2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible unveiled at Chicago image

The North American based automaker Ford has recently unveiled the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible during the Chicago Auto Show.

According to the car manufacturer, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible has been made in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the company’s SVT (Special Vehicle Team), which was launched back in 1992 at the same automotive event with the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and the SVT F-150 Lightning. The Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible will also come with a Performance Package and a Track Package, just like the coupe, and the Track Package includes rear differential cooler, transmission cooler and an external engine-oil cooler, while the Performance Package comes with Bilstein electronically-adjusted dampers.

“The Shelby GT500 Convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is. All of the significant changes we made in the program were instrumental in delivering a convertible that could really shine on the track but can still be driven on a daily basis”, said the Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer, Kerry Baldori.

The Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible is powered by the same unit as the coupe, the 5.8 liter supercharged V8 engine, which is generating a total output of 650 horsepower and it has a peak torque of 813 Nm (600 lb-ft) and the model can accelerate up to its limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The new Shelby GT500 convertible is 3.5 seconds faster each lap at the Sebring International Raceway than the previous model.