900+ HP Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR Celebrates Shelby American’s 60th Year

Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR
Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR

Shelby American is returning to the previous for its newest street-legal, limited-run Mustang particular version: an up to date model of the Ford Shelby GT500KR. The brand new GT500KR is a part of Shelby American’s Sixtieth-anniversary celebration, which takes place in 2022. Each 2022 mannequin that Shelby will make subsequent 12 months will include a Sixtieth-anniversary badge, beginning with the Shelby GT500KR, also referred to as the King of the Street.

  • Over 900 horsepower, a number of carbon fiber, and a particularly restricted version. Say good day to the brand new Ford Shelby GT500KR, nicknamed the King of the Street.
  • Shelby will solely constructed 180 GT500KRs—60 every from 2020, 2021, and 2022—in addition to 45 for the worldwide market. That is effectively beneath the 2 earlier editions, which have been in-built 1968 and 2008–2009.
  • Shelby will begin constructing the brand new GT500KR in early 2022, with the primary public unveiling scheduled for the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale public sale in January.

Ford fanatics will not have to see the badge to know what they’re after they see the brand new GT500KR. This can solely be the third time Shelby will launch a King of the Street GT500—the others have been in 1968 and 2008—and it’ll stand out due to a carbon-fiber hood in addition to a carbon-fiber entrance splitter and rear diffuser. New performance-spec tires will journey on one-piece 6061-T6 cast aluminum wheels (20 x 11.0 entrance and 20 x 11.5 rear). Shelby rocker stripes and badges, a Shelby hood strut system, and leather-based seat re-covers are all a part of the usual improve.

All the GT500KR’s visible cues are backed up by an upgraded 5.2-liter V-8 powertrain that can provide greater than 900 horsepower when utilizing 93-octane gasoline, due to a 3.8-liter supercharger with a high-volume intercooler and warmth exchanger. The MagneRide suspension has been recalibrated, and there are Shelby adjustable entrance and rear springs, together with Ford Efficiency entrance and rear sway bars.

On high of all of these customary options, optionally available elements embody a Shelby widebody equipment, a elegant supercharger, painted stripes, rear-seat delete with harness bar, and Le Mans–type over-the-top stripes. Shelby stated it’s going to solely make 225 models of the 2020–2022 mannequin 12 months GT500KR, effectively beneath the numbers it made in earlier years. Shelby stated that 1570 models of the primary GT500KR fashions have been offered in 1968: 1053 fastbacks and 517 convertibles. These fashions used a 428 Cobra Jet V-8 that was rated at 335 horsepower. 

When Shelby and Ford introduced the GT500KR title again in 2008 and 2009—this time with 540 horsepower—it first made 1000 models, however then determined to make 712 extra resulting from excessive demand, regardless of our 2008 evaluation that the $80,000 automobile was the “Most Ridiculously Overpriced Mustang Ever.” The value for the brand new version? $127,895, or simply $54,995 for the KR bundle when you convey your personal 2020–2022 Shelby GT500 (solely 60 packages will likely be out there). The beginning value for a 2022 Shelby GT500 is $72,900.

Shelby will make 180 GT500KRs, 60 for every mannequin 12 months, to be offered within the U.S. That leaves 45 for abroad patrons. Manufacturing will begin within the first quarter of 2022, however the brand new Shelby GT500KR will likely be revealed to the general public on the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale occasion in January, with the primary manufacturing automobile being auctioned there January 29 to learn charity.