2013 Ford Mustang Adel
You won't have any trouble recognizing the 2013 Ford Mustang when it goes on sale this spring, but it will feature noticeably revised styling and technology. The rear-wheel-drive sports icon, available as a coupe or a convertible,also comes with a V-6 and in higher-performance Boss 302 and Shelby GT500 versions, the latter of which is the most significantly re-engineered of the 2013 lineup.
Driving Impressions of the 13' Mustang
The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will boast 650 horsepower, a 100-hp increase over the 2012 model. Ford said the 5.8-liter V8 with aluminum block will deliver 600 foot-pounds of torque and claimed this last figure will make its 5.8-liter engine the most powerful produIAion V8 in the world. Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for more horsepower, including a new TVS supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new carbon fiber driveshaft, upgraded clutch, transmission and rear axle, and an updated cooling system. Ford said its engineers put a lot of effort into gear seleIAion to effeIAively put all that power to the ground for maximum performance.
2013 Mustang Styling
Styling changes to the 2013 Mustang include a new lighting design, a more prominent grille, a dominant splitter, a new hood, body-colored rocker panels. Up front are small high-intensity headlights accented by a pair of LED bars. At the rear is a new tail light design with three LED ropes that form the three-bar tail lights. The tail lights have a smoked appearance and a high-gloss black panel across the rear that visually conneIAs them. As before, the tail lights blink sequentially when signaling a turn. New wheel designs come in a choice of finishes in 17-, 18- and 19-inch sizes.
Ford Mustang Lineup
The GT500 has received more changes for 2013 than the other models. A new supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 produces 650 hp and 600 pounds-feet of torque that's good for a claimed 200 mph top speed. The outgoing model's supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 made 550 hp and 510 pounds-feet of torque. With the engine come new gear ratios for the six-speed manual transmission, a new clutch and a new carbon-fiber driveshaft. The dual exhaust is new as well. The Brembo-brand brakes are also upgraded with new six-piston front calipers and larger rotors and pads all around.
The 2013 Boss 302 has a 444-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 380 pounds-feet of torque and drives the rear wheels through a short-throw six-speed manual. It rides lower than the Mustang GT and has manually adjustable shock absorbers. It has 19-inch black alloy wheels fitted with summer tires. The unique front end features a large, low-riding splitter that reduces front-end lift while also channeling air to the cooling system. An eleIAronically controlled limited-slip differential and Recaro-brand front seats are optional. The racetrack-optimized Boss 302 Laguna Seca comes without any rear seats, adds a cross-car brace in back for a stiffer chassis and gets an even firmer suspension and other performance upgrades.
No matter which model or color combination chosen, the 2013 Mustang looks to be a winner, improving on the superb current model. We're guessing the 2013 Mustangs will be priced similarly to the 2012 models. View more details at the official 2013 Ford Mustang site.
Some of the information for this review was obtained through newcartestdrive.com