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I just saw this on MustangsDaily. This must be the car on the inside cover of the 2013 annual. SA states it will be available Spring 14. I think it is a cross between the GTS and GT350. The appears to be no hood scoop. The stripes go all the way down to the bottom of the front spoiler. I think it may be procharged vs supercharged. We should know tomorrow.

 

Also notice the huge display from Saleen in the background. I heard they have a newer compact version of the iconic S7. If anyone is there, please post pics!

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I just saw this on MustangsDaily. This must be the car on the inside cover of the 2013 annual. SA states it will be available Spring 14. I think it is a cross between the GTS and GT350. The appears to be no hood scoop. The stripes go all the way down to the bottom of the front spoiler. I think it may be procharged vs supercharged. We should know tomorrow.

 

Also notice the huge display from Saleen in the background. I heard they have a newer compact version of the iconic S7. If anyone is there, please post pics!

Finally someone noticed that full page advertisement ;) I'm surprised no one posted about that ad this past month.

 

Well its 11:20am so time for the unveil......................

 

Steve

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SHELBY AMERICAN BRINGS BACK ICONIC SHELBY GT
FOR 2014 WITH WORLD-CLASS POWER, AND PERFORMANCE

 

Shelby American, Inc. returned one of its most popular cars to the lineup today by unveiling the Shelby GT at the L.A. Auto Show. The new generation Shelby GT is based on the 2014 Ford Mustang GT with an incredibly attractive base price and 430 HP. The optional Shelby GT/SC supercharged model comes in either a 525HP or a staggering 624 HP version, making it the most potent version of the car ever made.

“The Shelby GT was one of the most important vehicles in modern day Shelby history,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “It kicked off Shelby’s rebirth in Las Vegas by putting a Mustang-based small block car into Ford dealerships. Ever since the Shelby GT went out of the production, people have clamored for its return.”

In 2007, Ford Division, Carroll Shelby and Ford Racing created the Shelby GT. Beginning as 4.6L Mustang GT’s assembled at Ford’s Flat Rock, Mich. plant, they were shipped to Shelby in Las Vegas for transformation. The 320HP 2007 Shelby GT coupes were all Performance White or Black with silver stripes. In 2008, Shelby added Vista Blue and a choice of coupe or convertible. About 8,000 Shelby GT’s were built.

The Shelby GT was wildly popular and the people who snagged one have been one of the most passionate owner groups. The cars were often tailored with custom parts to fit an owner’s personality and then driven hard on both the street and track. The Shelby GT totally dominated its SCCA racing class in 2007 and 2008.

“Based on the standard Mustang GT, the total cost of our entry-level 2014 Shelby GT is only about $45,000, yet offers so much more than the previous model,” said, Gary Patterson, Shelby American VP of Sales. “The performance-to-price ratio makes the Shelby GT perfect for any serious pony car enthusiast.”

The new Shelby GT is a post-title program; Ford dealers send a customer’s Mustang GT coupe or convertible to Shelby for upfit. Every material performance aspect of the car is enhanced or replaced to create a potent, balanced performer worthy of the Shelby name. Entry-level package upgrades include a Ford Racing suspension, Shelby branded exhaust, intake and engine tune for 430 HP, specially designed wheels and tires, short shifter, hood and Le Mans stripes that make it uniquely Shelby. Every Shelby GT version is 50 state emissions legal and runs on pump gas.

One of the car’s most appealing aspects is the opportunity for personalization. Choosing from an array of options, customers can opt for a more hard-edged suspension, better braking and supercharger upgrades, as well as a vast selection of performance and styling parts from Shelby Performance Parts.

“While the Shelby GT is very affordable for such an exclusive vehicle, a post title program allows us to take performance to new levels,” said Shelby American VP of Production, Gary Davis. “Working with partners like Ford Racing, it is docile enough to be a daily driver and still dominate the track on the weekends.”

The 624 HP Shelby GT/SC version is expected to blast from 0-60 mph in about 3.7 seconds; the quarter mile time should be in the mid 11 second range. The car should also pull over 1 G on the lateral skid-pad.

“No other carmaker offers this level of performance, heritage and iconic styling at this price, making the Shelby GT the best all-around American car in its class,” said Luft. “Each car will be issued a Shelby American CSM number for documentation in our Shelby American Worldwide Registry to help maximize potential future value.”

The price of the base Shelby GT package, not including the car, is $14,995, making a nicely equipped car about $45,000 in total. The Shelby GT/SC package begins at $27,995. Customers can build their Shelby GT online at www.shelbyamerican.com


About Shelby American, Inc. and Carroll Shelby Licensing
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American Inc. manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. Shelby American is a division of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI.PK). Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc., also a wholly owned division, is the exclusive holder of Carroll Shelby's trademarks and vehicle design rights. It also holds trademark rights for Shelby-branded apparel, accessories and collectibles. Info is at www.carrollshelbyinternational.com.

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I like it, I think. I too am curious about the GTS in the wake of this. Obviously the hood, stripes and wheels are different but everything else seems to be pretty much the same.

 

Returning to the SGT after intruding and producing the GTS, which I always considered the spiritual continuation of the SGT, just seems confusing and frankly make SA look indecisive (not that any automotive manufacture is immune from tweaking a car and then slapping on a new badge or reviving an old name plate). I can only assume that Shelby is hoping to recapture some the SGT's legacy.

 

I hope SA invest some time and money in advertising the new SGT. It my opinion that lack of brand knowledge among potential customers as well as dealers is the sole reason many SA products are not as successful as folks might hope. But then, maybe that’s the intent, keeping production numbers low and manageable.

 

Oh, and it needs the SGT hood scoop, faux or otherwise.

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I should clarify. I do like the looks of the car on the 11-14 platform. If you could get a good deal on a used vehicle you could put together a pretty cool ride. I have too many toys right now, so I will just have to admire from afar as others jump into the pool :)

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Yeah I saw this too. My question is what is the distinction between the new SGT and the GTS except marketing the GTS under the SGT name and the price of course :shrug::read:

 

I dont see any other difference............maybe someone can shed some light on this for me........illuminate us SA.....whats the difference?

other than bringing back a name that worked versus one that perhaps didnt do as well as hoped.......:lurk:

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I think this is cool. I like the sound of Shelby gt over Shelby gts. What does gts stand for anyway?

 

I think the price point is good too.

 

It seems as though Shelby kinda morphed the gt350 line and gts line into one product which is actually a great move.

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Since the new SGT is so close to the V8 GTS, I could see them dropping the GTS to V6 only. I believe the vast majority of GTS's built have been of the V6 perusasion like mine. This new SGT will nicely fill the void that the discontinuation of the GT350 leaves. I want to see what comes down the pipe after the new Mustang is out.

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It's ok... I would've liked to see a different hood/scoop. The power is there and enough for a natural aspirated vehicle to have plenty of fun on the track. I'd like to see a 4 door Shelby SHO to haul kids around compete with SRT vehicles.

 

 

+1 .... great to see SA working towards the future.

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I just printed off the flyer for this car........holy cow!!

 

If you would have asked me yesterday what my next dream car is...I would have told you a 2013 Boss 302 in Race Red.

Turn the page to TODAY....forget the Boss 302. I want this exact color combo of dark blue and silver (just like my 08 SGT) on a 2014 in N/A with Shelby Aluminum Driveshaft, Shelby Watts Link, Shelby upgraded interior, and GT 500 rear spoiler. This could be a killer track car.

 

AWESOME!!!! Just imagine these two cars sitting side by side in a garage!

 

I don't know if I'll be able to sleep tonight!

 

Andy.

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Andy - does that mean you are placing an order tomorrow ? ;) I like the combo you picked . I just can't justify another in the fleet and I really like my VB convert for DD. I need the Lightning for a tow rig , the 2007 GT500 is too much fun , the SGT is for racing , the 68 coupe is a family heirloom , so it's up to you to get that car.

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If I knew nothing about Shelby cars and someone handed me the flyer for the new Shelby GT, I would be entranced. With a little education about Shelby history and a taste of Shelby Enthusiasm as on Team Shelby Forums, I'm certain I would catch Shelby Fever and sacrifice pretty much anything to plant my butt in my very own Shelby GT/SC. White, with blue stripes. Now.

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OK, here we go:

 

As a RABID fan and owner of the original Shelby GT, I was delighted to be part of the development team for this car. The executive team put me on the spot. And I couldn't be more excited. I'll try to answer all the questions so far:

 

1. WHY?

Because we thought it would be really cool to take a fresh shot at a great car, but add all the wisdom we've gained since 2008. Plus, as a pre-title car, the original SGT was, by definition, a car co-designed with Ford. THIS time, we got more freedom.

 

2. It's a renamed GTS.

Nope. While it does have the iconic Shelby GT350/GTS front fascia, this car gets a brand new and unique Shelby GT fiberglass hood with color-matched hydrocarbon heat extractors, a work of art, with a subtle curve and form that clears all blowers and gives the car a great classy look. It also includes all the things SGT owners WISH were standard back in 2007/2008: a brake upgrade, front and rear, an adjustable Panhard bar, caster/camber plates, Shelby-embroidered headrests, upgraded wheels and tires, an amazing sound from a Borla exhaust, etc… Going forward, the GTS will be the V6 variant, the SGT is the 5.0, and the Super Snake is based on the GT500.

 

3. 2011-2014 cars are old news.

Hell, no. We expect PLENTY of people who love the S197 platform will want this car. With up to 624HP available, plus options that were NEVER available back in 2007/2008, like the cooling package, Watt's link, custom Katzkin interior, Wilwood brakes, etc… the Shelby GT is better than ever. The Coyote engine just BEGGED for a Shelby GT. As for the order bank, availability, etc… that's what our sales staff are for. Just call them, tell 'em what you'd like, and they will take you through the process, search their dealer network to find the base car for you, no worries.

 

 

Welcome back to the lineup, Shelby GT and GT/SC!

 

 

Jer

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Surprising that SA would try to resurrect a name/title that did not sell well the first time. And adding almost 30,000 for a sc version is steep.

 

Wonder what effect, if any, it will have on value of the original SGT.

It's not $30k for a SC. The SC is ~$12K on top of the SGT price and that includes an upgrade to 6 pot Willwoods and Michelin Pilots.

 

Impact on the value of the 07-08 SGT? Very little, if any.

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It's not $30k for a SC. The SC is ~$12K on top of the SGT price and that includes an upgrade to 6 pot Willwoods and Michelin Pilots.

 

Impact on the value of the 07-08 SGT? Very little, if any.

 

Correct on both counts.

 

 

Jer

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