looked fast, and had more whiz-bang features than any of Bond's Astons. Fast forward to 2008 and blogging can keep me up to 1:00 AM or later, but my late night job has some serious benefits. I get to drive the cars of my dreams. About a week before this year's Woodward Dream Cruise, though, I had just such a vehicle drop into my lap. We got a call from Ford that a very exciting vehicle was available for the taking; a replica of the actual Ford Mustang GT500 KR that plays KITT in the upcoming television series. It's no Firebird and it certainly doesn't come from General Motors, but it just may be one of the coolest vehicles on the road today at any price. Hit the jump to read our starry-eyed rendezvous with KITT. %Gallery-30968% All photos Copyright ©2008 Chris Shunk / Weblogs, Inc. First off, we're not nearly as excited about NBC's remake of the Knight Rider series as we are about the car itself. This particular one is essentially an all-black Shelby Mustang GT500 KR with seriously tinted windows, a base-thumping Shaker 1000 sound system, a fully functioning red LED light bar integrated into the hood, and a Knight Rider edition Mio nav screen with the voice of KITT giving you directions. But that's it, because the interior of this replicar was not KITT-ed out, so to speak. There are no controls for launching rockets or the infamous "Turbo Boost" button from the original series, and unfortunately passenger seat ejection is not an option. If we were at all disappointed that these Hollywood-style gadgets didn't come with the car, Ford's supercharged 5.4L V8 sledge hammer was underhood to make us feel better. Ford had originally planned to remove the already powerful stock blower of this GT500 KR and replace it with something more potent from the Ford Racing parts bin. Blue Oval management decided against it, however, because the resulting 605 horsepower and 570 ft-lbs of torque would have been too much power in the hands of amateurs. Regardless, KITT never lacked neck-wrenching twist while traversing the highways and byways of southeast Michigan while in our hands. Besides, the unique exhaust note of the GT500 KR is our own personal siren's song, and we wouldn't want it messed. Then there's the wonderful, almost sinister whine of the stock Eaton supercharger. The first time we went wide open throttle, there were actual chills running down our backs. Don't worry, you'll get to hear how the GT500 KR KITT sounds a little later in a video we produced. If you …
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2008 Shelby GT500 Overview

KITT Shelby GT500 KR – Click above for high-res image gallery At age 8, I had a bed time that ranged from 8:30-9:00 PM. That time went unmodified for years, until my dad decided that I could stay up once a week to watch a new show called Knight Rider. It featured my favorite new car at the time; the Pontiac Firebird. The original KITT was black, looked fast, and had more whiz-bang features than any of Bond's Astons. Fast forward to 2008 and blogging can keep me up to 1:00 AM or later, but my late night job has some serious benefits. I get to drive the cars of my dreams. About a week before this year's Woodward Dream Cruise, though, I had just such a vehicle drop into my lap. We got a call from Ford that a very exciting vehicle was available for the taking; a replica of the actual Ford Mustang GT500 KR that plays KITT in the upcoming television series. It's no Firebird and it certainly doesn't come from General Motors, but it just may be one of the coolest vehicles on the road today at any price. Hit the jump to read our starry-eyed rendezvous with KITT. %Gallery-30968% All photos Copyright ©2008 Chris Shunk / Weblogs, Inc. First off, we're not nearly as excited about NBC's remake of the Knight Rider series as we are about the car itself. This particular one is essentially an all-black Shelby Mustang GT500 KR with seriously tinted windows, a base-thumping Shaker 1000 sound system, a fully functioning red LED light bar integrated into the hood, and a Knight Rider edition Mio nav screen with the voice of KITT giving you directions. But that's it, because the interior of this replicar was not KITT-ed out, so to speak. There are no controls for launching rockets or the infamous "Turbo Boost" button from the original series, and unfortunately passenger seat ejection is not an option. If we were at all disappointed that these Hollywood-style gadgets didn't come with the car, Ford's supercharged 5.4L V8 sledge hammer was underhood to make us feel better. Ford had originally planned to remove the already powerful stock blower of this GT500 KR and replace it with something more potent from the Ford Racing parts bin. Blue Oval management decided against it, however, because the resulting 605 horsepower and 570 ft-lbs of torque would have been too much power in the hands of amateurs. Regardless, KITT never lacked neck-wrenching twist while traversing the highways and byways of southeast Michigan while in our hands. Besides, the unique exhaust note of the GT500 KR is our own personal siren's song, and we wouldn't want it messed. Then there's the wonderful, almost sinister whine of the stock Eaton supercharger. The first time we went wide open throttle, there were actual chills running down our backs. Don't worry, you'll get to hear how the GT500 KR KITT sounds a little later in a video we produced. If you …Hide Full Review