2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Priced at $54,995, or $84.60 per HP

Ford has launched the 2013 Mustang configurator, and with it comes the price for the new king-of-the-road, the 650-hp 202-mph 2013 Shelby GT500. The base price for the supercharged rocket? $54,995 (including destination), or the same price as a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe. That's $84.60 for each of the 650 hp the 2013 Shelby GT500's supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 produces. The six-speed manual, 600 lb-ft of torque and 202-mph top speed is just icing on the cake. To be fair though, the Shelby GT500's $84.60 per horsepower is calculated from the base price. Load the GT500 up with options and all of a sudden you're paying $101.70 for each one of those supercharged ponies, or a total of $66,110. That $66,110 does include some unnecessary options though, like a glass roof and the $395 Red Candy Tintcoat paint. We’d stick with the Recaro seats and the $3495 SVT Performance package, which throws in a Torsen limited-slip differential, two-mode adjustable Bilstein dampers, and forged aluminum wheels. So how exactly does the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 stack up with the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1? Pretty well actually; both pony cars start at $54,995, but with the Camaro ZL1 producing 'only' 580 hp, it costs $95.81 per pony. Fully loaded at just over $60,000 is the only place where the Camaro ZL1 truly pulls the value card on its crosstown rival. With the launch of the 2013 Ford Mustang configurator, we also find out the base price for the GT500's topless sibling. As expected, the 2013 Shelby GT500 Convertible costs a bit more than the hardtop version at $59,995, or $68,720 fully loaded. You can configure your own 2013 Ford Mustang here. Seeing how the Shelby GT500 and Camaro ZL1 stack up dollar for dollar and horsepower for horsepower, which one would you pick? Let us know in the comments below. Source: Chevrolet, Ford


I am a little confused about the math in this article. The true cost/hp evaluation starts with what it takes to get each car out the door with comparable equipment- No? So... a fully, performance equipped Shelby is $64,100 (without the $2k glass roof). Add the universal, minimum Ford Dealer upcharge of $2500 (emphasis on "MINIMUM")... plus sales tax (example: Michigan at 6%), and you get the final, out the door cost for the Shelby GT500 @ $70,600... 650 hp... Cost per horsepower = $108.60. A comparable Camaro ZL1 (performance equipment standard); all in cost, after taxes is $61,000... 580hp... Dollars per pony = $105.20... I believe the ZL1 to be the best value here for what is a new, super car class... DH...
Such a great looker, not all garish and swollen like the re-bodied replicas with pushrod truck motors the bail out brands are pushing. Ford took the basics and simply polished and perfected them just as BMW and Porsche have been. I knew these parts were in the Ford Catalog already just waiting to be swapped into any modular chassis but seeing them all together and sorted out enough for a factory warranty under $60k is awesome. Unlike the cheap plastics the other guys use in their 5 different models this ride is all modern and faster than many cars costing far more but more importantly easily and affordably serviced. Best ever, way to crown the era.
The mustang is the only way to go. I have owned GM many years but since owning a shelby I would never go back to a camaro. The camaro is hot but the shelby is and always will be the King of the road.
ZL-1 for sure. It might be heavier but it looks worlds better. Plus in just a couple years the Camaro will weigh about the same as the mustang.

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