2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Chevrolet’s release of the all new Camaro ZL1 at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show allowed them to reignite the muscle car wars that have been burning up the automotive websites for a good and long time. But before Chevrolet can shout out "Checkmate,"

Ford has answered the ZL1 with an update car of their own: the 2013 Shelby GT500. Recent spy shots have revealed that the company is already testing the 2013MY GT500 and it will be more powerful than ever.

The Camaro ZL1’s LSA 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine producing an estimated 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet. of torque is nothing to shake a stick at, but Ford has one-upped them once again. The Eaton M112 supercharger that is being housed in the current GT500’s V8 engine will be replaced with the more-efficient and quieter TVS unit. The V8 engine found in the 2013 model will also get modified and bumped up to 5.8L, all while producing up to 650 horsepower and making it the most powerful, factory made Mustang ever! The game continues...Your move Chevrolet.

UPDATE 07/02/2012: Ford has unveiled a new video featuring the 2013 Shelby GT500 as it goes out to the quarter-mile drag strip to see what it’s made of.

More details on the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 after the jump.

Exterior and Interior

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Compared to the current GT500, the 2013 model will get improvements on both the exterior and the interior. The exterior look will be "more modern and edgy," which probably means the head and tail lamps will get LEDs. In addition, the next GT500 will keep its basic rear-suspension design, but will probably get a new set of wheels and an overall improved look.

Engine

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

For the 2013 model year, Ford will increase the V8 engine’s displacement from the current 5.4-liter to a 5.8-liter displacement. The result is an increase from 550 horsepower to a staggering 662 horsepower HP. Next to a bigger engine, the existing Eaton M112 supercharger will be replaced by a more efficient and quieter TVS unit. This can be translated into better performance numbers. Rumors suggest that the top speed will go up to an impressive 190 mph.

When Can I Buy One?

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The 2013 Shelby GT500 will go on sale at the end of 2012. The base price is $54,200, but if you want to add the SVT Performance Package, it jumps up by another $3,495. This package includes: Torsen limited-slip differential, 19" forged-aluminum front wheels or 20" forged-aluminum rear wheels, Bilstein adjustable dampers, unique rear springs, a unique instrument cluster, and an SVT gear shift knob. A glass roof will add yet another $1,995, while an electronic package adds another $2,340.

The Competition

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Not since the glory days of Muhammad Ali and the recently departed Smokin’ Joe Frazier do we have two industry heavyweights at the top of their game, dueling for muscle car supremacy.

The Shelby GT500 versus the Camaro ZL1.

By sheer force of power alone, the latter’s LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 580 horsepower and 556 lb/ft of torque falls just short of the frightening capabilities of the 2013 Shelby GT500 and it’s powerful 5.0-liter V8.

Anybody can draw arguments for both cars and there’s really no right or wrong answer as far as preferences are concerned. But in our minds, power is gold, especially in the muscle car world.

The Camaro ZL1 is an awesome muscle car worthy of the acclaim it has received. But it’s met its match with the 2013 Shelby GT500 and the early returns say that 650 horsepower beats out 580 all the time.

In the ZL1’s defense, it may be a little short when it comes to power, but the Camaro has the advantage of being cheaper as it is priced at $50K, plus it will go on sale at the beginning of 2012. Some may even say that it also looks better than the GT500.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R is also a real competitor for the 2013 Shelby GT500. The Japanese model is powered by a VR38DETT 3.8-liter V6 twin turbo engine that delivers 540 HP and is mated to a 6 speed dual clutch transmission. The GT-R will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds making it faster than both the American models, but it is also much more expensive, coming in at $89,950 for the Premium model and $95,100 for the Black Edition.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Jay Leno reviews the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

LOVE IT
  • More powerful engine
  • Improved look
  • Impressive top speed
LEAVE IT
  • The Camaro ZL1 poses a serious threat
  • More expensive than its main competitor

37 comments:

Wow, they have actually installed a larger engine on this baby. That would definitely put more muscle on the Mustang, which is really one great car.

The exterior design of this Mustang is already perfect for me, though it didn’t like the other car that had an extravagant detailing I must say that its so striking on that and I have to agree that a little upgrade on its engine would absolutely do better.

Very muscle car, truly a modernize and edgy concept. I’ll go with the price, for me that’s worth it.

GM Goverment motors. I don’t think Ford took any bail out Money from OBAMA.

The muscle car that has around 600 hp! Well, the only car that I known that can boost their power output like that was the Chevy Camaro. I can’t wait to see the competition in the market for this vehicle.

Well, I really don’t think that this a crap production. Actually, I was impressed with the speed performance of the car. And the Ford have confirmed its production. Its competitor need to be alarmed on this one.

They want Mustang to come back? If they want, so be it. Mustang is a good car though in its time. Maybe they must try different version so people can accept them again.

Yeah, I agree on you on that one. And as I said before, though a lot of people is saying that, the beauty of this car is timeless, I still believe that a newer model would be more competitive!

Oh come on guys! I’m really tired of the Mustang! I think they are getting older and lamer! Please Mustang, try to make a newer model and kill the production of this car!

Such an incredible muscle car though I have to say that it has the look similar to Chevy car!I like the modified version its figure performance seems better compare to the traditional version.

hmph!...camaro zl1 would kick mustang’s ass!

I really like how they were able to keep the classic look for the Shelby Mustang. This is definitely one of the most iconic cars that I have seen.

Considering that this one is a Mustang, then I can expect that this is going to be a hot sell. But all the features that were included here would certainly make this even more attractive.

I really love how the Mustang was able to keep its iconic design throughout all these years. It is really one of those cars which doesn’t get old whenever you look at it.

Well, this one is definitely going to be one long wait. But with this car, that is going to be a worthwhile one. And 80 grand is certainly a reasonable price for this baby.

haha. Mustang is here again! Seriously, those lines don’t suit to the car!
Please Mustang leave that thing to Camaro! And please just kill this model and make a new model for us Ford because I’m so sick of looking at this crap.

There is really something in the Shelby name that definitely shouts “kickass!’. And this car is certainly a good example of that something.

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