Ford Mustang GT500


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Back in 1967 the US Navy ran an advertisement proclaiming there were three things worth fighting for. The Beach Boys, Apple Pie and the Ford Mustang GT.

Between 1967 and 2005 Ford dropped the reins and let the Mustang fall by the wayside. A once proud car sat weeping as European and Japanese upstarts invaded the American economy, leaving no room for nostalgic relics.

If you would have asked any sane person back in 2003 about the Mustangs future, they may have had a little cry before telling you - the Mustang really did have no future.

The launch of the Mustang GT in 2005 saw a return to some of the old values, however the car was still somewhat lacking. With the most powerful model available providing a mere 300bhp, Ford was clearly making an effort, but not quite enough.

In 2007 the Ford Mustang GT500 growled its way onto the roads, and was the most powerful production car even to roll out of Mustangs hallowed halls, providing 500 screaming horsepower to propel the American muscle to 60mph in 4.8 seconds.

Spring 2008 will see the release of the Shelby Mustang GT500KR – or King of the Road to me and you. The whole point of this is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the KR series. Ford promises an ‘estimated’ 540bhp provided by a 5.4 liter supercharged V8 with Fords Racing Power Pack upgrade installed by the factory.

Add to the recipe custom suspension tuning, a short shift 6 speed gearbox, 18 inch alloy wheels, MacPherson front suspension and Brembo front brakes – and you have a car that looks like every mans dreams, at least in the brochure.

Ford have still refused to upgrade the rear suspension of the 2008 model, and we still have the same live link suspension system that was championed during the 1960’s. Live link means that whatever one wheel does, the other wheel does pretty much the same which is not really a good idea when you can hit 100mph in around 10 seconds.

To try and improve handling they have at least made a little effort, complicated things such as new strut braces, spring rates and dampers have been added, which is nice if you know what they are – the question is can the car go around corners yet.

The interior has benefited from a makeover, light faced dials and SVT logo’s everywhere you look are the things that strike you straight away. You can change the color of the backlights in the dials to match your mood, although there are only 7 to choose from so let’s hope you’re not a complex person.

The Shelby Mustang GT500KR is a car that certainly inspires. The aggressive lines and iconic stripes, the hooded cobra and roaring tailpipe – even the 20mpg economy of the car are a welcome step forward in making Mustangs the cars they once were.

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