First Look: 2016 Shelby Terlingua Mustang

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We were invited to test drive the new Shelby Terlingua Mustang this week at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, but due to some kind of bureaucratic snafu we weren’t able to actually drive it, but rather ride along in it. None the less, we got a good close look and a nice sample of its sound.

The Terlingua name and prancing bunny logo are now an iconic part of 1960’s Shelby racing history. So in creating their latest and highly limited post-title conversion package, they gave the Terlingua Racing Team Edition Shelby Mustang everything from their catalog and a few extra things.

Officially unveiled this week at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event, the Terlingua is the continuation of a legacy last celebrated with the 2006 V6 Terlingua Mustang.

But make no mistake, this Shelby Terlingua Mustang will thump its hind feet like a true daddy rabbit with a Ford Performance Whipple supercharged 5.0 liter V8.

Popping the hood reveals a nice yellow powder coated blower atop the Coyote 5.0 V8. Funny a car with bunny logos and a coyote engine no? Anyhow, its good for over 750 horsepower as you see it. And under hood, everything you see from the carbon fiber to the aluminum trims are standard.

The hood is carbon fiber, as are most of the additional trim pieces Shelby American adds to the Terlingua at the front and at the rear. It’s not the OEM factory look Roush serves up, but a more hard core race-car vibe.

Special prancing bunny Terlingua logos are found everywhere like on the rear deck against a sharp looking carbon fiber panel and also strategically placed on the rear C-Pillar. At the front is a much thicker billet aluminum version set on a custom mesh grille.

Lastly, the interior gets dressed up with a number of accouterments that continue the carbon fiber and Terlingua theme including an autograph plaque with signatures from Carroll Shelby and Terlingua team members Bill Neale and Jerry Titus.

A wide variety of exterior colors are available for the choosing including yellow with black, or black with yellow – whichever you want. Wheels are Shelby branded black 20-inch forged aluminum and will have Terlingua center logos, backed with bright yellow Brembo calipers.

Chassis mods are extensive too with a custom Shelby exclusive coil-over suspension from Eibach, beefed up half-shafts from Ford Performance, and a high-flow and a very loud might I add Borla exhaust system.

So what does it sound like? Out on the track its loud by way of its Borla Exhaust, with a slight rasp and exotic tone. The Whipple supercharger offers its trademark shriek only when you dump the throttle for full power bursts, otherwise it’ pretty tame.

Only 75 will be built, 50 for the States and 25 for international customers. Pricing for the post-title package starts at $65,999. You add your own Mustang GT which averages $35-45,000, so we are talking $100,000 plus depending on your options.

How fast is it? Good question. We’ll have to wait until we get a real test drive to find out.

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