What’s inside counts
with the 2010 Shelby GT500
The base 2010 Mustang received a powerful new interior design. For
the GT500, the interior design team members challenged themselves
to raise the bar even higher to create the ultimate Shelby Mustang
Using genuine materials such
as real leather in all seats, real aluminum on the instrument panel
and Alcantara inserts on the seats and steering wheel gave the appearance
a precisely crafted, jewel-like yet functional feel. “You’ll
definitely know you’re in a Shelby,” said Douglas Gaffka,
Chief Designer, Shelby GT500.
The genuine aluminum finish panels
have a unique-to-GT500 three-dimensional dimpled texture pattern
inspired by racing clutch plates, braided hoses and cross-drilled
racing brake rotors. The pattern has been painstakingly tuned to
compensate for the compound curvature of the instrument panels.
In addition, the “GT500” logo has been discretely engraved
into the aluminum in front of the passenger as a nod to classic
Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s.
This unique aluminum finish panel is
fully encapsulated by an exquisite soft seamless TPO (Thermoplastic
Olefin) instrument panel with a shape that resonates with Mustang’s
powerful heritage. The center stack flows into the console and features
a sub-flush shifter trim ring, flush cup holder door and lockable
console stowage featuring the word “SHELBY” engraved
in its Satin Liquid Chrome release button.
All 2010 Mustangs and Shelbys feature
bright 360-degree rings surrounding the gauge cluster, uninterrupted
by the steering column. These rings will come in chrome for the
Mustang and a Satin Liquid Chrome finish for the GT500. This finish
is featured throughout the interior. An intricate cobra is etched
into the center of the aluminum steering wheel badge. The Shelby
Cobra appears at startup on the navigation screen, and the familiar
red “SVT” logo utilizes new ambient lighting to illuminate
the door scuffplate.
“When customers drive this car,
they’re not only going to be impressed by the performance
and the Shelby heritage, but they’re going to see all these
carefully designed details and know they’ve bought a well-crafted
car,” Saridakis said.
Even the classic white shift knob –
an icon of Shelby Mustang DNA from years past – received special
attention. First, it had to be the traditional white. It also had
to be specific to the Shelby. The answer was to combine the racing-stripes
theme with the traditional “H” pattern found on shifters
to create a one-of-a-kind knob. Like the exterior, the racing stripes
wrap from end to end, encircling the knob.