Rumored: 2013 GT-500 Gets More Inches, More Power
Car and Driver magazine is reporting that the gurus at SVT have been working on the next level for the 2013 Shelby GT-500. Their sources and ours indicate that there is big news on the horizon including some major engine upgrades.
It is reported that the 2013 Shelby GT-500 will get an increase in displacement from 5.4 liters to 5.8. The current supercharger will be replaced by a larger and more efficient Eaton TVS unit, likely 2.3 liters in displacement. The horsepower output is said to jump up to around 620, from 550 in the 2012 Shelby GT-500.
This is big news as Chevrolet plans of rolling out their GT-500 beater soon, the ZL1 which will have a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with somewhere around 550hp. Ford no doubt wants to keep the Mustang on top of that figure, which makes the boys at the SVT office come in handy.
It is also reported that the 2013 GT-500 will get a minor facelift to eschew some of its retro highlights. This will likely be a look bridging toward the new style of the next generation Mustang in the works for 2014-2015.
As Car and Driver supposes and we agree, the horsepower increase will likely only net mild increases in acceleration times. The real power likey shows up in passing times, track lap times and potentially a shorter quarter mile.
As the news comes in we well be watching.
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