2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible Drops Top In Chicago

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Ford made waves at last month’s Detroit Auto Show by unveiling its new 650-horsepower 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

Now the automaker has dropped the car’s sledgehammer of a V-8 into the Mustang Convertible body to bring us the new 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible, which makes its official world debut today at the Chicago Auto Show.

The new addition to the Ford lineup also serves as the celebratory vehicle of the 20th anniversary of Ford’s own Special Vehicle Team (SVT).

The Blue Oval’s go-fast division has produced more than 210,000 cars and trucks during its 20-year history, with more than seven different nameplates that include the Ford GT, Mustang Cobra R, SVT F-150 Lightning, F-150 SVT Raptor, Shelby GT500KR and the soon-to-be-launched Focus ST. And the history buffs out there will be quick to note that the official launch of SVT came during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning.

It’s fitting then that Ford has chosen Chicago once again to unveil SVT’s latest creation and to mark the brand’s anniversary. In honor of the achievement, a commemorative lighted sill plate will be used in the 2013 Shelby GT500, both the hard-top and the convertible, to celebrate the many years of performance vehicles.

Of course, most buyers will be more interested in the car’s supercharged 5.8-liter V-8, which blows away the competition with its supercar-like 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque and helps deliver a confirmed top speed of more than 200 mph in the Shelby.

But it’s not just about brute force as the latest muscle car from Ford also comes with an optional Performance Package that adds Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and new Brembo brakes, among other items. With the new pack, Ford engineers have managed to shave off nearly 3.5 seconds from the outgoing Shelby GT500 Convertible’s lap time of Sebring International Raceway.

When leaving the track, a button on the dash lets you switch from “sport” mode down to “normal”, which softens the ride and makes everything more comfortable. Sport mode, on the other hand, is all about performance, delivering improved response time on the track and less body roll while cornering with reduced pitch under braking.

Note, customers can also upgrade their Performance Package with an additional Track Package. The option comes with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler for further durability.

And the only transmission on the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible, just like in the coupe, is a six-speed manual.

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2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible

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  1. The Camaro LZ1 is a far superior car in many ways. The Mustang does not have independent suspension in the rear, needs lots of optional equipment if pushed hard (Ford warns warranty will be voided if taken to the strip), will not handle nearly as good as the Camaro. The Camaro will blow in the dust on any strip even though it weight's more and has 70HP less. Ford really has nothing to brag about although they love to give false impressions.
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  2. Wow John787, everyone can understand that you are a die hard chevy fan, although I am the opposite. But I won't scrutinize based off the fact just because I abhore GM. The 2011 mustang doesn't have independent suspension and still beat the Camaro (whilst having 14 or so horsepower less).. I think you don't understand pros and cons of suspension types. From a strip racing perspective I would rather have (and I'm pretty sure a lot of pro NHRA racers as well) a solid or live rear axle. It's stiffer and stronger, allowing for better launches and higher torque outputs. But, for track use, an independant would be a lot better. However, the mustang still beat it. Only false impressions Ford has given is underrating a lot of their engines.
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