The Shelby is an improved version of the Ford Mustang revived in 2007 with the introduction of the fifth generation cars. Ford Mustang was built by Shelby American and Shelby Automotive from 1965 to 1967 and from 1968 to 1970. The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was revealed at the Los Angeles auto show, surprising everyone with it’s occupy horsepower philosophy.
The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is more powerful than an overclocked supercollider. Developed by Ford’s SVT division, the Mustang is dominated by its engine, like most SVT products. The 5.8-liter, supercharged V-8 engine with 631 lb-ft and 650 hp is an upgraded version of the 5.4 used in the 2011–12 GT500. It preserves the 105.8-mm stroke, although the cylinder bore balloons is 3.5 mm larger. With such power, the $54,995 car goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The compression ratio is also higher, the oil pump larger and the supercharger spins faster and looks big enough to inhale a cat.
The cooling system was also upgraded so it can face so much heat. The transmission was strengthened with an upgraded clutch and a carbon-fiber driveshaft. The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a stronger rear axle and an adjustable launch-control function to help the driver cope. Although it has a barbaric output, the car also has a new front fascia with the same highlights as other ’13 Mustangs and a new front splitter. Ford claims that the GT500’s top speed is 200 mph, so drivers will appreciate standard Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers and larger rotors and new pads.
To address the curves, the Mustang Shelby GT500 receives electronically-adjustable Bilstein shocks which are part of the optional Performance package. The package also includes Recaro seats, a Torsen limited-slip diff and a choice of Normal and Sport mode. Drivers who want to drive their GT500 on a closed course should choose the Track package which comes with supplementary coolers for the differential, engine oil and transmission.
Exterior modifications are the same as on the Boss 302 and the rest of the 2013 Mustangs. The most notable upgrades include new LED taillights, body-colored rocker extensions, a blacked-out tail panel, a larger front anti-roll bar and the unique quad-tipped dual-exhaust system and new forged-wheel designs. A four-mode electronic stability control and rpm-adjustable electronic launch-control function are standard on the base cars.
The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is not a slow car, although it may not feel as quick as it really is. When you stand on the right pedal and look at the speedometer you realize that you only shifted twice and are going 140 mph. This deceptive monster has a sixth gear chosen for fuel economy: the car cranks out 24 mpg/highway.