What’s New for the 2013 Ford Mustang
NOV
15

How do you make a dynamic car even better? Sure, it might seem fairly impossible, but Ford managed to do just that with the 2013 Mustang, Mustang Boss 302 and Shelby GT500!

In the power department, the Mustang’s 5.0-liter got kicked up a notch, thanks to the 444-horsepower Mustang Boss 302. You see, engineers were able to adapt multiple designs and bring those to the 5.0-liter, realizing a whopping 420 horses! The six-speed SelectShift Automatic® transmission can be had for fully automatic operation or manual control.

You know motorsports is an important aspect of the Ford heritage, be it past, present or future, so building track-friendly production models and special packages is nothing new. Therefore, meet the new GT Track package, available for the stick-shift–equipped GT Mustang with a 3.73 axle, which provides an engine cooler, upgraded radiator, performance friction brake pads, the Torsen differential found in the Mustang Boss 302, the same ingredients as the Brembo Brake Package with 14-inch vented front discs, special 19-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires. That Brembo Brake Package, by the way, is available on both the manual and automatic GT. And the V6 Performance Package can now be had on the automatic Mustang.

There’s also a new 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen, enabling you to access info related to fuel economy and vehicle performance. The screen is navigated through a five-way control button located on the steering wheel and offers Track Apps, which measures g forces, shows acceleration times in quarter-mile and 0-60 increments and displays braking times, complete with automatic and countdown starts.

As you can see, the Mustang’s innards are now even more robust, which could only mean the exterior needed some tweaking in order to match the new potency. The grille is more prominent, and functional heat extractors on the hood of the GT help more hot air out of the engine compartment and cool the engine. The rocker panels are now body-colored (can you say stealth?), and the rear now has a high-gloss black panel that connects to the taillights, which have a more smoked appearance.

Now, onto the most powerful production V8 on the planet: the 2013 Shelby GT500! Point to the 5.8-liter supercharged engine that makes 650 horsepower (650!) and 600 lb-ft of torque (600!) and you understand the world title.

Nearly every part of the powertrain has been optimized for producing the additional horsepower, including a new supercharger, new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, new carbon-fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle. A larger, more-efficient supercharger flowing more air through the engine is key to helping produce the massive 650 horsepower. The new TVS series 2300 creates 2.3 liters of displacement and is a unique design to the 5.8-liter engine. And the entire cooling system has been significantly updated, including a larger cooling fan, fan shroud with high-speed pressure-relief doors, a more efficient charge air cooler, a higher-flow intercooler pump and an intercooler heat exchanger with volume increased 36 percent.

Additionally, almost every gear on the GT500 was revised to manage the torque and use more of the power in a way that makes it more driver-friendly. Engineers considered more than 35 gearing combinations, finally deciding on one that delivers less torque all the way through the wheels to the ground and still enables the car to achieve fuel economy targets. A key piece of the driveline, the six-speed manual transmission, offers upgraded gears, bearings and housing so it can properly manage the torque. The final drive ratio is now 3.31:1 for optimized overall vehicle gearing to complement the massive torque. Every gear besides fourth was optimized for competing performance metrics. The clutch has increased torque and rpm capacity and uses a dual-disc design.

Other changes include the front fascia and splitters being modified to handle the extreme loads at 200 mph, resulting in a car that tracks more securely and feels more planted to the road at higher speeds. It offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 model.

And even the Mustang Boss 302 is seeing some changes for 2013. A new hockey stick graphic with reflective stripes has been added – indeed, a throwback to the 1970 Boss 302. Also a throwback? The Boss 302 and Boss Laguna Seca models will now be available in School Bus Yellow paint, like the Parnelli Jones 1970 Trans-Am championship car.

The Boss 302 also has a redone front end (removable covers where the fog lamps would be help out with cooling at the track) as well as new lighting. And SYNC is now standard.

Visit ford.com to learn more about the Shelby GT500 and all of the 2013 Ford Mustang models.

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85 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Mark G Fort Lauderdale We should be able to get the 5.8L without the supercharger as an option in the GT (new Mach 1?).
1 year(s) ago via
William K What happen to direct injection on ALL the Ford engines by 2012?
1 year(s) ago via
Victor K I have never owned a Ford and have always wanted a Boss 302. I have waited long enough the 2013 Boss 302 will be mine. Can't wait until I set down and order it built the way I want it. The 1969 and 1970 Boss 302's were awesome and out of my reach. Now is the time.
2 year(s) ago via
Clint Why does Ford continue to market the Mustang as a high performance, tire smoking, mountain road carving street machine? I mean, let them find out you drove this car in any matter resembling how they show it, and you can kiss any warranty goodbye.
2 year(s) ago via
Lloyd Rivers Lots of articles on the boss and Gt500 but very little information on the 2013 V6 coupe. What changes are planned for that?
2 year(s) ago via
Anthony Spencer 650hp and still wanting to stay with the live axle. I may be able to be modded to launch hard at the strip but its going to be hell in a corner. Off all the improvements the only one I don't see is affordability.
2 year(s) ago via
Jeff Werschkull We dont REALLY care we just WANT the "DRAG PACK" =D
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
JOHN MARIOTTI Ford...You knocked this one out of the park !!! Only improvement left is weight. This car just needs to go on a carbon fiber, aluminum diet and it would be untouchable. Ford is killing Chevy and Dodge in this market. Performance for every budget. 65K FOR A 650 HP BEAST !!!??? NO OTHER COMPANY ON PLANET EARTH CAN GIVE YOU THIS SAME VALUE.......
2 year(s) ago via
Jaclyn At Ford Hey, everyone! Thanks for sharing your feedback. @Pav - I already told Santa I'll take a Boss 302 in School Bus Yellow, I've been good this year ;) Just to clarify, the 2013 models do not include MyFord Touch. However, our owners tell us that they love MyFord Touch and are very satisfied with it. @Jimmy - I messaged you some info regarding the upcoming Performance Upgrade. Check it out when you get a chance. If anyone has any questions, let me know. Jaclyn, In-Vehicle Technology Team
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
The 2013 GT 500 is horrible looking, because from the side view the body looks too fat ,bulky just like the others from this generation [2005 to 2012] .We are to far in the future for ford automakers to be making such bad looking Mustangs. Don't get me wrong from the front /rear it's bad to the bone but thats not good enough. Personally , i think Dodge and Chevrolet did a better job engineering the newest Challenger and Camaro ! I watched Nascar use Camaro for a pace car . i needed a moment of silence. I drive a 2003 a beautifully made vehicle and will not upgrade to the newest model for this reason. I'll just keep adding to what i have. Sincerly, Anthony J.
2 year(s) ago via
ManCaveTeam AWESOME!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Dellacqua If the current 550HP GT 500 has ran 185mph [ top end limiter disabled ] more than once with factory 3:73's in comparison to the 2013 GT 500 with 650HP and factory 3:31 gearing a couple of things should ring true. I don't have a degree in engineering or work for Ford, but I have been around long enough to know the 2013 GT 500 will hit 205mph easily. Since 2000 Ford has underated all of their performance motors only adding to the probability that the GT 500 will hit 205mph. Ford has again raised the stakes of the muscle car war again and Mopar and GM have their work cut out for them in order to just play catch-up, much less than exceed what Ford has already done in terms of performance and the Mustang. I don't have the exact numbers, but Ford has AGAIN avoided the gas guzzler tax with the 650HP GT 500. Unbelievable. Congratulations and thank you Ford for doing it again with the Mustang. Dollar for dollar, the Ford vehicle line-up for 2013 is as good, if not better than any manufacturer foriegn or domestic. There is no legitimite reason for any American to buy a foriegn car with the current model line-up now being offered by Ford. In my mind and I have been a Ford customer and enthusiasts since 1977, Ford has many reasons to believe that they have recaptured a moment in time very similiar to the 1960's when Ford was producing cars and trucks that would rival the world's best. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time and it sure feels great.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Dellacqua If the current 550HP GT 500 has ran 185mph [ top end limiter disabled ] more than once with factory 3:73's in comparison to the 2013 GT 500 with 650HP and factory 3:31 gearing a couple of things should ring true. I don't have a degree in engineering or work for Ford, but I have been around long enough to know the 2013 GT 500 will hit 205mph easily. Since 2000 Ford has underated all of their performance motors only adding to the probability that the GT 500 will hit 205mph. Ford has again raised the stakes of the muscle car war again and Mopar and GM have their work cut out for them in order to just play catch-up, much less than exceed what Ford has already done in terms of performance and the Mustang. I don't have the exact numbers, but Ford has AGAIN avoided the gas guzzler tax with the 650HP GT 500. Unbelievable. Congratulations and thank you Ford for doing it again with the Mustang. Dollar for dollar, the Ford vehicle line-up for 2013 is as good, if not better than any manufacturer foriegn or domestic. There is no legitimite reason for any American to buy a foriegn car with the current model line-up now being offered by Ford. In my mind and I have been a Ford customer and enthusiasts since 1977, Ford has many reasons to believe that they have recaptured a moment in time very similiar to the 1960's when Ford was producing cars and trucks that would rival the world's best. I've been waiting for this moment for a long time and it sure feels great.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gene Elverud i like where they are going ,miss my 66 GTA Fairlane
2 year(s) ago via
Jamie Notine I LUV Fords !
2 year(s) ago via
Sheldon MacDonell Incredible!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Harlow Morgan And "Big Bad Blue" is back! Woo-hoo! Awesome vehicles.
2 year(s) ago via
Jacques Grochowski Another thing added to my wishlist!!!!
2 year(s) ago via
Steven Johnson they are putting a 5.8 in the 2013, thats what the article is saying
2 year(s) ago via
Chris Filipowicz Gone have Independent Rear Suspension?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Martin Schon @jsharbour For 2013 the Shelby is going to have a 5.8
2 year(s) ago via
Ruben Gonzalez Gonzalez Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
I love my 2009 Shelby GT500, but I could really love the 2013
2 year(s) ago via
Paint that sucker yellow and black and ship it my way!
2 year(s) ago via
Max McLeieer The new Shelby will have a 5.8,read the ads.
2 year(s) ago via
Pav Singh Dear Santa.......
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marie Rowland Love Mustangs. Have a2002 convertaible, I had it painted Grabber Orange. put great wheels and wide tires on the back and get sooooo many comments about it from people of all ages. I've had it for almost eights years so I'm looking to sale it so I can get a newer one.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
jsharbour The Shelby has a 5.4L engine, not 5.8L.
2 year(s) ago via
Our American Cars Ford, you are #1 in the Muscle Car Wars!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle Walker Bonkers.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Melinda Hill I want one
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Wilkins WoW 650 Horse Power.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
mike Here's a thought...If the new Mustang comes with the 351 c.i.,can I get one with the new 427 c.i.?It's the same engine block.Just roll that around for a minute. THANX
2 year(s) ago via
Stephanie Rupe OMG i just got my 2012 grabber blue shelby,now im going to have to trade it in for the 2013....must have the power what a hot rod!!!!im so in love!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Robert Hillaker Ford you make one bad azz car...i have own 9 so far at age 36..and driveing one now...thank you ford...if its not a stang its one of them other thangs...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Don Taras My mistake it has 257,000 miles
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Don Taras I'm a Ford man from way back. Had a 69 Mustang mach 1, it was great!!!! I have a ford 350 truck, witha V-10 that has 357,000 mile and is still running strong. I'm FORD all the way
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mark Li I like the one in green colour.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Wesley Gibbs They need to put wider tires on the rear my 09 has a little trouble at times hooking up an the 10 through 12 have the same width tire.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Wally Ament That is anyone with any power there
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Wally Ament Why comment? To my knowledge, no one from Ford reads it anyway.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mel Walters 650 HP ... Will be great in snow ;-)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ravi Patel Awesome........!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Zombozo Kropotkin Se amarrei!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bryan McDermott love the black out tail panel....and 650 hp Shelby?...can you say corvette killer?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tikisha Stephenson First happy Blue, Ive seen in a long time.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brett Benbow so are the transmissions fixed yet? I love my '11 other than the difficult 1-2 or 3-2 shift. Pops out of gear in a 3-2 downshift fairly often.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kevin Whitbeck The Mustang will always be the best American car ever. I have 3 and if this economy ever gets back together I'm gonna have a fourth
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dalita S Alvarez gooood
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Don Perlick Who wrote this press release? It reads like it was written in India. Can we get a native English speaker to re-write this? This is my personal opinion and does not reflect the thoughts of any other entity.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Cory Bryant Its nice to hear all these advancements, however, people like me cannot afford it. Ford, I understand you want to be the leader in technological advancements but for Gods sake lower your prices!
2 year(s) ago via
Larry Adams I was trying to sell my 06 Mustang GT for an F150. BUT now.....
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Andy Fiebig Blue Oval>Bow Tie.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ron Claros Tires?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Poya Davodi nice
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jose Perez Its great
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bill van Steenis Lets hope they don't return to the Mustang II
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Tamás Sinkó i love you Boss 302
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Carson Roberts the new and the old..............
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jimmy Shearon As long as MyFordTouch isn't in the Stang. Stay away from Fords with that in it!!!!! Major issues, major headaches!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Marvin Solorzano WOw!!! like me ..!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jorge Flores Why must you tell me this!!! I can't wait any longer!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rene Giessl My dream car ;)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Chuck Nardone No mention of IRS... :(
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Serge Budja Saw the pics, and just wanna say a BIG Thank You for not disappointing us, because those spy photos were horrible!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Alan Garsow A higher price tag
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Shannon Conley Hunter Green is my choice.
2 year(s) ago via
Andrew White this article needs another edit.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Drew Green Oh man, this is amazing, call me a loser or a purist but I teared up a bit at the end. What a car. Well done Ford, well done. I WILL be purchasing one, no questions asked. Every car from the V6 to the Shelby just looks stunning.
2 year(s) ago via
Kissa Eric Gordon Toyota,Bosche, Vw, Mercedes., KIA,..etc Hv a volatile mkt in Uganda but FORD. Consider this segment.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Angela Babala That all sounds FANTASTIC!!!! When will the MACH 1 be reintroduced?
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Zachary Heck I can't wait to hear what the 5.8L sounds like! And I'm hoping the 0-60 on the Shelby is close to 3.5 sec... or better. ;-)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Nick Short Sometimes I *really* do miss the States! One of my happiest memories is zipping along the interstate in my open-top red Mustang. Happy days …
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bryan Valko Couldn't read the article on my iPhone, Ford. A popup box appeared preventing viewing ability.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Adam Krim Hate to burst y'alls bubble but, 650 BHP is by far not the most powerful production V8. The Koenigsegg CCX had a Twin Supercharged V8 pushing over 800 BHP. The SSC Ultimate Aero has a Twin Turbo V8 pushing just under 1,200 BHP.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Krishna Harish cost??????????????///
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Rebecca Mitchell Where do I buy one!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Butch Heffner we have both in stock
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joe Gruce Nice revision Ford, now to gather the funds to get one...
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mathew Poynter *GT
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Joe Gruce Nice changes, a little short on the updates to the V6, which most people can afford ;^). I'm trying for a GT. I'm still unsure of the black panel on rear between the tailights, but the overall look is nice. Need to see it in person. Hopefully there is a delete option. Nice job Ford!
2 year(s) ago via
Ben Sanders Now let us create our halo car down under in Australia!!!! Stop holding us back!!!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Adrian Boyd i want 1!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Anurag Bourai i thing more bhp than Its predecessor.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mary Edwards yeah the best
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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