Ford announces 2013 Shelby GT500 variant of Mustang

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Earlier this year, Chevrolet introduced the new ZL1 version of its Camaro with 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. Now Ford has announced the new 2013 Shelby GT500 variant of its Mustang, and the specifications are even more staggering.

Like the ZL1, the 2013 Shelby GT500 has enough power, speed and agility to make exotic supercars seem redundant. In the case of the GT500, we're talking 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque from a new supercharged 5.8-litre aluminum-block engine. According to Ford, this is quite simply the most powerful production V8 engine on the planet.

A 6-speed manual transmission is coupled to the engine and was specifically designed to manage the monstrous torque output, with upgrades to the housing, bearings and gears. A Torsen limited-slip differential helps the rear suspension handle the torque and deliver better traction, and is available for customers who order the 2013 GT500's optional Performance Package.

The Performance Package also includes Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers which were designed by Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT). The adjustable dampers can be set to either Normal mode or Sport mode. In Normal mode, the Shelby GT500 offers a more comfortable ride over rough road surfaces while Sport mode is tuned specifically for performance driving. Sport mode reduces body roll during cornering and forward pitch during braking.

For customers who want even more, the Performance Package can be upgraded with the Track Package. This adds an external engine oil cooler, transmission cooler and rear differential cooler which all help prevent overheating during spirited drives.

In addition to its gargantuan power, the 2013 Shelby GT500 also has other supercar-like features such as launch control for quick acceleration from a standstill. The launch control system allows the driver to specify a desired launch RPM depending on tire conditions as well as the temperature and road surface.

A new Brembo braking system features six-piston calipers for the front wheels and larger front and rear brake rotors to help reduce brake fade. There are also new, more aggressive brake pads that provide "further robustness for more driver confidence" according to Ford. The Brembo brakes are housed in 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels at the back with Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires all around.

"SVT keeps the Shelby GT500 on the cutting edge of technology and takes muscle car performance to new heights," said Jost Capito, director of Global Performance Vehicles and Motorsport Business Development. "We encapsulated every aspect of performance in this car – whether it's 0-60, top speed, racetrack or quarter-mile times. Beyond that, the daily driver also will find this car perfectly fits his or her needs."

With its immense power, handling enhancements and aggressive design, the 2013 Shelby GT500 offers supercar-like performance for what will most likely be a fraction of the cost of exotic supercars. For those who scoff at the notion, consider the fact that the new 2013 Shelby GT500 has a top speed of more than 320 km/h (200 mph) - rarefied territory indeed.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sports Coupe, Ford, 2013, Mustang, Shelby GT500,

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