2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

By Jason Davis | November 14, 2011
What's New "Camaro, Shma-maro," says Ford. Well, not really, but with the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500's 650-hp 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 that supposedly tops 200 mph and a self-titled claim to "world's most powerful production V-8," you kinda have to throw modesty out the door, right? How's that for an exclamation point? To make that power, Ford designed a new exhaust system, a new supercharger, and special engine, gearing, and driveshaft components for the 2013 Shelby GT500. The new King Snake even gets new aero treatments, like a front grille, splitter, forged aluminum wheels, and all-important suspension and braking components, as well. For the track-worthy, there's an optional track package and "Track Apps" that measure performance statistics like 0-60 and quarter-mile times in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. Who It's For There are many versions of the current Mustang, from competent, baseline V-6, to the V-8-powered GT, to Motor Trend's favorite: the Boss 302, and even various forms of Carroll Shelby's specialties. Each of them caters to a unique market. But the GT500 is the beast by which fanboys and muscleheads fantasize, compare, and quote and drool over. The GT500 is not your momma's Mustang, and no mere common consumer buys a GT500. Who's it for? As Jay Leno would say, the kind of people "with more money than sense." Key Features Ford filled in the lines by offering the usual audio and connectivity and safety features, but let's be honest: if you're interested in the GT500, there's only one thing that matters to you.
  • Engine: It has 650 horsepower and it's street legal.
  • Interior: With 650 horsepower, does this even matter?
  • Exterior: It actually looks like it had 650 horsepower.
What We Think Ford just rained on the Camaro ZL1's parade, and though it isn't very consumer-minded, we're looking forward to the GT500's Nurburgring lap to see how well it compares to the less-powerful Chevy. As a consumer car, you're not likely to enjoy the track-prepped suspension, snarling exhaust note, or premium price tag. It's the kind of car that becomes a desktop screensaver for many. Source: Ford

Very cool. I want.