Some things have the power to make other things better. Whipped cream, for example, can make everything from ice cream to hot chocolate to waffles better. Do you want to elevate the taste of nachos, a burger or even a hot dog? Add cheese. Likewise, adding the name “Shelby” to any performance car will take it to the next level. That includes the muscular 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
Originally targeted for release as the 2007 Ford Mustang Cobra GT, that changed in 2006. Legendary race car driver, automotive designer and performance expert Carroll Shelby gathered with the Special Vehicle Team (SVT) at Ford in creating a next generation muscle car with the looks of a classic. Shelby and Ford had a lengthy relationship that dated back to the 1960s. The 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT50 resulted and raised the bar for performance and power in a production vehicle. The cars have been sought after ever since.
A New Platform with Big Power
The 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was built on the new S197 Mustang platform and included a powerful Supercharged 5.4 liter V-8 engine. The engine generates 500 horsepower at 6,000 rpm along with 480 lb. ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, adding to the driving experience.
The wheelbase is 107.1 inches with an overall vehicle length of 187.6 inches. This Mustang has a curb weight of 3820 lbs., yet can still get from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Room to Share
There’s room for four in the 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. While this adds some practicality, you’ll likely not want to make it your first choice for a cross-country family road trip. Its second row leg room of 21 inches and 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space gives it enough versatility to be a daily driver if you are so inclined. Shelby branded sports paint treatments and 18″ wheels identify it as special enough for collectors. While the 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is magnetic enough to just stare at, you won’t be able not to get behind the wheel and turn the key. The resulting sound is sure to bring a satisfactory smile.
The 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is new enough to include some desired technology, creature comforts and conveniences, but the real stars of the show are its impressive power and performance and timeless good looks. The fact that it carries the legendary Carroll Shelby signature makes it just that more desirable and valuable. This is a part of modern automotive history at its best.