Shelby 1000 debuts at 2012 New York Auto Show

If you have a thirst for horsepower, there is the 550 bhp Camaro and the 650 bhp Mustang. But if you really are thirsty for some more, Shelby America brings to you the Shelby 1000, most powerful Shelby yet.

Making its debut at the 2012 New York Auto show, the Shelby GT1000 is largely based on the 800 bhp, 2012 Ford Shelby GT500. While the street legal version pumps out 950 bhp, the track-only S/C version will give a thump of massive-MASSIVE 1,100 bhp.

Shelby 1000 debuts at 2012 New York Auto Show

Exactly 50 years after Carroll Shelby unveiled the Cobra at the 1962 New York Motor Show, the new Shelby 1000 rolls out from the tuning house. Based largely on the GT500, the new Shelby 1000 stripped its 5.4-litre Ford V8 to add more muscle. It got stronger connecting rods, a tougher forged crankshaft and pistons. The head was reworked with improved cooling and the exhaust was upgraded.

It requires serious underpinnings to keep the wheels on ground when all the power is flowing to the rear wheels only. Shelby 1000 has upgraded suspension, including new struts, sway bars and bushings. While the supercharger was replaced for an improved design, the driveshaft is now stronger and connects to a 9-inch rear end. Shelby has also upgraded the braking system with new 6-piston calipers up front and 4-piston calipers at the rear.

With just limited Shelby 1000 going on sale this year, the starting price for street-legal version is $149,995 (INR 76.15 lacs), while the top of the range version will cost a whooping $200,000 (that’s INR 1.01 crore).

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