2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is Most Powerful Production V8 in the World!


13ShelbyGT500_night1.jpgby Patrick Rall

Ford Motor Company announced today the specifications on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 and after much speculation, we know that the new super muscle car is really (and we mean really) powered by a new supercharged 5.8L V8 making 650 horsepower - making it the most powerful production V8 engine in the world. 

After the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was introduced with 580 horsepower, everyone expected to see the Shelby GT500 Mustang get a jump in power to the 600 horsepower range, but rather than just barely besting the Camaro ZL1, Ford went big, with 650hp and 600lb-ft of torque.  This means that the 2013 GT500 packs more of a punch than even the Corvette ZR1 and the previous Dodge Viper.

Unlike the 2013 Ford Mustang V6, GT or Boss 302 which received a fair exterior refresh, the 2013 Shelby GT500 retains the look of the 2012 models, although Ford did make some subtle changes to improve the aerodynamics of the new super muscle car, allowing it to go 200 miles per hour in stock form!  A revised front fascia works in conjunction with front and rear splitters to create 33% better aero load at 160mph than the currently available GT500.

13ShelbyGT500_engine.jpgWhile the improvements made on the outside of the 2013 Shelby GT500 help it to reach incredible top speeds, the the big news is big power.  Big, big power.  Almost every part of the drivetrain has been refined or replaced for 2013, and that starts with the new 5.8L V8. The new V8 features a cross drilled engine block and cylinder heads to handle the boost supplied by the new TVS Series 2300 supercharger, while new camshafts help this new engine to breathe.  A revised cooling system with a larger radiator, a larger cooling fan and an improved front mount intercooler help to keep this engine running smoothly while producing 650 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque.

Next, helping the 2013 Shelby GT500 get all of this power to the wheels safely and efficiently is a revised 6-speed manual transmission fitted with a new clutch, which all channels the power through a new carbon fiber driveshaft and back to the 3.31 rear differential.  20" rear wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires help the GT500 get traction while 19" rims up front with the same times help get it through the turns.  Further helping the 2013 GT500 to corner as hard as it launches is a revised suspension system with traction and stability control, while a massive Brembo brake package helps get the high performance pony car stopped.

13ShelbyGT500_angle-rear.jpgThe 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 comes with two high performance packages - the SVT Performance Package and the Track Package upgrade.  The Performance package returns from last year with Bilstein electronically controlled shocks with multiple modes for optimal ride quality and handling.  For those who want a little punch, the 2013 GT500 can add on the Track package, which adds an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler, and transmission cooler - all of which allow the car to stand up to the abuse of lengthy track days.

For lots more pictures, including some of the new 2013 Boss, check out our 2013 Mustang picture gallery!

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Nathan Hansen (Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:49:34 -0800): This car is effing amazing looking, but how does it have the most powerful production V8 engine in the world? The SSC Ultimate Aero makes 1287 HP, is a V8, is a production car, and runs on pump gas. Besides that, I love it, Ill take one in blue!
Tom Segnit (Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:31:27 -0800): ...more bang from a 'Stang,,,
Trevor Hughes (Tue, 22 Nov 2011 08:06:39 -0800): non turboed.
Dale Reeves (Fri, 25 Nov 2011 06:10:58 -0800): What an AWESOME stang!
Walt Kershner (Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:14:46 -0800): Koennisegg, cooler doors, and more powerful. It is SLIGHTLY more expensive though...
Michele Manticello (Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:19:58 -0800): macchina n1
Matthew Linthicum (Sat, 03 Dec 2011 16:50:04 -0800): I thought the SSC was technically a kit car due to crash test or lack thereof. I could be wrong though.
Bruce Hubble (Tue, 06 Dec 2011 14:04:11 -0800): As in 'production line' produced..not hand built.
Tina Sammons (Tue, 06 Dec 2011 14:56:19 -0800): My husband will say he NEEDS one to run the kids around and to the store as a Mr. Mom, LOL! He can keep his '94 GT Ragtop though, haha! :p
Brian Pohlman (Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:04:03 -0800): Dont forget the ssc is over $400k...
Darryl Welch (Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:39:36 -0800): I'm a proud owner of a 2010 GT ragtop pushing a humble 348rwhp. I would gladly trade it in for a 2013 under one very big condition: it can not have a Chinese transmission. You listening Dearborn?
Nathan Hansen (Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:02:57 -0800): Bruce Hubble The SSC once held the title of "Fastest production car" verified by guiness book of world records.............
John Madere (Tue, 06 Dec 2011 19:07:33 -0800): It's not a mustang. It's a GT500. It's like saying an S302 is a "stang".
(Tue, 06 Dec 2011 19:54:01 -0800): As insane as 650 ponies are, it won't matter if they can't solve the off the line hookup issues. GT500's with 500-550 ponies still get creamed by Z06's or even 436 hp Grand Sports simply because they can't hook up. Off the line traction should be a bigger priority for this car than adding more power to it.
David Smethers (Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:42:28 -0800): my 05 GT is pushing 600 RWHP and it didn't cost 60,000 plus dollars and it hadles just fine at 160+ MPH.
Derek Von Ahn (Wed, 07 Dec 2011 08:33:10 -0800): this is a supercharged engine, so boost is boost weather you use a turbo or a supercharger. this is not the most powerful production v8 in the world, but probably fords most powerful production mustang ever, which that would make sense, like the ZR1 Corvette which is called the fastest corvette ever built by GM, not the fastest corvette in the world... my only concern in this so called amazing mustang is traction, doesnt matter if you have 1000 hp and 1000tq, if you can only put 300 in the floor. I mean there can be a lot of people who will be making good numbers and all but the car will be a P.I.T.A to have fun with either at the track as in the street... well hopefully they come up with some really amazing suspension set up to balance it out
Luang Tom (Wed, 07 Dec 2011 09:59:46 -0800): And the speed-limit is still.........what good are all of these untamed ponies for the weekend-warrior, other than to add to his insurance?
Chris Shipman (Fri, 09 Dec 2011 05:23:30 -0800): this is the first retro style stang id buy. that thing is HOT!
Pamela White Thomas (Fri, 09 Dec 2011 05:45:08 -0800): Totally. My biggest complaint of the ponies we see now is that they might look "cool" but there's no power under the hood. Bring back those 8 horses.
Chris Shipman (Sat, 10 Dec 2011 04:34:22 -0800): yea. well. there faster then a stock corvette zr1 by about 20 horsepower and can go over 200mph. i cant wait to hit the lotto haha
Bob Vogel (Tue, 13 Dec 2011 17:07:02 -0800): I need to make some more room in the barn. hot damn
Hank Offhaus (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 04:31:25 -0800): Damn...Ford really has their S$%^ together....Look out GM...
Michael Hamblin (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:33:35 -0800): This is suck a beautiful Stang, I LOVE Shelby's especially.
Lee N Jessica White (Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:54:40 -0800): 5.8? they brought back the 351?
Doug Smith (Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:20:24 -0800): Ur volvo gets 5.8 mine 7.5 to 8
Lee N Jessica White (Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:22:28 -0800): Douglas Eugene Smith my volvo sucks on fuel mileage
Doug Smith (Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:39:22 -0800): Better watch it turn ur speed down to 65
Lee N Jessica White (Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:01:02 -0800): no lol
Tyler Gentry (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 11:36:32 -0800): They might have more horsepower but that doesn't mean they are faster. Christopher Shipman
Brian Sherwood (Mon, 26 Dec 2011 12:02:35 -0800): That is a nice stang.
Jamie Jordan (Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:07:10 -0700): Still looks terrible and why not call it GT650?
Bradley Sebastian (Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:46:35 -0700): if you all think that is cool look up Shelby gt1000 you'll be impressed with that.
Nathan Chartrand (Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:35:55 -0700): more doesn't mean faster at all, my old integra had around 170 hp and pulled on 300 horse cars no problem. gearing, weight, torque and all play just as important of a role. a semi truck can have 1000hp and still not keep up with a 100hp geo. plus that's 650 hp at the motor not to the wheel it could easily lose 100 hp to the wheels. and just because it goes 200 doesn't mean it will get to racing speeds as fast as the vette it just means it has a higher top gear, besides that when you have a car like that youll never go past 140 but youll constantly be wanting to hit it from 0-90 and that's where its really important.
Nathan Chartrand (Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:39:44 -0700): don't get me wrong though, I still love this car and feel it an amazing machine. but handling and quickness are by far more important than top speeds. just because they say it goes 200 by the way doesn't mean its true. no cars speedo is accurate that high nor is there any where you can even test that. plus I guarantee no one and I mean no one who will ever purchase one stock to race or even use as a daily driver will ever hit 200 mph. but will consistently be pushing it from 0-60 and even sometimes pushing it to 150 but that's about it. but ford did a great job on this.
Nathan Chartrand (Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:49:11 -0700): and the 2013 corvette zr1 will supposably do 205 and 0-60 in 3.3 while the mustang is 3.6 and quarter mile time is 11.8- low 12 for the gt500 and corvette is 11.3-11.8 and that's with a v8 producing less hp (: though no average driver will have the skills to push either of these cars to do this. these times are with professional drivers who know exactly how much throttle to give them and when and also when to shift and also depends on the temperature outside and the density of the air and a lot of other things you have to take in to consideration. so pretty much having a car that will "go 200mph" is only benneficial because you caan say the maker claims it will go 200. my cars governor is set at 150mph but the fastest ive done is 140 in it and my old vette would supposably go 175 but I could only get 162 out of it and the speedo was probably wrong.
Dwight Wickham (Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:16:54 -0700): And the best thing about it is its not a chevy! No electrical issues here!
Aaron Boudreaux (Thu, 06 Dec 2012 00:12:17 -0800): I'm not the biggest car guy in the world, just a Ford enthusiast but are y'all saying this will outrun Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bugattis?
John Madere (Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:38:47 -0700): Chris Shipman They are also less aerodynamic and they weigh more.
Don William Walker II (Tue, 16 Apr 2013 04:02:34 -0700): Very Hot!
Bute Butder (Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:29:00 -0700): John Madere Very true, and for the $75K price difference (the ZR-1 you read about is $129,500) you could either have 2 of these with enough money to get a V-6 version (300+HP) for the heck of it. Or you can have it made lighter, faster and beat almost everything under 500k in price. And again, still have enough money to buy another car.


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