By on April 28, 2008

mustanggt500kr_04_hr.jpgIn a classic "pay no attention to that investor behind that curtain" diversion, Ford sent out not one, not two, but FIVE press releases about the debut of Shelby GT500KR in rapid-fire succession. The first piece of KR PR gives the uber-'Stang's specifications (330 cu. in./5,409 cc, 540 hp @ 6,250 rpm, 510 lb.-ft. torque @ 4500 rpm, 6,250 rpm redline and Roots-type supercharger, air-to-water intercooler with Ford Racing cold air intake, if you're curious). The second brags about its handling and aerodynamics ("Our computer model predicts a four-tenths-of-a-second zero-to-150 acceleration effect from the aero alone. That makes the horsepower go farther."). The third praises– I kid you not– how it sounds ("Hearing the new KR just gets your blood flowing. It's a rumble that true enthusiasts will love and competitors will dread."). The fourth waxes eloquent about the carbon fiber hood ("The hood is a sculpted work of art, with the right science under its skin to deliver real performance impact."). And the fifth points out it's "the most powerful production Mustang ever." None of them mentions the price or how much dealers will jack it up. Now, let's see what's happened with Tracinda…

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12 Comments on “Ford Sends Press Release About the GT500KR. Then Another. And Another. And Another. And another....”


  • avatar
    AKM

    Blah blah blah Ford. I love the new Mustang, but it’s been so milked to death with special versions that it has lost all its impact.

    And it doesn’t answer a critical question: can it do anything else than go fast in a straight line?

  • avatar
    Orian

    Another special edition Mustang? I gave up trying to keep track of what was what with these…they’ve effectively made it so confusing to anyone other than a Mustang fan as to which version does x, y, or z better than the other versions.

    Ford has really goofed with these. They should have kept it SVT and their normal production line along with the specialty tuners like Saleen producing the faster versions. At least that was much easier to keep track of.

  • avatar
    GS650G

    When will TTAC get their hot hands on one? I want to see the tire smoke off that baby.

  • avatar
    guyincognito

    Why don’t they come up with an IRS special edition while they’re at it?

  • avatar
    Detroit-Iron

    “Our computer model predicts a four-tenths-of-a-second zero-to-150 acceleration effect from the aero alone. That makes the horsepower go farther.”

    WTF is an “acceleration effect”? Does the “aero” create eddies that suck the car forward?

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    Too many special editions? As opposed to leaving it on the vine and neglected like the Focus, Ranger, Taurus…?

  • avatar
    cjdumm

    Why can’t they put their marketing money (and the cost of the extra power bits and carbon-fiber hood) into a competent rear suspension? The ‘Stang chassis will flex like the old Tacoma Narrows bridge if it’s subjected to 540 hp and 510 torques!

    And who among us would be brave enough to test its handling at 150 mph?

  • avatar
    rpenna

    Love it.

    Then again, the overhyping and underproducing of the gt500, resulting in the absurd markups, has turned off alot of Mustang fans who are able to pay the ridiculous prices, but just refuse to.

    I’m one of them.

    They should have made the KR the 2009 model and just added the 10k to the original gt500 price. People would pay it anyway.

    After all, there were people paying 20k markups on the GT500 last year.

    I could pick one up for sticker now since demand has plumetted, but I spent so much time and energy looking for a dealer last year who didn’t want to rape their customers, I lost interest.

  • avatar
    quasimondo

    Well, you can always get the overhyped and overproduced Dodge Charger SRT-8

  • avatar
    seldomawake

    I saw the GT-R at a carshow last week. I’d love to see those two at a stoplight.

    Shame about gas prices. I was really beginning to enjoy this.

  • avatar

    That’s funny, why not mention the price? Because its gonna be $80k-ish (more like 120k at the dealer) and isn’t much different from the $17k loss leaders sold at the same dealers?

    Doesn’t matter, rich guys eager for modern counterparts to their HEMI ‘cudas make this ride an instant classic.

  • avatar
    TEXN3

    @ cjdumm :

    While I agree that this car is purely a marketing scheme. The rear suspension is more than competent for this kind of power. In fact, a solid rear axle would be more preferable for acceleration. Ford has done a fine job without the IRS on this car.

    And if you’ve driven one, on or off a track, you’d know that better. Not assuming you haven’t, but I have…at least with the garden-variety GT and FRP bits (that are similiar to those found on the GT500). Both at Miller Motorsports Park and deep in the Wasatch Front. The car is very stable and the chassis does not flex at all. It’s more of a brute in terms of how you drive the car than with a comparable European or Asian high-powered coupe.

    The platform is a great design that was modeled after the best that the Germans offered in the mid to late 90s when Jag and Lincoln introduced their varients of the DEW98 (correct?) platform. This is no Fox/SN95 chassis. Remember, you want a little flexibity in a chassis when cornering on roads that have bumps and dips. Helps absorb the surface inconsistencies and keeps the car better planted.

    Finally, how often can you test a car’s HANDLING at 150mph? You usually have to slow down a bit for a turn, how fast are you going…and it’s unlikely most (including a majority of TTAC readers) are testing the handling of a car on race tracks. Especially one bought for the power output and badges slapped on.

    I’ve always been a big Mustang fan, but out of all the current special editions, only the Bullitt looks the best. Why? Because it is even more unadorned than the regular GT. And even those seem more bulky than the 60′s models.

    And, why so many press releases on such a limited car?


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