|2008 Shelby GT Convertible
At this years Barrett Jackson auto auction in Palm Beach, Fl world renown Mustang builder Carroll Shelby unveiled a drop top Shelby GT-H. As you may already know the Shelby GT-H is a limited production Ford Mustang that is only available as a rental at select Hertz locations. With a drop top version now on the horizon we had to know that it wouldn't be long before the powers that be started producing a convertible edition of the retail version of the Shelby GT-H, the Shelby GT. Ford confirmed that suspicion this week with the unveiling of the 2008 Shelby GT Convertible.
Formally introduced at the Mid-America Ford Performance and Shelby Meet in Tulsa Oklahoma, the Shelby GT Convertible will only be produced in limited quantity to assure it's collector appeal. Approximately 2,300 2008 Shelby GT coupes and convertibles will be built, available with manual or automatic transmission. Each car will feature an authentication plate on the center dashboard, as well as a matching tag under the hood for documentation in a forthcoming registry. Shelby Automobiles production is scheduled to begin in August 2007. Last year Ford produced just under 6,000 Shelby GTs which were available in only Performance White or Black. However in 2008 the Shelby GT will also be available in Vista blue with Silver stripes. (pictured above)
"The Shelby GT was engineered for people that put performance first," said Carroll Shelby. "Working with Ford Racing, we created this Shelby to be an everyday driver that's tuned for fun at the track. Those who value a well-balanced package will appreciate it. Those who don't will be left behind staring at its tailpipes."
The 2008 Shelby GT will sport a 319 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque 4.6L V8 which is the same engine included in the Ford Mustang GT with the addition of a Ford Racing Power Upgrade Package. A high-flow exhaust system with X-pipe crossover offers better power delivery and a throaty V-8 exhaust note. Shelby GT comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission featuring a Hurst short-throw shifter for precise shift action. A five-speed automatic transmission is optional.
The balanced package includes a Ford Racing Handling Pack with special-tuned dampers, unique sway bars and a 3.55:1 ratio rear axle assembly for improved off-the-line acceleration. The overall ride height was dropped to reduce body roll while a front strut-tower brace adds additional strength to the chassis structure.
The 2008 models will sport 18-inch polished wheels with high-performance P235/50ZR18 BF Goodrich gForce tires to maximize the upgrades. Like all Mustang convertibles, each drop top will have supplemental bracing to give the car additional stiffness and the Shelby team will add a stylish light bar.
"The Shelby GT is for drivers," says Amy Boylan, President of Shelby Automobiles. "We enhanced the motor, the chassis and other bits to make it a fun, balanced car that is equally at home on the street or track. It's easy to drive, very fast and offers great value for the price."
For more information you can read the full press release at the link below.
2008 Shelby GT Convertible Press Release
2008 Shelby GT Convertible Pictures
Shelby GT-H Convertible Press Release
Shelby GT-H Convertible at Barrett Jackson Video
2007 Shelby GT Ford Mustang