+1 -------When was the last time you saw the GT500 with the X. A . Z plan buying options ? The New 650 HP Shelby GT500 is the talk of the town and will be for along time.
Don’t build another Shelby GT, not yet. And if SA should decide to build one, I would recommend waiting until at least the next Mustang chassis is introduced. What’s the target audience? Where’s the market for another Shelby GT? I’d hate to see Shelby GTs languishing on dealer lots again. A few KRs still are! I would focus my attention on “improving the breed”.
SA has a pretty good spread of Shelby Mustang offerings right now. If $45k is the price point we’re looking at right now, I’d say go after making the Shelby GTS more desirable.
Car / Mustang enthusiasts usually fall into or transition through four broad purposes for their car(s):
1. Daily driver / transportation
2. Weekend enjoyment / car shows / boulevard cruising
3. Drag racing
4. Road racing / autocross
I’ve seen folks use their 2007-2008 SGTs for all of these purposes, even though the emphasis was always about what great handling abilities the car possessed. Currently, the Shelby GTS fits the bill in almost the exact same way, except it can be more customized from “the factory” than the SGT ever could. The only real downside as I see it is that the GTS is a post title Shelby. That’s a big deal to some, while it’s not to others.
Why not make the GTS better by making it a more tailorable purpose built car? Add the Boss 302 Hi-po V8, a “track pack” package and more exhaust system options to the list.
Finally, market it. I thought it was great to read all of the Shelby GTS first drives and road tests when the car first came out. I don’t think I’ve seen anything about it since though. How about some coverage of some shoot-outs or competitions?
Just some food for thought.
Edited by mach 1 1970, 08 May 2012 - 08:40 AM.