Ford took the wraps off the convertible version of 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 at the Chicago Autoshow.
This was a special occasion for SVT, as they first launched back in 1992 at the Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning. So this year they are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a a commemorative lighted sill plate that will be used in the 2013 Shelby GT500.
So, this Shelby GT500 Convertible, how does it compare to the Camaro ZL1 Convertible? Well, on paper the Camaro seems to lose everything. The Ford comes with a supercharged V8 engine that churns out a massive 650 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world.
And it’s only a 5.8 liter, not a 6.2 like the the Camaro’s, which by the way makes 580hp.
The Shelby also has a top speed of 200 mph and is fitted with SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and Brembo brake system. It won’t drive like a Ferrari, but it won’t behave like a yacht either.
The Camaro with its Magnetic Ride Control and stuff might be slightly better to drive, but muscle cars are all about raw power and straight line performance. Shelby got it wrapped this time. I mean you can’t argue with 650hp!