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2011 Ford Shelby GT500 revealed, packs 550 HP 5.4-liter supercharged V8

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 revealed, packs 550 HP 5.4-liter supercharged V8

Ford is quite proud of the new generation Mustang muscle car, as after revealing the new 5.0-liter V8 engine available for the GT and uncovering the new Shelby GT350, the company has now presented the even more powerful 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, which sports a lighter, more powerful and more efficient engine.

The unit in question is an all-aluminum 550 HP 5.4-liter supercharged V8, which not only weighs 102 pounds less than the old unit, but is also much more fuel efficient, coming in at 23 mpg highway and 15 mpg city. Torque figures are around 510 lb-ft, allowing the Shelby GT500 with the SVT Performance Package, which includes stiffer springs, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G tires wrapped around 19-inch at the front 20-inch at the back wheels and higher rear a xle ration, to be 3 seconds faster than the old GT500 on a 2.3-mile test track.

Other mechanical improvements over the old generation include increased lateral stiffness, less noise and vibration problems, as well as a larger exhaust, producing a more powerful sound. Other features included are HID headlights, programmable vehicle key, integrated spotter mirror and fold-down rear headrests.

The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 will be available in three options: regular coupe, cabriolet and a special glass roof edition of the coupe, a first for the model. You can see all of them in the gallery below.

Photo Gallery: 2011 Ford Shelby GT500

Source: Ford