• 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The 5,500 units of the 2011 Shelby GT500 (pictured above) are already sold out, so Mustang lovers best just move on to the next offering from the American automaker; it’s time to start talking about the 2012Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. We may not have any official details on it just yet, but the power of the Internet, and an untrustworthy auto employee, strike again with a leaked document revealing details on the 2012 model’s ordering guide. Guess that means the GT500’s heart will beat for at least one more year.

Nothing much is going to change for the 2012 model considering the Mustang was just given a little refresh for 2011. It will still see its usual coupe and convertible versions, with prices starting from $49,495 and $54,495 respectively. The list of new options only includes new Recaro leather sports seats, a glass roof, and two new packages.

Under the hood there will be the same 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.

It may still be packing the same gear as the last model, but who really cares? The 2012Ford Mustang GT500 will probably still sell out just as quickly as the 2011 model did.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012Ford Mustang GT500.

Exterior and Interior

The Shelby GT500 is distinguished from the other Mustangs in the line-up by a more aggressive exterior look with a signature coiled Cobra badge on the front grille and front fenders. It also separates itself with a unique aluminum power dome hood with functional heat extractors and unique Shelby front and rear fascias, rear diffuser, and decklid spoiler. Both coupe and convertible versions come with racing stripes on both the top and the sides with 19" painted forged-aluminum wheels rolling at the bottom.

The interior gets leather sport buckets w/racing stripes coordinated to the exterior stripes and Alcantara Suede accents. A new feature for the 2012 model year will be the new sun visor that features illuminated dual vanity mirrors.

Two new packages are added to the Mustang’s list of options. The new Electronics Package is priced at $2,340 and includes Navigation and Dual Zone Climate Control. The $3,995 SVT Performance Package includes upgraded, premium painted forged aluminum wheels that are 19″x9.5 in the front and 20″x9.5″ in the rear.

The Engine

The 2012 Shelby GT500 will feature the same engine as the 2011 model year: an all-new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine, which produces 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque. This engine weighs 102 pounds less than the old motor. It’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 15 miles-per-gallon city and 23 highway.

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2011 Ford Shelby GT500

The Competition

The Shelby GT500 takes on models like the BMW M3, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Dodge Viper SRT10. Now since the current Dodge Viper is out of production, the Mustang has one less vehicle to worry about in 2012.

The BMW M3 is powered by a V8 engine that develops a supreme 420 hp. Maximum torque of 400 NM or 295 lb-ft, in turn, comes at an engine speed of 3,900 rpm. The coupe version is priced at $58,400 and the convertible at $67,050. So we guess, in this case, the GT500 wins the battle being that it is more powerful and cheaper that the BMW.

As for the Corvette, the coupe is priced at $48,950 and the convertible at $53,600. Under the hood there is a 430-hp LS3 aluminum block V8 good for 190 mph on the test track. These two vehicles carry such a loyal fan base, that the decision of whether to buy a Corvette or a Mustang is really left up to customer bias. The Mustang is faster than the Corvette, but it is also a tad bit more expensive.

When Can I Buy One?

The 2012 Shelby GT500 will be offered in both coupe and convertible version, with prices starting from $49,495 and $54,495 respectively. We shouldn’t expect it until around the end of 2011.

Source: MustangEvolution

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  (503) posted on 12.19.2011

It also looks great just like with its competitor. The graphics of it only add more beauty and appeal on it. However, I would still prefer to have a Chevrolet vehicle than on this.

  (419) posted on 12.8.2011

Mustang Shelby really looks so attractive on its exterior appearance, especially on its red stripes. However, I noticed that Chevrolet is still can offer an awesome and perfect package than on it.

  (224) posted on 08.31.2011

Tuned version are the best part of any production. I was so impressed with the speed performance of the vehicle. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is such an awesome choice.

  (296) posted on 08.31.2011

I’m really impressed with the speed performance of the vehicle. Now, I know why Ford didn’t kill the production of this car. @princedeekay, you are so lucky for owning a SVT Performance Package. 

  (1) posted on 07.10.2011

Just picked up a new Kona Blue Metallic with the SVT Performance Package. Definitely worth the extra few thousand bucks. A Shelby GT500 without the SVT Performance Package is a waste. Seriously, it makes the beast much more charming. If any of you plan on getting one, don’t be so stingy over a few thousand bucks. That’s not even 10% of what you’d be paying anyway.

  (462) posted on 04.4.2011

Wow! the Shelby looks so hot on red! Well, i don’t actually see the touched of Mustang on this car, its just a poor muscle car for me.

  (40) posted on 03.9.2011

They have kept the live axle rear end for a reason, IT WORKS, its the one they have used for years and they have completely refined it. The new Camero on the other hand, has had the independent suspension only recently, and it has a TON of fine tuning to be done.

  (466) posted on 02.1.2011

I gotta agree with Banker Danny... Shelby Automotive needs to push the development of an IRS package. If Ford won’t do it, Shelby should. Hell, I’d pay to have one put into my GT500 no question.

  (539) posted on 02.1.2011

if there is a trust problem with our own company we are no way in a position to blame others so this is part of the game and every auto maker has to to do this to do the business

  (409) posted on 01.30.2011

I had to get about $800 of work done to the engine, but total amount in repairs over 12 years has been about $2000, and that is including a new top.

  (427) posted on 01.30.2011

the fact that it is beautiful but has 124000 miles, the mileage is high but it still purrs like new, Overall: beautiful car, very reliable.

  (433) posted on 12.8.2010

the base V-6 model, which itself has been upgraded with a new 3.7-liter mill churning out 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
At next month’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show, however, the Blue Oval will pull the wraps off the new V-8 powered GT, which will pack a 5.0-liter V-8 with 412 horsepower and 390 pounds-feet of torque

  (701) posted on 12.8.2010

Maybe they’ll pull out a hybrid mustang out of nowhere, even though that would be ridiculous and screw up the whole image of the mustang. Just don’t make any assumptions.

  (648) posted on 12.7.2010

The 2012 Mustang will in fact feature a 3.7L V-6 and a 5.0L V-8. The question is what will final output numbers be. There are also some other tricks up the sleaves of the engineers as well. you will all have to wait and see.

  (763) posted on 12.7.2010

Ford hasn’t indicated just when the 2012 GT500 will arrive in showrooms, but seeing as dealers can now take customer orders, we imagine the supercharged muscle machines should reach consumers shortly.

  (858) posted on 12.6.2010

Not much changes over the previous model except for the Hood and vents and of course the Rims.

adrian  (90) posted on 12.6.2010

Looking forward to see how it performs against the M3 on the track. Usually I do not get very impressed when I see big wheels and a horsy engine.

adrian  (776) posted on 12.5.2010

Wouldn’t it have turbo lag though? And 40 less horses? And it’s more difficult to maintain turbochargers than a supercharger.

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