Ford rolled out several new upgrades for the 2013 Ford Mustang concept ahead of the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The Shelby GT500 was the star attraction, even with the blindingly yellow 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and convertible variants alongside.
Cosmetic upgrades to the 2013 Ford Mustang line include a snarkier front end, HID headlights accented with LED strips and sequential taillights that flash in tandem with the turn signals. In addition to a few minor cosmetic updates, all 2013 Ford Mustang models are now rated at 420 horsepower. With an increase of 100 hp than the 2012 Ford Mustang, the 2013 Ford Mustang won praise even from its legendary namesake.
The 2013 Ford Mustang will likely add power to its top-line Shelby GT500 model but should otherwise carry over with only modest changes in preparation for a major model-year 2014 Ford Mustang redesign. Don’t expect visual revisions to the 2013 Ford Mustang, save perhaps an added exterior color treatment or a new wheel design.
This four-seater will again be offered in 2013 Ford Mustang coupe and convertible body styles that represent a modern take on classic Mustang styling. You’ll again get round headlamps, scoop-like indentations on each side of the 2013 Ford Mustang, and turn signals that flash in sequential order.
The 2013 Ford Mustang coupe and convertible’s interior design will also continue to pay homage to its 1960s and early-1970s forerunners. While it should retain its basic rectangular dashboard forms and round instrumentation and air vents, the 2013 Ford Mustang cabin probably will continue with generally budget-conscious materials and switchgear and, in base-trim, a lifeless overall appearance.
Trading up to one of the extra-cost Premium-trim versions of the 2013 Ford Mustang should again dress things up with aluminum-look accents, and ordering the optional navigation system will again add an LCD video display to the center of the dashboard for a higher-tech ambience.
Speaking of the hood, 2013 Ford Mustang GT models feature functional heat extractors to keep the engine bay as cool as possible. That’s a good thing considering that the 5.0-liter V8 now produces 420 horsepower in the GT and 444 horsepower in the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss.
The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302, meanwhile, also receives a new hood with heat extractors and a more aggressive front splitter. The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 also rocks SYNC for the first time, and new reflective hockey-stick graphics are also available. 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 buyers will also be able to choose a new Parnelli-Jones-approved School Bus Yellow paint scheme.
2013 Ford Mustang Competitors
The 2013 Ford Mustang will remain in stiff competition with its domestic-brand counterparts, the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger. Fueled by aggressive styling, Camaro has been outselling the Mustang. It’s arguably the more technically advanced car than the 2013 Ford Mustang. Styled to recall the 1970 Challenger and based on the chassis that underpinned the previous-generation Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger is the biggest pony car in the field.
Expect the car’s base engine tweaked a bit higher if parent company Fiat is serious about remaining competitive with the 2013 Ford Mustang and Camaro’s V-8s. The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 coupe and convertible are good candidates for added horsepower in response to the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Challenger’s SRT8 392, which debuted for 2012 Ford Mustang model-year with a supercharged 6.2-ltier V-8 rated at some 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Expect to see the 2013 Ford Mustang land on dealer lots in the spring of 2012.
2013 Ford Mustang and Shelby GT500 – 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
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