Forty years after the debut of the original GT500, Ford has once again teamed up with legendary Mustang tuner Carroll Shelby to create the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500. With the telltale Cobra emblem the only bit of brightwork on its blacked-out grille and a 500-horsepower, supercharged V8 stuffed under its hood, the Shelby GT500 is the most powerful road-going, factory-produced Mustang of all time. It's also one of the best performance buys for 2007, with a low-$40Ks price tag on the coupe version and a mid-$40Ks sticker on the convertible.
Unlike the late-1960s GT500, the 2007 GT500 doesn't rely on a massive 428-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) V8 to juice its rear tires. Rather, it uses a small-block, 5.4-liter V8 that's basically a detuned version of the engine from the GT supercar. On the GT500, supplier and cost concerns required the use of a wet-sump oil system (instead of dry-sump), a cast-iron block (instead of aluminum) and a "Roots-type" supercharger with 9 psi of boost (instead of an Eaton "screw-type" with 13.5 psi). But the GT's four-valve aluminum heads transferred over unchanged to the Shelby GT500, as did many smaller items, such as the piston rings and bearings. The result is 500 hp, 480 pound-feet of torque and a mid-4-second 0-60-mph estimate. Assuming the GT500 makes good on that claim, it would be the quickest car under $50,000.
To manage that horsepower boost, Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) engineers reworked the Mustang's MacPherson strut front suspension, fitting stiffer shocks, higher-rate springs and an upgraded stabilizer bar. The solid-axle rear suspension uses upgraded springs as well, along with a Panhard rod to control wheel movement. Although a non-independent rear suspension might seem out of place on what's supposed to be a state-of-the-art performance car, the GT500 proves to be an agile and willing performer, whether on a racetrack or a remote two-lane road. Credit goes to the quick rack-and-pinion steering system, as well as the liberal traction control system, which allows for plenty of tail-out thrills. You can thank Carroll Shelby for the GT500's 18-by-9.5-inch wheels and 255/45 front and 285/40 rear Goodyear F1 tires: After driving a prototype, Shelby insisted on larger rolling stock to better manage the car's power and handling capabilities.You purchase it with the peace of mind of knowing it has passed a thorough multi-point inspection, meets certain age/condition/mileage criteria, and is covered under our exclusive 'Quality Plus Auto Protection Plan' for 3 MONTHS OR 4500 MILES. When you purchase a pre-owned vehicle from CARMA your 2 Year Maintenance Plan is included! Your plan includes 5 Oil Changes, Radiator Service, AC Service, Engine Diagnostics, and hundreds of discounts. Currently, these benefits are only available if you buy a new vehicle from a few manufacturers, now you can feel confident knowing 2 Years of Maintenance is included on your pre-owned purchase! Any make, any model with no year or mileage restrictions!