The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 returns for a triumphant anniversary: The 55th Birthday of the original Shelby GT500. This Mustang is the most powerful of the lineup, sporting a supercharged V8 that just wipes out the rest of the ack. Buyers can also opt for various packages which aim to lighten the weight of this two-ton monster and give it the agility it deserves. However, you’ll find that even without it the GT500 still makes even the most monotonous of daily drives an adventure to be had. This review on the 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will look into the specs and features that make it one of the top choices for the 2022 model year.
The Shelby GT500 reaches its 55th anniversary this year, and with it comes a limited-production model known as the “Heritage Edition”. This model was inspired by the 1967 iteration of the Shelby GT500. Various customization options are available for this model, as well as being fitted with the same 5.2-Liter V8 as the regular Mustang Shelby GT500. There will also be another version dubbed the GT500KR or “King of the Road” model. There will only be 180 available models, with only 45 being made for sale to the international market. The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will not be coming with a convertible model for this model year.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is expected to be priced at around $77,260, with the GT500KR trim costing around $127,895. This is quite the jump when compared to the other Mustang models, making it the most expensive of its lineup. Below is a small table detailing the respective MSRPs of both models.
|2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500||$72,900*|
|2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR||$127,895*|
Ford also offers their Red Carpet Lease program for buyers to finance the 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Some popular terms that Ford offers are 24- and 36-month leases, as well as various mileage options to select. Make sure to check out Ford’s official site to figure out what benefits you can make use of if you’re planning to get a GT500 in the future. Other features that are available to the 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 are a variety of colors such as Atlas Blue and Iconic Silver.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 offers specs that include a supercharged 5.2-Liter V8 Engine which was given the nickname “Predator”. Indeed, it lives up to that name with a power output totaling 760 horsepower and a torque output of 625 pounds-feet. Tests have recorded the GT500 going from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds and can run a quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds. The top speed of the 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is recorded at 180mph, which puts it just on par with the rest of the competition. It’s paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and is only available as a rear-wheel drive model.
The other model available for buyers is the 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR, with only 45 being available for the global release and 180 available throughout 2020 to 2022. This model combines the 5.2-Liter V8 with an immensely powerful 3.8-Liter Supercharger designed in collaboration with Whipple. The GT500KR has a power output of over 900 horsepower and comes with a whole slew of performance parts that make it stand out. Riding on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, it comes fitted with performance spec tires and Ford’s Magne Ride suspension system. Ride height is adjustable via the front and rear springs, allowing the driver to customize the driving experience. An open cold air intake system gives the GT500KR more acceleration and power, as well as gives the car a more aggressive sound. Even the carbon fiber hood of the GT500KR improves engine functions as its side vents aid in preventing heat soak. This allows the car to maintain optimum power for longer periods. Overall, the GT500KR is built for providing drivers with an exhilarating driving experience that they won’t forget anytime soon.
FUEL EFFICIENT & ACTUAL MPG
Ever since the introduction of the Mustang, it’s been known to be quite the gas guzzler. This year’s iteration, along with the Shelby GT500 and GT500KR, is still much of the same. With low EPA ratings and a fuel tank capacity of 16 gallons, the GT500 should be able to have a driving range of about 224 miles. Below is a table listing down the MPG ratings of the Mustang GT500.
|Trim Mileage Estimates||City/mpg||Highway/mpg||Combined/mpg|
|2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500||12||18||14|
|2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR||12||18||14|
INTERIOR, SOLACE & BAGGAGE
The interior of the 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 does cater to front passengers, with those in the rear having to contend with a lack of space. The whole cabin can sit up to 4 passengers, with the front seats having both heating and ventilation features. All seats come with a leather trim, with the steering wheel wrapped in Leather and Faux suede. There is also the option to use Recaro Front Bucket seats which also come with a 12.0-inch digital gauge cluster and even dual-zone climate control options. Overall, the materials used on the various surfaces of the interior are nice, but we do have to note that there are elements of hard plastics which is weird for a car of its price range. However, certain aspects of the interior such as the aluminum dashboard trim can be replaced with carbon fiber for some added style. If you do not have a use for the rear seats, you can even just go for the option of removing them altogether. Total cargo capacity on the Shelby GT500 stands at around 13.5 cubic feet, respectable enough for short trips with 2 to 3 passengers.
Similar to that of the standard Mustang, the infotainment system starts with an 8.0-inch touchscreen which comes packed with the SYNC 3 Infotainment Suite. SYNC 3 comes with steering-wheel controls and voice recognition capabilities. For the stereo sound system, controls are still limited to physical knobs located on the dashboard. It does come standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, so that’s a plus for the GT500. Another optional feature is a Wi-Fi Hotspot which is under a subscription-based service. Audiophiles and music lovers can also go for the optional 12-speaker sound setup which was sourced from B&O, the perfect partner to the roars of the Mustang’s engine.
The Shelby GT500 doesn’t have much to offer in the safety department or the driver-assistance department. It does have a reliable braking system and comes with launch control settings, but other features come lacking. An optional feature that buyers can make use of, however, is Blind Spot Monitoring and a Rear Cross-Traffic Alert System.
Ford offers a warranty plan that could be described as quite standard, being similar to that offered by its competitors. Their Limited Warranty plan on newly released cars spans for a total of 3 years or the first 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Next comes the Powertrain warranty which lasts for 5 years or the first 60,000 miles driven. The brand has yet to offer any programs for complimentary scheduled maintenance.