2008 Shelby GT500KR – King Of The Road

2008 Shelby GT500KR Front ClipFord will be officially unveiling their latest Mustang, one they claim will be “King of the Road“, at the New York International Auto Show next week – in the meantime we’ll spill the beans on what to expect.

In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the 1968 Shelby Cobra GT500KR – next year’s edition is set to be the most powerful Mustang to date with 540 horsepower delivered via a 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 with a Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack, 3.73:1 rear axle ratio, short-throw shifter, and unique suspension tuning to get the mind numbing horsepower to the ground. Read the official press release from Ford.

2008 Shelby GT500KR

2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR Specifications

  • 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 producing an estimated 540-horsepower and 510 ft.-lbs. of torque
  • Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack featuring revised calibration and cold air intake system
  • 6-speed manual transmission with 3.73:1 rear axle ratio
  • Ford Racing performance exhaust system
  • Unique performance suspension tuning: springs, dampers, and stabilizer bars
  • Shelby-designed ‘GT500KR’ 20-inch wheels (18-inch version for production)
  • Ford Racing short-throw shifter and front strut tower brace
  • Unique carbon composite hood featuring classic Shelby ‘KR’ design
  • Front brake cooling ducts
  • ‘Shelby’ lettering across the front edge of hood and rear decklid
  • 40th Anniversary badges on the front quarter panels
  • Carroll Shelby signature embroidered headrests and floor mats
  • Official Shelby CSM 40th Anniversary GT500KR dash plate 
  • 2008 Shelby GT500KR (Rear) - King Of The Road

    “This was a great effort between Ford and Shelby Automobiles,” said Doug Gaffka, Ford SVT chief designer. “The Shelby team and I were in constant contact melding Carroll’s classic design cues with some modern concepts and ideas and finessing them into the design of the new KR.”