The launch of the new Shelby GT500 has been a very hot topic recently. This 2013 model has been shocking the world with its high horsepower output and low base price. In fact the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has 662 horsepower which is even more than the famed Corvette ZR-1. This allows the Shelby GT500 to do over 200 MPH. These 2 facts make the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 the fastest and most powerful muscle car on the market. The quarter mile is eclipsed in under 12 seconds which is also amazing. And the best part is the GT500 drives like a daily driver. You never know what lurks under hood until you punch the gas. The base price on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is only $52,400.
At first glance, it looks a lot like the previous one. Yet there are many differences on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. This vehicle displays a redesigned grille, but that of GT500 was entitled to special attention. These modifications and alterations, plus a redesigned spoiler, have increased among other aerodynamic lift by 33%. This is Important because the GT500 can run even faster with a new 200+ MPH top speed. Note also that there is no grid in the gaping grille which shines on one side, the iconic Shelby cobra. This is to maximize the air inlet for admission and to cool the engine much more powerful new super Mustang.
The SVT group has actually prepared a brand new engine for the GT500. A version of the V-8 aluminum block that left him with the Ford GT camshafts are also almost identical. It increases the cylinder bore using a patented technique that reduces the block by nearly 4 pounds by eliminating steel liners and engine size increased from 5.4 to 5.8 liters. Followed by installing a 2.3-liter TVS compressor increases boost pressure by over 50%, and a host of changes designed for maximum strength, endurance and reliability, even circuit.
The result: a power output of 662 HP at 6,500 RPMs and a maximum torque figure of 631 lb-ft. These figures make it the most powerful V-8 in a production muscle car and exceed the original goals that were 650 hp and 600 lb-ft. The new GT500 produces 112 horsepower more than the previous model and 102 and more than a Camaro ZL1.
The third objective of the team was a top speed of 200 MPH and the guys at SVT simply smile when we ask how their baby has exceeded the cap on the famous mythical circular track 12.5 km of Nardo in Italy. It will run even faster on the flat, straight line.
The prototypes were tested on two dozen circuits around the world, including the inevitable Nürburgring Nordschleife, to refine the handling of the series model. His stamina and durability as well, with among others a 24-hour test on the ruthless Sebring in Florida.
The clutch is very soft and not too heavy pedal. The secret: a double album whose rotational inertia is significantly lower than that of a single disk. However, we have increased the diameter disks from 250 to 260 mm and increase the clamping force of 33% for that tames the higher torque of the GT500 more muscular. The drive shaft is carbon fiber now. It is lighter than 6.5 kg and can transmit 36% more torque.
On the road, the GT500 is fully civilized. The speed manual Tremec six-speed is the only one offered. His lever, wearing a round knob, white and classical, is rather steep and lock each report requires a solid step. Not surprising for such a mechanism.
A longer sixth gear helps fuel economy slightly, despite the power gain. However, it is almost unusable except on the highway where the big V-8 is running The fuel econyom is 15 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. Opt for the track pack that adds coolers for engine oil, the gearbox and differential to drive safely on track. These elements complement the group performance of $ 2 000 which further includes a Torsen limited-slip differential, Bilstein adjustable dampers, forged aluminum wheels and Brembo brakes with disks have respective diameters of 380 mm front and 350 mm behind the first clamped by six-piston calipers.
It is the power brakes that astonishes first on the circuit, braking at the bottom for a short chicane in the middle of the straight line. At full throttle, you get about 210 km / h at the end of the third report. The V8 can run in the red zone revving up to 7000 rev / min for eight seconds at a time.
In cornering, after braking loads the front tires up by shining and the GT500 turns without resistance. We then balance slippage of the four wheels by playing the right foot. I get there during my solo turns with stability control in Sport mode, which lets slip a little.
I enjoy flying the then transferor at Glen Martindale, engineer and pilot of the SVT group, who participated in the development of handling and knows by heart the GT500. Even with all the support systems deactivated, the Shelby bends all his commandments and plays the tightrope to the limit of tire grip.
The Atlanta Drag Strip is the perfect place to test the method out-gun LC (launch control) of the GT500, which allows you to change the regime Starting in increments of 100 r / min. The operation begins with a good burnout to heat the tires. Once the Shelby placed between the beams timing, the trick is to release the clutch just fast enough that the tires bite without much spin. The system then modulates the electronic throttle and apply the brakes even necessary to master skating until the second pass at 7000 r / min and the third a little further.
A professional driver will be able to pilot the 2013 Shelby GT500 to a time of 11.81 seconds at 120 MPH. These figures also make the GT500 the fastest muscle car for 2013. SVT claims a time of 11.7 seconds. 0-60MPH is eclipsed in 3.7 seconds in first gear.
With a low base price and a super powerful supercharged V-8 engine, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is the most powerful muscle car sold on the market today.