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|Interior & Exterior
|The 2007 Ford Shelby GT500
is a purposeful performance car and striking to look at.
The design team did not merely take heritage
cues and paste them onto the contemporary Mustang. Working with
the engineering team, they dedicated themselves to a design that
would enhance the car’s performance.
For example, the fog lamps were removed from
the upper grille opening – where they are located on the Mustang
GT. Smaller units were relocated on the outside of the lower front
fascia where they function well.
"We found that the original Shelby Mustang’s
design came about in response to maximizing the car’s performance,"
says Doug Gaffka, chief designer for Mustang, SVT and Vehicle Personalization.
"The same is true of the SVT design language that has evolved
A further example of how form follows function
is the design of the heat extractors on the hood of the Shelby GT500.
Here, they can better remove heat from the engine compartment –
an important consideration for a car generating 475 horsepower.
"It is perfect, says Carroll Shelby of
the car’s overall design. "I wouldn’t change a
thing. It is everything I expected a modern Shelby Mustang to be."
Other functional aero additions to the Shelby
GT500 can be found at the front and rear. The rear spoiler adds
significant downforce. Similarly, the front air splitter effectively
The 18 x 9.5-inch wheels worn by the Shelby
GT500 also bear a resemblance to those of the Ford GT.
GT500 convertible shares cues with other high-end Ford
Motor Company products. Rather than using vinyl for its
top, as the mainstream Mustang does, the GT500 convertible
uses the same type of cloth as that on the Ford Thunderbird
and the Jaguar XK. The top is available only in black
to match the car’s predominantly black interior.
is definitely an upscale feel to the top," says Keith
Rogman, SVT design manager. "It fits in the same
category as the stripes: They don’t make the car
go faster, they don’t make it split the wind better,
but they add a certain intangible authenticity to the
car that you can’t quantify."
Indeed, stripes don’t make the
car go faster, but they play a big role in the car’s identity.
In coupe form, the car wears the full regalia of stripes Carroll
Shelby bestowed upon the original GT500 coupe: a Le Mans stripe
that runs over the hood, roof and rear deck and side stripes bearing
the legend "GT500" nomenclature.
As did the original GT500 convertible,
the modern version carries the side stripes but foregoes the Le
Mans stripe. The Le Mans stripe, the side stripes or both may be
deleted from the Coupe. The side stripes are also a delete option
on the Convertible.
|The stripes come in a range
of four colors (Performance White, Vista Blue, Tungsten and Satin
Silver) that, with one exception, can be matched with at least three
of the seven available exterior colors. The exception is Vista Blue,
which can be paired only with a Performance White exterior.
Exterior colors include Colorado Red
(which can be paired with Performance White or Satin Silver stripes),
Alloy (Satin Silver or Tungsten), Vista Blue (Performance White
or Tungsten), Performance White (available with Vista Blue or Tungsten
stripes), Tungsten Grey (Satin Silver), Valencia (Tungsten) and
Ebony (Performance White or Tungsten stripes).
"Except for the Valencia and Tungsten
combination, these combinations echo what we did with the original
car," says Shelby. "I really like the yellow car. It has
an eye-catching modern look to it."
Peter Horbury, executive director,
Design, North America, had the opportunity to learn firsthand just
how much that color combination does catch the eye. "I sneaked
out on the Woodward Dream Cruise in a yellow prototype of the GT500,"
he said. "Everybody knew what it was. People were stepping
out in the road to take pictures."
Carroll Shelby, it seems, is not the
only one who feels expectations have been met .
GT500: PERFORMANCE INTERIOR
- Front seats boast extra lateral
bolstering for increased support during spirited driving
- Key options are GT500 Premium Interior
Trim Package, Shaker 1000 Audio System and SIRIUS Satellite Radio
|The 2007 Ford Shelby GT500
boasts an upgraded version of the mainstream Mustang’s interior,
designed to cater to the dedicated driving enthusiast.
Most apparent is the use of light-faced gauges,
a tradition on SVT’s cars and trucks and one that can improve
readability under a variety of lighting conditions. The gauges also
boast SVT graphics.
An astute observer will note that the speedometer
and tachometer do not occupy the same positions they do in the rest
of the Mustang line. In the Shelby GT500, the speedometer is on
the left while the tachometer is on the right.
"This is something the SVT engineering
staff insisted on – particularly because the GT500 is available
only with a manual transmission," says Keith Rogman, SVT design
manager. "Making the switch allows the driver the best view
of the tach while changing gears."
Shelby GT500 sports a satin aluminum finish
on instrument trim, rings and door handles. This helps reduce glare
and provide a bit of sparkle.
Adds Doug Gaffka, chief designer for Mustang,
SVT and Vehicle Personalization: "This is very much in keeping
with the SVT hallmark of substance. It gives the customer a direct
benefit and not just a bit of decoration."
Sit Down and Drive
Substance and function also are the reason the
front seats in the Shelby GT500 are different from other Mustangs.
Bolstering has been added to provide increased lateral support.
This helps keep the driver optimally placed.
|Seating surfaces are leather,
and the classic figure of a cobra is embossed on the front seat backs.
A cobra is also prominently featured on the tilt steering wheel’s
air bag cover. The wheel rim is wrapped in leather and has unique
thumb pads. The shift boot is also made of leather and the parking
brake handle is leather clad.
Two interior color treatments are available,
charcoal black and charcoal black with crimson red seat inserts
and door trim panels. A GT500 Performance Interior Trim Package
is optional. It features a leather-wrapped and stitched instrument
panel brow and center console, upgraded door armrests and aluminum
Performance Sound System
SIRIUS Satellite Radio may be ordered with either
the standard Shaker 500 Audio System or the optional Shaker 1000
system. The Shaker 1000 Audio System amps up to a full 1,000 watts
from the standard system’s 500. It includes two subwoofers
as part of its 10-speaker array, and an audio input jack is standard.
Both the Shaker 1000 and the 8-speaker Shaker 500 systems include
AM/FM Stereo with a six-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability.
Comfort and convenience touches abound. Manual
air conditioning, power windows and power locks are standard. The
center console includes not just an armrest, but storage as well.
The interior also features dual power points as well as two cupholders.
And the Ford Special Vehicle Team has put its
stamp on things as it welcomes enthusiasts into the car via bright
door sill trim plates bearing SVT script