Ford Shelby GT500
Ford is heading to 2010 Chicago Auto Show with its upgraded Shelby GT500
Ford is coming to Chicago Motor show with all its pomp and show. The carmaker is eying to rule the roost with its 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 which is an overhaul of the last years GT500.
With more power, new performance upgrades, and comparatively less weighty engine for 2011, Ford is all set to put a firm challenge to Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chevrolet Corvette.
Fordís overhaul for the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 include a new aluminum engine construction that reduces 100 pounds of weight against its 2010 GT500s iron-block supercharged V-8 and Shelby is expected to earn an EPA rating of 15 and 23mpg for city and highway respectively which is, again, up from last yearís 14 and 22mpg.
Also, 2011 Shelby has a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine which is, as Ford says, an evolution of the engine from the departed Ford GT. And the improved exhaust flow adds 10hp more to a total of 550hp at 6,200 rpm. Torque remains the same, with 510 pounds-feet on tap at 4,500 rpm.
Other changes in the new version are a new electric power steering to last yearís hydraulic steering that help save fuel efficiency, as thereís no more hydraulic steering pump dragging on the engine, Nineteen-inch wheels and xenon headlights that were previously optional are now standard.
Ford will be available as a coupe or convertible, and will go on sale in spring. There is no word on the pricing but the care is expected to start from somewhere near to the 2010 modelís $46,725 base sticker.