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Carroll Shelby was on hand for the unveiling of the 2013 Shelby GT500 on the eve of the LA Auto Show, calling it “the greatest Mustang ever built.” He’s got good reason to say so too, with Ford billing the car as having the most powerful production V8 engine in the world. Exactly how much is that? And what else doe the new Shelby GT500 deliver? Watch the video after the jump to find out.
GALLERY: 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
Watch the video below:
You know that picture of Calvin taking a wizz on a Chevy symbol? The one you’d find on the back of a Ford? This is what that looks like in real life.
Unveiled on the eve of the 2011 LA Auto Show, Ford has upped the ante, topping Chevy’s already insanely powerful 570-hp Camaro ZL1 with what it bills as the world’s most powerful production V8. The 2013 Shelby GT500 boasts a new 5.8-liter aluminum unit that has been mated to a new supercharger and the total output is a whopping 650-hp, with 600 lb-ft of torque. Ford hasn’t released any 0-60 times for the car (traction is certain to be an issue), but has said the car will top out at over (yes, over) 200-mph!
Along with an even more aggressive front fascia and a massive splitter, the GT500 gets a long list of upgrades, including a new clutch, transmission and 3.31 final drive gears. There’s also 6-piston front Brembo brakes with larger rotors all around and more aggressive pads.
A Performance Pack adds a Torsen limited slip differential plus Bilstein shocks while a Track Pack adds an engine cooler, differential cooler and transmission cooler.
And as though this wasn’t enough to get anyone excited about driving the car, at it’s private unveiling last night, the man himself, Carroll Shelby, was on hand for the honors, and called this new car, “The greatest Mustang ever built.”
GALLERY: 2013 Shelby GT500
See video of the 2013 Shelby GT500 below:
Bring it on ZL1! That’s what Ford is shouting at cross-town rival Chevy with the debut of the 2013 Shelby GT500, which has received a 100-hp bump to deliver 650-hp straight from the factory. But that’s not all, with torque rising to 600 lb-ft and a top speed of 200-mph. Yes, a 200-mph Mustang!
Much of the improvements to the 2013 Shelby GT500 come under the hood with a larger 5.8-liter V8 engine and a bigger supercharger. The updates aren’t limited to the big parts either, with a new carbon fiber driveshaft, new clutch, six-speed manual transmission (finally!) and a new final drive rear axle with a 3.31:1 ratio.
Those looking for max performance (and who isn’t?) can upgrade to the GT500 Performance Pack with SVT/Bilstein electronically adjustable shocks and a Torsen LSD. A Track Pack adds an extra engine oil cooler, rear diff cooler and a transmission cooler – because you know this high-performance pony is going to run hot. In total, the Shelby GT500 weighs 3,850 lbs, which isn’t exactly light weight, but is almost 300 lbs less than the Camaro ZL!.
To go with its newfound power, the GT500 has a slightly new look with an updated front fascia and new splitter. Also of note, are new Recaro front seats.
Look for more on the 2013 Shelby GT500 from the LA Auto Show with coverage starting tonight.
GALLERY: 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
Back in March came the first rumors of a larger displacement V8 for the GT500 and now that info has been confirmed in details released as a part of a new Ford contract with the United Auto Workers.
The plans specifically state that the company’s Romeo Engine Assembly Plant will receive a $50 million upgrade in order produce the new engine, which will gain almost a half a liter of displacement and is rumored to produce more than 600-hp.
Ford has transformed the Mustang from a muscle car into a true sports car, with a ride so dialed-in that even even the Germans want to take it for a spin. Not forgetting the car’s roots, however, there’s still the raw and mean Shelby GT500; a car that harkens back to the glory days of Detroit.
That is about to change in 2013, when Ford launches a very modern version of the GT500, tossing aside the big supercharger in favor of some very modern turbocharged technology. Ford will carry on using a V8, although the exact displacement of the powerplant is not known. Rumors of a 5.0-liter and a 5.8-liter have surfaced.
Power, as expected, will be tremendous. Move aside Camaro ZL1. Forget it Challenger SRT8. The 2013 Shelby GT500 will reportedly make an astonishing 650-hp.
The introduction of the Camaro ZL1 didn’t bring balance to the muscle car wars, it has only reignited them. According to sources inside Ford, the 2013 version of the Shelby GT500 will up its output some more, this time laying down 600-hp.
In fact, it may be more than that, with a 620-hp number pegged. How Ford will get that number is through the use of a larger displacement engine, with the current 5.4-liter block being expanded to 5.8-liters. The current Eaton M112 supercharger will also be traded for a TVS unit – the very same one used in the Corvette ZR1.
With the added power, the 2013 GT500 should hit 60 mph in just about 4.0 seconds (not much change due to traction), while the quarter-mile time should drop by as much as half a second, possibly dipping the super Mustang into the 11 second range.
As for the rest of the vehicle, expect it to keep the solid rear axle – for now.
[Source: Car & Driver]