Everyone all ready knows and has been talking plenty about how the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 hosts a 5.8 liter that gives an unheard of 662 horsepower and 631 pound feet of torque. Needless to say this Shelby is fast. It’s faster than you will probably ever have the experience to push it unless you get access to a racetrack, have a big back 40 to race it on, or don’t mind breaking some traffic laws (We are not recommending or endorsing this). So, what else is new about this American classic?
What’s not new is how simple it is, and simple can be a beautiful thing. Underneath the sporty styling’s, it is one of the most pure coupes to come out in awhile. Of course the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 definitely has the swag. There are twin black grates, a fascia with fog lights, massive air openings to allow the beast of an engine to breathe properly, and the black mesh on those give the Mustang an ominous appearance. You can’t avoid noticing the large rear spoiler with a Gurney Flap either. You can rest easy knowing that this car is built for performance and power, not just for showing off. Ford makes sure and reminds you of this when you pop the hood and see aluminum strips over bright blue valve covers that read “POWERED BY SVT.”
There hasn’t been too much mentioned about the interior of the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 and that’s a shame because it deserves mention. It feels much like a cockpit with much of the dash clad in an aluminum look material. The steering wheel has chunky metal stems at three, six and nine o’clock and then the rest of the interior tones down to an almost industrial type of vibe. The 220 mile per hour speedometer stands out on the left and a 7,000 rpm redline tack in on the right. Between those is a 4.2 inch mini LCD screen that has all the information you need including your Track Apps and launch control. The launch control is fully customizable so the way your pony performs boils down to how you set it up.
Overall, this is an exciting drive. You can see the video for more info and a closer look at the launch control.