Chicago, Illinois – The 2013 Shelby GT500 convertible has been unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show. The new model marks 20 years since Ford’s SVT division was officially launched at the 1992 Chicago Auto  Show with the unveiling of the 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lightning.

In honour of SVT’s anniversary, a commemorative lighted sill plate will be included on the 2013 Shelby GT500. The 1993 SVT Mustang Cobra used a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 235 horsepower, while the 2013 Shelby GT500 makes 650 horsepower from its supercharged 5.8-litre V8.

“The Shelby GT500 convertible is every bit the performer that the coupe is,” said Kerry Baldori, SVT Global Performance Vehicles chief engineer. “All of the significant changes we made in the program were instrumental in delivering a convertible that could really shine on the track but can still be driven on a daily basis.”

When equipped with an optional Performance Package, the 2013 model is faster around a track than the outgoing model. The new convertible shaved nearly 3.5 seconds off its lap time at Sebring International Raceway when compared to the 2011 and 2012 models. Similar to the coupe, the convertible can also be upgraded to a Track Package with external engine cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler.

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