Steve Turner
Steve Turner Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
May 14, 2019
Contributers: Steve Turner, Shelby American, Inc. Photos By: Shelby American, Inc.

Taking a vacation or a road trip is a great chance to relax, blow off some steam, and leave the real-world behind. What better way to leave the daily grind behind than by blasting away in a supercharged Shelby Mustang? Not everyone can own a Shelby, but if you happen to vacation in the right spot in the United States, you can rent a new Shelby GT-S from SIXT.

An international rental car company with over 2,200 locations, SIXT collaborated with the speed merchants at Shelby American to create a limited run of supercharged Shelby GT-S Mustangs for its rental car fleet.

"Shelby American has earned a reputation for building the most exciting rental cars for over 50 years," said Gary Patterson, Shelby American president. "Our team is honored to make history with SIXT by offering the first supercharged V8 Ford Mustang car available at multiple rental car locations across the US. The hot new SIXT edition 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S Mustang will make any trip an amazing and memorable adventure."

 

For this summer, Shelby is creating 21 Shelby GT-S fastbacks with supercharged Coyote engines and 10-speed automatic transmissions. The cars also receive Shelby suspension and braking upgrades, as a new wheel design, signature SIXT badges, interior accents, and unique bodywork. Many of the upgrades were created just for these cars.

 

"Our customers are itching to get behind the wheel of the first SIXT customized Shelby," said Sebastian Birkel, CEO, SIXT USA. "We're always looking to grow our fleet with premium cars that bring passion and excitement to the drive. We can't think of a car that better fits that idea than Ford's brand new fully loaded Shelby. This will be the first ever supercharged Shelby available to rent and we are thrilled to have it at SIXT"

 

Putting boost under the hood of the Shelby GT-S rental rockets for the first time is a Shelby/Edelbrock TVS 2650 supercharger system that pushes the output of the Gen 3 Coyote 5.0-liter engine beyond 600 horsepower. That kind of output should make for one exciting rental rocket.

 

"The SIXT edition Shelby GT-S combines terrific handling with unbelievable V8 power, superior braking, a muscular exhaust note and striking good looks," said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Head of Development. "We worked closely with SIXT to design a car that makes a bold statement when you see it and also delivers when behind the wheel. SIXT is giving the public a very rare opportunity to enjoy one of the best sports cars in the world at some of the most exciting destinations in the US. This is the rental car experience that people could only dream about before the Shelby GT-S."

 

If you are looking to rent one of these supercharged machines, the first batch of 21 Shelby GT-S, painted in striking orange, will be available for rental via select locations in Las Vegas, South Florida, and Southern California. And, once they are moved out of service, they will be put up for sale.

Would you like the full insurance? With over 600 supercharged horsepower on tap, it might be a good idea to play it safe. After all, these rental rockets will be collectible one day.
A first for a Shelby rental car, the GT-S is supercharged. The addition of a Shelby/Edelbrock TVS 2650 supercharger system pushes the engine's output beyond 600 horsepower.
Orange accents on the upholstery and lighted door sill plates carries the SIXT orange theme inside the cockpit.
Naturally, each Shelby GT-S receives a Shelby serial number and is included in the official Shelby Registry.
Once the Shelby GT-S fastbacks are retired from rental duty, they will be sold and can even be returned to Shelby American for further upgrades.

 

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