When we test drove the 2011 Ford Shelby GT-500 in May, we knew it was going to be a winner. And despite the whimpering economy, Ford has been selling every one of them they can build. Ford says that more than 3,300 orders have been placed for the new Shelby GT500. And today they announced that sales of the 2011 Shelby GT500 will be limited to 5,500 units in the US, making production limited rather than finite.
“We are pleased with the pace of retail orders for the 2011 Shelby GT500,” said Fritz Wilke, Mustang brand manager. “The car continues to be popular with sports car enthusiasts and collectors who are blown away by the increase in horsepower and performance. The limited production of the 2011 should make this year even more desirable.”
A popular new option for 2011 is the glass roof. Ford says that three times more 2011 GT500s have been ordered with the glass roof compared to the base Mustang showing the popularity of this new feature. Interior options have proven immensely popular, with almost 70 percent of the GT500s ordered with the Electronics Package, which includes voice-activated navigation, SIRIUS Travel Link, HD Radio and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control.
The new SVT Performance Package is also proving to be a popular option with just over 68 percent of coupe orders selecting the enhanced performance delivered through this all-new option. The package was developed to provide track performance. SVT engineers worked directly with Goodyear to develop all-new Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires that give this already great handling car supercar grip and control levels. The optional package also offers unique styling, staggered lighter wheels with 19-inch fronts and 20-inch rears, a numerically higher rear axle ratio, stiffer springs and dampers, and a lowered ride height. The SVT Performance Package is available on both the coupe and convertible.
The point? Get yours while the getting is good. With only some 2200 units to come, the train is fast leaving the station for 2011 models.