Complete 2013 Mustang Lineup Overview
After months of anticipation Ford has finally unveiled the 2013 Mustang just ahead of the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Featuring numerous design changes, new options, new technology and additional features, the 2013 Mustang represents a significant refresh ahead of the all new Mustang that will debut as a 2015 model. The updates don’t stop with the standard Mustang V6 and GT, though. Ford has also updated the track-ready Boss 302 with a new look and upgraded the the legendary GT500 to be the most potent muscle car on the planet.
To give you a better idea of the updates for the Mustang for 2013, we’ve put together a concise overview of all the significant changes and new features of the entire Mustang lineup below.
New Aggressive Design
The Mustang last received a styling update in 2010, and Ford has followed that up new aggressive design with a more prominent grille, body-colored rocker panels and a high-gloss black panel that connects the taillights. The taillights themselves now use separated LED elements, complimented by new standard HID LED headlights. The Mustang GT is set apart with new functional heat extractors on the hood and an aggressive front splitter. Finally, Ford is offering a revamped wheel lineup from the standard 17-inch wheels on the Mustang V6 to new optional 19-inch wheels on the Mustang GT.
The Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8 receives no significant updates for 2013, although Ford engineers have applied some new technology learned from the development of the Boss 302 to bump horsepower from 412 to 420 horsepower.
The significant powertrain update for 2013 is for the automatic transmission. A new SelectShift feature is available, allowing the driver to manually select gears via a button on the side of the shifter.
For 2013 Ford is offering a Track Package for the Mustang GT. Available only on manual models with the 3.73 rear axle, the Track Package includes everything in the Brembo brake package plus an engine cooler, upgraded radiator, performance friction brake pads and the same Torsen differential used on the Boss 302.
A new 4.2-inch LCD screen placed in between the gauges will be available for the 2013 Mustang featuring a Track App and a Gauge Mode. The screen will allow the driver to record various performance metrics including g forces, acceleration times and braking times as well as display various types of gauges.
Other New Features
The 2013 Mustang also has a features including optional Recaro seats available in both leather and cloth, hill start assist, and the availability of the Brembo brake package on models with the automatic transmission.
New 5.8-liter Supercharged V8
The big news for the 2013 Shelby GT500 is the new 5.8-liter supercharged V8. Nearly every part of the engine differs from the old 5.4-liter engine with new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a new TVS 2300 series supercharger and an upgraded cooling system. The result is 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft torque, making the 5.8-liter V8 the most powerful production V8 engine in the world and allowing the GT500 capable of reaching 200 mph.
The rest of the powertrain has been updated as well with a new carbon fiber driveshaft, upgraded clutch, transmission and axle. A final drive ratio of 3.31:1 is now standard.
Performance and Track Package
An updated Performance Package is now available for the 2013 Shelby GT500 that includes Bilstein dampers that can be electronically adjusted via a button on the dash as well as a Torsen limited-slip differential. A Track Package is also available with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler.
The 2013 Shelby GT500 has been optimized for better aerodynamics. The front fascia and splitter have been reinforced to handle high speeds, and the 2013 GT500 offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to the 2011 model.
Other New Features
The 2013 Shelby GT500 also features a variety of new features including a new launch control system that allows drivers to set a desired launch rpm, updated front Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers and two new sets of 19-inch and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.
The Boss 302 features the same design changes featured on the standard Mustang GT including the new front end, vented hood, revised rear end and LED headlights and taillights.
The major external changes to the 2013 Boss 302 include a new set of graphics akin to those featured on the 1970 Boss 302. New hockey stripe graphics now reside on the side of the car complimented by a triple stripe on the hood. The graphics have been left off the roof, however.
New Heritage Inspired Colors
The Laguna Seca model will be offered in School Bus Yellow for 2013, paying tribute to Parnelli Jones’ 1970 Trans-Am championship race car. The Laguna Seca will also feature Sterling Gray accents for both the graphics and for the rear seat cross brace, and the 19-inch wheels will be polished rather than painted.
Availability of SYNC
SYNC will be available for the Boss 302 for 2013, allowing owners to access features including hands-free connection to mobile phones, control of external USB-connected music players, 911 Assist and more.
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