In honor of the SVT’s 20th Anniversary, Ford has combined a poisonous snake, a menacing V8 engine and a drop-top body to produce the new 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible. The new Cobra will ought to make every exposed hair in your body goes straight when you blast this beast down the highway with its top down.
Just like the GT500 Coupe that was introduced last year, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible is equipped with the same supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine producing a staggering 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque straight out of the factory. In the land of horsepower is king, this makes it the most powerful supercharged V8 engine that ever came off the production line.
In addition, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible can be had with the optional Performance Package, which includes an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler, transmission cooler for further durability, and Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers to help you through the twists and turns at any raceway. And according to Ford, it blitzed through the Sebring International Raceway in about 3.5 seconds faster around the lap than the 2012 model.
“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.”
Like most convertible cars, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible is heavier that the rooftop version due to the additional bracing on the power-operated convertible roof. So, its curve weight is about a couple of hundred pounds heavier than the rooftop version.
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible will be available this summer, and based on the price of the rooftop version, we are guessing that it will start at around $64,000.