Mustang GT 2013 – 2014 – Shelby GT500 – Boss 302
The Ford Mustang power house for 2013 is the Shelby GT500 with a reputed top speed of 202 mph (325km/h) achieved by the 5.8L Trinity V8 engine producing up to 662 hp (494 kW) and 631 lb-ft (856 N-m) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Shelby GT500 has the Trimac 6060 transmission which has undergone some fine tuning to produce maximum performance and to help keep it lubricated efficiently it has an internal oil pump. If you don’t like to shift there is a six speed automatic available optionally, as well, both transmissions are turning a carbon fiber drive shaft. Shelby GT500 models have three versions available from a 5.4 liter producing either 540 hp, a little quicker one putting out 550 hp, with the 5.8 liter version mentioned first as the top producer in the Mustang line.
The entry level Mustang GT choice for power for 2013 is a 4.0 liter engine pumping out 210 hp (235 kW); with two 5.0 liter possibilities in between and the top GT model gets 420 hp (313 kW) from the 5.0 liter power plant. The Boss 302 trim option comes with the same 5.0 liter engine but this version produces 444 hp (331 kW) at 7,500 rpm.
All the 2013 models have a revised front clip containing the standard HID headlights while the updated tail light assembly is still using the efficient light emitting diodes (LED). Other changes for 2013 include a beefed up front roll bar and the newly designed retuned springs are both included on all models. The performance upgrades include twin fuel pumps, a gripper with a larger diameter clutch, larger fan, and triple row inter cooler Stopping is not a problem for the new and larger Brembo front disc brakes with six piston calipers reinforced axle tubes, as well, the aerodynamic tweaks enable all the high power option models to reach 200mph in moderate safety. The FOMOCO says that many of these changes have help reduce drag by 14 percent with a 66 percent increase the front-end down-force on all the models which help this car conform to stringent EPA regulations. Also included on all Mustangs is the rpm-adjustable electronic launch control feature as is the four-mode electronic stability control.
For a higher performance package the two mode adjustable Bilstein dampers, and a limited slip differential by Torsen are there if you would like. Further up the performance ladder for your Mustang; a “track package” can be added to your street legal transportation which includes a differential cooler for the Torsen option and an air-to-oil engine cooler.
All of the GT, Shelby GT 500, and the Boss302 variations include the Pioneer GPS, Power passenger seat, heated seats, Sirius satellite radio, a USB plug for your favorite downloaded tunes on the stereo, operator controlled choice of instrument color display combinations and the driver can also adjust the ambient interior lighting. The entire spectrum of creature comforts one would expect from a quick and luxuriously appointed automobile are all there; most of which are options on lesser Mustang models.
The 2014 Mustang is the last of the fifth generation with a possible production spanning up to two model years while they fine tune the next generation. The 2014 has very few changes from the ’13 models although the Boss 302 has been dropped from the line up.