Earlier this year, the team at Shelby American announced the release of their newest performance Mustang; the limited-edition 2015-2016 Shelby Terlingua Mustang. The car, which will be limited to 75 total units (50 in the United States and 25 international) is a mover and a shaker in every respect, delivering more than 750 horsepower thanks to its supercharged V8 engine, which is based on the popular Mustang GT platform.
We recently had a chance to get behind-the-wheel of this Shelby beast at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. No doubt, the car left us grinning from ear to ear.
That Gawdawful Exterior!
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Well, upon first glance, the Shelby Terlingua Mustang was just “gawdawful” looking! Gawdawful Yellow that is. It’s all about keeping with the Terlingua Racing team tradition. Truth be told, the car was one sharp looking racer. Upon first glance, I immediately thought to myself, “How much does this thing cost and who owes me money?”
Other noticeable exterior features included the historic Terlingua Racing Team Crest on the hood, Terlingua hood vents, a custom front splitter, a Terlingua Rear spoiler, rear fascia diffuser, and a custom taillight panel. Oh, and we can’t forget about that eponymous jackrabbit logo.
Racing Inspired Interior
On the inside, the Shelby Terlingua Mustang was equally impressive. As I eased myself into the car’s optional Sparco driver’s seat, which featured a Terlingua Katzkin upholstery upgrade, I noticed the Mustang’s “Gawdawful” Yellow Barton short throw shifter; a perfect reminder that this is no ordinary Shelby. Other interior features included a CSM numbered dash plaque, custom floor mats, back lit Shelby door sill plates, and a carbon fiber gauge pod cluster featuring boost, fuel, and oil pressure gauges. The car even featured a signed Terlingua Racing Plaque including: Carroll Shelby, Bill Neale, and Jerry Titus. Those looking for some serious racing upgrades can also opt for an optional 4-point harness and a roll cage.
On The Track: One Fast Rabbit!
After familiarizing myself with the car’s set up, I started her up. The Terlingua Mustang let out a serious growl thanks to its Ford Performance by Borla exhaust, which just so happened to feature black Shelby tips. Clutch play was all performance, as I put her into first and headed out onto the track.
After a quick thumbs up, I moved out onto the road course (watch video). The car’s acceleration was close to neck snapping, as its 750+ horsepower yellow powder coated Whipple supercharger sprung into action. We’re talking about 680+ horsepower to the wheels and 603 ft.-lbs. of torque. That folks is what I call F-A-S-T!
As I rounded the first turn, at high speed, I immediately noticed how well the car stuck to the track. In all my time behind-the-wheel of the car, it didn’t break loose once, not even in the heaviest of cornering. Kudos go to the car’s tuned suspension which features Eibach adjustable coil overs and sway bar.
The Mustang even included a fuel tank baffling system, which is designed to prevent cornering fuel starvation, and a patent-pending engine breather system, along with additional suspension components, designed to help the car take cornering loads.
As for stopping power, the Terlingua Mustang stopped on a dime thanks to its “Gawdawful” yellow Brembo 6-piston front (4-piston rear) brakes. Even after numerous hot laps, the brakes refused to fade.
The Verdict: It’s a Winner!
No doubt, with its highly-tuned suspension and superior stopping power, the Terlingua Mustang made for some serious track times. Bottom line, the car is one serious turnkey racer. That said, it also makes for one solid street machine. Even better, buyers will find a number of options, allowing them to customize their Terlingua pony to suit their individual needs, whether that be for on-the-track performance or as a daily driver.
That said, if you’re lucky enough to own one of these modern day classics, it will set you back around $65,999, plus the cost of a base GT Mustang. Not cheap, by any means, but a reasonable price to pay for a limited-edition piece of Mustang history that would surely make Carroll Shelby proud.
- Neck Snapping Acceleration
- Highly-Tuned Performance Suspension
- Impressive Stopping Power
- Sweet Sounding Borla Performance Exhauast
- Extremely Limited Availability
- It will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear!