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Old 02-10-2011, 09:32 AM   #1
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2011 Chicago Auto Show, Shelby unveiled the limited edition 2012 Shelby GT350, which enters the new model year with two fresh color options and, for the first time since 1970, a convertible body style. Based on the Ford Mustang GT, the Shelby GT350 comes with three engine choices, including a base version with a naturally aspirated 430HP V8 mated to either a manual gearbox or an automatic transmission, and two supercharged variants delivering 525HP and 624HP.

The new color options are Race Red and Kona Blue, both with white Le Mans stripes, while the Performance White with blue Le Mans stripes combo continues for the 2012MY. Last but not least, the new GT350 convertible can be ordered with a light bar, while other options include a once piece drive shaft and color coordinated billet aluminum engine cap set.

“Last year, we brought back the GT350 45 years after it was launched,” said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby American. “They look and sound just like the ones we built in 1965. We’re repeating history by offering two additional colors and building a few convertibles for the second year of production.”

Prices, not including the donor Mustang GT, start from US$26,995 for the naturally aspirated version and US$33,995. The company said it plans to keep production limited to 350 units.



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Old 02-10-2011, 10:39 AM   #2
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That's Memphis' unicorn.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:10 AM   #3
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Wait, so a base GT comes with around 410hp and is ~30k. So to make it a NA 430hp GT350, it costs an ADDITIONAL 27k??

27 thousand dollars for 20hp and... other things?

I think I'm misreading the article.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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20hp AND the shelby name. His name is expensive to print out. I cannot even type it without a credit check.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:51 AM   #5
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That's Memphis' unicorn.
The unicorn was much, much better looking.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:54 AM   #6
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So, one of the GT350 variants has more HP than the GT500? Can't keep all of the Mustang variants straight.
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:07 PM   #7
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So, one of the GT350 variants has more HP than the GT500? Can't keep all of the Mustang variants straight.
Yes, but to be fair, the GT500 is a Ford built car that Shelby licensed his name to. The GT350 starts life as a Ford built GT, which is then modified by Shelby.

But yeah, I can't believe they can find enough suckers to buy these cars. You're paying for the name because you can surely build a comparable car yourself via the aftermarket for half the price.

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Wait, so a base GT comes with around 410hp and is ~30k. So to make it a NA 430hp GT350, it costs an ADDITIONAL 27k??

27 thousand dollars for 20hp and... other things?

I think I'm misreading the article.
No, I think you've got that right.
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:18 PM   #8
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How about in stead of this, I buy a GT, Twin turbo charge it and lighten the body with some C/F and spend the rest of the money on cheap call girls??
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:21 PM   #9
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How about you spend the money on some decent call girls...sometimes quantity isn't better.
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:11 PM   #10
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This is such a disgrace and insult to the original GT350.

If shelby wanted to build a GT350, they should take the base model GT that is not loaded with any of the amenities options, add the Brembos and track-pack, and half the FRPP catalog, and the Boss302 engine and put them in... then lighten and simplify the body, not make it heavier and uglier.

Basically what the Boss 302 and Laguna Seca edition are.

Paint it white with blue or red stripes. Blue with white or silver stripes, red with black or gold stripes, and black with white or gold stripes.

THAT would be a successor to the GT350.

I could do better in my garage with FAR less than the 27K upgrade price, which is sad to say about an old-school legend like Shelby.
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:38 PM   #11
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So these supercharged variants have the 5.0 with a blower right?
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:52 PM   #12
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For 50K plus I would buy a 67 mustang fastback and build a GT350 clone with far less money.

Then I would take my poser vintage GT350 and ride around making fun of all you poser new GT350's!
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:21 PM   #13
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For 50K plus I would buy a 67 mustang fastback and build a GT350 clone with far less money.

Then I would take my poser vintage GT350 and ride around making fun of all you poser new GT350's!
You could transplant every bit of drivetrain from the Coyote 5.0 DOHC, 6MT, 9" 31-spline custom rear axe, SLA front suspension, panhard bar rear suspension, and Brembo brakes, and modern wheels and tires, fully resto-modded body and interior to shelby or better specs... for less than the cost of one of these new pretender Shelbys.

I think it would be interesting to do that... and blend bits of 67 cougar's front and rear end, bits of 69 Shelby GT500's front end, and 72 Gran Torino sportsroof coupe rear quarter windows and arched rear fenders onto a mustang fastback, with said drivetrain, save perhaps an upgrade to a fabricated IRS setup... The best parts of lots of classic FoMoCo iron, with brand new Mustang drivetrain and suspension, or better.

And label it as a custom Mercury, since Ford was dumb enough to drop Mercury, rather than saving it from their own stupidity of starving it to death.

If I were a GM fan, I would do the same thing with a 1st gen Firebird, with the best of various other muscle-era GMs... and badge it as Pontiac, which also should have been saved, rather than killed.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:00 PM   #14
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I love the new 'Stangs, but this is a bit much. I'd stick with a GT and save the $$$.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:40 AM   #15
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I have a feeling were going to look back on all of these silly looking mustangs, the same way we look back at the 80's and go....
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:16 PM   #16
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I have a feeling were going to look back on all of these silly looking mustangs, the same way we look back at the 80's and go....
I rather like the 80's fox body mustangs. I owned one as the first car I ever bought, in high-school, but it wasn't that great of an example.

For a very long time, I wanted an 86 Capri (I loved the boxed fender flares, as something slightly different than the Mustang's round fender arches) with T-tops, and some mustang front end, and non-bubble-back hatch parts swapped over, and a modern mod-motor and SN95/new-edge Cobra upgraded IRS, and a fabbed SLA front suspension.

But that much work, I might as well buy a better built, 90's era sports car to begin with, like a Z32 t-top hatchback.
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