2011 Ford Mustang GT Premium

Joe DeMatio is right. THIS is how a pony car should sound. The V-6 Mustang that we recently drove was nice, but it just didn't offer the sound of a true pony car. This new 5.0-liter V-8, besides its loads of awesome power, provides the burbly soundtrack that a Mustang deserves. And like David Zenlea, I thoroughly enjoyed grabbing rubber in second and third with that fun-to-shift gearbox. Exhilarating!

I didn't find the live rear axle to be so enjoyable, however. I drove the Mustang 5.0 more than 200 miles around suburban Detroit, and on some of the rougher highway stretches, the rear end began to bounce very annoyingly, causing me to involuntarily headbang even though I was listening to the broadcast of a Detroit Tigers' baseball game and not Pantera. Also, the air-conditioning was at its limit (max fan speed and coolest temp setting for more than an hour) when I ran errands on a sunny 95-degree day. I wonder how the Stang would fare in hotter climates...

There's no doubt that the car itself is plenty hot, though.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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