At 662 HP, 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Certified As World's Most Powerful
V8! Segment-Leading Fuel Efficiency
· The 5.8-liter supercharged V8 in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is SAE
certified at 662 horsepower and 631 lb.-ft. of torque
· The world's most powerful production V8 is backed up by chassis,
aerodynamic and braking performance that makes the GT500 an
outstanding all-around sports car
· Even with 112 horsepower more than the 2012 GT500, fuel economy is
increased by 1 mpg both city and highway, 5 mpg better than Chevrolet
The all-new supercharged 5.8-liter powerplant in the 2013 Ford Shelby
GT500 has been officially SAE-certified as the most powerful series
production V8 in the world with peak output of 662 horsepower and 631
lb.-ft. of torque. That's more power and torque than low volume sports
cars costing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the
GT500, which is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its segment. In
fact the 2013 GT500 is the most fuel-efficient car with over 550
horsepower in any segment available in America.
Unlike high-strung engines found in much more expensive exotic
supercars, the GT500 engine generates its massive thrust throughout
its operating range with 395 lb.-ft. of torque available just off idle
at 1,000 rpm. More than 90 percent of the peak torque is available
from 2,200 to 5,800 rpm so that no matter when you squeeze the go
pedal, the GT500 will just get up and run.
The combination of the new TVS 2.3-liter supercharger, twin overhead
camshafts and four valves per cylinder ensures this stallion can
breathe all the way to 7,000 rpm with the peak power production coming
at 6,500 rpm and holding fairly steady right to the rev limit.
"Our goal is to create outstanding all-around performance cars,
not just stoplight-to-stoplight sprinters," said Jamal Hameedi,
SVT chief engineer. "We've backed up this amazing powerplant with
a more refined chassis tuning that helps keep the rubber on the
pavement without punishing the driver's spine and six-pot Brembo
brakes that dissipate speed with ease stop after stop."
The broad, flat torque curve of the GT500 engine makes it tractable
and easy to drive whether trolling along in traffic or powering out of
a turn on a twisting country road. With more than enough grunt to push
the coupe to 200 mph and beyond, the chassis has been tuned to absorb
the road imperfections that can cause instability at high speeds. The
revised front fascia and splitter help manage the flow of air around
and under the GT500 so that it offers 33 percent more effective aero
loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 model and feels more firmly
"The engineers at Ford SVT focused on the fundamentals first with
solid mechanical grip and strong brakes," added Hameedi. "On
top of that platform they added advanced driver-adjustable electronic
assist features including launch control, Bilstein adjustable damping,
AdvanceTrac stability control and electric power-assisted
Even with the most powerful production V8 in the world, the 2013
Shelby GT500 improves on the fuel efficiency of the 2012 model with an
EPA-estimated 15 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined with no
gas guzzler tax. That's 5 mpg better on the highway than the 2012
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 even with an extra 82 horsepower and 75 lb.-ft.
being generated under the hood. With the 2013 GT500 world-class
performance no longer has to mean a world-class thirst for fuel.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 will be built at AutoAlliance International
Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
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