liter DOHC V8
lbs (cpe), 3952 lbs (convt)
supercharger & intercooler
lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
hp @ 6200 rpm
101.9 hp per liter
(from Ford Press
Release) New 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 Puts Customers in Control
with Race-Inspired Recaro Seats and Selectable Steering
• The Ford Shelby
GT500 offers an interior upgrade for 2012 with optional SVT-designed
Recaro® front seats that combine road racing inspiration with
purposeful, high-performance Mustang design
• Selectable steering makes its debut for Mustang on Shelby
GT500, with three settings specifically tuned for the car,
including a sport mode designed so the driver can be more in
tune with how the car reacts to the road
• The new 2012 Shelby GT500 also provides customers the latest
SYNC® technology with the availability of AppLink, the free
software program that gives SYNC users voice control of apps
stored on their smartphone
Following on the heels
of the reengineered 2011 Ford Shelby GT500, Ford’s Special Vehicle
Team (SVT) is going further for the 2012 model, delivering the
ultimate race-caliber seating experience along with selectable
steering for even more driver control.
The optional leather-trimmed sport bucket front seats were designed
by SVT in cooperation with Recaro® to enhance the high-performance
driving experience. Lateral bolsters in the cushion and seat back
are used to ensure drivers have the support needed on the track
during hard cornering and to deliver a comfortable ride.
“These seats are designed to deliver optimum driver control and
comfort,” said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief nameplate engineer. “I have
been sitting in them for months now and have never wanted more
support or more comfort when driving, even on long road trips or at
The seats sport an embroidered “cobra” logo and stripes that are
color-matched to the exterior stripes. They also come complete with
integrated head restraints with ample room for drivers and
passengers wearing helmets on the track. Openings on the seat back
also are included for customers looking to create performance setups
for their car on track days.
The Recaro seats are the result of a global team effort led by SVT
along with the Mustang engineering group in North America, Team RS
in Europe and Recaro. These seats are also available in the 2012
Mustang Boss 302.
Putting the choice in the driver’s
The 2012 Shelby GT500
now gives customers a selectable steering option that tailors the
driving experience to fit their needs. With a choice of three
settings, the feature allows the customer to select the steering
effort depending on his or her style of driving.
The selectable steering option is available across the entire
Mustang lineup for 2012, though on the Shelby GT500 the settings
were specifically tuned on both the base car and Performance Package
configurations. The assist levels are less than other Mustang
models, since the Shelby GT500 customer typically demands more road
“It’s one more feature we’ve developed to tailor the vehicle to fit
customers’ likings,” explained Kerry Baldori, SVT global performance
vehicle chief functional engineer. “Our engineers have tuned and
developed three separate modes so customers can select the one
appropriate for almost any situation.”
SVT engineers were able to develop the multiple steering assist
levels within selectable steering because of electric power-assisted
steering (EPAS), first introduced on the 2011 Shelby GT500. It uses
electronic instead of hydraulic components. Engineers also took
advantage of EPAS by providing lower efforts for parking and
low-speed agility without sacrificing on-road feel.
Sport mode provides the most road force felt through the steering
wheel and requires the highest level of steering effort, allowing
the driver to be more in tune with how the vehicle reacts to the
road. Comfort mode provides the least amount of road force felt
through the steering wheel and requires the least amount of steering
effort, which is ideal for long, relaxing drives.
Standard mode also is available and is a balance between the comfort
and sport settings.
Additionally, when the customer selects sport or off mode within
AdvanceTrac®, Ford’s stability control system, the vehicle
automatically switches the steering to the sport mode for improved
road feel and higher, more progressive efforts. Also in that mode,
active nibble control and drift pull compensation are shut off to
give the customer maximum road feel in aggressive driving maneuvers.
The steering settings are accessed and programmed through the
Also new for 2012 are illuminated dual visor vanity mirrors, a
universal garage door opener and multipurpose sun visor storage.
The 2012 Ford Shelby
GT500 also takes connectivity to the next level with SYNC® AppLink.
AppLink is the free software program that gives SYNC users voice
control of apps stored on their smartphone.
The Shelby GT500 will be the first vehicle in the Mustang lineup to
offer AppLink with the standard SYNC interface, as well as being
integrated into the optional voice-activated Navigation System and
providing the additional convenience of an 8-inch touch screen for
Co-developed with Ford, the Clarion Navigation System available on
Shelby GT500 is loaded with a number of features and functions
designed to provide customers a superior level of connectivity and
information, including an extensive set of navigation tools as well
as up-to-the-minute news about weather, traffic, fuel prices, movie
listings and more through SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel
Infotainment features are also abundant with the Ford Navigation
System, including HD Radio™ technology, a digital jukebox hard drive
that can store up to 2,400 songs and easy access and useful screen
displays for SiriusXM Radio. And since the Navigation System is
factory-installed, it also works seamlessly with SYNC.
The navigation screen menu for SYNC apps first lists available
factory-installed system apps such as 911 Assist™, Vehicle Health
Report and SYNC Services through Traffic, Directions and
soundproofing measures help filter unpleasant, high-frequency
noises, while a tuned intake and dual exhaust add the sounds Mustang
buyers relish. Occupants also benefit from new door seals and a rear
wheel arch liner that reduce road noise for a quieter, more
A one-piece instrument panel is designed to help further reduce
The convertible model also features enhanced structural rigidity,
with lateral stiffness improved by 12 percent versus the 2010 model.
The 2012 Ford Shelby
GT500 is built at the AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock,