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2010 Shelby GT500
2010 Shelby GT500
Ford unveiled the redesigned 2010 Mustang November's Los Angeles Auto Show. Unfortunately, most Americans were distracted by the automaker's chief executive and his GM and Chrysler counterparts pleading for an industry bailout in Washington.

In case you missed it, the new Mustang has a few more curves and upgrades under the skin that are largely brought over from the current Bullitt Mustang, which most enthusiasts regard as the best factory Mustang currently available.

A new Shelby GT500, which is the upgraded version of the Mustang, is what's coming out in Detroit. It's powered by a 540-horsepower 5.4-liter supercharged V8. It also has a sophisticated twin-disc six-speed manual transmission. Ford also promises improved handling, something critics saw as a weak point in the current GT500.

This won't be Ford's most important unveiling in Detroit, though. An all-new version of the Taurus, once America's most popular car, is also expected. A strong showing from the redesigned family sedan could spearhead a Ford comeback.

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Last updated January 13 2009: 3:59 PM ET
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