Slather on an extra glob of Gorilla Glue adhesive, as the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible is going to seriously strain hairpieces. Like its GT500 Coupe sibling, introduced late last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the drop-top is fitted with a supercharged 5.8-liter V8 making an astounding 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, which makes it the most powerful eight-cylinder production engine in the universe.

Ford says the new model, equipped with the optional Performance Package that includes Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers, is capable of running Sebring International Raceway about 3.5 seconds quicker per lap compared to the 2011 and 2012 models (both down 100 horsepower against the 2013 model). Curb weight should be a couple hundred pounds heavier than its closed-roof cousin courtesy of additional bracing on the power-operated convertible soft top.

The Shelby GT500, built at AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, will blast into showrooms this summer. Our best guess for pricing says the 2013 model will start just under $65,000.
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New 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible Helps SVT Mark Its 20th Anniversary of Delivering High-Performance Vehicles

* New Ford Shelby GT500 convertible makes its debut at the Chicago Auto Show, serving as the celebratory vehicle of the 20th anniversary of Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT)

* The newest Shelby GT500 convertible with the optional Performance Package is nearly 3.5 seconds faster than the outgoing model at Sebring International Raceway. The 5.8-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower, Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and new Brembo brake system are key enablers for the improved performance

* SVT has produced more than 210,000 cars and trucks during its 20-year history, with more than seven different nameplates that include the Ford GT, Mustang Cobra R, SVT F-150 Lightning, F-150 SVT Raptor, Shelby GT500KR and the soon-to-be-launched Focus ST


CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 – The official launch of SVT came during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning. Now Ford returns to Chicago to celebrate its past and look to the future with the 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible.

In honor of SVT's anniversary, a commemorative lighted sill plate will be used in the 2013 Shelby GT500 to celebrate the many years of performance vehicles. The 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra offered a 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, which demonstrates just how far the products have come in 20 years. The 2013 Shelby GT500 with its 650-horsepower V8 marks the latest offering from one of the oldest and most successful automotive performance groups in the world.

"The Shelby GT500 convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is," said Kerry Baldori, SVT Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer. "All of the significant changes we made in the program were instrumental in delivering a convertible that could really shine on the track but can still be driven on a daily basis."

The 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible with the optional Performance Package is faster around a track than the outgoing model. The new convertible shaved nearly 3.5 seconds off its lap time at Sebring International Raceway compared to the 2011 and 2012 models.

Keys to the improved lap times are the power boost from the new 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower, as well as the SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers available on the Performance Package and the all-new chassis tuning.

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 with reduced pitch under braking. The upgraded dampers allowed SVT engineers to tune the convertible more aggressively for the track, while still being able to maintain desirable on-road manners.

A new Brembo brake system also is a key enabler in boosting the performance of the convertible. The new brakes offer drivers enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, while new six-piston calipers in front along with larger front and rear rotors further improve braking performance. More aggressive brake pads also help the car achieve high deceleration and further robustness for more driver confidence.

Similar to the coupe, the convertible will be offered with a Performance Package that also can be upgraded to a Track Package, complete with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler for further durability.

20 years of high-performance innovation

Each of the more than 210,000 SVT vehicles produced since 1993 has been designed and developed with the four SVT attributes in mind: Performance, Substance, Exclusivity and Value. These hallmarks still guide the brand's vehicle development today.

"In the past 20 years, SVT has engineered world-class mid-engine supercars, front-wheel-drive performance cars, rear-wheel-drive muscle cars and high-performance on-road and off-road pickup trucks," said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief engineer. "There is no other performance house in the world that can match that diverse résumé."

Since 1993 more than seven different SVT vehicles have been produced, including several versions of the Cobra and Shelby GT500, the F-150 Lightning performance pickup and F-150 SVT Raptor, the SVT Contour sports sedan, plus both three- and five-door versions of the SVT Focus. Special SVT Mustang Cobra R models were made in 1993, 1995 and 2000.

SVT has joined with Team RS in Europe to form the Performance Vehicles Group to devise a strategy for all future global performance Ford cars. The resulting Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design Ford's ST badge represents. The Ford Fiesta ST Concept also signals the next step in Ford's global performance vehicle strategy and hints at how a future Fiesta ST model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global small car portfolio.

2013 Ford Shelby GT500

The ultimate Ford Mustang – Shelby GT500 – raises the bar high on performance by delivering 650 horsepower and a track-tested top speed of more than 200 mph. The 5.8-liter supercharged V8 aluminum-block engine produces 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world.

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.

And nearly every gear on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has been revised to manage the torque and use more of the power in a way that makes it more driver-friendly.

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be built at AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.


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      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      That would sound unruly with the top off. The current GT500s already produce one of the greatest noises to ever escape the tailpipes of a V8 engine. Add some extra displacement, a higher redline, a bigger blower, and quad exhaust pipes, take off the roof, and you will never need to even touch your stereo again, if you could hear it in the first place.
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should also read "Most Powerfull V8 4 seater" as well. Where else can you even get a 650hp 4 seater?
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      A wind deflector will take care of that toupee nightmare.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks great, though I'd rather have the coupe!
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know it's not much safety, but I just don't think I would want to buy a car with this much power that has no lid. They had the in-car camera of guy in the Cobra cartwheeling and he was holding his hands up as if to hold the weight of the car off the ground (I know it's instinct, but it's an excellent way to shatter two otherwise perfectly good arms...). I know the top end these new generation pony cars can generate and how quickly they can get there. I would like more than a windshield hoop keeping my head out of dirt.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Well, the Cobra had no stability control program or traction control and who knows what he had for tires or what really went wrong with the Cobra...a broken rear axle CV joint or whatever with a locking rear end will pitch out in a moment. Safety-wise the Mustang has it all over any 60s-era Cobra, even the originals.
      bre_kisses
      • 3 Years Ago
      HOLY ****
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Jai302
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm 19 and I want one.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm 17 and want one (well, maybe the coupe) badly. And I dont give a rat's ass about the 60's or some near 90 year old with his name on the boot. The GT500 is just WIN.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's just mean. I'm under 65. And I see quite a few younger guys driving these cars, perhaps they work at dealerships and got in under the wire.
        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm 32 and have already owned two. (2010, 2011) Hopefully a 2013 will make the third!
        Rayvan
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm 29 years old and I want one...
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      650 HP? That's like 6 Honda civics combined.
      Smiley
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love that Ford produced such a beast but $65k is ridiculous for a mustang. Any way you cut it.
        Jon Bowen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        how so? better quality than any previous generation, 650 hp, convertible...will eat up cars that cost over 100k
          Mike
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jon Bowen
          2013 Pricing is out for the V6, GT, and Boss but not the GT500 yet. Any price Autoblog is throwing out is a guess. The 2012 GT500 starts at $54,605 so I don't see a $10k price increase.
          Mike
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jon Bowen
          Let me correct that the $54,605 is for a 2012 GT500 Vert the coupe starts out at $48,810.
        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        Autoblog is guessing, most likely pricing will be in line with the ZL1
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        But is $65k ridiculous for a 650hp 4 seat coupe or convertible capable of 200mph? Ridiculously good bargain, more like.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      tylermars.design
      • 3 Years Ago
      $65k? thats gettin up there..........
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tylermars.design
        Yup. For that money you can get yourself a new Grand Sport Convertible and still have money left over for a years-worth of insurance.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unobtainium. GD Ford dealers adding $10K or more to the MSRP. Screw them. I'll go Corvette. Nahh...I'll keep my E46 M3.
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