The 670kW Shelby King of the Road is the most venomous Mustang model yet

You just know that any Ford with Shelby in its name is fast and the latest offering from the American-based firm is no exception. Known as Shelby Mustang King of the Road, the model will be available in South Africa for the first time – albeit in limited numbers.

Shelby SA has already sold one of these highly sought-after models, with each one being built at the Shelby-approved modshop, situated in the Western Cape.

As a matter of reference, the original Shelby GT500 King of the Road (KR) was first launched in 1968 and was powered by a 428 Cobra Jet V8 engine with a power figure of 250kW. Additionally, Ford sold a total of 1 570 units during its lifespan. In 2008, Ford and Shelby brought back the GT500KR and this time its supercharged V8 produced 402kW (30kW more than the standard GT500). In terms of sales, a total of 1 000 units were produced that year and demand was so great that both companies agreed to build an additional 712 cars for 2009.

The current (third generation) is even more manic whereby its extensively tuned supercharged 5.2-litre V8 engine, produces 670kW (a 105kW power increase). Furthermore, the chassis also features a lightweight carbon fibre bonnet that shaves a further 14kg.

Peter Lindenberg, CEO of Shelby South Africa, says: “The GT500KR’s performance figures are unsurpassed for a rear-wheel drive muscle car. This is a long-awaited Shelby for the South African market as the enquiries for the high-performance, track-bred GT350 and GT500 have been extraordinary. This is the first time we are able to offer this icon in the Shelby range in South Africa.”

The asking price for this piece of exclusive machinery? A cool R4.4-million.

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