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How the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Works

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A New Old Design
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Instead of the standard Mustang horse logo, the GT500 features silver Cobra badges. Still, the GT500 is instantly recognizable as a Mustang, with many elements of the design meant to invoke the original GT500, last produced in 1970, as well as other Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s.

The styling was originally tested on the Mustang GT coupe and refined on the Mustang GT-R before reaching the GT500 stage of design. In the Mustang heritage, vents in the hood draw heat away from the engine compartment, and the rear spoiler is reminiscent of earlier Shelby designs.

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Virtually every surface of the interior is covered in black leather, with "SVT red" door panels and seat surfaces. "Leather has long been a performance fashion accessory for enthusiasts, from jackets to racing gloves, so it perfectly matches all the other driving oriented cues," said Keith Rogman, Mustang senior designer.

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All the metal parts in the interior have a satin finish, rather than chrome.

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The instrument panel reflects the car's breeding as a racecar: The positions of the speedometer and tachometer have been switched so that the tach is more prominent than usual, and a boost gauge allows the driver to keep constant tabs on the status of supercharger.

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2007 Model Hits the Streets

Just in time for the summer of 2006, the 2007 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 is making its way to showrooms across the country. The base price for the most powerful Mustang ever made in a Ford factory is $42,975 for the coupe and $47,800 for the convertible. Current-model Mustangs cost between $20,000 and $30,000 depending on version and options. According to Ford's Web site, the company intends to roll out 8,000 to 10,000 units of the 2007 model.

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