Top 10 Cars of the 2011 LA Auto Show

Top 10 Cars of the 2011 LA Auto Show

1. 2013 Ford Shelby GT500

How do you compete with the 580-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1? You one-up it with an extra 70-hp. Yes, the updated 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 makes an almost unrealistic 650-hp thanks to a new 5.8-liter V8 engine and a new supercharger. As the most powerful production Mustang, the fastest production mustang (with a top speed of over 200 mph) and a car that Carroll Shelby himself calls “the greatest Mustang ever built”, how could anything else be the number one car of the LA Auto Show?

The 2013 model also gains a new front fascia and a splitter designed to keep the nose pinned to the ground, while an upgraded 6-piston Brembo brake package, larger rotors and a more aggressive pad setup help slow it down. Ford even added a new 6-speed manual transmission with a 3.31 final drive

Those looking to get the most out of their GT500 will want a Performance Pack with a Torsen limited slip differential and adjustable Bilstein shocks, while a Track Pack is ideal if you’re going to hit the road course, with additional engine, transmission and differential coolers.

Forget the ZL1, Ford has pegged this machine at the ZR1!

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Shelby GT500


[Wondering why your favorite car of the LA Auto Show isn’t on our list? Chances are, if its something like the Cadillac Ciel or Jaguar C-X16 then it has every right to be. And while those cars are new to most, they have already been revealed at previous venues (see our Frankfurt Motor Show Top 10). That said, we limited our LA Auto Show Top 10 list to vehicles that made their world premiere at this show.]

  • Rob

    Honestly the Subaru BRZ should have been #1…. the Mustang is nothing special.

  • Eric T.

    Rob…..Seriously???….650HP…..nothing special?… should pack up and move to Japan dude. As for the Shelby…..all I can say is “ZRWhat the hell is that speck in my rearveiw mirror?”

  • Susan

    Ford . . .
    Big, bulky, loud, low mpg, same garbage the us has been producing since forever, nothing revolutionary, nothing new…

  • lashbera

    Oh Rob and Susan, such fools. You have shown everyone how little you know. The new Fords are nothing like the Fords of 5 years ago. What I can say as a Canadian I hated to see my tax dollars go to bailout north american auto makers and the only reason my money went that way is because of people like you who are fool enough to think North America is only able to build cars like a 1977 mustang or perhaps a Pontiac sunfire. Before you badmouth any car or car manufacturer you must know them. Go drive a NEW Ford, see ho great they are and then, if you can’t see how truly awsome they are, badmouth them. I predict by your coments that I am more american then you are.