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The Shelby GT500 is still the best bang for the buck out there bar none! I can't believe that so many folks are compelled to compare the GT500 with cars in the $75000 and up price range. It was never manufactured to compete with the likes. Although it will not be embarrassed by the luxury and racing exotics no matter what price range!

 

After all, we are all talking prices these days. Take for example a fully loaded Gt coupewill run you approx. $45k including GG and Delivery and compared to a fully loaded Z06 Vette with GG and delivery we're talking approx. $75K. The 30K difference is a real chunk of change. That's why I still say the GT500 is the most bank for the buck.

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The Shelby GT500 is still the best bang for the buck out there bar none! I can't believe that so many folks are compelled to compare the GT500 with cars in the $75000 and up price range. It was never manufactured to compete with the likes. Although it will not be embarrassed by the luxury and racing exotics no matter what price range!

 

After all, we are all talking prices these days. Take for example a fully loaded Gt coupewill run you approx. $45k including GG and Delivery and compared to a fully loaded Z06 Vette with GG and delivery we're talking approx. $75K. The 30K difference is a real chunk of change. That's why I still say the GT500 is the most bank for the buck.

 

 

I agree. Plus, I think the GT500 looks cooler :shift:

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I agree as well, and have you checked out the dealer ADM on a Z06? On one of the threads at this site somebody mentioned Z06 ADM's. Anyhow, money is a renewable resource and the GT500 has many appealing characteristics whether at 40k or 60k. I can't wait to drive mine!

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I think the regular Mustang GT is the best bang for your buck. I got mine for less then 28,000 out the door and I plan on driving it around for a year or two or three and then slap a nice Ford blower on it. Bet I can get over 400 hp out of the rear wheels by doing so.........Shelby is great car but $45,000 tipping $50,000 for a car.......lets be realistic. The only real difference between the Shelby GT500 and the Mustang GT is the drivetrain. Are you telling me that that drive train is worth roughly $25,000..........Still love the Shelby and think with with mods it would be a good contender for the Z06........Still can't wait to see one on the road too........just my two cents

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My dad owns a 2006 which now is modded out a tad

 

2006 Underdrive Pulleys

BBR 2 1/2 " Off Road X-pipe

Cold air kit by k&n

SCT Xcal 2 Tuner with a BBR tune

Twin 62 mm throttle body granatalli

4.10 Ring & Pinion

 

Now the car stock is fast, and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise... now with these mods I don't know how many hp's were makeing you guess cause I dont know 305? ANyways, the gt500 has 500 horses. now with the weight of me and my dad in the our gt adds close to 400 pounds im 5'8 he's 5'11 and were big guys. But the car never stops out performing itself. Now with the extra weight no matter what it is... the gt500 is ganna screw! That thing post production model will be stupid fast, and you can trust me!

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definitely!! much better than any GM product!!!! :bandance:

 

 

 

Way Cooler!!

 

In fact I can't wait to park mine beside three buddies who all have Z06's and have been nattering about how cool their cars look when I told them I was going FORD. I almost went to the dark side and bought one...but if you can believe it I want a four seater...yup I have kids they don't.

 

:party:

 

Cheers,

 

Requis

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I think the regular Mustang GT is the best bang for your buck. I got mine for less then 28,000 out the door and I plan on driving it around for a year or two or three and then slap a nice Ford blower on it. Bet I can get over 400 hp out of the rear wheels by doing so.........Shelby is great car but $45,000 tipping $50,000 for a car.......lets be realistic. The only real difference between the Shelby GT500 and the Mustang GT is the drivetrain. Are you telling me that that drive train is worth roughly $25,000..........Still love the Shelby and think with with mods it would be a good contender for the Z06........Still can't wait to see one on the road too........just my two cents

 

 

[size=6]Man! I would just have to beg to differ with you on your comments about the only real difference is the engine.....The complete suspension system is entirely different as well as the t56 tranny, 14" brembo brakes,

rear end, wheels and tires, air bags alarm ,system key sensors, steering wheel, et. etc.etc. [/size] :happy feet: :shift:

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I think the regular Mustang GT is the best bang for your buck. I got mine for less then 28,000 out the door and I plan on driving it around for a year or two or three and then slap a nice Ford blower on it. Bet I can get over 400 hp out of the rear wheels by doing so.........Shelby is great car but $45,000 tipping $50,000 for a car.......lets be realistic. The only real difference between the Shelby GT500 and the Mustang GT is the drivetrain. Are you telling me that that drive train is worth roughly $25,000..........Still love the Shelby and think with with mods it would be a good contender for the Z06........Still can't wait to see one on the road too........just my two cents

 

 

What? Let's see...if I look up "drivetrain" in Websters, I don't see the following items listed:

  1. Security system

  2. Special Cobra badging and striping

  3. Unique front fascia

  4. Larger wheels/tires

  5. Improved braking system with 4 piston calipers on front

  6. Unique gauge cluster with additional features such as boost gauge

  7. Unique rear spoiler

  8. Air splitter/diffuser that reduces lift at speed compared to GT

  9. Special Cobra/SVT stitching on interior

  10. Unique aluminum hood with air extractors

  11. FR500C inspired suspension components

  12. Higher spring rates vs. GT

  13. Unique panhard rod bushings

 

...just to name some of the differences that are "non drivetrain" related.

 

But I'm sure your dictionary has a different definition of "drivetrain" that's more accurate than mine. :rolleyes:

 

You can have your opinion, but please, let's get the facts correct.

 

Dave

 

[size=6]Man! I would just have to beg to differ with you on your comments about the only real difference is the engine.....The complete suspension system is entirely different as well as the t56 tranny, 14" brembo brakes,

rear end, wheels and tires, air bags alarm ,system key sensors, steering wheel, et. etc.etc. [/size] :happy feet: :shift:

 

 

+1

 

Looks like we were drafting our responses at the same time....high five!

 

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Way Cooler!!

 

In fact I can't wait to park mine beside three buddies who all have Z06's and have been nattering about how cool their cars look when I told them I was going FORD. I almost went to the dark side and bought one...but if you can believe it I want a four seater...yup I have kids they don't.

 

:party:

 

Cheers,

 

Requis

 

I agree requis I'm from TORONTO and also have friend's with alot of GM product's that's one reason i went to old faithful MUSTANG I also have 2 boy's plus for some reason now there seem's like there is more vette's on the road than stang's maybe it's my PSDS acting up again? :hysterical: BEST OF LUCK! :party: :bandance:
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All of this is great. I'm just wondering why the Ford Boys haven't been able to come up with something between the $28k GT and the $44k Shelby?

 

I'm sure a lot of buyers would like something around $35k with 400 hp. (like the recent Cobras/Machs)

 

Seems like quite a spread - both in cost and hp.

 

Bill - can you hear me now? :shift:

 

 

Yes - there will be 500 Hertz Shelbys available later on - who wants to buy one of Them? :hysterical:

 

Cause if I can manage to rent one... :hysterical:

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All of this is great. I'm just wondering why the Ford Boys haven't been able to come up with something between the $28k GT and the $44k Shelby?

 

 

The Mach 1 may be coming...about 2-3 years? Hau Tai Tang means "Speed of sound" in Chinese, so I feel it coming. Come to think of it.....if it's faster than previous Machs, why not call it the Mach II? ...no wait...that conjures up images of the 74-78 car. :eek5:

 

Dave

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What? Let's see...if I look up "drivetrain" in Websters, I don't see the following items listed:

[*]Security system

[*]Special Cobra badging and striping

[*]Unique front fascia

[*]Larger wheels/tires

[*]Improved braking system with 4 piston calipers on front

[*]Unique gauge cluster with additional features such as boost gauge

[*]Unique rear spoiler

[*]Air splitter/diffuser that reduces lift at speed compared to GT

[*]Special Cobra/SVT stitching on interior

[*]Unique aluminum hood with air extractors

[*]FR500C inspired suspension components

[*]Higher spring rates vs. GT

[*]Unique panhard rod bushings

 

Security system is identical, cobra bagding you can buy off the web for 175.00,

Front facia is just a piece of molded plastic,

You can buy larger wheels anytime you want

Braking is different but calipers are very easy to change

Guage cluster is identical plus an added boost guage

rear spoiler is just a piece of molded plastic

different hood. Just a hood. You can buy a hundered types of hoods.

ooohhhh svt stiching

some upgraded suspension. I bet hardly noticable. on the road.

 

The bottom line..............Ford is in the business to make money so the GT500 uses the Mustang GT frame with most of it's parts with some added stuff. So what they molded a different nose and put a different hood on. Ford always does different hoods and body panles on Mustangs. Your really paying and extra 25,000 for a drivetrain.............click..click.......BURN!!

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What? Let's see...if I look up "drivetrain" in Websters, I don't see the following items listed:

[*]Security system

[*]Special Cobra badging and striping

[*]Unique front fascia

[*]Larger wheels/tires

[*]Improved braking system with 4 piston calipers on front

[*]Unique gauge cluster with additional features such as boost gauge

[*]Unique rear spoiler

[*]Air splitter/diffuser that reduces lift at speed compared to GT

[*]Special Cobra/SVT stitching on interior

[*]Unique aluminum hood with air extractors

[*]FR500C inspired suspension components

[*]Higher spring rates vs. GT

[*]Unique panhard rod bushings

 

Security system is identical, cobra bagding you can buy off the web for 175.00,

Front facia is just a piece of molded plastic,

You can buy larger wheels anytime you want

Braking is different but calipers are very easy to change

Guage cluster is identical plus an added boost guage

rear spoiler is just a piece of molded plastic

different hood. Just a hood. You can buy a hundered types of hoods.

ooohhhh svt stiching

some upgraded suspension. I bet hardly noticable. on the road.

 

The bottom line..............Ford is in the business to make money so the GT500 uses the Mustang GT frame with most of it's parts with some added stuff. So what they molded a different nose and put a different hood on. Ford always does different hoods and body panles on Mustangs. Your really paying and extra 25,000 for a drivetrain.............click..click.......BURN!!

 

 

There isn't a frame!!!, it's a chassis........there is a difference and it is strengthened for the increase hp and tq. Wow, 3 posts and so negative. Leave!!!!

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There isn't a frame!!!, it's a chassis........there is a difference and it is strengthened for the increase hp

 

 

 

 

Love the GT500....personally I think Ford is asking to little for this car. I think MSRP should be in the 50-60 thousand dollar range plus...

 

Oh, "chassis" are identical. Read an article on Blue Oval saying that all 2007 chassis can handle 500 horse plus. Tooling machines for one style chassis keeps cost down.

 

Do a burn out for me......

 

MTC8966......out!!!!!

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What? Let's see...if I look up "drivetrain" in Websters, I don't see the following items listed:

[*]Security system

[*]Special Cobra badging and striping

[*]Unique front fascia

[*]Larger wheels/tires

[*]Improved braking system with 4 piston calipers on front

[*]Unique gauge cluster with additional features such as boost gauge

[*]Unique rear spoiler

[*]Air splitter/diffuser that reduces lift at speed compared to GT

[*]Special Cobra/SVT stitching on interior

[*]Unique aluminum hood with air extractors

[*]FR500C inspired suspension components

[*]Higher spring rates vs. GT

[*]Unique panhard rod bushings

 

Security system is identical, cobra bagding you can buy off the web for 175.00,

Front facia is just a piece of molded plastic,

You can buy larger wheels anytime you want

Braking is different but calipers are very easy to change

Guage cluster is identical plus an added boost guage

rear spoiler is just a piece of molded plastic

different hood. Just a hood. You can buy a hundered types of hoods.

ooohhhh svt stiching

some upgraded suspension. I bet hardly noticable. on the road.

 

The bottom line..............Ford is in the business to make money so the GT500 uses the Mustang GT frame with most of it's parts with some added stuff. So what they molded a different nose and put a different hood on. Ford always does different hoods and body panles on Mustangs. Your really paying and extra 25,000 for a drivetrain.............click..click.......BURN!!

 

 

Add it up. I have an 06 GT convertible, loaded $34000 out the door. Love the car but I want more power and better handling. I can add a whipple (installed) $7000, Full exhaust $1500, Full suspenion $2000. I now have 44 to 45 grand in my car and a limited 420hp (could get more but we all know the risk) and I have no more warranty. That set up will run with the GT500 and I will have a hell of a car. Forget this ADM crap and lets say MSRP is the case, I spend $47ish for a convertible. Thats the difference 2k for all the cosmetics, forged internals and the Cobra badging. Not to mention a warranty and the potential 700hp this engine can take and the fact a modded 05-06 GT will only hurt your resale. I cant pay the these mark ups but I guess I'll wait it out and try my best to keep my 06 a virgin (for resale reasons only) until the madness calms down. Case in point, this car will hold its value better than any other vehicle out there because it is a good value (at MSRP) but a modded, mass produced GT will suffer when sold. I dont think there any click click burning here ( whatever that means) but it think you will get burned if you mod your GT and sell it in two years.

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What? Let's see...if I look up "drivetrain" in Websters, I don't see the following items listed:

[*]Security system

[*]Special Cobra badging and striping

[*]Unique front fascia

[*]Larger wheels/tires

[*]Improved braking system with 4 piston calipers on front

[*]Unique gauge cluster with additional features such as boost gauge

[*]Unique rear spoiler

[*]Air splitter/diffuser that reduces lift at speed compared to GT

[*]Special Cobra/SVT stitching on interior

[*]Unique aluminum hood with air extractors

[*]FR500C inspired suspension components

[*]Higher spring rates vs. GT

[*]Unique panhard rod bushings

 

Security system is identical, cobra bagding you can buy off the web for 175.00,

Front facia is just a piece of molded plastic,

You can buy larger wheels anytime you want

Braking is different but calipers are very easy to change

Guage cluster is identical plus an added boost guage

rear spoiler is just a piece of molded plastic

different hood. Just a hood. You can buy a hundered types of hoods.

ooohhhh svt stiching

some upgraded suspension. I bet hardly noticable. on the road.

 

The bottom line..............Ford is in the business to make money so the GT500 uses the Mustang GT frame with most of it's parts with some added stuff. So what they molded a different nose and put a different hood on. Ford always does different hoods and body panles on Mustangs. Your really paying and extra 25,000 for a drivetrain.............click..click.......BURN!!

 

Sorry bud big diffence here NIGHT! AND DAY! :hysterical: YOU DIG! Hey i think RUFDRAFT is rubbing off on me?

BEST OF LUCK!! :party: :bandance:

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I think the regular Mustang GT is the best bang for your buck. I got mine for less then 28,000 out the door and I plan on driving it around for a year or two or three and then slap a nice Ford blower on it. Bet I can get over 400 hp out of the rear wheels by doing so.........Shelby is great car but $45,000 tipping $50,000 for a car.......lets be realistic. The only real difference between the Shelby GT500 and the Mustang GT is the drivetrain. Are you telling me that that drive train is worth roughly $25,000..........Still love the Shelby and think with with mods it would be a good contender for the Z06........Still can't wait to see one on the road too........just my two cents

 

 

 

I think the regular Mustang GT is the best bang for your buck. I got mine for less then 28,000 out the door and I plan on driving it around for a year or two or three and then slap a nice Ford blower on it. Bet I can get over 400 hp out of the rear wheels by doing so.........Shelby is great car but $45,000 tipping $50,000 for a car.......lets be realistic. The only real difference between the Shelby GT500 and the Mustang GT is the drivetrain. Are you telling me that that drive train is worth roughly $25,000..........Still love the Shelby and think with with mods it would be a good contender for the Z06........Still can't wait to see one on the road too........just my two cents

 

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Everything in this world has good points and some not-so-good, since we aren't capable

of perfection.

 

But when you add up the 5? sacrifices made, against the 95 things that just blow your

doors off with this car, who can remember the first 5 things anymore.

 

When you win the Lottery, do you focus on the money $$$, or are you distracted by the

hassle of dealing with accountants and financial planners??? :doh:

 

With all of the talk about this car, and comparisons to everything under the sun, I don't

hear anybody complaining about the extra money they'll be dolling out for gas. When the

car's this good.........who cares??? :shrug:

 

This car stands on it's own merits, and does not have to resort to credit by comparison.

The Shelby GT500 doesn't have to compete with others, it's others that will be competing

with it. (New Camaro, New Challenger??? etc, etc.)

 

The race which has not yet begun, but which has already been won...in my humble opinion!!! :roses:

 

 

KingCobra.

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Security system is identical, cobra bagding you can buy off the web for 175.00,

Front facia is just a piece of molded plastic,

You can buy larger wheels anytime you want

Braking is different but calipers are very easy to change

Guage cluster is identical plus an added boost guage

rear spoiler is just a piece of molded plastic

different hood. Just a hood. You can buy a hundered types of hoods.

ooohhhh svt stiching

some upgraded suspension. I bet hardly noticable. on the road.

 

The bottom line..............Ford is in the business to make money so the GT500 uses the Mustang GT frame with most of it's parts with some added stuff. So what they molded a different nose and put a different hood on. Ford always does different hoods and body panles on Mustangs. Your really paying and extra 25,000 for a drivetrain.............click..click.......BURN!!

 

 

So let me ask you a simple question. Do you consider the items above part of the "drivetrain"? Yes or No.

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Best bang for the buck?? What does it do the best for the money? Does it outhandle, outbrake, and outaccelerate a C6 Z51 Vette? It won't even outhandle or outbrake some cheaper cars such as the Evo and Sti (Not to mention stock Evo IX's are also running high 12's stock). What about the similar priced Elise? The GT500 falls in a price range where it should either have more amenities or it should offer more of an overall package. It doesn't come near to offering luxeries and performance like an M3 or S4. It doesn't even offer features that are on the similar priced 'Vette such as navigation, nifty push button start, heads up display, etc.

I've always been a diehard Ford person but imo the GT500 isn't the best bang for the buck anymore. It is an overweight, plain looking Mustang that is priced too high. If I wanted something really special I'd spend an extra 10k and get the Parnelli Saleen for 57k. Now THAT is what Ford should've made...

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Best bang for the buck?? What does it do the best for the money? Does it outhandle, outbrake, and outaccelerate a C6 Z51 Vette? It won't even outhandle or outbrake some cheaper cars such as the Evo and Sti (Not to mention stock Evo IX's are also running high 12's stock). What about the similar priced Elise? The GT500 falls in a price range where it should either have more amenities or it should offer more of an overall package. It doesn't come near to offering luxeries and performance like an M3 or S4. It doesn't even offer features that are on the similar priced 'Vette such as navigation, nifty push button start, heads up display, etc.

I've always been a diehard Ford person but imo the GT500 isn't the best bang for the buck anymore. It is an overweight, plain looking Mustang that is priced too high. If I wanted something really special I'd spend an extra 10k and get the Parnelli Saleen for 57k. Now THAT is what Ford should've made...

 

Stock on evo 8 and sti, neither of them crack a 12, maybe with slicks or radiels, but not stock.
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Best bang for the buck?? What does it do the best for the money? Does it outhandle, outbrake, and outaccelerate a C6 Z51 Vette? It won't even outhandle or outbrake some cheaper cars such as the Evo and Sti (Not to mention stock Evo IX's are also running high 12's stock). What about the similar priced Elise? The GT500 falls in a price range where it should either have more amenities or it should offer more of an overall package. It doesn't come near to offering luxeries and performance like an M3 or S4. It doesn't even offer features that are on the similar priced 'Vette such as navigation, nifty push button start, heads up display, etc.

I've always been a diehard Ford person but imo the GT500 isn't the best bang for the buck anymore. It is an overweight, plain looking Mustang that is priced too high. If I wanted something really special I'd spend an extra 10k and get the Parnelli Saleen for 57k. Now THAT is what Ford should've made...

 

 

 

Ooohhhh Nooo!!!

 

Not again!!!

 

All of this time in peacefull bliss, and all of a sudden you guys with your erelevant comparisons,

come marching through our clubhouse door. This car has no comparisons, if you want to stick with

apples to apples. Now Ill be the first to admit I was about to put a deposit on the new Lotus Elise,

when I found out about the concept version they were building of the new Shelby GT500. But, they are about as comparable as night and day.

 

 

KingCobra.

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Stock on evo 8 and sti, neither of them crack a 12, maybe with slicks or radiels, but not stock.

 

Sorry, you're wrong. The 06 Evo IX's are running 12.8's or so on stock tires. Even unexperienced drag racers with not so good 60' times have pulled 12.9's in their stock 06 Evo. The upcoming completely redesigned Evo X will be even quicker and better handling for under 40k.

It MAY be like comparing apples to oranges but in reality these cars are bought for what they offer in performance. NOT because it is a 2dr, 4dr, 2 seater, 4 seater, etc. These are mostly weekend toys that don't need to be practical. If you can afford a $50k car and/or a $900 month car payment chances are you can also afford a second car for "daily driving". There are some that must have 4 seats...but the GT500 isn't even a bargain for overall performance for a 4 seater. IT is a good straight line car...but who wants to spend 50k for a one dimensional 1/4 mile runner?

I have 2 kids and would prefer a car with 4 seats also..but when it comes to this kind of money I want the best I can get. I will give up some practicality if needed. But when it comes to the Evo, Sti, M3, or S4....they are actually MORE practical than the GT500. That's all I'm saying.

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Sorry, you're wrong. The 06 Evo IX's are running 12.8's or so on stock tires. Even unexperienced drag racers with not so good 60' times have pulled 12.9's in their stock 06 Evo. The upcoming completely redesigned Evo X will be even quicker and better handling for under 40k.

It MAY be like comparing apples to oranges but in reality these cars are bought for what they offer in performance. NOT because it is a 2dr, 4dr, 2 seater, 4 seater, etc. These are mostly weekend toys that don't need to be practical. If you can afford a $50k car and/or a $900 month car payment chances are you can also afford a second car for "daily driving". There are some that must have 4 seats...but the GT500 isn't even a bargain for overall performance for a 4 seater. IT is a good straight line car...but who wants to spend 50k for a one dimensional 1/4 mile runner?

I have 2 kids and would prefer a car with 4 seats also..but when it comes to this kind of money I want the best I can get. I will give up some practicality if needed. But when it comes to the Evo, Sti, M3, or S4....they are actually MORE practical than the GT500. That's all I'm saying.

 

The SHELBYGT500 beat the best of the best on the track! LAP OF AMERICA [z06,viper,porche...etc] :hysterical:

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Ooohhhh Nooo!!!

 

Not again!!!

 

All of this time in peacefull bliss, and all of a sudden you guys with your erelevant comparisons,

come marching through our clubhouse door. This car has no comparisons, if you want to stick with

apples to apples. Now Ill be the first to admit I was about to put a deposit on the new Lotus Elise,

when I found out about the concept version they were building of the new Shelby GT500. But, they are about as comparable as night and day.

KingCobra.

 

 

Hey King, have you ever sat in a Lotus? I have, and I almost never got out. YOu have to be a contortionist to sit in one. I love the performance, but given my bad knees and back, I could never swing it. Now on the other hand, if your body is like that of Gumby.....

 

Dave :hysterical:

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The SHELBYGT500 beat the best of the best on the track! LAP OF AMERICA [z06,viper,porche...etc] :hysterical:

 

You ARE joking right? I'm assuming you are. The Shelby got beat by Civics, SUV's, VW beetles, etc. LOL. It placed 28th! Not an overly impressive showing. It won it's class which consisted of a staggering 3 cars :)

The TOP 3 cars were a Porsche 996TT, Z06, and a Evo VIII

A Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 placed 19th!

Alot of the more capable cars that finished lower either broke or didn't compete in all the events. That's one thing the GT500 did good..it didn't have terminal failure :D It still lacks big time on the road course though..I witnessed it myself during the Putnam One Lap event. The GT500 used to be on my list of choices for my next car but it has now dropped off. :(

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