Sunday, June 3, 2012

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The Ford Mustang is the iconic American muscle car.  It's origins date back to the mid sixties where it was less known as a high-powered race car, rather a conservative two door sports car. Going through many different generations of the Mustang, the car has seen some major overhauls and design changes throughout it's life; for better or for worse.
For 2013, Ford has genetically enhanced the Mustang to be a complete monster.  Their mad creation is named the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Not only does the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 have the longest name out of all of the Mustangs, it also has the highest amount of raw power directed to it's massive rear tires.  650 horsepower, and 600 lb.-ft. of torque from a supercharged 5.8L V8.  Ford has masterfully created the most powerful massed-produced V8 engine in the world, and fitted it into a small two-door sports car; sounds like a recipe for success to me!

Besides the massive horsepower and torque numbers that Ford told us the new Mustang GT500 has, another number Ford has quoted it to have is 200...

We know it doesn't have 200 horsepower, nor does it get 200 miles per gallon; but it has a top speed of 200 MPH!  200 miles per hour in a Mustang? Who would have ever thought that a production Mustang would be able to ever hit those kinds of speeds like a Ferrari or Lamborghini?!

Is this new Mustang a supercar eater?  Is it worthy of that title?  Let's see: It has 650HP, 600lb.-ft tq, reaches 200 miles per hour, reaches 0-60 MPH in 3.5 seconds.  Yes, i'd say it is a supercar eater.

Oh! and the best number of all?  The price; it retails for $54,000 in the US.  It seems like a lot of money (which it is), but it is the best bang-for-your-buck sports car for around $50-60k.  No other car for that same price range comes with that amount of power and performance than the GT500 does.

The Mustang GT500 seems to be one of the best new sports cars around, which it might be; but try taking it around a set of corners or a track (somewhere else besides a drag strip), and there you might see some of the weaknesses of their semi-flawed equation for the GT500: massive power + RWD = ?

All-in-all, the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 seems like a great track day/weekend driver/or even a daily driver for those who have the need or desire for a 650 horsepower sports car, which surprisingly  doesn't get the dreaded gas guzzler's tax.

source/pictures: autoblog, insideline

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