At this years New York Auto Show Shelby American unveiled their most affordable post-title package to date, the Shelby GTS. Billed as the successor to the 2007-08 Shelby GT, the Shelby GTS package will be made available for the 2012 Mustang GT and 2012 Mustang V6 models with or without a supercharger. Shelby is hoping to attract younger buyers to their increasing lineup of vehicles which mostly attract older buyers.
The Shelby GTS post-title package includes some pretty impressive parts including a Ford Racing handling pack, Borla exhaust, Shelby/Baer brakes, deep draw hood, Shelby LeMans stripes and the obligatory ‘Shelby GTS’ bages. Prices for the Shelby GTS packages start at $9,900 which is not cheap but at least its affordable for some who desire the Shelby name.
Read all about the new Shelby GTS post-title package below in the press release.
Fulfilling the desire of Ford Shelby GT fans worldwide, executives with Shelby American Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK) introduced today the new Shelby GTS post-title package for the 2011-2012 Ford Mustang at the New York International Auto Show. Available with a either a V6 or V8, normally aspirated or supercharged, the Shelby GTS is the spiritual rebirth of the popular 2007-2008 Ford Shelby GT.
“The Ford Shelby GT was introduced in 2007 as an agile, reliable and affordable muscle car,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American Inc. “It dominated its SCCA racing class and was a popular canvas for enthusiasts to create their dream Shelby. Our Shelby GTS picks up that mantle and expands upon it with a choice of V6 or V8 power for a new generation of Shelby enthusiast who wants a car built just for them.”
Ever since Ford introduced the 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 Mustang for the 2011 model year, the Shelby research and development team has been secretly developing the GTS package. Once the Shelby GT350 was finalized in both coupe and convertible versions, the skunkworks team accelerated the project. Working with partners at Ford Racing, Borla and Baer, Shelby American enhanced the car’s suspension, strengthened the braking and coaxed more power out of the engine.
“The V6 Mustang is a particularly good platform for the Shelby GTS,” noted Shelby American vice president of operations Gary Patterson. “It’s even lighter and more nimble than the GT. And the V6 Shelby GTS makes about as much horsepower as the V8 in the Ford Shelby GT, but with better fuel economy at a lower price.”
The post-title package starts at $9,995.00, not including the base car. Superchargers and other options are available that allow buyers to personalize their dream Shelby. A limited number of the Shelby GTS will be built with reservations starting April 21; production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The 2012 Ford Shelby GTS post-title package includes:
Ford Racing handling pack including new springs, tuned stabilizer bars and front strut tower brace
Fresh air package for the normally aspirated V6 tune or V8
Borla exhaust system
Shelby / Baer brakes
Unique deep draw hood featuring classic Shelby design
Black billet upper grill with Ford “Running Pony” emblem
Unique Shelby front fascias
Shelby LeMans stripes and side stripes
“Shelby GTS” vehicle badges and official Shelby CSM interior plate
“Powered by Ford” side badges
“Shelby” lettering across the rear deck lid
The many options available include:
Shelby superchargers for both V8 and V6 models
6 piston Shelby/Baer Brakes
Adjustable control arms
18″ to 20″ wheels and tire packages
Watts link rear suspension
Two tone leather interior
“Our Shelby GTS is a fantastic way to pump up the capabilities of a stock Mustang within a budget without sacrificing performance,” added Mr. Luft. “It’s a car that reaches a younger buyer while acknowledging the economic realities of our times.”