Posséder une Shelby Mustang présente encore un certain cachet chez les amateurs d'automobiles. Même si le nouveau package GTE de la Shelby American pour la pony car n'a pas la puissance de la GT350, il donne encore aux acheteurs l'opportunité de se vanter de disposer de l'un des véhicules de la marque. Le modèle est également plus redoutable que la version GT standard.

Shelby Americain a dévoilé la GTE durant une réunion du Mustang Club of America sur l'Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Le package pousse la puissance du moteur V8 5.0 litres de la GT à 456 chevaux (340 kW), ce qui est au-dessus du modèle de base et ses 435 chevaux (324,4 kW). Les futurs clients pourront également opter pour la version EcoBoost, avec une puissance portée à 335 chevaux (249,8 kW) contre les 310 chevaux (231,2 kW) de la version de production.

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Les évolutions proviennent en grande partie de Ford Performance. Par exemple, Shelby a installé l'échappement cat-back du préparateur de l'Ovale Bleu. La GTE reçoit également le Handling Package de Ford Performance qui inclut des éléments comme des ressorts plus courts, et une barre stabilisatrice revue.

Malgré le gain de puissance relativement modeste, Shelby American offre à ces Mustang un restylage plutôt sympathique. On retrouve notamment un capot moteur ventilé, un splitter avant en carbone, et un aileron arrière. La voiture est posée sur des roues de 19 pouces signées Ford Performance. Plusieurs badges Shelby ornent l'ensemble à l'extérieur et à l'intérieur, ce qui la différencie clairement d'un modèle de série. Les acheteurs pourront opter pour la version coupé, ou la version cabriolet pour cette version particulière.

Des options pour aller encore plus loin

Shelby American offre également une longue liste d'options pour les clients qui souhaiteraient aller encore un peu plus loin. Les acheteurs qui recherchent la performance peuvent obtenir d'autres améliorations supplémentaires comme un système de freinage haute performance. Il existe également des évolutions esthétiques comme des sièges en cuir Katzkin et des éléments carbone additionnels à l'extérieur.

D'après le site Shelby American, le package GTE coûte 17'999$ (16'130€). Ce qui signifie qu'une Mustang GT, dont le tarif de base est de 33'546$ (30'000€), atteindrait 51'544$ (46'200€) avec ces mises à jour. En comparaison, la Ford GT350 et ses 526 chevaux démarre à 56'495$ (50'650€). 

La version GTE est pour l'instant uniquement disponible aux Etats-Unis et au Canada. Shelby American prévoit d'étendre cette offre à d'autres pays dans le futur.


Source : Shelby American

2017 Ford Mustang GTE by Shelby American

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SHELBY AMERICAN'S 2017 SHELBY GTE DELIVERS HIGH PERFORMANCE EXCITEMENT FOR ENTHUSIASTS AT AFFORDABLE PRICE

Posted 9/2/2016

Expanding on 50+ years of tradition and performance, Shelby American unveils the all-new 2017 Shelby GTE at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The all-new Shelby GTE is immediately available in North America

Shelby GTE delivers high-performance for an enviable price with unlimited upgrade options through the Shelby Performance Parts catalog
 

LAS VEGAS – Sept. 2, 2016 – Leveraging more than 50 years of passion and performance, Shelby American, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), today unveiled the all-new 2017 Shelby GTE (for Enhancement) duringMustang Club of America’s celebration at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Inspired by the success of the Shelby GT and Shelby GT-H programs, the Shelby GTE offers legendary performance at an affordable price.

 

“From the Ferrari-beating Shelby Cobra to the 1965 Shelby G.T.350, Shelby American has always delivered world-class performance at a great value for everyone, not just the one percenters,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Our newest cars are cast from that same mold, delivering affordable excitement for everyone. When the public begged for a version of the Ford Shelby GT-H rental car that they could own, we applied the winning formula from the Hertz program to the Mustang. Working with our friends at Ford Performance, we created an affordable car that delivers full-throttle excitement and remarkable styling.”

 

In 2006, Shelby, Ford and Hertz launched a new rental car program. When the public clamored for a consumer version of it, the 2007 Shelby GT was launched and sold through American Ford dealers. The Shelby GT matched the performance capabilities of the rental version but could be optioned with a manual transmission and as a convertible. 

 

Ten years later, Shelby GTE is based on the all new world-class Ford Mustang. Complete with an independent rear suspension and several powertrain options, it is the best performance Mustang in history. With Ford now exporting the Mustang globally, plans are being developed to offer the Shelby GTE outside of the USA and Canada, also.

 

“Every high-octane attribute expected of a Shelby car is incorporated into an affordable package that will be available at any of our North American mod shops,” said Keith Belair, COO of Shelby American. “The Shelby GTE gives every fan the opportunity to drive the sports car of their dreams.”

 

Under the hood of this Shelby, customers can choose Ford’s iconic 5.0 V8 engine that pumps out 456 horsepower or the powerful 2.3L Eco-Boost engine that delivers a head turning 335 horsepower. Additional performance upgrades include a Ford Performance cat-back exhaust and handling pack, as well as 19 inch Ford Performance wheels.

 

One look at the pony car reveals unique Shelby styling. The car is fitted with official badges, Shelby-designed vented hood, carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler. Inside, it also features Shelby GTE logos on the head restraint, sill plates and floor mats.

 

Unlike the rental car program, the Shelby GTE is available in either fastback or convertible, as well as manual or automatic transmission. Thanks to Shelby’s network of partners, enthusiasts will be able to experience world-class performance that has become synonymous with the Shelby brand.

 

“The Shelby GTE can be easily tailored for the road or the track, or even both” said Shelby American Vice President Gary Patterson. “And with our full range of Shelby performance parts, the possibilities are endless. If you can dream it, we can build it.”

 

Shelby American introduced the all-new Shelby cars at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Mustang Club of America’s 40th anniversary celebration. After the unveiling and presentation of Shelby American’s latest Mustang, the all-new Shelby GTE will move to the Dallara IndyCar factory. It will be the centerpiece of a special Team Shelby event.

 

The cars will be assembled by Shelby American at its assembly facility in Las Vegas or authorized North American mod-shops. Every car will be listed in the official Shelby Registry. For more information about the all-new Shelby cars or a list of authorized dealers worldwide, visit www.shelby.com.

 

About Shelby American, Inc.

Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car and Daytona Coupe component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GTE, 1000, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby Terlingua Racing Team post-title packages for the 2005-2017 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also offers the Shelby Raptor and Shelby F-150 muscle truck. For more information, visitwww.shelby.com.

 

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