2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

  • **Embargoed until 12:01 a.m. EDT, Tue., Nov. 15, 2011.** 2013 Ford Shelby GT500: The New Shelby GT500 sets a performance-driven design standard with new downforce-generating front grilles, aggressive splitter, new quad exhaust system and two new forged-aluminum wheels. Also new for 2013 is a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft toque.
  • **Embargoed until 12:01 a.m. EDT, Tue., Nov. 15, 2011.** 2013 Ford Shelby GT500: The New Shelby GT500 sets a performance-driven design standard with new downforce-generating front grilles, aggressive splitter, new quad exhaust system and two new forged-aluminum wheels. Also new for 2013 is a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft toque.
  • **Embargoed until 12:01 a.m. EDT, Tue., Nov. 15, 2011.** 2013 Ford Shelby GT500: The New Shelby GT500 sets a performance-driven design standard with new downforce-generating front grilles, aggressive splitter, new quad exhaust system and two new forged-aluminum wheels. Also new for 2013 is a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine producing 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft toque.
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 5.8L V8

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 5.8L V8

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 5.8L V8

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 5.8L V8

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 5.8L V8

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 5.8L V8

  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

Six hundred and fifty horsepower. Six hundred pound-feet of torque. Over 200 miles per hour. With specs like these, you don't need long-form introductions. This is the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, and all we can say is, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has officially been put on notice.

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 engineThe heart of the new Ford stunner is a 5.8-liter, aluminum-block V8, complete with a larger, more efficient supercharger. Nearly the entire powertrain has been upgraded for 2013, including a new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle. The cooling system has also been upgraded, and the new six-speed manual transmission now has a final drive ratio of 3.31-to-1 – optimized to handle the massive amounts of torque put down by the new engine.

Further enhancements can be had in the GT500 Performance Pack, which incorporates SVT-designed Blistein electronic adjustable dampers with 'normal' and 'sport' modes and a Torsen limited-slip differential. What's more, the Track Package adds an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler. Like the current GT500, 19-inch wheels are standard up front (20-inch rollers are found out back) and a Brembo braking system keeps everything in check when its time to control all that force. The whole package weighs in at just 3,850 pounds – 270 less than the Camaro ZL1 – and Ford says it will not be subject to the dreaded Gas Guzzler Tax.

Visually, not too much has changed from the current GT500, save some minor aerodynamic tweaks like an ever-so-slightly revised front fascia with new air splitters, as well as a minimally tweaked rear end. Inside, it's the same levels of comfort and refinement that you'll find in the rest of the Mustang lineup, albeit with new Recaro front buckets.

We'll be sure to get up close and personal with the GT500 this week at the LA Auto Show, but for now, wipe the drool from your keyboards and hit the jump for Ford's official press release.
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2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Debuts as Most Powerful Production V8 in the World with 650 Horsepower, Top Speed of 200+ MPH

• New Ford Shelby GT500 is powered by an aluminum 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 engine in the world

• Nearly every vehicle system has been optimized including powertrain, brakes, gearing and suspension

• New Shelby GT500 sets a performance-driven design standard with new downforce- generating front grilles, aggressive splitter, new quad exhaust system and two new forged-aluminum wheels

• Also new for 2013 is an optional Performance Package with SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and a Torsen limited-slip differential. The offering can be coupled with a Track Package for all-out racetrack performance

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2011 – The ultimate Ford Mustang – Shelby GT500 – raises the bar high on performance with the introduction of the new 2013 model that goes on sale next year delivering 650 horsepower and a top 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 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."

The 5.8-liter V8 aluminum-block engine produces 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. The 3,850-pound car also stays exempt from the gas-guzzler tax.

Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for producing the additional horsepower, including a new supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.

A larger, more-efficient supercharger flowing more air through the engine is key to helping produce the massive 650 horsepower. The new TVS series 2300 creates 2.3 liters of displacement and is a unique design to the 5.8-liter engine.

The entire cooling system has been significantly updated on the new 5.8-liter engine. It now includes a larger cooling fan, fan shroud with high-speed pressure-relief doors, a more efficient charge air cooler, a higher-flow intercooler pump and an intercooler heat exchanger with volume increased 36 percent.

Revised gearing

Nearly every gear on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 was revised to manage the torque and use more of the power in a way that makes it more driver-friendly. Engineers considered more than 35 gearing combinations, finally deciding on one that delivers less torque all the way through the wheels to the ground and still enables the car to achieve fuel economy targets.

A key piece of the driveline, the six-speed manual transmission, offers upgraded gears, bearings and housing so it can properly manage the torque. The final drive ratio is now 3.31:1 for optimized overall vehicle gearing to complement the massive torque. Every gear besides fourth was optimized for competing performance metrics. The clutch has increased torque and rpm capacity and uses a dual-disc design.

"It might just seem like we're putting a bigger engine into the car. But it's been a balanced approach through and through," said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief engineer. "We've completely redone the car to be even more sophisticated in terms of handling and control than the prior model."

Other keys for improved traction management include:

• Torsen limited-slip differential: When customers order the optional Performance Package, they will get a Torsen limited-slip differential that helps the rear suspension deliver maximum torque and traction better and longer under track conditions

• Launch control: A new launch control system lets drivers set the desired launch rpm depending on tire temperature, street surface or other conditions. Unique to SVT's launch control is that it is integrated with both the engine control and traction control

• Brembo braking system: A new Brembo brake system offers drivers enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, both on the road and the track. New six-piston calipers in front along with larger front and rear rotors help improve brake fade. New brake pads that are more aggressive also help the car achieve high deceleration and further robustness for more driver confidence

Aero advancements

Significant aerodynamic work was done on the new Shelby GT500 to ensure the car has proper downforce for optimum performance at all speeds. Engineers were able to determine how to harness the air that was moving around and through the car to improve the cooling system, maximize downforce and minimize drag.

The front fascia and splitters were modified to handle the extreme loads at 200 mph, resulting in a car that tracks more securely and feels more planted to the road at higher speeds. It offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 model.

Superior ride

The new Shelby GT500's driving dynamics have been improved, now working in concert with all the new content on the car.

Handling, all AdvanceTrac settings and steering assist levels within selectable steering have been tuned to account for the updated content. The previously available unique traction control system and electronic stability control settings help drivers achieve maximum performance on both the street and the track.

Both systems can be completely disabled in controlled track situations where maximum driver skill is utilized, or fully engaged for maximum safety during normal driving or in less-than-ideal traction conditions. Intermediate sport mode allows drivers to push their cars hard at the track without completely disabling the safety systems, permitting more aggressive driving before the traction control and electronic stability control intervene.

"We took a completely different approach with this car so drivers can choose their settings instead of a computer making the selection," Hameedi said. "Nearly every system the driver interacts with can be tailored to his or her situation including the Bilstein electronic adjustable suspension, launch control, AdvanceTrac and steering assist levels."

The 2013 Shelby GT500 offers two new sets of forged-aluminum wheels including a unique wheel for cars with the optional packages. The 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are coupled with Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires on all vehicle configurations.

Taking it one step further

Sometimes Ford Shelby GT500 customers want to enjoy their car on surface streets. Other times they just want to let loose on the track. Two new optional packages on the 2013 model give them the choice.

Available as part of the optional Performance Package, SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers are accessed on the dash with a simple push of a button. Normal mode gives customers a more comfortable ride over road irregularities. Sport mode is all about performance, delivering improved response time on the track and less body roll while cornering and pitch under braking. The Torsen limited-slip differential also comes with the Performance Package.

"The adjustable shocks let us develop our car on the track without any compromise," said Kerry Baldori, Ford SVT Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer. "Before, we had to tune the car with street implications in mind. Now we can go as extreme as we want on the track setting and still offer the customer a comfortable ride on the road."

Enthusiasts can upgrade their Performance Package with an additional Track Package for all-out performance. The option comes with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler for further durability. The coolers play an essential role in preventing crucial components from overheating under high-speed conditions.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be built at AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.


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      Muttons
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yo dawg, I heard you liked horsepower, so we put some horsepower in your horsepower so you can horsepower WHILE you horsepower!
      Black Rose
      • 3 Years Ago
      And just like that, all the interest in the ZL1 fizzles out.
        mchlrus1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Black Rose
        I feel bad for the little guy, he was so innocent...
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear SVT, I have a proposition for you. Take the F-150. Take this engine. Shove it in the F-150. Slap a Lightning badge on it. Give it the suspension and brakes from the GT500 FRPP. Make it in both single and crew cab. Call it a day. Sincerely, 1 of 10s of thousands of people who still are wanting a Lightning return
        john
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        They did make a lightning replacement... the problem is its not made for being the fastest truck on the street. Its called the SVT Raptor, and is a much more usable truck than the lightning ever was. The raptor imo is way better than the Lightning. Its fast as all get out and you can still take it off road. How many Lightnings were any good off road?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @john
          So it's much more usable because it was capable off-road? Are you kidding me? Trucks aren't built to just take off-road. They're built to haul, which is what the Lightning was and is still good for. The bed was more than capable for hauling stuff around, despite its size compared to lower trim level F-150s. They also can tow a whole helluva lot considering a buddy of mine uses his to tow his Mustang race car to and from SCCA regional events. Also, not everybody wants off-road capability in a truck. If Ford SVT could offer a street performance variant of the F-150, then people would have a choice of 2 high performance trucks to choose from.
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      My excitement for the ZL1 fizzled out once I saw it would weight 4,100+ lbs. That this car will come in right around where my CTS-V weighs, but with 250hp more, really excites me. I think HUD, IRS, and magnetic ride are definitely differentiators for the Camaro, but damn does this 'Stang sound appealing.
        boosted
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bob
        Only an IDIOT would buy a Mustang with a solid rear axel, but I agree the CTSV is the choice because both the Camaro and the V weigh 4000lb.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @boosted
          Only an IDIOT would shun a Mustang because it has a solid rear axle.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, as great as this is, I really wish Ford wouldn't give the Mustang such a WIIIIIDE performance (and price) spectrum, and produce a front-engined, rear drive, 2 seat sports car to compete DIRECTLY with the likes of the Corvette and Viper. I was teased with such a vehicle in the form of the Shelby GR-1 concept SIX years ago... but apparently that will never come to fruition. :sigh: This Shelby GT500 will surely be a great car, but when the same model (Mustang) can be had in a V6 powered rental car form... it kinda kills some of the prestige IMO.
        Eric Grez
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        What Ford needs to do is remake the GT40 at a more reasonable price to compete with corvette and viper. I also thing that ford should bring over the Holden Falcon, but make it for Lincoln as a flagship car to start off there new line, and if they could style it more like the Mustang, they could call it the Stallion. The Lincoln Stallion, you heard it here first folks!
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Eric Grez
          Holden is GM. It is Ford Falcon, competing with the Holden Commodore.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Eric Grez
          lol@Holden Falcon
        azamali01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        sorry to interrupt but let me tell ya. its a way big difference between gt500 actually its 650 now loll and v6. i mean if u see a shelby goin on a road u definitely look back. the style the attributes and body is way different than V6. i mean ppl got a way different vision for gt500 when its on road. nobody got v6 or even gt in their mind when shelby pass by.:)
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @azamali01
          @azamali01, that's exactly my point though. Strip away that plastic bodywork (aside from the perrformance bits of course) and you're left with the SAME car you find at your local Hertz with a V6, automatic transmission and a pink pinstripe... Bodywork shouldn't be the only visually separating factor from the mundane to the elite. IMO, this powertrain is worthy of being in a vehicle that compliments it, not the other way around. Just my 2 cents.
      Enrique Caceres
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whether you like it or not FORD is one of the best car makers in the industry right now.
      roy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hello home run, Am All In, SVT number 3 from front to back Wicked Sick, Love It. The new 4 inch monitor is going to be sweet there are so many otions that keep coming out on this car that just make the Camaro and Challenger seem out of touch with whats going on in the world today Ford really has gone all out with this car 49yrs and counting Pony Strong.Soonier or Later Chevy & there fans are going to see Ford mean Business with Mustangs and F150s,The Best Never Rest...
      hawaiian_I
      • 3 Years Ago
      With an engine that powerful, Ford should've put it in a new GT40...
      Robert Niknam
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really hope they throw in an automatic, that Tremec TR6060 sucks, it sucks in the Challenger SRT8, it sucks in the Camaro SS, and it sucks in the GT500....
        dlmcons
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Niknam
        I have the tremec 56 in my Dodge Viper and it is awsome! Don't know much about the tremec 60 though.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dlmcons
          You don't own a Dodge Viper...
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Niknam
        Victorias secret just called, they are looking for another runway model....
        avconsumer2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert Niknam
        What makes you say that? Never had a problem with mine & haven't heard of many problems, if any at all. It's a little temperamental & has some quirks, but seems like one of the more solid links in the chain.
      wilfordjrc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes yes yes finally a launch control
      I_see_dead_pickles
      • 3 Years Ago
      Depressed that I dont have one.
      Bear
      • 3 Years Ago
      I not only want one; I will get one. As a Mustang enthusiast from the 60s, this is a must. Thank you Ford, and Carrol Shelby. It's great having the means to buy things like this. Greatful to God. Bear in Kansas.
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