(from Ford Motor
Company Press Release) NEW LIMITED-EDITION 2007 FORD SHELBY GT500
OFFERS MUSTANG ENTHUSIASTS A CHANCE TO HIT THE REDLINE
* Production of limited-edition Red Stripe Appearance Package for
2007 Shelby GT500 to begin in May.
* Special package includes unique exterior striping and badges, Red
and Black leather seating, special interior trim and logos and
branded Shelby GT500 car cover.
* 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 tops in segment quality, says RDA Group
research—92 percent of owners would definitely recommend the vehicle
to family or friends.
DEARBORN, Mich., April 19, 2007 – Even with demand for the most
muscular Mustang ever – the Ford Shelby GT500 – at a record high,
Ford is cranking up additional interest with a new, limited-edition
package that adds unique visual appeal to the Shelby GT500. Enter
the "Red Stripe Appearance Package," to be available beginning in
The Ford Shelby GT500 is the most powerful Mustang on the road today
and arguably one of the most successful projects from Ford’s Special
Vehicle Team (SVT) in terms of performance, excitement and,
In fact, early indicators show the Shelby GT500 is a quality
standout. In the most recent Global Quality Research System (GQRS)
study from RDA Group, an independent research company based in
Bloomfield Hills, Mi., the Shelby GT500 earned praise as the
highest-quality Mustang model, with the fewest “things gone wrong”
in the first three months of ownership.
The Mustang line scores above the segment average in quality,
according to the GQRS study, and the Shelby GT500 specifically
scored the top result in the “sports car” segment.
“The unmatched quality and power of the latest Mustang masterpiece
explains why 9 out of 10 owners are completely satisfied with their
overall ownership experience,” the April 2007 RDA Group report
New Limited-Edition Shelby GT500 Package to be Available
Beginning in May
The new Red Stripe Appearance Package will be available on any new
2007 Shelby GT500 Coupe with either White or Black exterior paint.
Included in the special-edition package are Bright Red overbody and
bodyside stripes, a Red and Black leather interior, unique
red-accent exterior badges, including red-tinted Cobra emblems in
the grille, fenders, and in the faux gas cap on the rear panel. Even
the "SHELBY" letters on the decklid feature red accents.
The Red Stripe Appearance Package also adds unique new premium floor
mats with a Red and Silver embroidered "Cobra Snake" logo, plus a
fitted Shelby GT500-branded car cover.
The appearance package carries an MSRP of $1,650 and will be
available from early May through late June, marking the end of the
2007 model run.
"The red package is all about exclusivity," said Robert Parker,
Ford’s Car Marketing manager. "Our Mustang customers are eager to
buy unique vehicles like the Shelby GT500 and will certainly
appreciate the opportunity for something even more exclusive, made
in an even more limited number. These are great customers and very
passionate. I’m glad we can continue to deliver what they want.”
Shelby GT500 is among the Most Successful Performance Mustangs
Enthusiasm doesn't begin to describe the ongoing demand for the Ford
Shelby GT500. In the hyper-competitive auto market where supply
routinely surpasses demand, the Shelby GT500 still has a long
waiting list of buyers.
The Shelby GT500 was created by racing legend Carroll Shelby and
Ford SVT and is a modern interpretation of the classic Shelby
Mustang of the 1960s. Beneath the hood of every GT500 – including
the new Red model – is a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine
officially rated at 500 hp. A 6-speed manual gearbox features evenly
spaced gears that help provide a sharp, lively driving experience on
both road and track.
In addition to the engine upgrades, Ford’s SVT engineers retuned and
upgraded key Mustang chassis components. Improvements include
revised shocks, spring rates and upgraded stabilizer bars that help
the Ford Shelby GT500 maneuver with authority.
The GT500's unique design features include wide upper and lower
fascia openings with a functional air splitter. On either side,
slanting headlamp openings add to the dramatic front appearance. The
carefully tailored hood has heat extractors protruding near the
leading edge, combining to provide improved airflow and
The MSRP of a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 starts at $41,675.