Shelby unveiling 1200hp monster

Last updated 07:10 26/03/2013

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Shelby is about to introduce to the world the most powerful street production muscle car ever.

Based on its Ford Shelby GT500, the lastest whopper from Shelby, called the 1000, ironically packs 1200 horsepower and will be unveiled to the world on Friday (NZ time) at the New York auto show.

Under the hood is Ford's new massive 5.8-litre V8 engine which has been stripped back to its block to have the internals strengthened and then beefed-up through forced induction and cooling. There is also adjustable suspension and, not surprisingly given its size, a big brake package.

Shelby president John Luft claims the 1000 incorporates everything they've learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.

It runs on pump petrol and the package starts at NZ$184,700 which doesn't include the base Shelby GT500 car that was unveiled last year and packed 662 horsepower.

"The 2013 Shelby 1000 is the most powerful production muscle car on the market," said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American's test driver.

"But this car cannot be defined by just its amazing power. The steering provides wonderful feedback and the car tracks beautifully, giving it an athletic feel.

"It attacks corners, ripping through them with minimal body roll and tremendous grip. Yet the Shelby 1000 can be so docile that you can cruise it down the streets of Manhattan."

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