2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Road Test 2 Specs | Edmunds

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 - Road Test Specs

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe

(5.4L V8 Supercharger 6-speed Manual)


Year Make Model2011 Ford Shelby GT500 2dr Coupe (5.4L 8cyl S/C 6M)
Vehicle TypeRWD 2dr 4-passenger Coupe
Base MSRP$49,495
Options on test vehicleGrabber Blue, SVT Performance Package ($3,495 -- includes 19-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-9.5-inch rear painted aluminum forged wheels, P265/40ZR19 front and P285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires, upgraded springs and shocks, 3.73 axle ratio, unique Shelby top and side stripes, rear spoiler with Gurney Flap and gear shift knob); Electronics Package ($2,340 -- 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 10GB 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
Assembly locationFlat Rock, Michigan


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,409cc (330 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)8.4
Redline, indicated (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 ratios (x:1)I=2.97, II=1.78, II=1.30, IV=1.00, V=0.74, VI=0.50
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.73
Differential(s)Clutch type limited slip


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearNon-independent solid-axle, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, trailing links, panhard rod, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.7:1
Tire make and modelGoodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2
Tire typePerformance front - performance rear
Tire size, frontP265/40ZR19 98Y
Tire size, rearP285/35ZR20 92Y
Wheel size, front19-by-9.5 in
Wheel size, rear20-by-9.5 in
Wheel materialPainted alloy
Brakes, front14-inch one-piece ventilated with four-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear11.8-inch ventilated with two-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
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.7
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.1
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)12.5 @ 116.5
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)104
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.2
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON66.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.97
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.96
Sound level @ idle (dB)50
@ Full throttle (dB)83
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)74
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,500

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsSlight bog at launch with trac "On." With trac 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 but 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 commentsLots 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

Test date8/3/2010
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)78.9
Relative humidity (%)39.8
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.9, headwind
Odometer (mi.)3,712
Fuel used for testPremium unleaded
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

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
Driving range (mi.)368

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionAM/FM stereo with single-CD/MP3-capable player with eight speakers. Six-month SIRIUS subsription.
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard generic aux jack and USB port
Satellite radioStandard Sirius for six months
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Optional 10GB music storage capacity
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional with traffic
Smart entry/StartNot available

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
Trunk volume (cu-ft)13.4
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)33.0
Ground clearance (in.)5.7


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

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