2013 Ford Shelby GT500 – America’s Sweetheart
Updated September 19, 2012
There’s something to be said for – Poowweerrr! (said in my best Jeremy Clarkson voice) and the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 sure has a lot of it. This beefed up Mustang boasts a whopping 662 horsepower and baby, that’s a lot of ponies – especially given the fact that the 2012 model has 550 HP. Now drivers across the nation can honor Carroll Shelby in a proper sendoff. With a top speed of 200+ miles per hour, we expect to see a lot of these babies being snapped up.
You can’t unleash the power of a 5.8 liter supercharged V8 engine without the necessary means to keep it from crashing and burning. Control is essential and the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has seen some serious upgrades to keep the driver’s feet firmly planted on the ground. The front splitter has been redesigned to increase the stability of the car while the driver enjoys cruising along at high speeds. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Shelby without the addition of several performance-enhancing features:
- Brembo Brakes
- Carbon Fiber Driveshaft
- Standard Launch Control
- Gauge cluster that displays braking, G-force and acceleration
- 15/24 City/Highway MPG expectations
- Only available in a 6-speed manual transmission – and really, would you want anything else???
Do these features justify the additional $25,000 price tag over the standard Shelby? The answer is a resounding “yes!”
The features make the car and despite the high performance, it still gets moderate gas mileage and passes the necessary safety ratings testing.
Despite the performance-enhancing features that are prominent throughout the vehicle, you can’t help but wonder why there were no significant upgrades in the interior. With a starting price tag of $55,000 you want to see all the bells and whistles when you set foot in the car. What you get, however, is the basic interior of the standard Mustang model – and that, folks is a disappointment.
Storage space is a bit tight, but really, what do you plan to store in this car? The boot offers reasonable storage space, however. Don’t expect this in the convertible version – the seats do not fold down for your convenience. Virtually no leg room in the back is sure to leave your passengers complaining – just remind them what car they are in and that’ll shut ’em up.
Setting foot in one of these babies and starting up the engine, you’ll immediately hear one of the angriest engines you have ever encountered. Put your pedal to the medal and listen to the whine of the supercharged engine amidst the roaring. In a straight line this car is capable of smoking the competition – this includes 2012 Corvette ZR1, 2012 Challenger SRT8 and the 2012 Camaro ZL1. Be easy on the corners as this car is easily disgruntled and slips so restrain your inner desire to do fish tails around the corner, lest you wrap it around a tree.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is a car you will truly enjoy driving, despite its minor setbacks.
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