With just one day before its official debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2013 Ford Mustang has been fully unveiled. It will be offered in four different packages: V6, GT, Boss 302, and Shelby GT500. All models will be built at the AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan with sales beginning in Spring 2012.
Changes for the 2013 MY include a more aggressive design with a more prominent grille, a new hood, and new LED signature lighting. There is also an optional GT Track Package that brings an engine cooler, an upgraded radiator, performance friction brake pads, and the same Torsen differential found on the Mustang Boss 302.
Power for the 2013 Mustang will comes from a 5.0-liter V6 that delivers a total of 420 HP - a 8 HP increase over the previous 412 HP.
"The new Mustang is the perfect example of continuing to build on excellence. It takes the greatness of the 5.0-liter and V6 and pushes the refinement to the next level," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "The car has been spot-on functionally and now we’re adding more features and technology to further improve the driver’s experience."
UPDATE 02/16/2012: Ford found a very interesting way to promote their latest Mustang GT model. The company has placed an advertisement page in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition that shows a very cool Mustang and, next to it, the even hotter Dalena Henriques. If her name doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s because the hot model doesn’t actually exist. Ford decided to have a little fun and invent a model to pair with their new Mustang. So far, it’s working. Any time someone wants to look up this "model," the only pictures they’ll find is of the Mustang. Well done, Ford!
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford Mustang GT.
Exterior and Interior
The first noticeable difference between the previous model and the 2013 MY is a new, more prominent grille with a more powerful splitter and functional heat extractors on the hood to help move hot air out of the engine compartment and cool the engine. The Mustang’s rocker panels are now painted in the vehicle’s body-color and the rear has received a high-gloss black panel that connects the taillamps. The taillamps now deliver a smoked appearance, while the headlamps will be offered with standard high-intensity discharge (HID).
The 2013 Ford Mustang GT will also get two new body colors - Deep Impact Blue and Gotta Have It Green - to go with standard 18" painted aluminum wheels or optional 19" wheels with updated designs and new paint finishes.
"We are delivering a more distinctive and emotional design presence that celebrates the total performance of Mustang," said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. "This latest Mustang design is very respectful of its heritage while continuing to look forward with a more powerful and modern look."
The interior of the Ford GT has been updated with optional leather-trimmed or cloth Recaro seats currently found on the Shelby GT500 and Boss 302. The seats are offered with integrated head restraints with ample room for drivers and passengers wearing helmets when at the track.
The 2013 Ford Mustang GT is powered by a 5.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 420 HP - an 8 HP increase over the previous 412 HP. The engine can be mated to an optional six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission that offers the driver a choice between fully automatic operation and manual control.
The GT Mustang can also be combined with a new GT Track Package that gives track enthusiasts an engine cooler, an upgraded radiator, performance friction brake pads, and the same Torsen differential that’s on the Mustang Boss 302. The package includes everything in the current Brembo Brake Package: 14-inch vented front discs, unique 19-inch alloy wheels, and summer performance tires.
The new 2013 Mustang GT will go on sale in the spring of 2012.
|GT Coupe Premium||$35,095|
|GT Convertible Premium||$40,095|
The 2013 Mustang GT will be Ford’s response to models like the Chevrolet Camaro SS . The SS uses a 6.2 liter V8 engine with an output of 422 HP and 408 lb.-ft. of torque. Each vehicle’s numbers are so close to the other that the muscle car war has no choice but to remain stagnant. Individual choices will vary depending on the brand loyalty of the customer. We’ll see who bumps up the standard next year for the win.
- Looks better
- GT Track Package
- A little bit more powerful
- Sorry, at this point we just love the new Mustang