2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible: The new Ford Shelby GT500 convertible makes its debut as the celebratory vehicle of the 20th anniversary of Fords Special Vehicle Team (SVT). The 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible with the optional Performance Package is nearly 3.5 seconds faster than the outgoing model at Sebring International Raceway. The 5.8-liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower, Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and new Brembo brake system are key enablers for the improved performance. (02/08/12)
CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2012 – The official launch of SVT came during the 1992 Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning. Now Ford returns to Chicago to celebrate its past and look to the future with the 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible.
In honor of SVT’s anniversary, a commemorative lighted sill plate will be used in the 2013 Shelby GT500 to celebrate the many years of performance vehicles. The 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra offered a 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine, which demonstrates just how far the products have come in 20 years. The 2013 Shelby GT500 with its 650-horsepower V8 marks the latest offering from one of the oldest and most successful automotive performance groups in the world.
“The Shelby GT500 convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is,” said Kerry Baldori, SVT Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer. “All of the significant changes we made in the program were instrumental in delivering a convertible that could really shine on the track but can still be driven on a daily basis.”
The 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible with the optional Performance Package is faster around a track than the outgoing model. The new convertible shaved nearly 3.5 seconds off its lap time at Sebring International Raceway compared to the 2011 and 2012 models.
Keys to the improved lap times are the power boost from the new 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 650 horsepower, as well as the SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers available on the Performance Package and the all-new chassis tuning.
Accessed on the dash with a simple push of a button, normal mode gives customers a more comfortable ride over road irregularities. Sport mode is all about performance, delivering improved response time on the track and less body roll while cornering with reduced pitch under braking. The upgraded dampers allowed SVT engineers to tune the convertible more aggressively for the track, while still being able to maintain desirable on-road manners.
A new Brembo brake system also is a key enabler in boosting the performance of the convertible. The new brakes offer drivers enhanced stopping power to help keep their car under control, while new six-piston calipers in front along with larger front and rear rotors further improve braking performance. More aggressive brake pads also help the car achieve high deceleration and further robustness for more driver confidence.
20 years of innovation
Each of the more than 210,000 SVT vehicles produced since 1993 has been designed and developed with the four SVT attributes in mind: Performance, Substance, Exclusivity and Value. These hallmarks still guide the brand’s vehicle development today.
“In the past 20 years, SVT has engineered world-class mid-engine supercars, front-wheel-drive performance cars, rear-wheel-drive muscle cars and high-performance on-road and off-road pickup trucks,” said Jamal Hameedi, SVT chief engineer. “There is no other performance house in t
Series Production Car
2012 Chicago Auto Show
Flat Rock, Michigan, USA
TVS series 2300 Supercharger
DOHC, 4 Valves per Cylinder
Electronic Fuel Injection
5800 cc / 353.94 in³
484.7 kw / 650 bhp
112.07 bhp per litre
371.85 bhp per tonne
813.5 nm / 600 ft lbs
body / frame
Unitary Steel Monocoque
P255/40Z19 Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G:2
P285/35ZR19 Goodyear Eagle® F1 SuperCar G:2
Ventilated Discs w/Brembro 6-Piston Calipers
Ventilated Discs w/Brembro 2Piston Calipers
F 48.3 x 24.1 cm / 19 x 9.5 in
R 48.3 x 24.1 cm / 19 x 9.5 in
Rack & Pinion w/Electronic Assist
MacPherson Struts w/Lower Control Armsm Stabilizer Bar
Live Axle w/Coil Springs, Panhard Rod, Twin Gas-Tube Shock Absorbers