2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at the 2011 L.A. Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Dodge Challenger SRT8
  • Looks like: The Boss 302 was getting too much love
  • Drivetrain: 650-hp, supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 with six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: 2012

The Ford Mustang Boss 302 is so good, it's been stealing the Shelby GT500's thunder. What did the ultimate Mustang do for 2013? It came up with more thunder: 650 horsepower and 600 pounds-feet of torque from a new supercharged 5.8-liter V-8, which is good for a claimed 200 mph top speed. The outgoing model produced a "mere" 550 hp and 510 pounds-feet from its supercharged 5.4-liter V-8.

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Ford engineers emphasize that the new Shelby is more than just a larger engine — the whole car has been revised to provide the balanced performance for which the Boss 302 has been celebrated.

To wit: The supercharger is larger yet more efficient; the intercooler and cooling fan are larger; and the camshaft profiles have been modified. The six-speed manual transmission's gear ratios, bearings and housing are customized for the new setup. The new dual-disc clutch has higher torque and rpm limits, and it drives a limited-slip differential through a new carbon-fiber driveshaft. The dual exhaust is new as well.

The Brembo brakes are also upgraded with new six-piston front calipers, and larger rotors and pads all around.

Whereas the Boss 302 has manually adjustable shock absorber rates, the GT500 offers on-the-fly changes with a Bilstein adaptive suspension, which comes in the optional Performance Package. A dashboard button selects between Normal and Sport modes, improving the car's day-to-day comfort without sacrificing track performance. The package also includes an upgraded, electronically controlled Torsen limited-slip differential.

An additional Track Package, which requires the Performance Package, adds cooling provisions for the engine oil, transmission and rear diff.

Despite all the upgrades under the GT500's skin, the exterior changes are few. To maximize stability at high speeds, Ford modified the car's front splitter and aspects of the nose. The alloy wheels — with diameters measuring 19 inches in front and 20 inches in the rear — are new for 2013, with distinct designs for the option packages. Summer performance tires are standard.

While it may seem like the same car to attendees of the L.A. Auto Show, the 650 hp figure is a showstopper all on its own.

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Comments 

jyd

Phenomenal! This car is in a whole other class than the Camaro. Long Live Shelby!

sheth

They have to go head to head on a track before you can declare a winner. Impressive hp but I don't like the wheels and the zl1 still looks better. Both cars should hit 60 well under 4 secs. I'm thinking this mustang will see a nice price jump and its already a pricey car in gt500 form.

jyd

The ZL1 does not look better. In fact, none of the new Camaros look good. They look different, I'll give them that, but to say they look good? Ouch. The biggest eyesore is the front end. They have got to lose that grille.

Ken L.

Looks like Ford just laid the Smackdown on the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger STR8. These pony cars are approaching exotic car horsepower and torque numbers. Looks are subjective, but I think most will agree that the Challenger SRT8 in all colors, but white, is the best looking.

jyd

The Challenger is a good looking car. It's true that looks are subjective but in order of getting the design just right for the rebirth of these muscle cars it's Challenger - Mustang - Camaro.

TA2H8

2012 Camaro ZL will quickly turn in to a lighter and more powerful 2013 Camaro ZL1 to compete. 2013 Corvette Z06 looks like it will receive smaller engine displacement with TT's and should weigh in under 3100 lbs (LIGHTEST CORVETTE EVER) ... that's what I'm waiting and saving for. That kind of GT500 power is trulympressive and The General will have to step up to compete.

JD

Just another example of Ford ignoring the real issues. The mustang always had all the bhp it needed, what Ford should really do: stiffen it, lighten it and axe that suspension!

Fitz

OK, nice looking car but does it leak water into the cabin like other Mustangs! They should give you a life preserver when you buy it.

william

THAT PIECE OF CRAP STANG WONT EVEN COMPARE TO THE NEW ZR1 supercharged with 793 hp and a much better known suspension that stang will be a huge disappointment. not even the viper compares anymore to the ZR1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 2013 Mustang GT500 is wicked. You know the General will answer with a performance enhancement on the Camaro. Memo to Ford engineers: PLEASE change those god awful rear tail lights. The 05-09 models back end looked soooo much better.

Best Regards

Frog Camaro. The 2012 Camaro resembles a frog. Yuck! Doesn't matter how much publicity Greedy Motors (GM) lays on the thing. I am not styling and profiling an ugly car I can hardly see out of.

nick

is the shelby models better than mustangs

A stylish model with supper interior, I specially like the front end and the alloy wheel design very much.

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