It'll be difficult to mistake the GT500 for anything but the king of the Ford stable, with swooping, angular lines, a bulging vented hood, and winglets aplenty. The front features splitter wickers and an aggressive fascia that avoids subtlety, making it obvious that downforce and channeling of the air are the main purposes of the styling decisions. LED daytime running lights feature, along with the trademark Shelby cobra insignia, while wide fenders house 20-inch wheels, which can be had in carbon fiber. At the back, a diffuser adds more presence but the most noticeable feature is the massive wing, which can be had in two sizes.
The GT500 shares much of its basic architecture with the regular Mustang GT, including its 107.1-inch wheelbase. However, thanks to splitters and spoilers, its body is longer at 189.5 inches. Height is 54.3 inches in standard form, but if you spec the Carbon Fiber Track Package, it'll be even lower at 53.7. Width is increased over the standard GT's 75.4 inches to accommodate wider tires in the bigger arches, now measuring 76.6 inches. Thanks to a heavy engine and bigger body, curb weight increases too, with a base figure of 4,183 pounds, although the optional carbon fiber bits and pieces and rear-seat delete should drop that figure somewhat.
|Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Trims||Shelby GT500|
|Max Width||76 in.|
|Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Trims||Curb Weight|
|Shelby GT500||4,183 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||20" x 11"|
|Rear Wheel Size||20" x 11"|
You're spoiled for choice when it comes to paint options on the Shelby GT500: 14 variations are available along with the option of a black-painted roof for $695. This year, eight new colors have been introduced, including the GT500-exclusive Code Orange. Other new colors this year are Brittany Blue (requires the Heritage Edition Package), Grabber Blue, Eruption Green, Dark Matter Gray, Cyber Orange ($695), Atlas Blue, and Mischievous Purple. These are all metallics. Other colors are Shadow Black, Oxford White, Iconic Silver Metallic, Race Red, Rapid Red Metallic ($495), and Carbonized Gray Metallic.
Ford will let you customize the GT500 beyond just the main exterior color. A black roof is available optionally, as are racing stripes in Ebony, Bright White, Kona Blue, or Wimbledon White. There are also several side stripes, and the brake calipers are finished in red.