What Is The Mustang Shelby GT500KR?

What Is The Mustang Shelby GT500KR?

Last Updated August 4, 2019

The “KR” in Mustang Shelby GT500KR appropriately stands for “King of the Road.” The original version of this mighty muscle car, which made its first appearance in February 1968, was a product of Ford and Shelby American, the latter being the name of the company owned by legendary high-performance vehicle designer and builder Caroll Shelby.

Shelby GT500KR

A variant of the Shelby GT500, the GT500KR was equipped with a robust 428-cubic-inch Cobra Jet V-8 engine that produced an impressive 335 horsepower. The combination of a high-torque engine and relatively affordable price resulted in a large number of Mustang Shelby GT500KR models making appearances at drag strips all across America in 1968 and the succeeding years.

The Triumphant Return of the Shelby GT500KR

Ford paid a fitting tribute to the Shelby GT500KR by releasing a special-edition 40th-anniversary version in 2008. The 21st-century model did its 1960s predecessor justice by featuring a powerful 5.4L supercharged V-8 engine that delivered an impressive 540 horsepower.

Other features included a carbon fiber composite hood with composite hood scoops, finely tuned SVT suspension and specially designed Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. Special 40th anniversary badging was also incorporated into the design.

Ford produced a total of 1,000 GT500KR models for 2008, followed by 571 in 2009 to match the total 1968 production run of 1,571 units. Complex Rides ranked the 2008 Shelby GT500KR at #17 on its list of “The 100 Best Mustangs of All Time,” stating that, in addition to being fast, “it has a presence that demands respect.”

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What Is The Mustang Shelby GT500KR?

Equipped with a 428 cu-in Cobra Jet V8 engine that produced 335 horsepower was the Mustang Shelby GT500KR. The GT500KR made its first appearance in February 1968. To celebrate 40 years, Ford released a 2008 version of the GT500KR that featured a 5.4L supercharged V8 producing 540 horsepower.