The Ford Mustang is an icon, just like Shelby America which helped Ford cement the car’s reputation as a performance vehicle. You can get your hands on the latest concoction in between this Friday. The first Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR will go through union bloom on January 28, and 100% of the hammer price proceeds will go to charity.
The GT500KR only debuted last month, although Shelby has expected production to begin this month. The beastly machine returns for 2022 to help celebrate Shelby America’s 60th anniversary, and it does so with a big bang.
Under the hood is a 5.2-liter V8 with a massive 3.8-liter twin-screw Whipple supercharger. The pair produces over 900 horsepower (671 kilowatts), which is plenty for the pony car. Shelby added a cold air intake, upgraded exhaust system, larger throttle body, and other performance upgrades.
Shelby also gave the Mustang a visual overhaul with many new body parts, many of them carbon fiber. There’s a carbon fiber hood, front splitter, Gurney flaps and rear diffuser.
Shelby is only making a limited number of GT500KR models for 2022 – 225 to be exact, with only 180 heading for the US market. So this might be the only chance to get your hands on it. Those who own a 2020 or 2021 GT500 can upgrade the Mustang to a KR, although Shelby only offers 60 such upgrades. It’s unclear how many Shelbys will offer in the future.
Proceeds from the auction will go to JDRF and the Carroll Shelby Foundation. JDRF helps fight type 1 diabetes, while CSF raises funds to help children fight life-threatening diseases. It also supports automotive education efforts. The 2022 GT500KR starts at $127,895, and it could well top that at auction, raising quite a bit of money for both charities.