2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible

20 years ago, Ford’s SVT (Special Vehicles Team) made their auto show debut.  To mark the 20th anniversary, they are rolling out one heck of a tribute.

The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible features the same 650hp engine as the hard top model –  a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 with 600 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 in the world. The optional Performance Package, which includes SVT-designed Bilstein electronic dampers, coupled with all-new chassis tuning and new Brembo brake system. The powertrain has been boosted by a supercharger, cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a carbon fiber driveshaft, and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle.

With a push of a button on the dash, drivers can switch between normal mode – designed for a more comfortable ride – and sport mode – designed for performance with less body roll on the corners and reduced pitch when braking. Ford says the new Bilstein dampers are key to the SVT engineers being able to tune the vehicle more aggressively for the track, while still maintaining comfort for the road. The GT500 also comes with a commemorative lighted sill plate to mark the 20th anniversary.

0-60 specs, price and release date aren’t posted yet, but it will go on sale later this year.  Trust is, they will sell out.