Ford Philippines has just announced today the arrival of the 2022 m Shelby GT500. This marks the first time that a Ford with the Shelby nameplate will ever be officially sold in the Philippines.
The most powerful Ford ever needs an exterior design that flexes its capability. The front end is more aggressive, with a more pronounced air dam, front splitter, and a redesigned grille. Other functional upgrades made to the Mustang Shelby GT500 are the rear diffuser, rear spoiler, and wider front and rear tracks. There’s also a unique hood with self-centering hood pins, and a larger front radiator block-off plate. The Philippine-market Shelby GT500 rides on 20” x 11.0” flow-formed high-gloss black-painted aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires while stopping power comes courtesy of large ventilated SHW brake rotors with red-painted Brembo front and rear calipers.
Inside, the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 comes with a rotary gear shift dial, Shelby-exclusive aluminum instrument panel trim, Recaro leather- and Miko Suede-trimmed seats, 4-way manually adjustable driver and 2-way manually adjustable front-passenger seats, leather and Alcantara wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, and Ford Performance Aluminum Scuff plates.
Just like the standard Mustang, the Shelby GT500 is also equipped with a 12-inch digital gauge cluster that comes with Track Apps. This features provides performance metrics, while the accelerometer displays lateral and longitudinal g-forces, and a timer for acceleration and lap time. Unique, however, to the Shelby GT500 is an electronic parking brake.
What’s truly interesting about the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is its powertrain. The supercharged 5.2-liter V8 uses the same block as the naturally-aspirated Shelby GT350, albeit with a massive 2.65-liter supercharger–bigger than what is found in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
As a result, this engine produces an astonishing 760 hp and 847 Nm of torque, driving the rear wheels via a unique carbon fiber driveshaft and a Tremec 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With these power figures, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can sprint from 0-100 kph in the mid-three seconds and a quarter-mile of under 11 seconds. The dual-clutch transmission can change gears in under 100 milliseconds and comes with a number of modes, which include Normal, Sport, Drag, and Track.
Ford has also upgraded the Mustang Shelby GT500’s handling in order to cope with all that power. The handling characteristics of the Shelby GT500 are reinforced by increased chassis stiffness and a new magnesium tower-to-tower brace, while the steering has been engineered to be more precise and responsive. The increased front track width and lower ride height compared to Mustang GT Premium help improve track capability and lateral grip.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is now on sale across all Ford dealers nationwide with a price tag of P7,760,000, almost double that of the standard Mustang GT.