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.