Ford launches 2010 GT500 at N.A.I.A.S.

Author: Nauman Farooq

Two of the most famous names in American motoring history, Mustang and Shelby, have been reunited once again for the 2010 model year.


Carroll Shelby himself was at hand at the 2009 North American International Auto Show to unveil the 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 coupe and convertible.

 

Compared to the 2008 model, the new GT500 gets a new body, which looks fantastic, a new, much improved interior, and a lot more muscle.

 

For 2010, all GT500’s will benefit from the same motor that was in the limited edition 2008 GT500KR model, that means a 5.4-liter, dual overhead cam, V8, producing 540 hp and 510 lb/ft of torque. This mean 0-100 km/h is dealt with in 4.6 seconds and it will top out at nearly 290 km/h.

Ford Mustang GT500

Ford Mustang GT500 (Photo: Isaac Adams-Hands)

To stop this beast, the GT500 gets bigger brakes in the front, 250 mm in diameter compared to 215 mm on the outgoing model. The new brakes are constructed from copper and fiberglass which makes them more robust.

 

The new model also features new 19-inch rims, wrapped in Goodyear F1 supercar tires for better handling. While the new chassis tuning is said to provide better body control, the GT500 still has to make do with a live-beam rear axle.

 

The new GT500 will be in showrooms from this summer, however no Canadian pricing has been revealed.

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