The 2013 Shelby GT350 will range from a 430-bhp natural aspirated version, to supercharged 525-bhp and tire-melting 624-bhp variants. Only 350 will be made.
The 2013 Ford Mustang GT is not totally new, but it is completely improved.
Aside from a well-sorted suspension, the Shelby GT350’s free-revving Whipple-charged 5.0-liter V-8 delivers all the power desired for the track and twice as much as is necessary for the street. It’s a car whose talents match its visual presence—both of which are never tiring.
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The supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 does its part as well, sending 624 bhp to the rear wheels via a short-throw 6-speed manual. Vents on its hood and front fascia are also functional, the latter helping cool the GT350’s slotted and drilled 6-piston brakes.
One shouldn’t judge a muscle car by its stripes.
Beneath the blue and white nostalgia resides modern mechanicals with fuel injection, 6-speed transmissions, traction control and ABS. The newest Dodge Challenger SRT8, an inaugural edition 392 model, rivals the performance of its present-day peers. The Shelby GT350 aims to repeat history, not on the track, but by raising a Mustang’s performance to the level of a sports car.
The supercharged Shelby GT350 Convertibles feature a Whipple blower from the Ford Racing Parts catalog with different boost levels to product either 525 or 624 bhp, as well as an upgraded Baer 6-piston rear brakes to match the fronts.
The 2012 Shelby GT350 Convertible is a post-title conversion in which the buyer of a 5.0-liter Mustang GT has it drop-shipped to Shelby in Las Vegas. Buyers can opt for a 430-bhp normally aspirated model or one of two supercharged versions making a respective 525 or 624 bhp.