Feature

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500: What the critics say

How did the Ford Shelby GT500 fare with the critics? The starting price is $54,200.

Motor Trend
This all-new, high-performance Mustang is “a fitting tribute to the late Carroll Shelby”—the legendary race-car builder who put together the first edition in 1965. Compared with its immediate predecessor, the 2013 GT500 is improved “in every way possible”: It’s faster, handles better, and even boasts a 1 mpg upgrade in fuel economy. Best of all, its “obscene” power is “absolutely controllable,” thanks to a launch control feature that lets you “dial in the revs, release the clutch, and hold on.”

Car and Driver
Ford paid a price for letting its Special Vehicle Team focus solely on generating unprecedented speed, horsepower, and torque. Sure, the 5.8-liter V8 will take you from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds, but the acceleration is so graceful that you never get that “giddy, unchained-Satan feeling” you’d expect. Still, people buy cars like this for boasting rights, and it’s no mean feat that Ford has been able to deliver a street-ready 662 hp for less than $60,000.

EdmundsInsideLine.com
To be sure, this GT500 “is far from the utterly unruly beast” wives and mothers might fear. It doesn’t even sound like it’s looking for trouble. But Carroll Shelby was about performance, not gimmicks. “Don’t worry, Mr. Shelby, your legacy will live on” if the boys at SVT have anything to say about it.

Recommended

6 outstanding homes built in the 1940s
House
Feature

6 outstanding homes built in the 1940s

The Check-In: 2022's best and worst airports, and more
Airplanes.
Feature

The Check-In: 2022's best and worst airports, and more

The Week contest: Walker robber
A man with a walker.
Feature

The Week contest: Walker robber

Is plant-based meat a failure?
A plantburger.
Briefing

Is plant-based meat a failure?

Most Popular

439 Texas churches split from United Methodist Church in widening schism
United Methodist Church
Breaking up is hard to do

439 Texas churches split from United Methodist Church in widening schism

Congresswoman alleges $20K in donor checks 'plundered by a USPS employee'
USPS mail box photo
postal pirates

Congresswoman alleges $20K in donor checks 'plundered by a USPS employee'

Hertz agrees to pay $168 million to settle false theft claims
A view of a Hertz Rent-a-Car parking lot.
Rental Returns

Hertz agrees to pay $168 million to settle false theft claims