With the introduction of the all new aluminum 5.4-L engine, which was developed with the Ecotec design in mind, Ford is putting this baby inside the 2011 Ford ShelBy GT500. The new 5.4-L inside the 2011 Ford ShelBy GT500 cranks out 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque, with 80 percent of its torque is realized between 1,750 and 6,250 rpm. Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) delivers the new Shelby GT500® with a 10 horsepower increase.
Aiding the power band came from a larger two-row intercooler for the supercharger system, which has about 40 percent more cooling capacity to help make power more consistent in higher ambient conditions. The all-new 5.4-liter all-aluminum engine is 102 pounds lighter than the previous cast-iron engine and uses Ford-patented plasma-coating technology to reduce friction between piston rings and cylinder bores.
Not only does the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 puts out more horsepower and lighter, it also improved fuel economy in city and highway. The 2011 Shelby GT500 combines power and fuel economy the design of the 2011 Shelby GT500; it is an evolution of the Shelby line without the gas guzzler tax. EPA-estimated of the 2011 Shelby GT500 is 23 mpg highway and 15 mpg city, which is up from 22 mpg highway and 14 mpg city for the 2010 model.
Other highlights found in the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 are the addition of Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), a new optional SVT Performance Package, enhanced convertible rigidity and a lowered ride height contribute to improved driving dynamics and handling. All of these added features helped in the lap time; data shows the 2011 coupe with the SVT Performance Package is 3.0 seconds faster per lap than the 2010 Shelby GT500 on a 2.3-mile test track. Also, overall road noise is reduced by 20 percent versus the 2010 Shelby with help of added sound-deadening material within the sheet metal.
The roaring of the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is even more aggressive sound than the 2010 model due to the exhaust system. The 2.75-inch exhaust also provided an additional 10 horsepower.
You still want it, well, get on the waiting list first. Sticker price is around $55,000 but it could get ugly up to $80,000 due to its demand. By the way, you are also have a choice between a hard top or convertible. See teaser video below.