Detroit in January isn't exactly the proper place to go topless in a 650-horsepower tire smoker, but that doesn't mean rumors of the 2013 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible's impending debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show aren't accurate. And these spy shots prove that the car is very much ready for its big unveiling.

We're expecting the soft-top Shelby to pack the same 5.8-liter supercharged engine as its hard-topped sibling, which means the asphalt will be punished with those aforementioned 650 ponies along with 600 pound-feet of torque. For the coupe, that power equals a top speed of over 200 miles per hour.

So, here's the big question: Will the 2013 GT500 Convertible be the least expensive way to a wind-in-your-hair blast at supercar speeds? While we all ponder that question, let's all take a gander at the spy photos in the gallery above. And let's pray to the god of sunshine that the GT500 Convertible does indeed drop its top in the snowy climes of Detroit in January.


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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just said "Oh giggity" out loud when I saw this, and I'm at work. It does that that effect.
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know the rear end of this car isn't everyone's cup of tea, but man I love it. It say's kiss my ass all over it.
      tylermars.design
      • 3 Years Ago
      alllrriiigggghhhtttt
      Trent
      • 3 Years Ago
      Game, set match. You WIN Ford!
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 3 Years Ago
      As impressive as the Shelby is, I really would like to see more pics of the 2013 GT because that seems to be the variant where the refresh is most noticeable. I must say that I do like the new rear and tail-lights much better than the current one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @LUSTSTANG S-197
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      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like those are the standard wheels. I like them better than the Performance Pack Wheels!
      RodRAEG
      • 3 Years Ago
      1) Take 650hp 3800lb car with narrow tires and reduce chassis rigisity 2) 3) Profit! Or I guess they can reinforce the body and make it even heavier.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        Go look up the thickness of 285 tires. Then come back and tell me they're narrow tires.
          RodRAEG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Oh, I know about tire thickness. My ~700 lbs lighter '02 M Coupe has 265's in the rear, and on that little car, they look quite good. 285's on the much larger Shelby just don't look very wide, especially when the new Camaro ZL1 is sporting 315's in the rear. Sorry, but for that kind of power, every other legitimate performance vehicle sports substantially wider tires, or a substantially lighter curb weight. In some cases, they have both. Tell me with a straight face that 285's were a good choice for handling 650 hp. If you really think that, you're insane.
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is a site intended for auto enthusiasts, not blind fanboys. But I understand where you are coming from because it can get awfully dark in that place under that bridge you call home.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Troll...
      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rollover protection?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Law
        Will you please shut up about that? That's all you ever talk about, and you seem to target Mustang posts. You're starting to sound like kind of a tool. Not everyone needs rollover protection!!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        As I said to you in another article... This will NOT be stealing the spotlight from the Fusion/MKZ. This is just a convertible version of an already released car. There's really nothing new.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          If anything, it may help boost the appeal of some of Ford's other vehicles. "Halo cars" tend to have that effect. It's why I don't buy into that whole "this might steal the spotlight" mentality.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        It is debuting in Detroit. The Detroit News had a list of all of the cars that were going to be there, and the 2013 Mustang was on that list. Why would the 2013 Fusion making its debut there make you think Ford wouldn't want to show off its latest Mustang?
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Exactly. With the Fusion being such a high volume seller so many have become familiar with, I don't see why it wouldn't attract a lot of attention, regardless if the Shelby is there. If I'm Ford, I am going to want to show off as many of my new models and concepts as possible on the "Big Stage", The Detroit Auto Show.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
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      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the 2013 GT500 but I'm afraid it will be even more scarce and more susceptible to dealer markups than the 2011-12s. A dealer memo has been leaked revealing each SVT dealer will get 1 for the model year. One.
      stizzl05
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it has the 202mph grille so it must be able to do it too!!!! Lol... would pay money to see the guy that tries to hit top speed in this convertible.
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