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Ford unveils incredible 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500

650bhp as standard, 200mph top speed...

Ford has today pulled the covers off the full 2013 Mustang range, including the range-topping Shelby GT500.

The whole range gets a new look to the front end with standard fitment HID lights, a more prominent grille inspired by the GT500 and a new front bumper. At the rear they all get new LED rear lights which look fantastic with a gloss black panel between them and a re-profiled rear bumper. There are more details to the standard Mustangs, but the big news is the GT500. 

The 2012 GT500 had a pretty impressive 550 bhp, but Ford have really outdone themselves this year by giving the new 2013 model a mammoth 650 bhp from an enlarged 5.8 litre supercharged V8 along with 600 lb/ft of torque. Absolutely incredible stats for a production Ford with a standard warranty. The entire cooling system has been significantly updated on the new 5.8-litre 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%. There is a new front splitter and the rear bumper features a mock diffuser and quad slash-cut exhaust tips.

The GT500 weighs in at a not-inconsiderable 1746 kg, but with 650 bhp to deploy via the 20" alloy wheels it can get from 0-62 mph in just over 4 seconds and tops out at a Supercar-level 200mph. The 2012 model came in at under $50,000 so if they can do the same with this model it will offer the best bhp-for-buck of any car available today, comfortably beating the Nissan GT-R.

Available as an option on the GT500 is the Performance Package, which includes SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers that 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. A 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. Both packs also come with unique 19" front and 20" rear alloy wheels.

For the standard Mustang models there are the styling revisions detailed above, plus the 5.0 litre V8 GT model now gets 420 bhp as standard. The V6 model power stays the same. GT owners also get the option of a Track Pack which gives track enthusiasts an engine cooler, upgraded radiator, performance friction brake pads and a Torsen LSD. The package includes everything in the current Brembo Brake Package, with 14-inch vented front discs, unique 19-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires.

We can't wait to drive the new models and see how they perform and handle, but for now we're still blown away by the concept of a series production Ford with only 11 bhp less than a Ferrari 599 GTO...

Images courtesy of Ford USA

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more