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2011 Ford Shelby GT500 production limited to 5,500 units


Although demand for the 2011 Shelby GT500 is higher than expected, Ford has decided to limit the car’s production for 2011 to only 5,500 units. Until now Ford has received more than 3,300 orders for the muscle car. "We are pleased with the pace of retail orders for the 2011 Shelby GT500," said Fritz Wilke, Mustang brand manager. "The car continues to be popular with sports car enthusiasts and collectors who are blown away by the increase in horsepower and performance. The limited production of the 2011 should make this year even more desirable."

The 2011 GT500 is powered by an all new aluminum 5.4 Liter supercharged V8, derived from the unit inside the Ford GT super car, that produces 550 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. The list of standard equipment includes a new 2.75-inch exhaust system, revised brake cooling, pedal box construction for more consistent brake pedal efforts and feel, and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS).

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Customer demand for Ford’s new 2011 Shelby GT500 is growing nearly as fast as the world’s fastest production pony car. More than 3,300 orders have been placed for the new Shelby GT500. To ensure exclusivity, U.S. sales of the 2011 Shelby GT500 will be limited to 5,500 units.

 “We are pleased with the pace of retail orders for the 2011 Shelby GT500,” said Fritz Wilke, Mustang brand manager. “The car continues to be popular with sports car enthusiasts and collectors who are blown away by the increase in horsepower and performance. The limited production of the 2011 should make this year even more desirable.”
 The 2011 Shelby GT500 is powered by a new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, which produces 550 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase over the 2010 model. The engine is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.
 
The new engine uses a state-of-the-art Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA) liner coating, a process that applies a 150-micron composite coating that contains nanoparticles on the internal surfaces of engine cylinder bores, replacing cast-iron liners typically used in aluminum engine blocks. The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation honored the inventors of the Ford-patented PTWA technology with the 2009 National Inventor of the Year Award.
 
Customers are showing an appreciation for the GT500’s performance on and off the track, as well as its many features.
 
Standard 2011 performance features include the 550-horsepower aluminum 5.4-liter V8 engine, a new 2.75-inch exhaust system, revised brake cooling and pedal box construction for more consistent brake pedal efforts and feel, and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). SVT worked hard to make EPAS better than the outgoing hydraulic steering system, with improved torque build-up and road feel.
 
New for 2011 is an optional glass roof providing customers with yet another open-air option that does not compromise the coupe’s versatility, headroom or climate-controlled environment. Three times more 2011 GT500s have been ordered with the glass roof compared to the base Mustang showing the popularity of this new feature.
 
Interior options have proven immensely popular, with almost 70 percent of the GT500s ordered with the Electronics Package, which includes voice-activated navigation, SIRIUS Travel Link™, HD Radio and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control.
 
The new SVT Performance Package is also proving to be a popular option with just over 68 percent of coupe orders selecting the enhanced performance delivered through this all-new option. The package was developed to provide track performance. SVT engineers worked directly with Goodyear to develop all-new Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires that give this already great handling car supercar grip and control levels. The optional package also offers unique styling, staggered lighter wheels with 19-inch fronts and 20-inch rears, a numerically higher rear axle ratio, stiffer springs and dampers, and a lowered ride height. The SVT Performance Package is available on both the coupe and convertible.
 
Other standard items new for 2011 include high-intensity discharge headlamps, MyKey™ programmable vehicle key, integrated spotter mirror and fold-down rear headrests.



10 comments:

Limited to a few units only? Why? Based on the reviews, this car was sold out from the date it was being announced. Such a breakthrough from Ford, it keeps to amaze consumers. Congratulations!

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I saw the photos and its stunning gorgeous in red! Unlike the other brands, it has more consistent brake pedal and feel the electric power assisted steering. Awesome! Expected that there i’ll be more demands in the units even though Ford said its limited to 5,500 units only. Off the track, they said, it was great!

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But this number is probably in line with supply for a better price and an adequate demand for a hi-po pony car. But I’m sure when the Z28 comes out, Chevy will initially sell high volume for demand, like when the new Camaro came out but will level out later.

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I love this car, though the newer one for 2010 has also caught my eye and I think that’s also one good deal.

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IT looks cold and nasty, sure thing those red stripes really fit with glossy black base paint.

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It seems that this gorgeous car is getting louder and will sell like hot cakes. I guess the Camaro is already too close in getting played out!

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Yeah me too. Normally I’m a Camaro man, but there’s something about the GT500 that makes it that much more desirable. Even for the ’60s/’70s models, with the exception of a plum purple Challenger R/T 440 convertible with a white interior and stripe, I would take the GT500 any day.

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Only 5,500 are they kidding. I think I’ll wait for a used one in perfect shape for 1/3 the cost.

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Yeah me too. Normally I’m a Camaro man, but there’s something about the GT500 that makes it that much more desirable. Even for the ’60s/’70s models, with the exception of a plum purple Challenger R/T 440 convertible with a white interior and stripe, I would take the GT500 any day.

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It seems that this gorgeous car is getting louder and will sell like hot cakes. I guess the Camaro is already too close in getting played out!

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