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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Spy Shots

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Early this spring, word emerged on the Web that the 2013 Shelby GT500 could kick out as much as 620 horsepower. Shortly after we brought you the first spy shots of the new car. Today, we update the images with a new set that hints at a turbocharger replacing the supercharger under the hood.

A larger, higher-capacity intercooler spotted peeking out from behind the grille is the cue for the turbo speculation. It may simply be an upgrade to the supercharged model, but it might also indicate a need for yet more charge-cooling capability brought on by twin-turbocharging.

If it doesn't get a twin-turbo V-8, the next GT500 is expected to pack a 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 based on the current aluminum-block 5.4-liter engine. Either way, the new GT500 has the coming 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 squarely in its sights. If it's an improvement on the current GT500, Chevy will have a very hard time matching, let alone beating, the Shelby.

The rest of the GT500 shouldn't change much: it will look much like the current car, should have a similar suspension and performance package setup, and will of course be a solid-axle, rear-drive layout. Interior quality may see another uptick, and it'll likely get a few new tech features as Ford has been pushing hard in that segment lately.

Beyond that, it's a waiting game to see what the next Shelby GT500 will offer. We just can't wait to get one on track.

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  1. Ford is doing a wonderful job with its product line, especially with them NOT taking government money to survive. I have been a huge Ford fan for most of my life, and this is proof Ford isn't going anywhere but up. Cant wait to see the final spec's on this Shelby.
     
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  2. I will agree with Dave that it is great to see an American car company not pulling favors from Washington to survive. We need more solid production cars. I have always been fond of Mustangs, and the specs on this one make it look legit. Would like to see it up against a German saloon. See how they fair out.
    Great job Ford!
     
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  3. Ford would be better served by using the "Coyote" 5.0L in the GT/Boss Mustangs. The Boss, with 444hp, is only 0.2sec slower in the 1/4 and actually 0.2 faster to 60mph, than the current GT500. Trap speeds indicate that engine is putting out @480hp. Say you need more power. Fords' Australian tuning arm, has already developed a supercharger which adds 64hp and 90 pound feet of torque. The TVS blower bolts right on, and could shave @80lbs of weight off the nose, compared to the existing 5.4L/blower set-up. Without some sort of launch/traction control, they can add all the power they wan't--it won't be one bit faster.
     
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  4. Dont beleive that, the GT500's biggest problem in a drag race has always been and always will be traction. My 09 GT500 with its smaller heat exchanger and lack of knock sensors is capable of running 12.60's in bad air and nearly 100 feet above sea level driven at a liesurely pace (1800 rpm launch and granny shifted down the track) with a trap between 113-116 mph.
     
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  5. If there is an inter-cooler that is noticeably behind the grill then it is turbocharged because ford doesn't use air to air inter-coolers for their roots style superchargers. They use water type inter-coolers that attach directly on top of the intake manifold and under the supercharger. Also Ford wouldn't use a compressor style supercharger because they are not as reliable as roots style which uses its own oil supply and there is little to no pressure loss with a air to water system inter-coolers. so I believe it to be a turbo. IMO
     
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