When it comes to American performance vehicles, there is no name more iconic than Shelby. Responsible for many of the most important designs in American sports car history, Shelby is a true legend. The Ford Shelby GT500 is the culmination of Shelby's work with Ford, combining aesthetic and performance elements not found anywhere else. From its aerodynamic features to the immense engine power under the hood, the GT500 is Ford's ultimate Mustang.

As Iowa's #1 Shelby dealer, we love having the chance to bring these iconic Shelby Mustangs to our Central Iowa customers. Owning a Ford Shelby GT500 is unlike any other ownership experience, and a quick look at the GT500's specs will tell you why. Below, we are going to look at some of the key features on Ford's top Mustang model. At Ames Ford, we are passionate about performance. And the Ford Shelby GT500 gives Iowans more of it than any other Mustang available at a dealership.

Make an Inquiry

Ford Shelby GT500 Engine & Performance Equipment

Ford's highest-performance mustang, the Shelby GT500, comes with the expectation of ultimate performance. And it does not disappoint one bit.


Kicking things off with the engine, the Ford Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2l V8 producing a whopping 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. These are without a doubt track-ready numbers, and require a wide range of performance upgrades to harness.


At Ames Ford Performance, we have been impressed by the performance equipment that Ford paired with the GT500's powerful engine. Along with Tremec, Ford developed a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission for the GT500. This transmission was designed specifically to pair with the Shelby's 760-horsepower engine, and maximizes its signature smooth power delivery.


A car this fast needs some serious stopping power. Ford has added race-grade Brembo brakes, which include 16.5-inch front rotors with six-piston calipers. You won't find brakes this advanced in many production cars, and Iowa owners of the Ford Shelby GT500 will feel confident in their brakes on the track and on the highway.


One of the first things our Des Moines, IA customers will notice about the Shelby GT500 is its aggressive spoiler. There are also aerodynamic elements on the front and sides of this performance Mustang to keep drivers glued to the road.

Wheels & Suspension

The Ford Shelby GT500 comes with wider wheels and tires to maximize control. Iowa buyers have the chance to further maximize performance with the Carbon Fiber Track Package, which we will look at in greater detail below. It adds 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, reducing weight, as well as upgraded tires and adjustable strut top mounts for fine-tuning alignment.

All Ford Shelby GT500 models come with adjustable dampers, as well as selectable drive modes. These change suspension and driving characteristics, optimizing the GT500's performance for a drag race, day at the track, or just everyday driving.

Ford Shelby GT500 Interior Features & Options

The Ford Shelby GT500 proves that Iowa owners don't need to sacrifice interior comfort and tech features for world-class performance. The GT500 Mustang comes standard with leather interior, including microsuede inserts in the seats and doors.

There is also a 12-inch LCD gauge cluster display, as well as a central 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. This is powered by Ford's Sync 3 system, which gives Iowa GT500 owners the latest in infotainment. There is also a WiFi hotspot, further adding to the GT500's connectivity.

Technology Package

Selecting the Technology Package will further amplify Iowa owners' luxurious interior. It adds a Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, and driver-seat memory settings.

Carbon Fiber Track Package

The Carbon Fiber Track Package is for Iowa buyers who want a track car with every ounce of performance. Apart from the upgraded tires, wheels, and adjustable struts mentioned above, this package adds carbon fiber accents and Recaro front sport seats. In order to reduce weight, the rear seats are also removed. While it certainly won't be a family car, a Ford Shelby GT500 with the Carbon Fiber Track Package will truly be a menace on your local track.

Handling Package

The handling package adds a gurney flap to the rear spoiler, further improving aerodynamics and handling. This package will benefit the racing enthusiast without sacrificing interior features and comfort like the Carbon Fiber Track Package.

Ames Ford Performance - Iowa's Shelby Dealer

Ames Ford Performance is Iowa's leading dealership of Shelby performance Mustangs. As both the #1 Shelby dealer as well as the #1 ROUSH Performance dealer in Iowa, there's no question that Ames Ford knows performance.

We are passionate about our vehicles, and getting our Iowa customers into the Shelby of their dreams. These vehicles represent the pinnacle of Ford Performance, and there is no better place to find them in Iowa than Ames Ford Performance.

Our Performance team would love to hear from you, and discuss which Performance Mustang is right for you. Whether you prefer the ultimate prestige of the Shelby GT500, or want a ROUSH Stage 3, Ames Ford Performance in Ames, IA has you covered.


Ames Ford Lincoln

123 Airport Road
Directions Ames, IA 50010

  • Sales: (515) 233-1913
  • Service: (515) 233-1916
  • Parts: (515) 233-1916


  • Monday 8am-8pm
  • Tuesday 8am-8pm
  • Wednesday 8am-8pm
  • Thursday 8am-8pm
  • Friday 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 8am-5pm
  • Sunday Closed