( MA ) - If you missed out on one of last year's 540hp 40th anniversary Shelby GT500KR Mustangs you're in luck because the Ford tuner is planning an additional run of 746 cars for the 2009 model year. Demand for the car worldwide has surged, no doubt spurred on with the help of the car's starring role as KITT in the new Knight Rider series, so this time 175 cars will be headed outside of the U.S.
Like the current 40th anniversary limited edition, the 2009 Shelby GT500KR will feature the same 540hp 5.4L supercharged V8 and Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack. It also gets the same 3.73:1 rear axle ratio, short-throw shifter, and unique suspension tuning. Other features include a carbon composite hood, unique wheels and side-stripes. The only difference, in fact, between the new model and the current car will be the absence of 40th anniversary badging.
The Shelby GT500KR Mustang is the fourth limited-edition Pony car that Shelby and Ford have brought to market since resuming their collaboration in 2001. Each car begins life as a GT500, built at AutoAlliance International, in Michigan. From there, the cars are shipped to the Shelby Automobile facility in Las Vegas, where the Ford performance modifications are added. Once ready, the cars are hand customized and delivered to each customer in an enclosed transporter - just like the Ford GT supercar.