The Ford Mustang is one of the longest-serving muscle cars, and just like the Chevy Corvette, it has a huge following. Fans have been drooling over the 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 for some time but waiting for the price, which has just been announced at $54,995.
Awful lot of power
The new Shelby GT500 Mustang is about to be released, which is special for muscle car enthusiasts. The Shelby GT series of Mustangs is the most luxuriously appointed and, many feel most importantly, the most powerful of the range and also the most expensive.
It is packed to the gills with extra technology and a lot more firepower, and the 2013 Shelby GT500 has been generating a lot of buzz for precisely that reason. Ford puts a 305 horsepower V-6 in the base Mustang, but the 2013 GT500, according to USA Today, gets a fire-breathing 5.8-liter supercharged V-8, generating 650 horsepower, and is reportedly capable of topping 200 miles per hour.
Price announced and configurator up and running
Ever since the numbers started leaking out about the new Shelby Mustang, fans have been waiting in the wings to hear the price. It has been set, according to Car and Driver, at $54,995 for the hardtop and $59,995 for the convertible, though that includes $795 for a destination fee. The 2013 model is $5,390 more than the 2012 version but it also packs 100 more horsepower.
Ford also has a new on-line configurator on the Ford website, according to AutoBlog, so Mustang fans can design the GT500 of their dreams online. Ford will not entertain talk of an automatic or paddle shifters, so buyers can choose a six-speed manual or another car. It’s also limited to 155 miles per hour, so the layperson will not be able to test claims of 200 mph top speed.
For an extra $3,495, buyers can add the SVT Performance package, which includes a limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks and a different gear knob and instrument panel. That goes with leather seats, a Shaker audio system, Brembo brakes and all kinds of other amenities.
High power for price
Only a handful of cars produce more than 600 horsepower to begin with. Few are less than $100,000. The closest car to the new Shelby in power and price is the Camaro ZL1. If one goes by the power-to-weight ratio, the closest to it in power and price are the $43,420 Caterham R300, which doesn’t include an engine or transmission, and the $52,480 Ariel Atom 3. Neither are practical road cars as they lack things like a roof.
The ZL1 starts at slightly less, at $54,095, but has only 580 horsepower. It does have GM’s magnetic suspension, which greatly aids handling. The ZL1 was able to lap the Nurburgring in 7 minutes, 41 seconds. The 2013 Shelby GT500 hasn’t set an official time there, at least yet.