This GT500 certainly makes a statement. The screaming blue paint, bold American styling, and 540 horsepower create a perfect street cruiser that's always ready to open the throttle and blast down an open road. Sadly, as Zenlea mentioned, it is missing any inkling of that furious exhaust note I loved on the Roush.
The interior is great, and I especially love the suede steering wheel. I also appreciate that 12-volt power outlet high on the dash. It is the absolute best location in any car on the market for plugging in your radar detector.
Most people will agree that Ford has done a phenomenal job molding the live-axle rear suspension into a respectable performer on the track and smooth roads. But the car still flounders when you ask it to combine ride control with aggressive handling. Around a quick rising corner, the GT500 was seriously unsettled by a sizeable but smooth dip on the right side of the pavement. The live axle was also jumping up and down well after crossing a set of railroad tracks into a 35-mph turn. With new competition from the Camaro and Challenger, I'm hopeful that the Mustang's next major update will finally bring the independent suspension it deserves.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor