Limited Edition Carroll Shelby Mustang To Make 825 Horsepower
There always seems like a quest to make the “fastest street legal” Mustang. And I’ve even written about this in the past. But, Shelby American will show off an 825 Signature Series Mustang during the upcoming National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA). According to Shelby American, it is the only sports car in the world available in new car dealer showrooms with a choice of convertible or fastback, automatic or manual transmission and 825 street legal horsepower.
“The limited edition 2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang is the ultimate combination of exceptional design and amazing brawn,” said Gary Patterson president of Shelby American. “From its refined, yet functional styling to its poised handling and awesome power, this is the most polished performance car in Shelby American’s history. With its performance capabilities, this Shelby is the automotive equivalent to a champion ultimate fighter who looks as good in a tux as he performs in the ring.”
The Shelby American team spent the past two years carefully engineering and refining the car to create a vehicle worthy of Carroll Shelby’s name. They worked closely with Ford Performance and other partners on the new vehicle.
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“The body was widened with high quality aluminum fenders to create a ‘square’ footprint,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Chief of R&D. “This allows the one-piece forged Monoblock wheels and Ford Performance tuned MagneRide suspension to maximize the incredible power churned out by the supercharged 5.0-liter motor. The metallic ram air hood, front fascia and bodywork were all carefully sculpted to both tame the air and dramatically drop under hood temperatures. The fit and finish are unbelievable, making it as stunning at rest as it is in motion on the road or track.”
During NADA, which runs February 14-16 in Las Vegas, this Mustang will be displayed for dealers to see up close. According to Shelby, all 50 super cars will be identified by special badging and will be listed in the official Shelby Registry. The cars can be ordered in any standard 2020 Ford Mustang colors.
“There are many aspects to performance, which is why we addressed every aspect of the car,” said Patterson. “We spent enormous energy to maximize speed, reliability and consistency. These enhancements will enable the Signature Series Shelby to perform flawlessly lap after lap and mile after mile.”
While this car will be street legal, it is designed to be a darling on the track too, according to Shelby American. The body was widened with high-quality aluminum fenders to create a square footprint so the one-piece forged Monoblock wheels and tuned MagneRide suspension could maximize the horsepower. A metallic ram air hood along with front fascia were sculpted to control and drop under-hood temperatures and increase performance.
This Signature Series Mustang has a V8 engine and will have a starting MSRP of $127,795 and comes with a three-year warranty. It will be available at select dealerships across North America and a limited amount will be built by select Shelby distributors internationally. This car will surely be a collector with such a limited number available.
Shelby already created the fastest street legal F-150 to hit the streets with the 770-horsepower Super Snake. So, I’d expect this Signature Shelby Mustang to hold up to its billing as fastest street legal Mustang too.
See you in my next story in which I am discussing why Ford is building a special edition Harley-Davidson Ford F-250 and some of its specs.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. In addition to being a nationally syndicated automotive columnist, Jimmy has been published in a compilation book about children growing up with disabilities, where he shared his own very personal experience. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.