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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.
The Chevy ‘vette is coming of age; it’s a survivor and it’s thriving in its mid years from 1963 until 1967. The second generation Corvette styling is based on three things: an earlier concept car the “Q” Corvette, a Mako Shark, and a Sting Ray. The 1963 model of this generation was given the moniker “Corvette Sting Ray” and featured a split rear window. The Sting Ray name stayed for four years but the split rear window only lasted for the one year. A coupe is produced for the first time and the ’63 also features a tapered rear deck, non-functional l hood vents. The largest engine choice developed 360 BHP (270 kW) at maximum R.P.M.
The only visible option for this year was a Delco electronic ignition. Not many changes in ’64 the decorative hood vents disappeared as did the split rear window due to visibility issues. The largest power option in 1964 was the same motor with the BHP kicked up a notch – to 375(280 kW). A rare option on both years is the “Z06” competition option with stiffer leaf springs multi-segment lined brakes with finned drums. Only a couple of hundred “Z06” cars were purchased for the coupe style but only ONE convertible exists with this factory installed option. Both years the headlights remained hidden.
The rarest and most valuable Corvette was made during these years: The “Grand Sport Corvette” made a brief appearance in 1963; an original plan called for one hundred of them to be built but only five made it of the assembly line. Those five cars numbered from 001 to 005 are still around today and in private collections.
In 1965 four- wheel disks brakes came on-line as well as a “big block” engine option. The “big block” engine is 396 cu in (6.49 L) and develops 425 BHP (317 kW).This engine was an available option until 1967 and could have been ordered with side pipes as an additional option. The ‘65 big block 396 was equipped with Rochester fuel injection. This was the last full year for that option. In 1966 a cheaper big block 396 cu in became available in the middle of the year that developed the same BHP as the ’65 version and sold 2,000 units in just a couple of months. In 1966 the most powerful big block engine option was a 427 cu in (7.0 L). Other options for that year included a “Wonderbar” auto-tuning am/fm radio, air conditioning, a telescopic steering wheel and head rests.
The last of the C2 generation of Corvette is 1967 sporting restyled fender vents. The ‘67 ‘vette had less chrome and ornamentation than previous models. The back-up lights became rectangular and moved towards the center of the car. The two tail lights are now four all red tail lights and would stay that way through 1968. There were twenty “L88” engines factory installed between 1967 and 1969 which were officially rated at 430 BHP but unofficial reports say it actually developed 560 BHP or even slightly higher than that. The “L89” or 427 cu in featured a Holly triple two barrel carburetor or Tri-power and was the highest power option available.