Shelby American will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2022 with a limited run of a new GT500KR. Owners of Shelby GT500s from the 2020-2022 model years will be able to get the “King of the Road” package on their cars – but only 60 of them. The KR package will bump those cars to more than 900 horsepower.
In addition to the post-title packages offered Shelby will also build 225 examples of the 2022 Shelby GT500KR, the first of which will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
This will be only the third time a Shelby GT500KR has been offered for sale – originally in 1968 and more recently in 2008. However, we should note that demand was so great in 2008 that after selling the planned 1,000 cars, Ford and Shelby built an additional 712 examples for 2009.
Based on the 2020-2022 Ford Shelby GT500, the GT500KR will have an extra 140 horsepower, carbon fiber hood, new wheels, a specially tuned suspension, and plenty of KR badges both inside and out. 180 of them will be available in the US with the remaining 45 offered overseas.
Production will begin in the first quarter of 2022 in Las Vegas while owners of 2020 and 2021 model year GT500s will be able to contact Shelby American about converting their cars to the KR specification starting February 1, 2022. That is also the date on which owners of 2022 GT500s will be able to get their cars upgraded as well.
The MSRP to upgrade a 2020-2022 GT500 is listed as $54,995 while the starting MSRP for the GT500KR is $127,895.
More information can be found at https://www.shelby.com/en-us/Vehicles.