Shelby American reveals its first version of the S550 Mustangâ€”the Shelby GT
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Shelby American
Today, Shelby American took the cover off its latest post-title conversion vehicle, the 2015 Shelby GT. Not to be confused with the Ford-built Shelby GT350, this is a post-title conversion for owners of 2015 Mustang GTs. You simply deliver a new coupe or convertible to the companyâ€™s Las Vegas headquarters (or one of the companyâ€™s authorized Mod Shops) and have it upgraded with a well-rounded package of performance and appearance modifications. In the end, it will become a serialized part of the Shelby family.
â€œWe took a new approach with the 2015 Shelby GT,â€ Shelby American Vice President of Operations Akos J. Feher, said. â€œWe had a lot of fun designing these cars and ended up building the most powerful Shelby GT ever offered without sacrificing reliability. All exterior parts were designed and developed in-house, with every component exclusive to Shelby. We only used lightweight carbon fiber for all the aerodynamic components, including the brand new hood. The components were designed to allow a high level of customization for our customers, like the new billet aluminum front grilles.â€
While the Shelby GTâ€™s appearance mods are all new, many of the performance modifications are from a familiar sourceâ€”Ford Racing. In fact, we are told that this reliance on factory hot rod parts has resulted in a car with vastly increased performance and factory levels of noise, vibration, and harshness. The obvious upgrade is the Ford Racing supercharger and calibration, but the car also utilizes Ford Racingâ€™s Handling Pack, which includes dampers, springs, and sway bars.
â€œThe 2015 Shelby GT is a nicely balanced muscle car that does everything well, whether on the track or on the drag stripâ€ Gary Patterson, Shelby American Vice President of Strategic Sales and Media Relations, said. â€œThis post-title program takes performance to extreme levels. At the same time, the styling is sleek, yet uniquely American with touches from Shelby history. Based on the fantastic new Ford Mustang platform, the Shelby GT can easily double as formidable daily driver and then run rings around the competition at track events.â€
If you want to see the car in action, you can see the various Shelby GTs running on track right here:
As many upgrades as the car receives, the interior remains relatively true to the great styling that Ford provides. Shelby American recovers the factory seats with Katzkin leather covers, and the standard seats receive Shelby-logoâ€™d headrests. The dash is upfit with a carbon-fiber dash pod and three gauges. Naturally, the dash plaque wears the carâ€™s CSM number. The cabin also gets Shelby GT doorsill plates and floor mats.
It remains unsaid at the moment, but we would imagine that many of the parts would also be available via Shelby Performance Parts. However, only full conversions will garner the cachÃ© of being in the Shelby American Worldwide Registry via the aforementioned CSM number.
â€œThe demand for Shelby vehicles, parts and products around the globe continues to skyrocket,â€ Neil Cummings co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing, said. â€œIn addition to a superb facility in Las Vegas, Shelby is establishing mod shops worldwide. This will allow enthusiasts worldwide who have access to a Ford Mustang to transform it into a Shelby GT locally.â€
The cost of the conversion, not including the price of a 2015 GT, is $39,995. You can configure one online right here.
The Mod List
â€¢ Ford Racing 627-plus-horsepower supercharger
â€¢ Ford Racing by Borla exhaust with Shelby oval tips
â€¢ Ford Racing halfshafts
â€¢ Ford Racing handling pack with upgraded shocks, springs and sway bars
â€¢ Ford Racing short-throw shifter for the manual cars
â€¢ Wilwood performance front brake upgrade
â€¢ Shelby Venice wheels by Weld Racing, 20×9.5 (front) and 20×10.5 (rear)
â€¢ Michelin tires 275/35-20 (front) and 305/30-20 (rear)
â€¢ 3:73 rear gears
â€¢ Carbon-fiber hood with customizable hood vents
â€¢ Carbon-fiber front splitter
â€¢ Carbon-fiber rocker panels
â€¢ Carbon-fiber two-piece rear diffuser
â€¢ Carbon-fiber rear deck lid
â€¢ Carbon-fiber trunk spoiler
â€¢ Carbon-fiber mirror covers
â€¢ Carbon-fiber hood extension
â€¢ Modular customizable billet aluminum upper and lower front grilles
â€¢ Shelby GT striping
â€¢ Shelby GT badging on front grille and on C-pillars
â€¢ Shelby faux gas cap
â€¢ Powered by Ford front fender badges
â€¢ Shelby lettering on trunk lid
â€¢ Washer relocation kit
â€¢ Shelby branded custom headrests
â€¢ CSM dash plaque and engine plate
â€¢ Carbon-fiber dash pod with three gauges
â€¢ Shelby GT door sill plates
â€¢ Shelby branded floor mats
â€¢ 700-plus-horsepower performance upgrade
â€¢ Painted carbon-fiber options
â€¢ Rear brake upgrade
â€¢ Shelby custom interior on both stock and Recaro seats
â€¢ Front brake cooling system
â€¢ Carbon fiber intakes
â€¢ Fog light relocation
â€¢ Air injection plate with channeling
â€¢ Shelby Extreme Cooling system
â€¢ Adjustable track suspension package
â€¢ Engine dress up package
â€¢ Track Delivery Experience
3 thoughts on “News: 2015 Shelby GT”
More than the price of the car. Nice!
I dont see why someone will get this package if they can just wait and buy the Shelby GT350 which is not only better looking, I am sure it will also be cheaper to buy. I think it’s too much money and not very good looking, I think the billet grill and hood are the parts that makes this car a bit on the ugly side. Either way I am sure there are people who have the money and taste that matches this sort of car.