This is one cool-looking car! Zenlea brings up some very good points about the merits of the Roush 427R, but no current Mustang variant looks as badass as the newly face-lifted Shelby GT500. Couple that with the Shelby's 540 hp (40 more than last year) and 510 lb-ft of torque and you've got a very intimidating ride, one that does the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds at 117 mph, according to our tests. I don't have the talent to properly exercise the GT500 on the curves of public roads, but the car's surges of acceleration and roaring engine when banging through the gears in a straight line are plenty satisfying.
I was a bit disappointed with the gearbox, however, as it has a sloppier feel than the Roush 427R and other Mustangs I've driven recently. Perhaps this vehicle has been subjected to too many overenthusiastic journalists. The cue-ball shifter atop the gearstick is a very cool and well-done detail, though, as is the cobra on the steering wheel. Elsewhere in the cabin, the comfortable seats feature not-too-big-or-too-narrow side bolsters and nice ribbed black-and-white seat covers, and the suede/Alcantara steering-wheel trim feels very nice in your hands, kinda like that of a BMW M car. Speaking of the Shelby's steering, I think this is the best steering I've felt in any Mustang.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor