2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 - Road Test Specs

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe

(5.4L V8 Supercharger 6-speed Manual)


Model year2011
ModelShelby GT500
Style2dr Coupe (5.4L 8cyl S/C 6M)
Base MSRP$49,495
Options on test vehicleSVT Performance Package ($3,495 -- includes 19-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-9.5-inch rear forged-aluminum wheels; P265/40ZR19 front and P285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires; upgraded springs and shocks; 3.73 axle ratio; Shelby top and side stripes, rear spoiler with Gurney flap and gear shift knob), Electronics Package ($2,340 -- includes voice-activated navigation system with an in-dash screen and single-DVD/CD/MP3 player with DVD audio and video capability; HD radio; an internal hard disk drive for map, and point of interest (POI) storage and 10 gigabyte Music Jukebox; dual-zone automatic temperature control; integrated Sirius Travel Link that provides such information as real-time traffic and current local gas prices. (6-month Sirius Travel Link service included, service not available in Alaska or Hawaii).), Rapid Spec 820A ($0 -- vehicle with standard equipment), 50-State Emissions ($0 --standard on all units).
As-tested MSRP$55,330


Drive typeRear-wheel Drive
Engine typeSupercharged, port-injected gasoline V8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,409cc (330 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)8.4
Redline (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)550 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)510 @ 5,400
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=2.97, II=1.78, II=1.30, IV=1.00, V=0.74, VI=0.50, Final: 3.73


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, lower control arms, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSolid-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, trailing links, panhard rod, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.7
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1 Supercar G:2
Tire typeAsymmetrical+Directional summer, high-performance
Tire size, frontP265/40ZR19 98Y
Tire size, rearP285/35ZR20 92Y
Wheel size19-by-9.5 inches front and 20-by-9.5 inches rear
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, front14.0-inch one-piece ventilated with 4-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear11.8-inch one-piece ventilated with 2-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.0
0-45 mph (sec.)3.2
0-60 mph (sec.)4.4
0-75 mph (sec.)6.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.4 @ 116.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.1
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)104
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.97
Sound level @ idle (dB)50
@ Full throttle (dB)83
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)74.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSlight bog at launch with traction control on. With traction control off, the GT500 is amazingly repeatable at launch. Best runs haze the tires from 3,000 rpm, then grip and go. Tired 2nd-gear synchro prolonged 1-2 shift, yet car still managed to lay rubber. Short shifter never balked or missed a shift, though it requires a deliberate shove. Clutch effort is remarkably low (in a good way).
Braking commentsExcellent first-stop numbers only improved until best numbers appeared on run 7. Pedal is not firm but is progressive and easy to modulate. Zero fade. No stink or smoke.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Lots of grip but these springs didn't care for the slightest pavement irregularity -- skittish. Steering effort is moderate but responsive and precise. ESP on is very lenient with its corrections. Slalom (ESP off): Snappy, precise turn-in, quick yaw response, but this car is begging for more progressive springs. As it is, it's rock hard and skittish to the point that it was difficult to keep focused on the cones. I came close (hit one cone), but I don't think there's a 70-mph run at this facility. Rewarding, enthusiastic, but fun? Maybe not.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)78.8
Relative humidity (%)39.75
Wind (mph, direction)2.9, headwind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)15 city/23 highway/17 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)14.6
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.0

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,820
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,800
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)57/43
Length (in.)188.2
Width (in.)73.9
Height (in.)54.5
Wheelbase (in.)107.1
Track, front (in.)61.9
Track, rear (in.)62.5
Turning circle (ft.)37.0
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)29.8
Headroom, front (in.)38.5
Headroom, rear (in.)34.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)51.6
Seating capacity4
Cargo volume (cu-ft)13.4


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front with head protection chambers
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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