Shelby 1000 Gives New Meaning To ‘Pony Power’
Back in the day, when muscle cars pushed out 400 to 500 horsepower, they were considered top of the class performance vehicles. However, with the new technology and the need for speed, so to speak, car manufacturers all over the world are making more and more powerful vehicles every year.
We think of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches as the ultimate high-performance driving machines, but in recent years the American-made muscle cars have risen to the challenge. Camaro, Corvette, Viper, and others have all been fitted with high-output engines to compete with the foreign muscle.
One such vehicle (that is made in America) is the Ford Mustang Shelby. This pony comes in a variety of performance-fitted versions, all of which will blow you away with their performance and handling; ranging from the GT350 to the never-thought-possible-in-a-street-machine, the 1200 horsepower 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C.
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Shelby American in 2012 unveiled the 1000 as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration at the New York Auto Show. The 1000 was essentially a GT500 fitted with a 950 horsepower engine, compared the standard 662 horsepower version.
The 2013 model is even more impressive. Shelby took the original 5.8-L V-8, stripped it down to the bare block, and filled it full of strengthened, high performance parts, giving this beast 1200 horses under the hood. Additional to the power increase, the vehicle was fitted with an adjustable suspension, improved brakes, a performance cooling package, and a new style of wheels.
The base price for the GT500 Shelby model is $54,650. But when you upgrade to the Shelby 1000 S/C, the price increases $154,995, bringing the final cost to just under $210,000. This cost is still well below that of exotic vehicles from other countries. Shelby announced there will only be 100 cars built. The stats have yet to be released, but as soon as they become available, I will surely be interested in bringing you the numbers.
In a press release, the 2013 Shelby 1000 was announced to be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show as the most powerful, street legal, production vehicle in the world that runs on pump gas.
John Luft, president of Shelby American said, “the 2012 Shelby 1000 was launched to great acclaim at the New York Auto Show last year to celebrate our 50th anniversary. 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.”
“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.”
I might be a little biased, being a Mustang enthusiast, but way to go Ford.
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