A SHELBY FOR CHEAPSKATES
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Published on Fri, Apr 22, 2011
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
New Shelby GTS brings legendary Shelby performance to V6 Ford Mustang; V8 version is the spiritual successor to the 2007-2008 Ford Shelby GT HOT WIRE—Have you always wanted a Shelby but couldn’t afford one? We’ve got some good news for you. At the New York International Auto Show, Shelby introduced a bargain basement version called the GTS. At a list price of $32,140, it can actually be had for less than the base price of a Mustang GT Premium. And, by the way, it’s EPA rated at 31 MPG on the highway. Fulfilling the desire of Ford Shelby GT fans worldwide, executives with Shelby American Inc. introduced the new Shelby GTS post-title package for the 2011-2012 Ford Mustang at the New York International Auto Show. Available with a either a V6 or V8, normally aspirated or supercharged, the Shelby GTS is the spiritual rebirth of the popular 2007-2008 Ford Shelby GT. “The Ford Shelby GT was introduced in 2007 as an agile, reliable and affordable muscle car,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American Inc. “It dominated its SCCA racing class and was a popular canvas for enthusiasts to create their dream Shelby. Our Shelby GTS picks up that mantle and expands upon it with a choice of V6 or V8 power for a new generation of Shelby enthusiast who wants a car built just for them.” Ever since Ford introduced the 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 Mustang for the 2011 model year, the Shelby research and development team has been secretly developing the GTS package. Once the Shelby GT350 was finalized in both coupe and convertible versions, the skunkworks team accelerated the project. Working with partners at Ford Racing, Borla and Baer, Shelby American enhanced the car’s suspension, strengthened the braking and coaxed more power out of the engine.
“The V6 Mustang is a particularly good platform for the Shelby GTS,” noted Shelby American vice president of operations Gary Patterson. “It’s even lighter and more nimble than the GT. And the V6 Shelby GTS makes about as much horsepower as the V8 in the Ford Shelby GT, but with better fuel economy at a lower price.” The post-title package starts at $9,995.00, not including the base car. The GTS package on the $22,145 base Mustang V6 brings a dream Shelby down to a very affordable $32,140. Of course, if your local Ford dealer discounts the car (which is not unusual), the actual price will be even lower. Superchargers and other options are available that allow buyers to personalize their dream Shelby. A limited number of the Shelby GTS will be built with reservations starting April 21; production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011. The 2012 Ford Shelby GTS post-title package includes: • Ford Racing handling pack including new springs, tuned stabilizer bars and front strut tower brace • Fresh air package for the normally aspirated V6 tune or V8 • Borla exhaust system • Shelby / Baer brakes • Unique deep draw hood featuring classic Shelby design • Black billet upper grill with Ford “Running Pony” emblem • Unique Shelby front fascias • Shelby LeMans stripes and side stripes • “Shelby GTS” vehicle badges and official Shelby CSM interior plate • “Powered by Ford” side badges • “Shelby” lettering across the rear deck lid The many options available include: • Shelby superchargers for both V8 and V6 models • 6 piston Shelby/Baer Brakes • Adjustable control arms • 18” to 20” wheels and tire packages • Watts link rear suspension • Two tone leather interior “Our Shelby GTS is a fantastic way to pump up the capabilities of a stock Mustang within a budget without sacrificing performance,” added Mr. Luft. “It’s a car that reaches a younger buyer while acknowledging the economic realities of our times.” Shelby American is also exhibiting the 800 horsepower 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, 2012 Shelby GT350 coupe and convertible at the New York Auto Show. Those interested in a Shelby can call (702) 942-7325 or log onto shelbyamerican.com. Customers can build their dream Shelby online with Shelby American’s new “Build-One” program at shelbyamerican.com/buildhome.asp. About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American Inc., (www.shelbyamerican.com) manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby's trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Information is at carrollshelbyinternational.com.