Photo Gallery | FIRST COAST GEARS: Ford restyles Mustang, jumps horsepower to 650HP for 2013 | SLIDESHOW

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Can a muscle car ever have too much horsepower?  Of course not!   The Los Angeles Auto Show is underway and the debuts are coming fast and furious.  Among them is the restyled 2013 Mustang.  If tradition holds, we can expect to see several 2013 Mustangs at the Jacksonville International Car and Truck Show that runs February 17-19 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.  However, Jacksonville's show lineup hasn't been announced yet.

The most exciting version for horsepower fans will be the Shelby GT500. Ford confirms this monster will have 600-lb-ft of torque, 650-horsepower and a top speed of more than 200 miles-per-hour.


If you can only afford the V6, chances are you’ll still be happy.  Ford has given America’s original pony car a mild-restyle that new includes a more prominent grille, new hood and new LED signature lighting.  The taillights, though restyled, retain the sequential lighting feature.

Among the new standards on all Mustangs will be high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, which used to be reserved as high-end options on upscale cars such as Jaguars or Lincolns.   Mustang fans will also love the new side mirrors that offer pony projection lights.  Yep, when the doors are opened the lights in the mirrors actually cast an image of the Mustang’s famous pony emblem on the ground. 

Recaro seats, previously only on the Shelby GT500 and Boss 302, will be available across the line.

Ford also is trying to spice things up for those that prefer automatics but still like the idea of rowing the gears once-and-a-while.  The 2013 will be available with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic.  The system is controlled with a selector button on the shifter.

“This lets owners take an automatic out on a track day or whenever they want to drive sportier, and lets them have the convenience of switching to manual control,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “It’s a significant improvement to our powertrain offerings that lets the driver take control.”

Performance fans will appreciate the new 4.2 LCD screen that offers track apps.  In addition to the usual stuff like gas mileage, it delivers performance metrics such as measuring quarter-mile and 0-60 times as well as braking.   


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