2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR

These guys aren't kidding. Driving the GT500KR on cold tires (with traction control turned off, of course!) is almost exactly like driving on ice. Not that I'm complaining...

I've driven a lot of crazy Mustangs recently including the Saleen Dan Gurney H281SC Signature Edition and the Roush 427R, but I think this Ford/SVT version is the best-handling of the bunch - and the ride is actually quite decent. To me, the King of the Road is definitely the best-looking of the bunch, even though the forged Alcoa wheels aren't all that striking.

Still, $80K is a TON of money for a Mustang when you could get a Corvette Z06, a Nissan GT-R, or a base Porsche 911 for the same dough. But, as Phil said, if you're the Mustang Man who has everything, then a GT500KR deserves a place in your collection. Or look at it this way: the Ford GT was a $150,000-ish mid-engine supercar powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 with 550 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque hooked to a great gearbox; the GT500KR is a crazily souped-up $80,000-ish Mustang powered by a supercharged 5.4 with 540 hp and 510 lb-ft hooked to a great gearbox. So Ford definitely isn't shorting KR buyers on oomph. Or the sound track - this car sounds absolutely burble-licious. For my money, though, I'd be content to buy a base Mustang GT and budget a few grand for some SVT or Roush gearbox and suspension mods and call it good.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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