After the first details on the 2013 GT350 accidentally surfaced online, Shelby has decided that the time has come to reveal the official details on the sports car. The model will be built in limited numbers and will be offered in both coupe and convertible versions. Prices will start from $26,995.00 (normally aspirated) and $33,995.00 (supercharged).
The Shelby GT350 was released onto the market in 2011 and since then, has been improved upon every year. In 2011, it only came as a coupe painted in white with blue stripes and for the 2012 model year, Shelby also added a convertible version with three more colors. For the 2013 model year, the GT350 will receive new color options, visual styling cues, and optional performance enhancements.
The 2013 Shelby GT350 is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine offered in either a 430 HP normally aspirated version, a Ford Racing supercharged 525 HP, or a Ford Racing supercharged 624 HP version.
UPDATE 06/29/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.
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Exterior and Interior
The 2011 Ford Mustang GT from Shelby was previously only offered in a white exterior color with Guardsman Blue Le Mans racing stripes running the length of the vehicle, and the 2012 model saw the addition of two new colors in Race Red with white LeMans stripes and Kona Blue with white LeMans stripes. The 2013 model year will add even more color options in the form of Grabber Blue, Sterling Gray Metallic, "Gotta Have It" Green, Candy Red Tint Coat Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, "Deep Impact" Blue Metallic (replaces Kona Blue Metallic), Race Red, Performance White, and Black. These new colors can be combined with Satin Black or Gloss White stripes and a new set of wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic. Other styling cues for 2013 include a glass roof option, Recaro Seats, and a modified custom rear valance.
"The Shelby GT350’s rich history is well-documented," added Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. "People who value that heritage asked us to repeat Shelby history with new options this year. We did that and stayed true to our commitment for performance with a no-comprise car that honors Carroll Shelby and our past."
The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine offered in both natural and supercharged versions. The naturally aspirated model delivers a total of 430 HP, but Shelby is also offering a new cold air package that will increase the car’s output to 450 HP.
In the supercharged version, the GT350 is offered in either a Ford Racing supercharged 525 HP or a 624 HP version. The engine can be combined with a manual gearbox with a short throw shifter as standard, or an automatic transmission for the normally aspirated engine as an option.
Changes for the 2013 model year also include a one piece drive shaft, more powerful brakes, cooling enhancements, and a color coordinated billet aluminum engine cap set.
The 2013 Shelby GT350 package is priced from $26,995.00 for the normally aspirated version and $33,995.00 for the supercharged version, not including the base car. Only 350 of these packages will be available for purchase.
The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will compete against the usual suspects: the Chevrolet Camaro SS and the Dodge Challenger SRT8 . The Camaro SS is powered by a powerful 6.2L V8 engine that delivers a total of 422 HP, while the SRT 8 gets a 392-cubic inch HEMI V8 powertrain with 470 HP. Both of these models deliver less power than the GT350, but neither of them come in limited edition.
- New color options
- Both natural and supercharged versions
- Looks pretty cool
- Kind of expensive
- Comes in limited edition