2021 Shelby GT Mustang Is A Performance Bargain

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Collect your ponycar price for 2021.

Back in March, Shelby American presented three modified Mustangs forming the "Bundle of Snakes" collection. With a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 producing over 825, the star car of the trio was the 2021 Shelby Super Snake Speedster, which costs a whopping $138,780.

If that's above your price range, Shelby American has unveiled the new entry-level 2021 Shelby GT as an alternative to the Roush Mustang. Based on the 2021 Ford Mustang GT with a manual transmission, the Shelby GT has received a price cut for 2021. A pre-built 2021 Shelby GT will set you back $62,310, or the upgrades are available as a package for existing Mustang GTs built from the 2018 model year for $24,995.

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Visually, Shelby American has enhanced the Mustang GT with a vented hood that cools down the engine more efficiently, 20-inch staggered wheels, a unique upper grille, new side rockers and rocker wings, and a rear spoiler. As a nod to Shelby's racing heritage, it also features Le Mans-style racing stripes.

A widebody kit gives the Mustang GT a more muscular appearance. Other visual enhancements include special badging, driver and passenger side stripes, leather seat covers, and embroidered floor mats. To sharpen up the handling, Shelby installs Ford Performance springs and sway bars.

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Under the hood, the 2021 Mustang GT's 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 has been massaged to produce a respectable 480 hp. If that's still not enough muscle for you, Shelby can add a Ford Performance supercharger (at a cost) that increases the output to 700 hp when running on 93-octane fuel.

For extra stopping power, Shelby offers a high-performance Brembo brake package with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers and larger rotors. The Mustang GT Convertible can also be fitted with the same tonneau roof as the 2021 Shelby Super Snake Speedster. All 2021 Shelby GTs come with a three year/36,000 mile warranty.

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