01-13-09: The 2010 Ford Shelby GT-500 is truly the better half of the 2010 Ford Mustang. The photos just don’t do it justice. And while that is often said about cars that look bad in photos, this only takes dead sexy to a higher level. At the Detroit Auto Show we spent some time standing next to a Kona Blue GT-500 with white stripes as it rotated ever so slowly before us and just took it in.
The video lets you see how the light captures the subtle curves of the new body. It dances and accentuates the new lines that share nothing with the last generation pony. There is a lot more complexity to the design of the new Shelby than you might think, only visible as you watch it turn.
Some of the better details the Shelby has over the Mustang GT is a much cleaner lower front fascia. Gone are the busy intersections of the black air splitter and frowning look. In instead has a smooth and chiseled muscular jaw line with a trademark Cobra expression. The raised center grille opening and taller power dome hood have much more sculpting than on the GT as well.
In early photos, the air intake of the hood looked rather strange, but up close it becomes much more attractive once you can see the whole thing in context of the car. Another slick detail of course is that rear spoiler. If you look at the way it rests on the rear deck and cantilevers out over the rear panel, it is just a piece of art.