When it comes to American performance cars, the name Shelby American carries a significant amount of respect and admiration. The brainchild of one Carroll Shelby, the company has been responsible for some of the most historically important vehicles to ever come out of the Land of the Free. Whether you’re talking about the Cobra 427, the original Mustang GT500, or the Ford GT40 of the 1960s, Shelby is the one to thank. That isn’t to say that the company has rested on the laurels of their past successes however, as they continue to crank out stunning performers to this day. And while they may sell more pickup trucks and muscle cars these days, the company’s various takes on the Ford Mustang GT remain their standout offerings. Joining that list is the new 2021 Shelby GT, and we have some information about the car to share with you.
2021 Shelby GT Package Breakdown
The 2021 Shelby GT isn’t to be confused with Ford’s range-topping GT500 model, which also wears the name of Carroll Shelby on its flanks. Instead, the modified Ford Mustang starts its life as a 2018+ Mustang GT, equipped with either the six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic gearbox. Like every Shelby product, the muscle car is then outfitted with a host of visual upgrades, including hood vents, 20-inch wheels, a unique upper grille, side rockers, rocker wings, a new rear spoiler, and a unique tail light panel. Brand-specific badging is also affixed, while customers can choose between a variety of stripe packages. If you so choose, the shop will even fit the car with a killer widebody kit. A fully customized interior is also a part of the package, which includes a serialized dash plate.
Of course the modifications to this Ford Mustang don’t stop with the visual tweaks. The 2021 Shelby GT package includes Ford Performance springs, Ford Performance sway bars, caster camber plates, and a Shelby-exclusive Borla cat-back exhaust. Option the Heavy Duty Package, and they’ll toss in an upgraded radiator, coolant tank, wheel studs, and performance half-shafts. Of course what you really want is the optional GT S/C Package, which brings a big ole supercharger to the table. That brings output up from 480 to 700 horsepower. That power is then bolstered by a Ford Performance FR3 suspension system, or an optional track suspension setup by Penske. In addition to the blower, the supercharger package adds Baer two-piece rotors front and rear, a sport pad upgrade, stainless braided lines, a GT/SC stripe and a Ford Performance boost gauge.
The 2021 Shelby GT package itself starts at $24,995, which brings the total base price of the upgraded Ford Mustang to $62,310, or about $9,000 more than a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Going for the 700 horsepower supercharged package will add another $13,995, giving a grand total of about $76,305, or about $4,000 more than the S550 Mustang Shelby GT500.
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