According to Car & Driver who is citing “well-informed sources”, Ford is planning an answer to Chevy’s 550 horsepower ZL-1 Camaro in the form of a 600 horsepower Shelby GT500 for the 2013 model year. Car & Driver goes on to say the horsepower figure could be as high as 620 which could be the result of boring out the current 5.4-liter V-8 to 5.8 liters along with using a more efficient and quieter TVS supercharger unit to replace the Eaton M112 currently in place on the 2011 Shelby GT500.
This all sounds great but do we really expect Ford to add 50-70 horsepower from 2012 to 2013. I know we can dream but I just don’t buy the increase in horsepower from an already potent 550 horsepower Shelby GT500. What does sound believeable is this being a Cobra ‘R’ type model for the 20th Anniversary coming up in 2013. Heck we might even see the return of an SVT branded Cobra in 2013. At this point its speculation and rumor so we will have to wait and see how things unfold.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Bought a 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L, put on a supercharger and new headers, h-pipe and exhaust and have 630 hp (535 rwhp). Destroyed a Shelby the other day.
Not putting your car down but I don’t think it’d be able to beat a Shelby stock, they’re both great cars. now you have to get out there and start destroying Chevys and Dodges.
69Ford429: You are right – need to destroy Chevys and Dodges. The Mustang brotherhood stays together. Only reason I challenged and beat the Shelby was the two punks (driving their dad’s 2010 Shelby) was acting stupid.
the eaton m112 is a crappy supercharger. you can replace it with a whipple or kenne bell supercharger at the same pulley rate and get big gains. reason: the kb and whipple are VERY efficient twin screws, while the eaton is a hot mid-efficient supercharger. no need to bore out the 5.4, its already got the potential, just needs a different blower. plenty of 03 04 cobras out there pushing 600+ with twin screws, a mildly cheap upgrade for a lot of bang.
I don’t care what they do at Ford, as long as they keep ahead of those stinking ugly Camaros.