The 650 HP 2013 Shelby GT500 will begin at a reasonable $54, 200, excluding destination charge.

If you prefer a topless GT500, the price of admission begins at $59,200, also excluding destination charge.

Fully loaded in Candy Ass Candy Apple Red with the performance package, voice-activated navigation system and Recaro leather-trimmed seats, the price comes up to $62,820.

The heart of the new Ford stunner is a 5.8-liter, aluminum-block V8, complete with a larger, more efficient supercharger.

Nearly the entire powertrain has been upgraded for 2013, including a new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.

A key piece of the driveline, the six-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. Every gear besides fourth was optimized for competing performance metrics. The clutch has increased torque and rpm capacity and uses a dual-disc design.

It comes with new and larger front and rear brake rotors, new brake pads, new downforce-generating front grilles, new and more aggressive front splitter, new quad exhaust system, (two) new forged-aluminum wheel designs, defeatable launch control system, new (optional) Performance Package featuring new SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and Torsen limited-slip differential …

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is build at AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.


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