2013 Shelby 1000 Mustang - front three-quarter view, black



True story: Last fall, I had the opportunity to spend a week with Ford’s new 2013 Shelby GT500 – the Blue Oval’s factory Mustang with 662 horsepower and 631 pound-feet of torque. It’s an amazing beast, to be sure. I’m not sure if it was Michigan’s damp streets strewn with potholes and wet leaves, but at no point did I ever say to myself, “You know, Ford is on to a really good thing here, but what it really needs is about twice the power.” And yet, for people in warmer climes with infrastructure in better nick – or for those whose muscle cars live their lives out on the track, there’s apparently sufficient demand to warrant just such a beast.



Quick studies will recall that Shelby American launched its 1000 last year to commemorate its 50th anniversary, but it is returning to the New York Auto Show with a fresh version based on the 2013 GT500 I drove. The 2013 Shelby 1000 whips up 1,200 horsepower on pump gas thanks to beefed-up forced induction, engine internals and cooling. Wisely, it also incorporates an adjustable suspension and big brake package to make sure those ponies have the best chance being safely deployed to the ground.



What price the world’s most powerful “production” muscle car? $154,995 for starters – donor GT500 not included. What, no convertible variant?

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By Chris Paukert