2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR Preview – New York Auto Show: Ironically, the worse Ford does, the better Carroll Shelby seems to fare. You'd think that it would be the opposite, seeing as automaker and maker of autos are forever connected by historic acts of automotive genius. Yet when Ford falters, when they need a headline, ‘ol Carroll is at the ready, riding into town with a new supercar Ford fans will easily fall for, and hard. That, of course, is by design, and Shelby (with Ford) is at it again, this time at the 2007 New York Auto Show where they'll debut the Ford Shelby GT500KR in the Big Apple.
“KR” is for King of the Road, and there's 540 horsepower that won't let you forget that the Ford Shelby GT500KR is one of the most powerful Mustangs ever built. The boost comes from the Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack, while other upgrades include a carbon composite hood, air extractor vents and 14-inch Brembo brakes. The production version will come with 18-inch chrome wheels, not the show floor model's 20-inch set. Ford is planning for a build of about 1,000 units, at a price of $50,000.