2012 Shelby GT500 coming with a 650 hp turbocharged engine

Article by Christian A., on June 27, 2011

Ford Special Vehicle Team has released a new range of products and will continue to reveal new cars for the 2013 model year. What SVT is now is a huge jump from what it was a few years ago. SVT, together with new partner Ford of Europe’s Team RS, will double its lineup aside from updating an existing vehicle.

The Focus ST is what Ford’s two wholly owned performance teams will be jointly working on first. It will make use of Focus’s five-door hatch body style and it will be powered by a 2.0-liter I4 EcoBoost engine that could deliver up to 247hp.

The vehicle will be produced in Wayne, Michigan and Saarlouis, Germany for North America and Europe. Meanwhile, exports will be sent to Australia and New Zealand. So far, there has yet to be confirmation on what plants will produce the vehicle.

SVT’s second new model in the range will be the second generation Fiesta ST. The official performance details were not revealed yet. A Ford insider said that the Fiesta ST with its 1.6-liter I4 EcoBoost engine can develop 180hp.

The differences between the European and North American models will be related to engineering and design. The Fiesta ST for Europe will feature a three-door body style while the North American model will be available in the five-door body style. To update GM’s release of the 556hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Ford’s SVT will equip the 2013 Shelby GT500 with a new turbocharged engine instead of the current supercharged 5.4-liter engine.

For the 2013 model year, the Shelby GT500 features an all-new signature lighting that includes two LED bars on the front and rear. The Shelby GT500 also sports now body-colored rocker panels for a more premium appearance. At the rear section, the rear lamps and the rear diffuser are squeezed out by a new high-gloss black panel. The rear diffuser surrounds the new quad-tip exhaust of the new Shelby GT500.

Offered for the new 2013 Shelby GT500 are two sets of forged-aluminum wheels, including a set of rims designed for units fitted with optional packages. Featuring a dark finish and updated spoke designs, these wheels look more menacing and yet are superbly light. The 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels are shod with Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires.

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