Ford is trying to keep the Mustang fresh to grab potential buyers who might defect to the Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger. At the recent L.A. Auto Show, the automaker announced several changes for the 2013 models, which go on sale next spring.
The V-6 and GT models get new front styling and standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, plus new wheels and other minor styling tweaks. The GT's 5.0-liter V-8 gains 8 horsepower, to 420, and the optional six-speed automatic transmission adds a sequential manual shift mode. A new GT Track Package borrows some performance parts from the Mustang Boss 302, and two new stereos join the options list.
The Boss 302 was such a hit that it apparently was overshadowing the Shelby GT500, so Ford has bulked up the GT500 with more muscle for 2013. A new supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 generates 650 hp and reaches a claimed top speed of 200 mph. That is a 100-hp jump over the current 5.4-liter's horsepower rating of 550.