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2013+ Shelby Daily and Winter Driver?

I was thinking of upgrading to a 2013 (or 14) Shelby. However, I would be driving the car year round here in Southern Ontario on a daily basis and I'm not convinced this is the best idea. What does everyone think?


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I will store my 13 gt in the winter I'm also from Windsor ON ..I don't trust winters here


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I haven't had much trouble the past two winters with my 2011 V6; just slapped 4 winter tires on it and it was fine. Obviously the Shelby is a totally different animal though. Can you even buy winter tires of sufficient size and width? I have no idea.

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IMO I wouldn't drive in the winters with a Shelby but that's just me I have another car I can use during that time so it all depends on your situation

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A friend of mine just bought a 12 Shelby GT500 and took me for a ride. This car is an animal. Sorry, but I would never think about winter driving a valuable high powered car in your part of the world. I owned a '67 GT390 and had to drive it in the winter. Downright dangerous with any snow or black ice. Get a banger for the winter if you can.
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Can you even buy winter tires of sufficient size and width? I have no idea.
Size is no problem but only one has a "Z" speed rating, above 149 MPH.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Now really who is going to take a $70,000, markup-tax-title, car out in the snow? With traction and stability control it can be done but why? Subarus will blow your doors off and old ladies will give you the finger for blocking them on a hill.

I see it every first snow fall, some guy with rear wheel drive, summer tires ann 400 HP that can't get up a speed bump.


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I do have a feeling that it is a bad idea. Its just that winter driving with my V6 is quite good actually. But like I said before, obviously the Shelby is a different animal. Just wanted to see what the community thought.

The climate here is one of the reasons I am on the fence about the upgrade. I'm not sure how I feel about having a winter beater. I was thinking about the GT-R too (since it has AWD), but I prefer the Shelby.

I'll just have to wait and see I guess. May end up in California in a couple of years anyway.

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There is no reason why you would be in worse shape in the Shelby in the winter than your V6 assuming equivalent tires. You just have to be verrrry careful with the throttle. And the Shelby may be lower from the factory, which could be a little more problematic in real snow.


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I would vote against it for the winters we get here in London as much as I'd like to see a new Shelby roaring around the streets. I drove my V6 last winter and as you said it wasn't bad with snow tires on. The traction control kicked in too often for my liking though, so I usually turned it off. I'd assume the Shelby would be controllable as long as you took the similar approach of having snow tires and patient with the throttle. My main concern would be the amount of salt and sand that the city throws on our roads. That's the main reason I'm looking for a winter ride.

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IMO I wouldn't drive in the winters with a Shelby but that's just me I have another car I can use during that time so it all depends on your situation
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I will store my 13 gt in the winter I'm also from Windsor ON ..I don't trust winters here
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A friend of mine just bought a 12 Shelby GT500 and took me for a ride. This car is an animal. Sorry, but I would never think about winter driving a valuable high powered car in your part of the world. I owned a '67 GT390 and had to drive it in the winter. Downright dangerous with any snow or black ice. Get a banger for the winter if you can.
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Size is no problem but only one has a "Z" speed rating, above 149 MPH.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero Serie II

Now really who is going to take a $70,000, markup-tax-title, car out in the snow? With traction and stability control it can be done but why? Subarus will blow your doors off and old ladies will give you the finger for blocking them on a hill.

I see it every first snow fall, some guy with rear wheel drive, summer tires ann 400 HP that can't get up a speed bump.
^^ All of these posts are useless.

What OP needs to know is that Shelby is lower than the V6, so I say nay.

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^^ All of these posts are useless.

What OP needs to know is that Shelby is lower than the V6, so I say nay.

So 5.73 inches is OK but 5.70 inches in not? If 3/100 of an inch is large to you what are you using to measure with.

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^^ All of these posts are useless.

What OP needs to know is that Shelby is lower than the V6, so I say nay.
I could care less about how much ground clearance I have. That much power on wet/frosted pavement is a really bad thing. Don't care what tires or weight you have in the rear.
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All that power with snow and ice... Not for me plus all the salt used on the roads would seal the deal as a no for me.


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I could care less about how much ground clearance I have. That much power on wet/frosted pavement is a really bad thing. Don't care what tires or weight you have in the rear.
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This is not like Bill Cosby's 200 MPH Ford he gave back to Shelby who's next owner lost it on a curve and went off a cliff into the ocean.

This 200 MPH Ford doesn't let the wheels spin or go sideways unless one makes a big effort to turn off the traction control.



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