2015 Shelby GT is 618bhp of madness, and it’s coming here

Mustang fans disappointed by the news that the new Shelby GT350 and GT350R models won’t be sold in Britain can rejoice after the company announced that the 2015 Shelby GT will be coming to these shores.

Unlike the production Shelby GT350 and GT350R, which were developed by Ford with input from the American tuning company, this GT super-Stang will be purely the work of Shelby American itself.

The tuning house will take the production V8-powered Ford Mustang by the scruff of its neck and boost its power to a tarmac-shattering 618bhp, over 100bhp more than the production GT350R.

Supercharger

Customers can also have a supercharger fitted to the 5.0-litre engine to raise output to a mental 700bhp; this is one gift horse you don’t want to look in the mouth for fear it’ll take your hand off.

As well as wringing an unholy amount of power and torque from the Mustang’s stock engine, Shelby will also add a carbon fibre bonnet, front splitter and rear diffuser to increase its power weight ratio.

Shelby’s signature all-aluminium grille will also feature, along with race-spec suspension and Shelby-designed forged wheels with Michelin racing tyres to transfer all that power to the ground.

Wide range of options

More discerning buyers can also choose from a wide range of options for the 2015 GT, which includes adjustable suspension, upgraded rear brakes and various exterior and interior upgrades.

The only catch is that the 2015 Shelby GT isn’t a production model; the company will only work on donor cars, which means buyers have to buy a new Mustang first and then send it to get tuned up.

Costing £26,500 for the Shelby treatment alone, customers will also have to ship it to Shelby in Las Vegas, where each will be given unique numbering and documentation to prove its authenticity.

Ford officially opened the order books for its new 2015 Mustang yesterday, the first time in the legendary model’s 50-year history that it’s been available to British buyers.

Along with the 420bhp 5.0-litre V8 option, buyers interested in a piece of Mustang history that’s a little more sensible can also opt for a 306bhp model with a 2.3-litre version of the EcoBoost engine.

The 2015 Ford Mustang is priced between £28,995 and £32,995 with first deliveries expected to arrive later in the autumn.