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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (2013)

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They Only Made it Better.

When auto designers are tasked to update a car that is an American icon like the Ford Mustang, to say that there is a lot of pressure to get right is an understatement. The best thing about the 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 is that may be a huge upgrade, but it still looks, drives, and feels like a Mustang. The Ford SVT Engineering Team wanted to make a statement and this car does it, in spades.

Rather than doing it yourself, why wouldn’t you let Ford build you a 662 hp, 200-plus-mph hot Mustang that has a factory warranty? And price it less than $53K? All you can say is God Bless America!

The first thing you notice about the 2013 Shelby GT500 is the huge air intake. I am wondering if it could suck up a small child or the family pet if they get too close. On the 2013 GT500, everything is bigger and better: horsepower, (662) more engine displacement, (5.8 liter) bigger turbocharger, a stronger 6 speed manual transmission, stiffer suspension, bigger Brembo brakes, a lighter and stronger driveshaft, bigger radiator and intercooler, computerized Launch Control, and more. Everything is better than before, except, they STILL didn’t give the Mustang independent rear suspension. Lets hope the SVT Team has it on their Christmas list for 2014.

The interior is basically unchanged from last year save for the updated SYNC and NAV systems. Of course, I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

The GT500 is ungodly fast, temperamental in traffic, fantastic looking, rough riding, and tough not to burn the tires off of. However, I and almost anyone that has ever driven a GT500 would tell you that they wouldn’t have it any other way. This car is part of the Shelby family, and that is real automotive royalty.

Not all drivers can truly handle a 200 mph Supercar with the worlds most powerful production V8. I highly recommend that anyone buying a GT500 attend a performance driving school so they can truly enjoy what the car has to offer. And then attend some track days to really appreciate what this car can do.

Any serious drivers in the market for a bargain basement priced true Supercar would be foolish to overlook the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang. Not only is it an amazing American Icon, it could prove to be a great investment.

Mike Herzing

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