2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Debuts as Fastest, Most Powerful Mustang Ever
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will debut as the fastest Mustang ever released with 662 hp and top track speed of more than 200 mph. “SVT keeps the Shelby GT500 on the cutting edge of technology and takes muscle car performance to new heights,” said Hermann Salenbauch, director of Advanced Product Creation. “We encapsulated every aspect of performance in this car – whether it’s 0-60 mph, top speed, racetrack or quarter-mile times. Beyond that, the daily driver also will find this car perfectly fits his or her needs.”
The new Mustang is powered by a 5.8-L V8 aluminum block engine which produces 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque. This will make it the highest horsepower engine ever produced in North America. Every part of the powertrain has been modified to add to this horsepower and also improve the in air flow. The modifications which have helped in improving the horsepower include a new supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, an all-forged engine rotating assembly, updated camshaft profiles, upgraded head gaskets, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle. The updated cooling system features high-capacity cooling fan, fan shroud with high-speed pressure-relief doors, an efficient charge air cooler, a higher flow intercooler pump and an intercooler heat exchanger whose volume is increased 36 percent.
The style enhancements include all-new signature lighting with two LED bars in the front and rear end. The rear end has a new high-gloss black panel between the taillamps and a diffuser that surrounds a new quad-tip exhaust. Updates have been done on the aerodynamics to ensure the Shelby GT500 has proper downforce for performance at all speeds. A new front splitter and black-painted upper and lower grille that exposes the radiator adds to the functional style enhancements. Two new sets of wheel are being offered which are 19-inch front and 20-inch rear. The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is built at AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich; and is now available.