Oil barons chuckle and while most of us cringe at gas making the $4 gallon mark. Studies and announcements are abound that climbing fuel prices are herding people like sheep into buying compact cars. So where do gas-suckers like the Shelby GT500 fit in?
Right where they did every other year, at least according to Shelby American president John Luft who confirmed in an interview with Mustangs Daily that the Snake-bearing ‘Stang will remain in the coming Mustang generation.
With 650 horsepower, the GT500 has enough venom to kill an elephant, or make your passenger’s toes curl as you lunge forward. Either way, it seems Ford extended the Shelby contract into 2015, meaning we can expect to see further iterations of the mind-bending muscle car and its 5.8-liter supercharged V8.
“When something works you just don’t change it,” he said. “Clearly, having a Shelby in their stable as their halo car has really worked for them. Ford Motor Company loves it, their dealers love it, and we love it. It gives us a great platform. So we need Ford Motor Company to develop great base cars,” Luft said.
Base cars like the Mustang GT work well as a volume-seller because Ford has the resources to produce several thousand every year, but Luft went on to explain that such volume isn’t part of the Shelby plan. Instead, it hopes to focus on limited production vehicles that boost both companies images.
[Source: Mustangs Daily]