2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 CobraEnlarge Photo
The story was based on comments made by Shelby American vice president of operations Gary Patterson, himself citing the company’s late founder, Carroll Shelby. The comments were describing the industry trend towards smaller, forced-induction engines.
It turns out that the EcoBoost-powered model is just one of two new vehicles Shelby American is set to reveal at the upcoming Detroit show.
The second vehicle will be a 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 Super Snake fitted with a new wide-body kit. Patterson has revealed the new kit will offer enough width to fit 355-wide tires at the rear.
Shelby American already previewed such a design on its stunning GT500 Cobra Carroll Shelby tribute car (pictured above), which was fitted with 345-wide tires at the rear. The good news is that the latest kit has been designed for Mustangs dating back to the 2005 model year, so anyone with one of the older cars will be able to send it down to Shelby American and have the wide-body kit retrofitted.
Patterson also announced that his company will be offering its popular GTS package once again in 2013. Launched back in 2011, the GTS package is designed for the regular Mustang V-6 and Mustang GT models and adds a host of upgrades, including an official Shelby serial number, for around $10k.
And of course, Shelby American still has the GT350, the competent track car which you can purchase in all factory colors and in either coupe or convertible bodystyles.
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