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2013 Ford Shelby GT500 is road burner

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Last week’s photo showed the hood, scoops and racing stripes on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, the epitome of performance in the shape of a Mustang. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test.

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Drawn from the correct entries was Don Ruddy Sr., of Evans, who said: “I recognized that monster right off the bat. That is the blue one; mine is black with red stripes.”

Other readers identifying the Shelby were:

AUGUSTA: Susan Redfearn wrote: “I’m not 100 percent sure, but if this is the car that I’ve been eyeing than it’s the 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500.”

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “The iconic blue color and dual white stripes down the center are a dead giveaway to this week’s car. It is no secret that Ford hit that elusive automotive sweet spot with the fifth-generation Mustang introduced in 2005. Combining a perfect blend of old-school muscle car styling and performance with today’s technology yielded a result that other car manufacturers can only envy in its success.

“Throughout the years, Ford has enjoyed a thriving relationship with the legendary Carroll Shelby, and today is no different. I am not sure if Carroll had any personal involvement in this project, but if he did, it would have been one of his last because he is no longer with us. That is not to say that this rendition does not live up to the heritage of its namesake, because it does.

“With a 5.8-liter, supercharged, intercooled V-8 able to light up the rear tires with 662 horsepower, there is no doubt this GT500 has the heart you would expect a Shelby Mustang to have. Ford’s SVT group ensures that it has the soul to go along with that heart with such features as an adjustable traction control system, adjustable steering feedback system and, of course, the beefy Brembo brakes to make certain it has as much stopping power as it does go power.

“I had an opportunity to sit in one of these cars at the recent Atlanta International Auto Show. It was hypnotizing, to say the least. I do not believe that Ford participated in the Ride and Drive during the show, but it would be a safe bet that a GT500 would not have been one of the options to take for a spin around the block!”

Wayne Wilke wrote: “The car is a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The racing paint and air scoop, even in this limited view, kind of give it away.”

Bill Harding wrote: “That’s the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 in Deep Impact Blue Metallic. Buying one of these sweethearts will make a seriously deep impact in your bank account. The convertible starts at $59,650, which is Corvette territory. Power comes from a 32-valve, 5.8-liter supercharged aluminum V-8.

“Are you at all concerned about miles per gallon? You’ll get 15 city and 24 highway, and 93 octane is required. Ford claims that its 662 horsepower and 631 foot-pounds of torque make this the most powerful production V-8 engine on Earth. The only transmission available is a six-speed Tremec manual with a 3.31 final drive ratio. Front brakes are Brembo 14-inch vented rotors with six-piston calipers. Rear brakes are 11.8-inch vented rotors with a single-piston calipers.”

Jerry Paul wrote: “This week I will guess a Ford Shelby GT500.”

GRANITEVILLE: Robert Blackburn said: “The car in the paper is a modern-day Ford Shelby edition.”

HEPHZIBAH: Christopher Fuller

MCBEAN: Robert Lamb

MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This week’s car is a 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. This modern-day hot rod puts out 650 horsepower and has a top speed of over 200 mph.”

PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson

SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna

WARRENVILLE: James Covar

NO CITY LISTED: Karen Hayes wrote: “I think today’s car is a Mustang Shelby GT500. I’m not a big Ford lover so this is my best guess!”

Also: Charles D. Johnson Jr.

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

Can you tell us the make and model of this 2014 vehicle? If you know what it is, call (706) 823-3419 or send an e-mail to glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response along with everybody else’s.

You have until noon Wednesday to respond. A winner will be chosen randomly.

– Glynn Moore,

staff writer


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