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670kW Shelby GT500 King of the Road is coming to SA

26 July 2022 - 11:23
Only four GT500KR models are coming to SA.
Only four GT500KR models are coming to SA.
Image: Supplied

When it comes to badass performance versions of the iconic Ford Mustang, the new 2022 Shelby GT500 King of the Road is right at the top of the pile. Basically a beefed-up version of the GT500 we don't currently get in Mzansi, the GT500KR is a particularly potent special edition built specially to commemorate Shelby American's 60th anniversary.

Only the third model to wear this illustrious nameplate (the first was in 1968 and the second in 2008), the new GT500KR generates a whopping 670kW courtesy of a 5.2l Predator V8 fitted with an upgraded supercharger and engine coolers. This is a substantial 105kW increase over that of the standard GT500. Other noteworthy modifications include a lightweight carbon fibre hood that cuts 14kg from the car's kerb weight, a bespoke set of forged wheels as well as a more aggressive suspension tune and notably stiffer sway bars. 

Chassis tweaks include a recalibrated MagneRide suspension system, adjustable front and rear springs as well as stiffer Ford Performance sway bars.
Chassis tweaks include a recalibrated MagneRide suspension system, adjustable front and rear springs as well as stiffer Ford Performance sway bars.
Image: Supplied

Inside the cockpit, every GT500KR benefits from anniversary badging — a subtle reminder of how special this machine is. Customers can also look forward to complimentary Team Shelby membership as well as knowing their car will be documented in the Shelby Registry alongside other rare models such as the recently unveiled Shelby Speedster.

A limited run of 225 GT500 King of the Road models is underway, with Shelby SA aiming to complete four of those between 2023 and 2024 as part of the local allocation. Priced at R4.4m including VAT), one of these four has already been spoken for. 


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