2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium

The new 2011 Mustang GT with the 5.0-liter engine is nothing short of amazing. I really feel bad for 2010 Mustang GT owners, and if I were one, I'd want my money back. The upgraded power is ridiculous with 412 ponies now stuffed under the hood and a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox.

Also for 2011, Ford addressed one of the biggest issues with the 2010 car: brakes. The Brembo brake package on this 2011 model is awesome, and well worth the $1695 premium. Not only do the huge calipers look good behind the wheels, but it's now possible to wring this 'Stang out on a road course for more than two or three laps at a time.

Many people will knock the Mustang for its prehistoric live rear axle, but it's really amazing that Ford can get such great performance using one. It's no secret that rough pavement will send the rear end searching for traction, but chances are good that this car will put a smile on your face.

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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