Our own Manoli Katakis has spent the past week driving the mighty Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, and never once did he mention it could use more power. But more power is just what the madmen over at Shelby American have decided to give the GT500 over 800 hp in the form of the Carroll Shelby Signature Edition (SE). Along with the GT500SE, Shelby is putting out their first-ever modified GT350SE in celebration of the 55 year anniversary of the original Shelby GT350R, and they’ll only make 100 of each for every model year.
Starting with the top dog Mustang GT500SE, Shelby has fettled with both the engine and styling. Through a new pulley and coolers, Shelby says it’ll pump out an additional 40+ hp on 93 octane pump gas. That means over 800 hp going to the rear wheels alone, which is frighteningly awesome.
Other upgrades include a carbon fiber hood that drops 30 lbs and lowers the center of gravity. Handling will be improved with new tires, revised suspension, and an optional wide body kit. The design will be altered from new wheels, stripes, badging and interior finishes.
As for the GT350SE, the package will be available on the standard model and the track-focused GT350R. Power remains the same, but it gets functional aero styling elements, new wheels and tires, revised suspension, stripes and badging, and a re-trimmed interior. Given the Mustang Shelby GT350 has been out since 2015, the upgrades are available for older cars too, but only 2020 models will get the special badging.
Both the 2020 Shelby GT500SE and GT350SE will get serialized Shelby numbers and badging, and only 100 will be made each model year. Better act fast, as there’s a strong chance the Mustang Shelby GT350 is going away after this year. You don’t have long at all to get a GT350SE.
Adding to the “first edition” trend (thanks Bronco) is the “First 15” edition for each Mustang. Those cars need to be ordered by August 15, and the lucky owners will be invited to a party in Las Vegas along with a one night stay at the D Casino and Hotel, get an autographed photo of their car at Shelby American, and some Shelby gear. These models, of course, will feature the first 15 serial numbers. Finally, a portion of every 100 cars produced each year will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation Charity.
If the regular Mustang Shelby GT500 is somehow too tame for you, it sounds like you’d better give Shelby American a call.