Base 2dr Convertible
2011 Ford Shelby GT500

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EngineEngine 5.4LV-8
MPGMPG 15 City / 23 Hwy
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2011 Shelby GT500 Overview

A Motor City Summer Romance 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible - Click above for high-res image gallery When you grow up in Detroit, the Ford Mustang is so much more than just another performance car. It's arguably the most iconic automobile born within these city limits, and anyone who's called the area home can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride while driving the Blue Oval's pony through the Motor City. It's like eating a hot dog at the ballpark – you can't explain why, but it just tastes better. At the tippy top of the Mustang hierarchy sits the Shelby GT500 with its supercharged 5.4-liter V8, 550 horsepower and an exhaust note that will wake the neighbors. Our love for the GT500 has run deep since its debut in 2006, though most of that affection was never given to the convertible. The droptop Ford suffers from substantially more handling and rigidity issues than the coupe, and when you consider the added price that Ford charges to lob off the roof ($5,000, in this case), it can seem like a puzzling proposition. For 2011, Ford has tweaked the GT500's core, not to mention stiffening individual components of both the front and rear suspension setups. That, combined with a new electric power assist steering system, means this should be the most driver-focused GT500 yet. Thus, we put the top back and basked in the warm Michigan sun to rekindle our love with Detroit's most powerful pony car. This, friends, is our kind of end-of-summer lovin'. Continue reading... %Gallery-107100% Photos copyright ©2010 Steven J. Ewing / AOL One of the hardest things for an automaker to do is turn a coupe into a convertible without ruining its design. The Porsche 911, Infiniti G37 and BMW 3 Series come to mind – droptop versions that, while still attractive, just don't look as good as their coupe kin. Unfortunately, Ford falls victim to this with all of its Mustangs, especially from the top-down side profile. You really get a sense of just how large the new Mustang is when viewed from this angle (188.2 inches long), and because the body lacks any sort of defining character lines (save the modest crease that runs along at door handle level), there isn't a whole lot of visual interest to keep your eye moving from front to back. Adding the $3,495 SVT Performance Pack helps a bit, as the 19-inch front wheels and 20-inchers out back (wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires) add contrast. Good thing, then, that both the front and rear look so damned delectable. We're extremely fond of the GT500 treatment to the Mustang's front end, specifically the more pronounced grille and the larger lower fascia with foglamps flanking it on either side. Around back, the Shelby ducktail spoiler is still in place, though it works well on the new-for-2010 Mustang body. The whole package looks fresh and modern while still having plenty of retro-inspired cues – this latest Mustang is at …
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2011 Shelby GT500 Overview

A Motor City Summer Romance 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible - Click above for high-res image gallery When you grow up in Detroit, the Ford Mustang is so much more than just another performance car. It's arguably the most iconic automobile born within these city limits, and anyone who's called the area home can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride while driving the Blue Oval's pony through the Motor City. It's like eating a hot dog at the ballpark – you can't explain why, but it just tastes better. At the tippy top of the Mustang hierarchy sits the Shelby GT500 with its supercharged 5.4-liter V8, 550 horsepower and an exhaust note that will wake the neighbors. Our love for the GT500 has run deep since its debut in 2006, though most of that affection was never given to the convertible. The droptop Ford suffers from substantially more handling and rigidity issues than the coupe, and when you consider the added price that Ford charges to lob off the roof ($5,000, in this case), it can seem like a puzzling proposition. For 2011, Ford has tweaked the GT500's core, not to mention stiffening individual components of both the front and rear suspension setups. That, combined with a new electric power assist steering system, means this should be the most driver-focused GT500 yet. Thus, we put the top back and basked in the warm Michigan sun to rekindle our love with Detroit's most powerful pony car. This, friends, is our kind of end-of-summer lovin'. Continue reading... %Gallery-107100% Photos copyright ©2010 Steven J. Ewing / AOL One of the hardest things for an automaker to do is turn a coupe into a convertible without ruining its design. The Porsche 911, Infiniti G37 and BMW 3 Series come to mind – droptop versions that, while still attractive, just don't look as good as their coupe kin. Unfortunately, Ford falls victim to this with all of its Mustangs, especially from the top-down side profile. You really get a sense of just how large the new Mustang is when viewed from this angle (188.2 inches long), and because the body lacks any sort of defining character lines (save the modest crease that runs along at door handle level), there isn't a whole lot of visual interest to keep your eye moving from front to back. Adding the $3,495 SVT Performance Pack helps a bit, as the 19-inch front wheels and 20-inchers out back (wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires) add contrast. Good thing, then, that both the front and rear look so damned delectable. We're extremely fond of the GT500 treatment to the Mustang's front end, specifically the more pronounced grille and the larger lower fascia with foglamps flanking it on either side. Around back, the Shelby ducktail spoiler is still in place, though it works well on the new-for-2010 Mustang body. The whole package looks fresh and modern while still having plenty of retro-inspired cues – this latest Mustang is at …Hide Full Review