2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500- Move Over, It’s Finally Here
Published October 17, 2012
Sports car legend alert: the ever flawless 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has arrived. Immaculate perfection from front to back, inside and out, paired with the fact that I’m a sucker for racing stripes all make for some serious jaw-dropping moments. Plus, this car deserves to have its own soundtrack which makes the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 even more attractive than it already is. After drooling over the exterior with the intro to Tame Impala’s Half Full Glass of Wine playing in my head I am finally able to snap out of my Mustang Shelby daydream to continue assessing the impeccable good looks this piece of Americana so unabashedly shows off. Words like sleek and refined don’t apply here. This sports car is too damn bold and in your face. Sporting a Cobra insignia on the all-black grille add to the unwavering personality of the vehicle. The fully functional heat extractors on the power dome hood bring this beast’s supercharged V8 engine to life. Roaring with 550 hp, speed fanatics will have no trouble accelerating to their hearts content when shifting gears on the manual 6 speed transmission these cars come equipped with.
Produced in limited runs, the starting price for a 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is not as expensive as you might think. The coupe will initially set you back about $49,500 while the even more stunning convertible has a starting price of $54,000. Additional upgrades will add anywhere from $2,200 to $4,000. With a car this overwhelmingly beautiful one could easily be tempted to go all out, but it’s pretty amazing in its standard presentation. The most important components which are the body and engine are already there regardless. Leather bucket seats along with 19” painted aluminum wheels close the deal.
The only two other cars that could match looks and history with the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 are in the Chevrolet family and they are the Corvette and the Camaro ZL1. The Dodge Challenger offers some striking looks and those enticing racing stripes as well, but is undone by its young life in the annals of sports car history. The Corvette falls short 120 ponies compared to the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500s 550 hp. Even so, the Corvette still manages to entice buyers with its unmistakable aerodynamic front and its historic pedigree. The Camaro ZL1 was resuscitated and equipped with unmatched speed compared to its predecessors and is still a favorite with sports car enthusiasts. Those that are collectors won’t have to compromise with deciding which one to buy, but for the average muscle car fanatic a decision does have to be made and it will probably boil down to auto maker preference. Despite my inclination towards Chevy, the Mustang was my first love. Even with the ignominy of it being mentioned in Vanilla Ice’s infamous Ice Ice Baby, the car has always had the power, the looks, and the spirit of everything that is great in America.
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