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2013 Ford Mustang GT500 Convertible Debut

What could be better than a 650-hp Mustang? A convertible version.


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What's New

When will the insanity end? At November's Los Angeles International Auto Show, Ford debuted its 2013 Mustang GT500, a 650-horsepower ultimate muscle car. At the time, it seemed Ford designed it to do just two things well: Be the best Ford Mustang ever to roll off the factory floor and melt the rubber off its tires, which retail for $500 apiece. Now, there seems to be a third objective to the 2013 Ford Mustang GT500's mission: Ripping to triple-digit speeds with all of the elements rushing at your face as it nears 155 mph. The world never thought it needed a Mustang that fast. Now the world questions just what's gotten into the morning coffee supply at Ford Motor Company and where it can get more.

Who It's For

Ford's natural companion for this raging stallion is a well-to-do, probably graying, nostalgia-driven human being who doesn't wear a hairpiece. The Mustang GT500 is a car that will make those who long for the good ol' days completely forget they ever existed. Ford decided to step up its game with the new 650-horsepower car just in time to rival the 580-horsepower 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, giving Chevrolet a metaphorical, yet unmentionable, finger situated between its pointer and ring. It's brought back the muscle car wars with a vengeance, giving those with the cash higher horsepower per dollar options than they've ever had.

Key Features

Because 650 horsepower and near 200-mph speeds in a Mustang aren't ridiculous enough, we present to you:

  • A performance pack that equips the 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 with a limited-slip differential and upgraded oil cooler for many more and many bigger burnouts.
  • Launch control for less stationary movement and subsequently less burnouts.
  • New massive Brembo brakes designed to slow you back down from a giant smokey burnout.

What We Think

In the interests of the consumer market we serve, we're eager to see how many grocery bags we can stow in the trunk, as well as Ford's buffeting system to keep wind out when the top is down. Who are we trying to kid? The GT500 is meant to go fast. God bless America. God bless big honkin' V-8 engines with superchargers on top, a car that can siphon your wallet dry one gas tank at a time, and a muscle car rivalry going top-down. Thank you, Ford, for doing something utterly unnecessary, anti-politically correct, and absolutely awesome.

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