What is the 2008 Shelby GT500 0-60 time?

I inherited my grandfather’s Shelby after he passed, but I’ve been hesitant about putting it through its paces. How quickly can a 2008 Shelby GT500 go from 0 to 60?

Holden Easterbrook · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I am very sorry to hear about your loss, but an item as personal as a car is a wonderful memento to remind you of the times you two shared. To answer your question, however, the 2008 Shelby GT500 has a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 3.3 seconds. Just be aware that this time is due to more than just the GT500’s engine:
  • Aerodynamics—A major factor in acceleration is air resistance. Sleeker profiles have an easier time gaining speed while boxier cars have to expend energy pushing air out of the way.
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    **—Getting up to speed means overcoming the vehicle’s resting inertia, and more weight means more power the engine has to expend.
  • Power-to-weight ratio—You can have the lightest car in the world, but that won’t make it the fastest. Fast vehicles have to straddle a fine line between cutting weight and engine power.
These quick points ought to help you understand why your grandfather’s car may be faster or slower than you originally thought. You’ll want to be careful when you take it out on the road, though, because a car with this sort of speed will have an easy time landing you a
speeding ticket
. If that happens, don’t settle for paying more for your old insurance policy—simply get the
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