The New 2013 Ford Mustang GT Green Edition, Changes are subtle from a visual perspective, but keen eyes will catch them quickly. For instance, there is a new grille and splitter at the front. There are new functional hood scoops on the GT model, while all versions benefit from body colored rocker panels. LED lights in the front and rear further update the exterior, while the space between the taillights is blacked out, to give the car a more sinister look. Other small changes improve down-force at higher speeds according to the Ford engineers.
With a 2013 Ford Mustang GT capable of producing plenty of thrills, the weather did not cooperate. We suffered through rain during the entire drive. With a route along some very twisty, wet roads with no guardrails and steep drops (sometimes on both sides), its handling limits went untested. Still, the Mustang impresses. Few would ever know this car still has a live-beam rear axle, its geometry so well developed, it will silence most critics. It’s competent and reassuring, even when covering ground quickly.
The same V6 engine remained for 2013. This naturally aspirated V6 still produces 305 hp at 6500 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4250 rpm. For 2013, the 5.0-liter V8 is a little bit stronger. The 5.0 V8 now makes 420-hp at 6500 rpm on premium fuel but drops to 402 hp on regular fuel. Torque is 390 lb-ft at 4250 rpm, again on premium fuel, with that figure dropping slightly to 377 lb-ft with regular gas.
With the 2013 Ford Mustang GT engine, the body and the wheels selected, it’s time to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox, or a six-speed automatic with SelectShift. Many Mustang fans think of a V8 exhaust note as music, but if you prefer a different sound track you can choose between a 370-watt stereo and a 500-watt stereo system. New for this year, Ford decided to offer optional sports Recaro seats previously only available with the GT500 model.
If you’re tempted to buy one, the base V6 coupe is yours from $22,200. If you want a convertible, add $5,000 to that figure. The six-speed manual is standard, but the automatic is a $1,195 option. If you prefer the roar of the 5.0-liter, V8 ‘GT’ model (we most certainly do), prices start at $30,300, which is a great value for the fun you can have with this car.