We’ve been waiting for months. We’ve read tons of rumors and speculation on the new 2013 Mustang. We were even teased by Ford’s blurry Facebook images over the last few days.
The wait is over. The 2013 Mustang has finally been unveiled. Take a look:
Here’s an overview of the 2013 Mustang’s new components and those in the Boss 302 and GT500, which were also unveiled today:
2013 Mustang V6/GT
New Aggressive Design
The new Mustang looks much more aggressive than even the 2010 model, thanks to a much more prominent grille, body colored rocker panels and a high gloss black panel between the taillights. In addition, the taillights are now several separate LED elements and are complimented by HID headlights with LED accent lights in the front. For the GT, new, functional heat extractors are now added to the hood, along with an aggressive front splitter. The available wheels has also expanded, from 17 inch wheels standard on the V6 to the optional 19 inch wheels on the GT.
While the 5.0 liter was all-new just a few years ago, Ford engineers were able to squeak out another 8 horsepower, bumping it to 420 for all 2013 Mustang GTs. The biggest upgrade, though, comes with the new automatic transmission, which receives a SelectShift feature, allowing drivers to manually select gears via a button on the side of the shifter.
In the 2013 Mustang GT with a manual and 3.73 rear axle, customers can now order the Track Package, which adds everything in the Brembo brake package, along with an engine cooler, upgraded radiator, performance friction brake pads and the same Torsen differential from the Boss 302.
Other New Features
As we discussed more than a month ago, the new 2013 Mustang adds the Track Apps and Gauge Mode to a new 4.2″ LCD placed in between the gauges. The new Mustang also has optional Recaro seats, available in both leather and cloth, hill start assist for manual transmissions, and the availability of the Brembo brake package on automatic Mustangs. The car also has two new optional colors–Deep Impact Blue and Gotta Have It Green–along with the pony projection light, which casts the image of the Mustang pony on the ground when the door unlock button is pressed.
2013 Mustang Shelby GT500
The biggest news, which we also reported a few weeks ago, is the new 5.8 liter supercharged V8 in the GT500. It makes 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world and easily beats the 2012 Camaro ZL1. The car also gets a new carbon fiber driveshaft, upgraded clutch, transmission, and axle and has a final drive ratio of 3:31:1 as standard.
Performance and Track Package
The GT500 also gets a custom performance and track package, which includes Bilstein dampers that can be electronically adjusted via a button on the dash as well as a Torsen limited-slip differential. The package also has an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler as options.
The new Shelby GT500 has also been optimized for much better aerodynamics with the inclusion of a front fascia and splitter that are reinforced to handle high speeds. It also offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph than the 2011 model.
Other New Features
While there are quite a few other new features, there are a few worth mentioning, including a new launch control system that allows drivers to set a desired launch rpm, updated front Brembo brakes with 6-piston calipers and two new sets of 19-inch and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.
2013 Mustang Boss 302
A few days after being named an All-Star with the 2012 model, the new 2013 Boss 302 launches with many of the same design changes as the 2013 Mustang GT, along with a new graphic set that pays tribute to the 1970 Boss 302′s. These graphics feature a hockey stripe on the sides of the car, along with a triple stripe on the hood. No graphics on the roof, however. The car also receives a new color for 2013, School Bus Yellow, while Laguna Seca models will also feature Sterling Gray accents on both the graphics and the rear seat cross brace, along with polished 19″ wheels (instead of painted wheels). The Boss 302 also receives the SYNC system.
This gives a basic overview of the refreshed 2013 Mustang. Hopefully we’ll be able to obtain a few videos of the car in action in the next few days, along with some photos/video from the upcoming LA Auto Show and the Mustang’s formal unveiling, which happens November 18-27.
So, what do you think so far? Did the 2013 Mustang models live up to your expectations? Are you going to order one when it is available in the next few weeks? Let us know!