Chicago 2012: 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible Falls Short of 200 MPH

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It's no surprise that Ford is offering a 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible, and we're grateful for the ability to better hear the 650-hp 5.8-liter V-8.

In true muscle-car form, the Blue Oval applied the same upgrades to the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible that it did for the GT500 coupe (which is pictured below): the V-8 grows from 5.4- to 5.8-liters for 2013 and power swells to 650 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, with all that American fury being routed through a six-speed manual and carbon fiber driveshaft to the rear wheels. Brembo brakes, Bilstein dampers, and a Torsen limited-slip differential help to keep all that ferocity in line.

Sadly, the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible won't be able to hit the same 200 mph top speed that Ford claims for the coupe; instead, it's electronically limited to 155 mph. No matter what, the automaker says that the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible is about four seconds quicker around Sebring International Raceway than the outgoing GT500.

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible will hit dealerships this summer; pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

For more on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Chicago Show homepage.

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