Want a sign that Ford’s most recent version of the legendary Shelby GT500 is doing well? How about the news that Ford is limiting the production to only 5,500 units? A statement issued today from Ford Motor Company has outlined the decision to maintain exclusivity for the 2011 Shelby GT500, as the demand for the all-out muscle car has exceeded everyone’s expectations this year.
So far this year, more than 3,300 orders have been placed for the new 2011 Shelby GT500. This amazing amount of demand has exceeded expectations of both Ford and their dealerships. In a move to “maintain exclusivity”, Ford has decided to limit U.S. sales to 5,500 units. They have not made clear how many coupes versus convertibles will be produced, only that the total amount will stop at 5,500.
“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 pumps out a whopping 550+ horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. With its engine block coming out 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, this power-house is not only stronger, but delivers a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.
Another shocking statistic surrounding the 2011 Shelby GT500, is that most of the vehicles purchased, are being outfitted with many of the high-performance (and high-dollar) factory upgrade options. Customers purchasing the coupe are opting for the cool new glass roof option, giving you that open-air feel, without having to compromise the coupe’s style, versatility or climate-controlled environment. Other popular options include the electronic, voice-activated navigation system, SIRIUS & HD radio options, dual-zone automatic temperature control, HID headlights and the very popular SVT Performance Package.
So, if there was every a car to “go-big” on, it seems the 2011 Shelby GT500 is that car. If you have been indecisive about picking up your very own, maybe this news will help get you off the fence and behind the wheel of this legendary muscle-car.
Source: Ford Motor Company