• Sign in
  • |
  • Sign up

Auto Show : 2012 Chicago Auto Show

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible: Chicago Auto Show

RELATED READING
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs Infiniti cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION
2012 Ford Mustang

author photo by Nick Palermo

Output of 5.8-liter supercharged V8 now 650 horsepower

Upgraded brakes and available electronic adjustable suspension

Lighted sill plates commemorating SVT's 20th anniversary


Ford's Special Vehicle Team has come a long way in the twenty years since its inception. The performance group showed the SVT Mustang Cobra here at the Chicago Auto Show in 1992; that pony car made 235 horsepower with a 5-liter V8. Their latest creation celebrates this twentieth anniversary with a far more powerful V8 and some performance-enhancing upgrades that make the 1993 SVT Cobra seem quaint by comparison.

To be fair, automobiles of all types have seen a drastic increase in output and performance in these twenty years. Still, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible is spectacularly powerful by any measure. Its 5.8-liter supercharged V8 now makes a stunning 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, a 100-horsepower advantage over the 2012 model and greater output than any other production V8 engine available.

Increasing rear-wheel horsepower was achieved by revising both external and internal engine components and employing stronger and lighter drivetrain parts. A new supercharger and improved camshaft profiles are among the changes. A new carbon fiber driveshaft and a better clutch, transmission and axle deliver the power to the pavement.

The SVT crew recognizes that huge power alone does not make a performance automobile capable of quick laps of a twisty track. Making the most of the V8 demands excellent handling and braking characteristics, too. To that end, the 2013 GT500 gets new Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front and bigger rotors at all four corners.

The Performance Package makes available SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers. With the flip of switch, the adjustable suspension toggles between a more forgiving street setting for normal use and a stiffer Sport setting that minimizes pitch and roll, ideal for track laps. For peak performance, a Track Package adds an oil cooler, transmission cooler and differential cooler.

Open the door of the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible and a lighted sill plate commemorates the 20th Anniversary of SVT. What better way to commemorate two decades of high-performance accomplishments than with a truly special machine like the GT500 Convertible?

What it means to you: Celebrating 20 years of Ford's SVT, the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible has spectacular power and, with the Performance Package, a track-tuned chassis that adds agility to the equation.

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2013 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
Used 2013 Ford Mustang
$22,994
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2009 Ford Mustang GT Premium
Used 2009 Ford Mustang
$20,780
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Certified 2013 Ford Mustang GT w/ California Special Pkg
Certified 2013 Ford Mustang
$25,340
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Certified 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Coupe
Certified 2013 Ford Mustang
$41,380
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Close 
2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible: Chicago Auto Show