The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 has been something of a critical darling since it launched earlier this summer, but tuning house Shelby American would like to remind everyone that you can still buy the GT350 coupe or convertible, recently updated for the 2013 model year.
Shelby's products had previously been based on the 2012-model year Ford Mustang, so today marks the first time the tuner house will make a customer car based on the 2013-year car. That Mustang adds features like high-intensity discharge headlights, a slightly tweaked front end, and an updated rear end with LED taillights.
Because the Shelby GT350 is technically a post-title upgrade, Shelby will happily modify Mustangs of any color, meaning that customers can have a Shelby-tuned car in Ford's new Gotta Have It Green and School Bus Yellow. Customers can spec their cars with racing stripes in either white or silver, the first time such a choice has been available.
Once the purchased car goes to Shelby's factory in Las Vegas, Nevada, engineers go to work pumping up the horsepower. The basic GT350 package tunes the 5.0-liter V-8 up to 430 hp (from the stock car's 420), with an optional cold-air intake boosting that figure to around 450. Other packages add a Ford Racing supercharger to tune the car up to 525 or 624 horsepower. All manual-transmission cars get a standard short-throw shifter.
Other mods include an upgraded Shelby racing suspension, a louder and freer-flowing Borla exhaust system, 19" wheels with Goodyear performance a more aggressive aerodynamic kit, upgraded brakes, and plenty of Shelby-branded visual upgrades. Buyers can also optionally add things like a one-piece driveshaft, even bigger brakes, and a stronger cooling system.
All these modifications won't come cheap: the basic naturally aspirated package is $26,995, not including the price of the donor car. A supercharged version will cost $33,995. The most basic 624-horse Shelby GT350, then, will run $65,090.
Considering that a stock GT500 costs roughly the same amount, Shelby is hoping to appeal to a potential buyer's sense of exclusivity: only 350 will be made this year.
Source: Shelby American