The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by 5.8 liter V8 aluminum-block engine develops 650 hp of power and 600 lb.-ft. of torque with top speed of more than 200 mph, making it the most powerful production V8 engine in the world.
Almost every part of the powertrain of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been optimized for producing the additional power, including a new supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.
The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 also comes with revised gear to manage the torque and use more of the power in a way that makes the car more driver-friendly. The key of the driveline, the 6-speed manual transmission, offers upgraded gears, bearings and housing so it can properly manage the torque. The final drive ratio is now 3.31:1 for optimized overall vehicle gearing to complement the massive torque.
Outside, the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 comes with significant aerodynamic work to make sure the car has proper downforce for optimum performance at all speeds. The front fascia and splitters were modified to handle the extreme loads at 200 mph, resulting in a car that tracks more securely and feels more planted to the road at higher speeds. It offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 Shelby model.
Two new optional packages are available for the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Available as part of the optional Performance Package, SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers are accessed on the dash with a simple push of a button and the Torsen limited-slip differential. Enthusiasts can upgrade their Performance Package with an additional Track Package for all-out performance. The option comes with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler for further durability. The coolers play an essential role in preventing crucial components from overheating under high-speed conditions.
The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 offers two new sets of forged-aluminum wheels including a unique wheel for cars with the optional packages. The 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are coupled with Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires on all vehicle configurations.