The king returns, riding on the horizon on more than 900 horsepower. Kneel down and let yourself fall in the new Ford Shelby GT500KR (KR is short for King of the Road). Packed with inordinate power and loads of carbon fiber, this extremely limited edition muscle car features an unpleasant bite.
The 2022 GT500KR is part of Shelby American’s 60th anniversary celebration starting in January. Every Shelby 2022 model coming off the chain will arrive labeled with a 60th anniversary badge. As an additional “thank you” to all 2020-2022 GT500 buyers, 2022 GT500 buyers can send their new vehicles to Las Vegas for an immediate upgrade to KR power and accessories. And GT500 owners from 2020 to 2021 can also compete for this exclusive opportunity to turn their already rare Mustang into the ultimate muscle car. This luck will not be cheap or easy, however. Shelby only plans to deliver a total of 225 KR packages – 180 in the US (60 for each year) and another 45 overseas.
Special labels aside, the 2022 GT500KR really starts under the hood with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8, complemented by a custom 3.8-liter Whipple supercharger that boosts its 800 horsepower to 900 horsepower when fueled by fuel. 93 octane fuel (less is sacrilege as it is). That king of the jungle roar is also due to a new high volume intercooler and heat exchanger, as well as a Borla catalyst exhaust.
This ultra-high performance engine system fits under a carbon fiber hood and will ride on an upgraded and recalibrated MagneRide suspension with Shelby adjustable front and rear springs, Ford Performance front and rear stabilizer bars and new performance tires. wrapped in forged aluminum wheels.
A snappy front splitter and scaled rear diffuser are also made from carbon fiber which not only allows for a lighter ride but also a vicious exterior. Ford will complete the 2022 Mustang Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition limited series fastbacks in its classic Brittany Blue exterior paint with two different exterior stripe options.
Shelby added additional hood side vents not only for coolness, but also as functional cooling for the exhaust manifold. These will help prevent heat soaking, encouraging the engine to maintain peak power for longer. The removable rain trays also allow for better water management.
A Shelby strut system, custom mats, and leather seat covers are part of the GT500’s standard upgrade. There are also several bells and whistles for buyers with more customization in mind.
The most powerful road-approved sports car Ford has ever built has a starting MSRP of $ 72,900 in the US and can go up to $ 127,895 with the KR package. The 2020 and 2021 GT500s can become road kings for $ 54,995.
The first GT500 will be auctioned off for charity at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale event in January. Shelby will begin taking control of the 2022 car in February.
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