9 Things We Just Learned About The New Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR

It’s an exciting time for Mustang fans, as “King of the Road” is back again. Officially known as wade through Shelby Mustang GT500KR, this is a modified version of the Ford Mustang GT500, and the story behind his coronation as “King” will interest many. In summary, in 1968, upon hearing that Chevrolet was planning to name the new Corvette the “King of the Road”, the name it so coveted, Carroll Shelby quickly and successfully applied for a trademark.

Soon, Shelby gave the new 1968 GT500 a name, calling it the GT500KR. The model is now a highly sought-after collector’s Mustang. After that, the KR returned to production for a second generation, and was built at Shelby World Headquarters in Las Vegas in 2008 and 2009. Now, in celebration of Shelby American’s 60th anniversary, the company is bringing back the KR for its third production generation, and following are some of the details we know about the upcoming special Mustang model.

9 Supercharger

The supercharger helps supply more oxygen to the combustion engine per intake loop, thereby making the fuel burn faster, which in turn results in increased power output. Through its partnership with Whipple Superchargers, Shelby will pair an all-new giant 3.8-liter supercharger on the base GT500 platform.

Supercharged, the 5.2-liter V8 that powers the GT500 will increase its output to over 900 horsepower. In particular, the GT500KR will run optimally at 93 octane or higher.

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8 Performance Accessories

In addition to the hood and engine, some of the other performance-enhancing features on the GT500KR include a Shelby by Borla cat-back exhaust system, Ford Performance front and rear sways bars, camber caster plates and performance axles.

Additionally, Shelby will equip the GT500KR with height-adjustable front and rear springs, recalibration of the MagneRide suspension, performance-spec tires and extended and hardened wheel studs. Notably, the Whipple Supercharger system also features a high-volume supercharger intercooler and heat exchanger.

7 Light Wheel

The role of wheels in vehicles has evolved. Primarily used as a solid base for customizing tires, the wheels have over time become more of a performance feature that also helps improve the look of the vehicle. For the 2008 to 2009 GT500KR, Shelby and Ford outfitted the car with cool mirror-like wheels, making the KR stand out at every turn.

The new KR model will be offered with sturdy, lightweight 6061-T6 one-piece forged aluminum alloy wheels as an optional feature, and will be finished with a polished or gloss back.

6 Functional Hood

Several components on the GT500KR contribute to the high performance, and the hood is one of those components. Made of lightweight dry carbon fiber, the hood of the new GT500KR, like the 2008 and 2009 KR models, is fully functional, and its main job is to cool the supercharged engine bay.

The new GT500KR side vents are also strategically placed to extract heat from the exhaust manifold, which facilitates the prevention of heat immersion, thereby maintaining optimal power.

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5 Interior & Exterior Features

The interior doesn’t lag behind the KR package which is great as the car will receive embroidered floor mats, leather upholstery and a 60th anniversary badge. Nonetheless, more changes can be seen on the car’s exterior, and these include Shelby rocker stripes, carbon fiber Gurney flaps, bonnet strut system, and a custom-built Shelby hood lock housing.

Other distinguishing features on the car include the CSM numbered engine and dashboard plate, water managed rain tray, and Billet engine cover.

4 More Courageous Voices

As if the deafening sound of the standard GT500 wasn’t loud enough, the new Shelby Mustang GT500KR is said to have a more “bolder” sound. For this, Shelby paired his new car with a Borla exhaust.

A pioneer in the design and production of stainless steel performance exhausts, Borla Performance Industries has manufactured premium exhausts for some of the biggest brands in the automotive sector.

3 Limited Production

GT500KR production numbers vary with the different generations that have been produced. The company claims that a total of 1,570 units (1,053 fastbacks and 517 convertibles) of the GT500KR were produced and sold during the production of the first generation in 1968.

For the second generation models produced in 2008 and 2009, a total of 1,712 GT500KR units were produced. However, for the new GT500KR, Shelby plans to produce only 225 GT500KR, of which 160 will be sold in the US.

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2 Production schedule

Shelby produced the new KR to celebrate 60 years of high performance. According to the company, the new KR will be built from the standard GT500 from the 2020 to 2022 models. Therefore, owners of the 2020 and 2021 GT500 models can contact Shelby to convert their car to a KR.

Orders for the 2022 model will also be accepted. Notably, production is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2022 as the company will start taking orders from February 1, 2022, at 9 a.m. PST.

1 Price

Due to several factors, the price of the new Shelby Mustang GT500KR varies. Using the 2021 Shelby GT500 (which has a starting price of $72,900) as the base model, Shelby has pegged the starting price of the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR at $127,895.

However, the KR package can be installed on the 2020 to 2022 Shelby GT500 models for $54,995, and only 60 units of the package will be offered. For context, the 2008 and 2009 GT500KR models are priced at $80,000.

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