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2013 Shelby 1000, Laughably, Makes 1,200 Horsepower

Just call it the Las Vegas Tire Fire.

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A few months back, we had the chance to take Ford’s 2013 Shelby GT500 out for a spin. It turned out to be so much fun that we had to ask for it for a second weekend. Not because it handles well, not because it’s particularly comfortable—but simply because, with 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque, it is utterly, insanely, hilariously overpowered. If the Scion FR-S and Mazda MX-5 are the first and second most usably-fun cars on the road today, the 2013 GT500 is the third—because it offers controllable yet incredible accessible oversteer at any speed. Seriously. It’ll do it at 10 miles an hour.

So we laughed when we saw that Shelby American has taken the 2013 GT500 and almost doubled the power to create the new 2013 Shelby GT1000. Thanks to a 5.8 liter V8 that’s been stripped down to the block and then rebuilt even stronger than before, the car makes 1,200 horsepower on pump gas. Shelby claims the car “can outperform exotics costing three-to-four times more,” which, given the roughly $210K price for a completed 2013 Shelby 1000, is a pretty bold statement. We’ll see the car make its official debut at the New York Auto Show this week. [via Shelby American]

Press Release:


LAS VEGAS – March 22, 2013 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), will introduce the 2013 version of the most powerful production, street legal muscle car in the world on March 28, 2013, at the New York International Auto Show. The company will have on display its 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C version with 1,200 horsepower, which is based on the Ford Shelby GT500. Beginning with Ford’s new massive 5.8L V8 power plant, the 2013 Shelby 1000 puts unprecedented horsepower to the pavement, while running on pump gas.

“The 2012 Shelby 1000 was launched to great acclaim at the New York Auto Show last year to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “We’re bringing back the Shelby 1000 to New York, but with Ford’s new 2013 Shelby GT500 as the base car. With its new engine, launch control, adjustable suspension and other new enhancements, we’ve created a car with even more capabilities. The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”

While the stock 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 offers 662 HP, Shelby American strips the 5.8 liter engine down to the block, strengthens the internals and then cranks up the power. Combining a finely tuned adjustable suspension with a performance cooling package, big brakes and serious horsepower, the Shelby can outperform exotics costing three-to-four times more.

“The 2013 Shelby 1000 is the most powerful production muscle car on the market,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s test driver. “But this car cannot be defined by just its amazing power. The steering provides wonderful feedback and the car tracks beautifully, giving it an athletic feel. It attacks corners, ripping through them with minimal body roll and tremendous grip. Yet the Shelby 1000 can be so docile that you can cruise it down the streets of Manhattan.”

The 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C track version runs on pump gas and is rated at 1,200 HP. The post-title package starts at $154,995, not including the base GT500. A limited production of 100 2013 Shelby 1000’s will be built and each will be numbered and documented in the official Shelby Registry.

Shelby American to Unveil 2013 Shelby 1000 at NYIAS (2/2)

Shelby American will also unveil another vehicle at the New York International Auto Show. Like the Shelby Focus ST, it will not be Ford Mustang based.

Shelby American is now accepting orders for the limited edition 2013 Shelby 1000. Those interested in reserving a car should contact the Shelby American Sales team at (702) 942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.

  • Rick James says:
    March 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    "So we laughed when we saw that Shelby American has taken the 2013 GT500 and almost doubled the power to create the new 2013 Shelby GT500." Do you mean GT1000?

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