2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible Debuts at 2012 Chicago Auto Show

2012 Chicago Auto Show


  • 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible Picture

    2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible Picture

    The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible made its world debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. | February 08, 2012

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2012 Chicago Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the automaker's Special Vehicle Team, debuted on Wednesday at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.
  • The convertible's supercharged 5.8-liter V8 churns out 650 horsepower and Ford engineers have managed to shave off nearly 3.5 seconds from the outgoing Shelby GT500 convertible's lap time at Sebring International Raceway.
  • Pricing was not announced.

CHICAGO — The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the automaker's Special Vehicle Team, debuted on Wednesday at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

The convertible's supercharged 5.8-liter V8 churns out 650 horsepower. Ford engineers have managed to shave off nearly 3.5 seconds from the outgoing Shelby GT500 convertible's lap time at Sebring International Raceway. The 2013 convertible also gets a new Brembo brake system.

Pricing was not announced, but expect it to be in the ballpark of the outgoing model. The 2012 Shelby GT500 convertible with the 550-hp 5.4-liter V8 starts at $54,605, including a $795 destination charge.

The 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible can be ordered with the optional Performance package that includes SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers. Ford said the convertible can be upgraded to a Track package with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler.

A commemorative lighted SVT sill plate is also featured on the 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible.

"The Shelby GT500 convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is," said Kerry Baldori, SVT Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer in a statement. "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."

SVT has produced more than 210,000 cars and trucks during its 20-year history, including the Ford GT, Mustang Cobra R and SVT F-150 Lightning.

Edmunds.com says: Ford's SVT team celebrates a major milestone with the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible.

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