Hertz and Shelby are working together again. To celebrate a partnership spanning more than half a century, the two companies have teamed up on some all-new Mustang Shelby GTH vehicles. One of them has 900 horsepower. This may not be a good idea.
Hertz and Shelby began working together in 1966 when 1,000 Mustang GT350s were sent to the rental company’s fleet. The cars were finished in black with gold stripes, and were later sold to the public as Shelby GT-H models. The Shelby GTH back with Fifth generation Mustang in 2006. Only 500 coupes and 500 convertibles were built between 2006 and 2007. All of them had a 4.6-liter V8 with 319 horsepower.
Now, Hertz renters will be able to choose between two flavors of Shelby Mustang. The “basic” version would be the GT-H, shown above, which has special paint and wheels, but not unlike the Mustang Fun Collection, which is largely a stock GT-H with a high-performance exhaust system.
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You don’t want that one, though. The one you want is the bonkers GT500-H. Hertz started with the 760-hp Shelby GT500 and replaced the factory Roots-type supercharger with a 3.8-liter Whipple unit. A bigger throttle body, cold-air intake, and dual-pass intercoolers bring power output to 900 hp, a 140-hp increase over a standard GT500. Aluminum wheels with performance tires, tinted windows, special badging, and a carbon fiber hood make up the exterior changes. Nineteen of the GT500-Hs will have shadow black paint and six will be painted white. Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr says that “Hertz and Shelby American have created driving magic again.”
Except that magic might be tainted. Putting a 900-horsepower special edition muscle car in the hands of renters doesn’t seem like the soundest idea. At a time when Hertz is under allegedly Hundreds of customers arrested on false car theft chargesAdding a high-powered, extremely limited muscle car to the mix is definitely an odd choice. The Shelby/Hertz partnership is expected to last for three years, and the GT500-H will only be available at select airport locations.
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