In 2021, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 boasts 760 horsepower of supercharged-V-8 mighthem It also boasts the agility of less hefty and smaller sports automobiles. These accolades make this the strongest production vehicle Ford has ever made and also the most thrilling Mustang we’ve ever driven that’s why it’s included on the Editors’ Choice list. The center of all the excitement is Shelby’s hypercharged 5.2-liter V-8 engine, which produces an enthralling soundtrack through its sluggish exhaust pipes. The manual transmission isn’t available however the seven-speed dual-clutch auto operates almost the same way. The rear-drive only coupe is so fast that it ought to come with an unwear-related warranty. The GT500 is equally exciting when racing down the more exotic metal on a track. Yes, it’s got terrible efficiency and costs quite a bit for a Mustang-especially when you add the expensive Carbon Fiber Track package-but the 2021 Shelby GT500 is a magnificent muscle car, and an incredible sports car.
What’s New for 2021?
With Ford closing manufacturing of its Shelby GT350, that leaves the 2021 GT500 as the sole Mustang with the Cobra snake badge. In this year’s model, Ford has added the Carbon Fiber Handling Package to the GT500’s purchase sheet. the package costs $10,000 and includes 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, strut-top mounts that can be adjusted and other aero components. Three new colors join this palette of colors: Grabber Yellow, Antimatter Blue and Carbonized Gray Metallic.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
In 2021, the Shelby GT500 isn’t only the most powerful car, but it’s also one of one of the priciest. Its maximum performance isn’t realized by it’s Carbon Fiber Track Pack (20-inch carbon-fiber wheels, aerodynamic upgrades and more grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as well as other measures to reduce weight) This package is around $18,500, which is roughly 25 percent of the cost of the base model. With all the hardware We’re still incredibly impressed with the GT500 and recommend just a couple of alternatives. The Handling package permits front suspension adjustments as well as an improved aerodynamic design with splitter wickers as well as the Gurney flap. The standard Recaro front seats do not have the power adjustment feature or heated and cool cushions, but they are more in line with the style of the car and provide a comfortable and supportive. Additionally, the exposed carbon-fiber trim on the instrument panel enhances the quality of the interior of the Shelby.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
One of the most potent engines ever put inside an Ford production vehicle is hidden behind the Shelby GT500’s intimidating face. The correct name is Predator it’s an overcharged 5.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 625 pound-feet of torque. The power is awe-inspiring and twists the rear wheels via an eminent seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (sorry that the most powerful Mustang doesn’t come with an automatic transmission). We’ve tried a GT500 with regular summer tires as well in the extremely-sticky rubber available in it’s Carbon Fiber Track package, that includes 20-inch carbon-fiber wheels. The latter was part an examination of the 650 horsepower Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE as well as the 797 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Although the base setup of the Shelby’s wheel and tire actually had more acceleration (hitting 60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, compared to 3.6) and the new rolling stock helped to improve grip in corners (1.13 g, versus 0.99) in addition to a lower stopping distance from 70mph (142 feet instead of 150 feet). The Shelby GT500 is optimized for racing. it’s Shelby GT500 proved that modern muscle cars can achieve faster lap times than more expensive models, like that of Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Lamborghini Huracan Evo, at the latest edition of the regular Lightning Lap event. Even when the most powerful Mustang isn’t racing down drag tracks or taking on high-end sports cars with six figures on racetracks, the GT500 can make every day driving more enjoyable with its sand-in-your-shorts acceleration as well as quick handling, given its curb weight of 2 tons. Despite its flashy exterior the GT500’s adaptive dampers give a pleasant riding experience, too.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Shelby GT500’s 760 horsepower V-8 is not the definition of fuel efficiency. According to the government, it’ll get a mere 12 mpg for city driving and 18 mpg on the highway. This is less that those of the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger SRT Hellcat which are certified by the EPA at 13/21 mpg highway/city and 13/22 mpg for highway/city respectively. The GT500 was able to average 20 mpg in our 75-mph highway fuel economy test which is part of our exhaustive test program. For more information on the GT500’s efficiency in the fuel department visit the website of the EPA.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the Shelby Mustang has a very similar interior to the interior of its counterparts in the mainstream. While they share a similar appearance and feature a comparable storage space for passengers and cargo The GT500 features options like carbon-fiber instrument panel trim as well as more aggressive, specifically designed Shelby Recaro front buckets as well as the usual selection of desirable features. These include a reconfigurable 12.0-inch gauge cluster that is fully digital with dual-zone climate control the front seats are leather-trimmed with cooling and heated cushions and a six-way electric driver’s seat. For those who want more bolstered front buckets, though not equipped with the features mentioned are able to choose leather-trimmed Recaros. The standard dashboard trim is also able to be changed to one comprised of carbon fiber. Anyone looking to cut down on weight could eliminate back seats however this requires the incredibly expensive carbon Fiber Track package.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The infotainment system of Shelby GT500 Shelby GT500 is very similar to that available in the regular Mustang it has it has an 8.0-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Ford’s Sync 3 software. Alongside steering wheel controls and voice commands The stereo’s volume as well as the tuning function can also be adjusted using physical knobs. Thanks, Ford. Affordable regular connectivity features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi subscription-based hotspot. A 12-speaker B&O sound system is offered for those who want to enhance the V-8’s roaring sound with their own tunes.