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2013 Mustang to get Shelby GT500 styling cues, increase in horsepower

By - August 16, 2011 – 7:15 am5 Comments | 31,369 views

Shelby GT500 front end

Many of the rumors in the past few months have been regarding the 2015 Mustang, but as we initially reported last month, Ford will first unveil a redesigned Mustang in 2013 before we see the next generation pony car from the Blue Oval. Very little has been reported about what changes are in store for the 2013 Mustang, but our inside sources have given us new details about what to expect from the upcoming model year.

First up, the 2013 Mustang will be getting a fairly significant redesign, with many styling cues from the current Shelby GT500 making their way onto the front of the car including the larger, protruding upper grille and smaller, rounder lower grille. This aligns with the mysterious Mustang test mule that was caught on the streets of Dearborn back in April. As a modern touch, LED lights will be used, most likely for the fog lights in the lower front fascia. Many Mustang fans will also be happy to know that the controversial taillight design first seen on the 2010 Mustang have also gone on the chopping block for 2013, giving way to a lights that run straight across the back of the car rather than angling towards the front.

As far as powertrains go, our sources say that they will remain the same for 2013, a 5.0L V8 and the 3.7L V6, although Ford will be giving a slight bump in horsepower to the Mustang GT (no word on the V6) to be more on par with the Camaro SS. The exact horsepower figure for the Mustang GT is unknown, but expect it to come in right around 425. As we reported back in March, the 2013 Shelby GT500 will also be getting an increase in horsepower to as much as 620.

Finally, we earlier speculated that the 2013 Mustang would debut in November at the L.A. Auto Show, and our sources have confirmed this. Expect to see the redesigned 2013 Mustang right around November 16-17, the press days for the L.A. Auto show.


  • Jerry says:

    If the 2015 redesign doesn’t excite me, I’ll definitely be swapping my ’05 gt for a lightly used 2013/2014. Nice job, Ford!

  • Luiz says:

    Waiting for the exciting 2013 MUSTANG NEWS.
    I am sure it is going to be another GREAT car, as it always been. The facelift will help sales, in the other hand it will bring down the resale value of our 11 and 12s out there. I am most interested in the Shelby gt500 power increase, where there will be no competitors out there for now as it hasn’t since 2011 mustang GTs, not to say the GT500s.

    The wait BEGINS AGAIN!!!
    Thank you FORD.

  • doctor al says:

    Jerry, unless you are in love with the solid rear axel, I would wait, having the time, until 2015 model. You may be able to cut a deal with a local dealer on a demo. Just a comment in general, I read way too many times on Mustang sites about all these Corvette beating cars. It is not reality ……… the Camaro is the competition, as it has been for a long time and that’s great. The Corvette is too track specific too low etc …….. articles leading with my Z06 crushing ‘stang’ …….. send me what that guy is smoking … it’s more than tires !!! We have a great car … stands by itself and that’s enough for me ……….. ‘have a good one’ Doc Al

  • JB says:

    eh. I am excited for the 2015, but I am not a fan of the shelby upper grill. I like the current base mustang front end a lot more (GT anyway). Biggest reason I like it more is its easier for body kit companies to make longer, extended hoods/headlight buckets like the s195 B2 hood/buckets from Cervini, or another company I can’t remember for the current design. That is, in my opinion, how ford should have designed it from day one. If I could afford a new Mustang, and were to purchase a 2013, I be looking for whatever way I could to replace the facia.

  • nick sender says:

    That’s good news indeed that they continue to refresh the Mustang during it’s life cycle. No word on fixing the throw away chinese manual tranny though. I originally bought a 2011 GT with the 6 speed manual transmission. It was so bad and Ford was unable/unwillling to get rid of the grinding and notchiness that I traded for a 2012 GT with the Auto. Definitely a great transmission, but boring. I hope they get their act together soon for any new products as once they have your money they don’t care about you. Such a love/hate relationship I guess!

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