Muscle car enthusiasts love their cars loud, and the latest iteration of the 427R doesn't fail to live up to either sense of the term. If the bright paint and side stripes patterned after the 1970 Boss 302 don't grab your attention, the exhaust certainly will. At wide-open throttle, the 427R makes noises typically produced by P-51 Mustangs, not those built by Ford.
I do, however, wish Ford trimmed this interior. Roush's hand-sewn leather seat covers were a nice touch back when Mustang interiors were subpar, but the premium two-tone cabin we recently sampled on a stock 2010 Mustang GT was far superior in aesthetics and functionality. The extra foam installed in the seatback reduces the height of the side bolsters--a problem when this car grips so well, as Rusty noted. I could also do without the retro-tastic louvers on the quarter windows. Why, yes, they look like those on a '67 fastback while enlarging my blind spots.
It's hard to justify such an expensive, testosterone-infused plaything, especially when Ford builds one that's cheaper and is slightly tauter in the corners. Still, only 2000 examples of both the GT500 and 427R are built each year. If you're too impatient to sit on Ford's waiting list, it wouldn't hurt to give Jack Roush a call.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer