We've got to admire the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The vehicle could very possibly be the least-aerodynamic sports car on the face off the planet that's capable of knocking off 200 mph. How does it do it? Lots and lots of power. Ford completely reworked the vehicle's drivetrain for 2013, starting with the engine. The larger 5.8-liter aluminum V8 now spits out a full 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque courtesy of a larger supercharger. Ford calls the 2013 Shelby GT500 the most powerful production V8... in the world. The muscle-bound Mustang looks plenty impatient lounging on the show floor of the 2011 LA Auto Show.

Buyers looking for even more performance may opt for the GT500 Performance Pack, which throws in electronically-adjustable Bilstein dampers and a Torsen limited slip rear differential. Still not enough to satiate the go-fast itch? Good thing the 2013 GT500 is also available with a Track Package that bolts on an external engine oil cooler, transmission cooler and rear-differential cooler.

Even better, the 2013 Shelby GT500 weighs 270 pounds less than its chief rival, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and manages to dodge the gas guzzler tax. We're in love.
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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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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a little tired of the whole retro thing, but this is a fine looking Mustang.
      Moosetang
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hail To The King, Baby
      purplewonagain
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you get the optional nose cone installed, will it hit 210? Seriously, how they made this brick hit 200 is wacky-impresive
        purplewonagain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @purplewonagain
        Wonder what the convertable will top out at? 180 with the top down will make for a bad hair day.
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @purplewonagain
        With 650hp, most modern sportscars only need 500hp to reach 200mph.
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im honestly still shocked from 2 days ago when I first read 650 hp and 200 mph....i just think it so ballsy of Ford...now I need to see how good the rest of it is....can it put all that power to the ground efficiently and how well does it handle? Love the angry look
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darnell Robeson
        Seriously, if that power makes it to the road, it is so over. It's going to be insane.
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Darnell Robeson
        I'm very afraid of what that much power is doing in a Mustang, no matter the upgrades. Still I really hope Ford has found a way to harness all that insanity, otherwise it's a rolling death trap or at the least not very manageable.
      amerifight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just wish I could buy this.........anyway way to go Ford Im glad the camaro is back and the challenger because its forcing great products to come to life.
      Haub
      • 3 Years Ago
      Getting closer to a "mass production" Super Snake. Hope Ford has actually tested its stability at 200 mph....
      EB110Americana
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best. Article. Title. Ever.
      MatchU
      • 3 Years Ago
      In life there will always be haters! Glad to see Ford build such a car. This is the last chance we will see cars like this. Soon CAFE standards wont allow car companies to build such things. Enjoy them while they last!
      RevenantDC5
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how much presence this car has. The only thing that could make this meaner would be black paint! Well, and maybe widened wheel arches accommodating wider tires so the power can get to the ground.
      gregoryambush
      • 3 Years Ago
      @FriskyDingo....Regardless of the fact that your argument may be valid to some degree, the whole benchseat racing thing, you yourself would be singing a totally different tune if the two cars were reversed. If Ford had showed the world a Mustang to beat the Camaro just for GM to release a 650 HP, 200 mph Camaro, you would be benchseat racing all damn day. Telling Mustang enthusiast how there is no way in hell that an over bloated, HP deficient machine would ever be able to keep up with GM's halo Camaro. Truth is your just an upset Camaro fan boy and you want to rain on everybody else parade because you know your Camaro has a good chance of losing this battle with the GT500. Your argument that its a waste of time or that people and their biased opinions are worthless because we dont know how these two cars will actually perform in a head to head comparison test is shameful, because you yourself, if your a gearhead, have spent plenty of time bench seat racing with your buddies over what Camaro is the best Camaro, I know you have because everyone does it. Your not some holier than thou car guru, your just some dude who's mad his Camaro dream blew up in his face when the specs for this GT500 Monster was released. Get over yourself, if you want to wait til they actually do a test between the Shelby GT500 and the Camaro ZL1, then go on and wait but stop being a troll to all the Mustang enthusiast that are excited that Ford once again gave GM another uppercut to the chin.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gregoryambush
        I believe Kim Tinnin Garrett is FriskyDingo. I think he accidentally signed into his girlfriend/wife's account.
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love all the benchracers in here. You people are so quick to amke assumptions and imply superiority based on nothing more than your bias and ignorance. That's it. That's all any of you have to go on. Neither car is out yet. That means the two haven't been pitted together to prove which is better. That means you're all talking out your asses. Comparing two cars on paper doesn't mean sh!t, and isn't sufficient to decalre a winner. If you don't know that, you don't know anything, and sure as hell aren't a real car enthusiast.
        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        Haha we get it Camaro fan your scared untill you see the numbers and you are crossing your fingers the Camaro prevails. But I think most pople on here think the GT500 is going to spank the Camaro based on the GT vs SS comparisons were the GT spanks the Camaro on the track with the Camaro having more HP. So roles are reversed with the GT500 and has way more HP than the ZL1 and both have been track tuned. So in other word "COMMON SENSE" comes to mind that the ZL1 doesn't have a chance if the SS cant even beat the GT....
          Xedicon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike
          I umm, yeah... At the moment there's no way to tell how quick the GT500 really is. Huge power sure, but you know the saying from the Pirelli ads, "power is nothing without control". The ZL1, as much as I personally don't like it, did throw down a 7:40 ring time, and in the grand scheme of things that's retarded fast. A very hard time to beat indeed. Will the GT500 be quicker? Hard to say, depends on how much of that 650hp it can actually use, and how much having a live rear axle will still hurt cornering, and how much weight is over the nose. So saying the "ZL1 doesn't have a chance if the SS cant even beat the GT" is making a gross assumption, and you know what people say about assumptions...
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike
          Actually, I'm a fan of BOTH cars and appreciate both for what they represent and the engineering and dedications that went into them. And I really don't care, as if I had $50K +ru burning a whole in my pocket, neither of these cars would be on my list to buy. But it's complete garbage for everyone to just assume a car us better than another because of black and white specs. The real world doesn't work like that. And as for the SS vs GT comparison, those cars have nothing to do w/the these two. They have over 150hp less to try to put to the ground. And the GT far from spanks the SS. It's pretty much a driver's race in any performance test. The two cars have nearly identical.numbers, they just drive differently.
        sstowes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        Interesting. Your argument is that people who "amke assumptions (sic)" are doing so to show "superiority based on nothing but [their] bias and ignorance." Yet you've offered absolutely nothing in your rant that proves they would be wrong. The GT500 has a more power and carries less weight, making for a better power-to-weight ratio than the ZL1. Both vehicles offer an intelligent launch control system, but the GT500's is a defeatable system that allows for specific rpm launch points to be chosen based on elevation, tire and street temperature and other variables. All of the other stats may or may not make much of a difference between, while the ZL1 will likely be an excellent track day vehicle, for all of its horsepower, there's just a point where it can't outrun physics. We're not talking a Bugatti development budget here. We're talking about a Camaro. A bench race is a comparison between two cars that are so similar in spec (or power-to-weight ratio) that it really does take a go-round a course to figure out which of the better are . You don't have to be a "real" car enthusiast to know that. You just have to have common sense. Aside from all of that, why are you so emotional? I can think of any number of things to be sensitive over throughout my day; Autoblog commenting is not hardly one of them.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sstowes
          I don't have to offer proof because I'm not making unfounded claims. Wait until the cars come out and have put through testing. The numbers will speak for themselves. And bench racing isn't comparing two similar cars, it's comparing cars on nothing's more than specs or numbers, you know like what you do w/ a magazine from a BENCH. Making claims from the sidelines. That's what benchracing is. And common sense and assumptions are completely different things. So the GT500 makes a claimed 70hp more and weighs less. Great. If you think power-to-weight is the determining criteria for which is the best car, you've got a lot to learn. Who knows what kind of power these things actually put to the tire. GM is well known for underrating their engines, and it's a fairly common issue for Ford's supercharged Modular to have heat soak issues. So it may make 70hp more. Until the engine starts losing power, cutting timing, and finally goes into limp mode to bold itself together. Then there's the not-so-minor point that the Mustang has a lot less rubber to put that power down. Power is no good if you can't use it. And considering the ZL1 has Magnetic Ride Control and IRS, it's rather doubtful the GT500's suspension and chassis tuning is as well -sorted as the Camaro's. These are the things that happen in real life, that make or break a car, that you can't find out press release racing. It's fine to prefer one car over the other. That's norma. But to try to do so in a manner that puts the other down w/out having so much as a shred if evidence to support your claims is what we like to call bullshit. Happy magazine motoring.....
        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        Right on, so nobody here is qualified to judge these two cars but you are fully qualified to judge fellow Autoblog posters you have never met. Rage Troll~
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          I'm not judging anyone, just the legitimacy and merit of their posts.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        The Mustang has owned every comparison against the Camaro thus far has it not? I think the pro-Mustangers are dealing in pretty safe assumptions at this point ESPECIALLY when considering the new models' power to weight ratios.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Please provide a link to ONE single comparison where any new Mustang has 'owned' a new Camaro. That's right you can't. Any comparison test has shown how close the two are. They are within a few tenths of each other in a straight line. And I have yet to seen a single comparison since the Camaro's suspension was revised for 2012. A winner picked by a magazine is not the end all of a rivalry. The fact is I've driven the hell out of both cars numerous times, ans they are within a breath of each other performance-wise. They just put up said numbers differently. You people and your 'safe assumptions' have obviously never driven a 600+HP rwd car on insufficient rubber. I have, and SPOILER ALERT- they don't hook up for sh1t. I had a friend with a 620rwhp 514ci Viper GTS with 345s mounted on 19x13 HREs kn the back and the damn thing would brake them loose going into third gear at 100mph. And I don't mean scratch like a power shifted Civic, I mean full-on opposite lock tail hanging out loose. You think this thing is going to be able to make effective use of it's power?? Did you not read anything in my previous post? I'm going to laugh my ass off, if these two come out, and the GT500 is just a trainwreck of a car because it's so overpowered and gets it's ass handed to it. Anyone on here want the closest thing you can get to legit claims on these two cars, read a review of a CTS-V and then go read one of those comically overwrought dyno/garage queens known as the Shelby Supersnake. There's your best indicator as to the results of these two duking it out.
          Kim Tinnin Garrett
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Well, no sh!t it hooks up w/ ET Streets on it. How's it take turns there, champ?? And if you meant any stock Camaro, well yeah, there hasn't been a high-end 5th gen yet. Otherwise I know people w/ head/cam and bolt-on 4th gens that'd eat a stock GT500 alive.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          P.S. Who is calling it an "end-all of a rivalry"? You're getting quite emotional sir.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Oh I see you read "owned" as "utterly dominated". They have been cIose but the Mustang has come out on top enough that it's safe to assume(again, especially in light of the release of the cars specifications) that that won't change with these two models. The comparos are out there and most of them favor the Mustang in just about every way. I'm not going to sit here and copy/paste links all day to appease you or prove my point.
          FriskyDingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ryanandrewmartin
          Yeah, pretty much how any reasonable person would take it. The two cars are practically a dead heat. As these two are likely to be. And as for comparos, I've already said the best way to get a feel for what these two are capable of is looking at the CTS-V Coupe and Shelby Snake. The GT500 is going to severely traction-limited. There's no way around it. And it will come into play when these two clash. Crap, that's all I'm saying. You're over analyzing it.
        Shayne Wolfe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        I'll forgive you because i say the same stupid sh!t on the Camaro posts.
      Moreno636
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL...I love how this car keeps making the ZL1 completely irrelevant. 270lbs lighter and managers to dodge the guzzler tax. How can anyone realistically purchase the ZL1 over this???
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Moreno636
        Brand loyalty generally has less to do with reality and more to do with delusion and habit.
        KyleR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Moreno636
        Magnetic ride suspension, independent rear axle, fatter tires, could be cheaper (we still have no price on this latest Mustang), automatic transmission available, better color selection, standard Bremos, track-ready from factory, etc... It'll be nice to see what Ford has up their sleeves though. If pricing can remain competitive with the ZL1, GM will need to up the ante a little. LS9 Camaro? Wouldn't be so bad... ;)
          Jiyakku
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KyleR
          I agree, the ZL1 needs to up the ante. I wouldn't be surprised if they put in the air to water intercooler like in the LS9 for 2013 to bump it up to an even 600 hp (Still shy of 650 but it would be a step in the right direction and wouldn't take much since it is a part off the GM shelf).
          dan1malk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @KyleR
          It's gotta be CRAZY easy for Chevy to put and LS9 in there. Hopefully GM's magnetic suspension can compensate for the rest.
        Diggz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Moreno636
        the same thing the F150 does to the Sliverado.. the Mustang does to the Camero!! priceless
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Diggz
          The freakin' word is CamAAAAAAAro.
        Alex
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Moreno636
        "How can anyone realistically purchase the ZL1 over this???" - there are still plenty of fans of that Michael's Bay movie who will buy ZL1 just to paint it yellow...
        FriskyDingo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Moreno636
        Do you think the people who spend $50K + on a pony car give a sh1t about a gas guzzler tax?? Furthermore, how does a car that isn't even out yet, and has no reviews and hard numbers to back it up make another car irrelevant?? If anything, your ignorance and bias is making your post and opinion irrelevant.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FriskyDingo
          A. Um, yes. B. What you said people are doing, is what you just did.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @FriskyDingo
          A) No they don't because our dealer just sold the first ZL1 we have an allocation for for $5k over sticker. The guy didn't give a sh1t about a gas guzzler tax, a markup or anything else. You have to understand, your typical ZL1 buyer isn't your typical $50k car buyer. These are the premier American sports cars. The people who buy them already have two or three cars.kn their driveway. These are toys. 2) No, it's not, because I haven't claimed one car to be better than the other, and I just proved my point through first hand experience w/ point A. I promise you I can continue to squash your petty arguments and claims as quickly as can post them. Have fun.
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