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