Orders for 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 exceed expectations
Annual production of the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 has been limited to 5,500 units. So far, Ford has received more than 3,300 initial dealer and retail orders.
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Of the 5,500 units of the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 slated for production, more than half are already spoken for.
Ford today announced that the automaker has received 3,300 initial dealer and retail orders received to date.
"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 pound-feet 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.
New for 2011 is an optional glass roof. According to Ford, three times more 2011 GT500s have been ordered with the glass roof compared with 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, Ford said, with more than 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. 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.