springer, on 15 January 2013 - 02:09 PM, said:
And where is the next generation getting $42,000 - $45,000 to dump into a car? I don't see many parents dropping $40,000 plus on this car for junior. With $10,000 down, and financing the balance for 60 months, the payment is close to $600 a month!!! Pretty huge nut for a Focus. Some of the younger members here might like them, but they sure are "blingy."
I wish Shelby success, but like the GTS, I don't see a huge market at all.
I have to say that I FULLY agree to the above quote. It will be interesting to see how it plays out in the end. Reminds me in a similar way to the Terlingua Program. The idea was that younger V6 owners who aspired to be legit Shelby owners could have a cost effective shot with the terlingua appearance package offering. For others who had a little more money and wanting performance to boot there was the upgraded version. The Terlingua program was birthed from the stats that over 50% of mustangs sold in 2005-2009 were in fact V6 cars. So- take a look at the final number of Terlinguas made and you start to get a picture of the intent level that younger crowd has for these kinds of programs.
Yes I see "kids" dumping lots of aftermarket parts and such onto STi's and SRT-4's and Evo's... But that crowd tends to do it a part at a time and with a local tuner shop. They get the parts by hook or crook in some cases and it's almost always HP increases they go after... It's seldom ever paint and graphics. Just sayin- I would love to be proven wrong but I would be shocked if there ended up being more than 100 made.
The GT500 super snake formula is 180 degrees opposite! Take a big bad car and make it even meaner! Take some thing exclusive and and make it really exclusive. And sell it to an audience that understands Shelby, has both the money and intent to match! I just don't think these types are driving a focus... And if they did I don't see them putting money into it when it could go elsewhere.