Detroit Auto Show Preview: 2010 Ford Shelby GT500

Detroit Auto Show Preview: 2010 Ford Shelby GT500

It’s not often that a car’s badge has a smaller number on it than the number on ponies being generated by the engine, but that is exactly the case with the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500. The GT500 name is legendary. So too is the 540hp generated by ford’s 5.4-liter supercharged and intercooled V-8. Torque isn’t shabby either at 510 ft-lbs.

To increase fuel economy but retain performance Ford kept the first four gears from the last GT500 but replaced the final two gears with longer versions that will rev lower at highway speeds. Combined with a 3.31 final drive ratio, compared to the 3.55 final drive in the outgoing GT500, the 2010 model will get improved acceleration and fuel economy. Ford says the super-sportscar should get a 2mpg improvement in highway fuel economy.

For 2010 Ford has made several other improvements to the GT500 including an improved twin-disk clutch for better drivability. The interior also received upgrades with real aluminum accents and Alcantara details.

Shelby GT500:

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Complete 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 details after the jump:

2010 FORD SHELBY GT500 PACKS MORE POWERFUL PUNCH

The unique “flush” hood on the 2010 Shelby GT500 defines the front redesign. The gaping front grilles appear ready to swallow up the road.

* Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) delivers a more powerful 2010 Shelby GT500 increased to 540 horsepower, torque increased to 510 foot-pounds, downforce increased and drag reduced * New gearbox enhancements, plus a standard 3.55:1 rear axle ratio, mean the 2010 Shelby GT500 will deliver improved acceleration performance, while providing better highway fuel efficiency * Aggressive new exterior design features new functional details, such as the hood extractor to remove heat from the engine and ‘Gurney Flap’