The Society of Automotive Engineers officially settled a heated debate once and for all. They determined that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 produces 662hp, higher than that of the Ferrari 599 GTO by just one more. In a previous report, it was claimed that the 2013 Shelby GT500 would offer around 650hp and could reach 200 miles an hour.
The Shelby was then sent to the dyno and Ford found that the car produces 662hp and 631 pound-feet of torque. Because of this impressive figure, Shelby easily gets the title of the most powerful series production V-8 in the world. Of course, it’s no secret that the 2013 GT500 is one of the most powerful production cars in the world, full stop.
After surveying the production hypercars in the world, it came out that just five units are more powerful than the GT500. These are the Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini Aventador, Bugatti Veyron, SSC Ultimate Aero, and the Koenigsegg Agera. Of these five cars, the lowest priced one is the Aventador, which has a starting price of about $394,000.
Meanwhile, the GT500 costs around $55,000. Ford asserted that the 2013 Shelby GT500, with a rating of 15 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, is at least more conscious about the environment than the others.
It offers a full five mpg more than the GT500′s closest rival, the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. This car also comes with enhanced aerodynamics so that the car stays on the road even at tremendous speeds. Ford said that the revised front fascia and splitter offers 33% more downforce.
The car also has six-piston Brembo brakes at all four corners to bring it to a stop quickly. But then, the 662hp Ford doesn’t mean that cars like the Ferrari 599 don’t have buyers anymore. There is more to a car than horsepower so Ferrari is always assured of a steady market.
A number of improvements have been implemented on the 2013 Shelby GT500 and one of these is the signature lighting which comes with two bars that make full use of LEDs. With this, focus is placed on both the front and the rear. This new model also has a more premium appearance due to the rocker panels which not only go through this vehicle but comes in the same color as that of the body.
Further, the rear section has in the middle of the diffuser and its taillamps a panel in high-gloss black. This same panel borders the quad-tip exhaust. A big change in the new Shelby GT500 is that the brand made sure to put extra attention on the aerodynamics with the objective of getting the needed downforce to get the best performance no matter what speed.
To make this possible, the engineers at the company utilized advanced computational fluid dynamics in order to know where the air was really and thereby optimize cooling. Thus when driving, regardless of speed, the Shelby GT500 is more planted to the road and gives a more secure feel.
New as well are the two wheels forged in aluminum. For this new model, wheels that are more distinct are offered under optional packages. In particular, the wheels in the front are equipped with the 19-inch wheels while the rear has the 20-inch versions. These are then fitted with the Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G: 2 tires. With a revised design on the spoke plus a dark finish, the wheels get a more aggressive and menacing look.
Being made of aluminum though, it also means that the wheels are truly lightweight. In addition, both the interior and the exterior of the Shelby GT500 will the SVT badge. This serves to honor the SVT’s 20th anniversary of this range as well as mark the many years of the brand’s performance vehicles. The SVT line itself was first launched at the 1992 Chicago Auto Show.
It was during this time that both the 1993 SVT F-150 Lightning and the 1993 SVT Mustang was first presented. There was also the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra which was equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 engine capable of 235 hp. This more than proves that the brand has indeed gone a long way over the last 2 decades.