Production Of 2012 Shelby Mustangs Begins Ahead of Schedule

Production of Shelby American’s 2012 models has begun, according to the Las Vegas-based company. With construction of the last 2011 models nearly complete, Shelby says that the all-new GTS package for the 2012 Ford Mustang can enter production a little ahead of schedule.

“Our production team has really hit their stride,” Gary Davis, vice president of production at Shelby American, said in a prepared release. “This allowed us to fast-track production of 2011 model cars and move on to building 2012 Shelby GT350 and Shelby GTS [models], as well as the Super Snake.”

The last 45th Anniversary edition GT350 was recently completed, which cleared the factory floor for the GTS to start production. That car begins as a 2012 Ford Mustang equipped with either the 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 or the 412-hp 5.0-liter V-8, and adds unique bodywork, new springs and stabilizer bars, a Ford Racing front strut tower brace, upgraded brakes from Baer, and a cold air intake. The GTS package starts at $9995 for V-6 models, or $11,995 for 5.0-liter GT models. This price is above the cost of the actual car, and quickly jumps if you add one of the optional superchargers to your equipment list, which can boost power in the V-6 model to 475 hp, and between 525 and 624 hp in the GT.

The Super Snake package carries a post-title price tag of $33,500, and turns Ford’s already potent Mustang Shelby GT500 into a 750-hp supercharged monster. The Super Snake conversion adds a Ford Racing supercharger and tuned ECU to the GT500’s 550-hp 5.4-liter V-8 engine, although buyers can opt for a Kenne Bell supercharger to boost output to 800 hp. Although those figures make the car sound unstreetable, the Super Snake is 50-state legal, and makes its power running on pump-grade gasoline.

Each Shelby-built model receives its own unique serial number and is entered into the Shelby American Worldwide Registry. Shelby anticipates that many buyers of the GTS package will opt for the base Shelby treatments at first, but will eventually pony up to add other performance parts (superchargers, anyone?) once their budgets allow.

Source: Shelby American

Dustin Munro
Ford should share the 2012 Shelby Mustang engine and supercharging packages with the Australian built Falcon too and also bring it to North America as a 2012 Crown Victoria.Here is an example of a letter I emailed to Ford regarding the Falcon and Mustang: Mustang And Falcon Merger-It's The Drivetrain Make the drivetrain-engine,transmission,driveshaft(minus the size difference) and axle the same on both the Falcon and Mustang.Reduce production costs,improve fuel economy etc. Using the same engines,transmissions and axles in both the Mustang and Falcon would probably be the best first stage to merging the Mustang and Falcon.Both cars would get the same base model I4,Duratech v6,Coyote v8(as currently do as the v8 version) and the LPG v6.Also use other optional souped up versions of the Coyote v8 too like the Miami version in the Falcon in exchange for the Mustang GT500 version etc.The only difference between the Falcon and Mustang drivetrain would be the different size driveshaft between the 2 cars.With the Falcon XR6 (to my understanding)weighing approximately 3750 lbs and the v6 Mustang between 3450 to 3500 lbs,fuel economy may be as little as a 1 Us mpg difference with the Falcon being retrofitted with the duratech v6 and maybe about 40 lbs lighter than the current cast iron version.If so,the 3.7 litre v6 falcon may get 30 highway mpg and the soon to come I4 version may get 32 highway mpg.

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