2011 Shelby GT500 Coupe

Matt Tierney

For 2011, the Shelby GT500 is just plain awesome. Really, it was awesome last year too. But now it's 200 pounds lighter than the 2010 model, thanks mostly to an aluminum engine block, and has 10 more horsepower squeezed out of the blown 5.4-liter V-8. The powerplant now makes an unbelievable 550 hp -- 45 more than a Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

The six-speed manual transmission is precise, and the gears click into place nicely. Punching the gas pedal will paste a permanent smile onto your face. The 2.75-inch stainless exhaust compliments the 5.4-liter V-8's engine note, but it can't cover up the insane whine coming from the supercharger as revs rise-which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

It's hard not to like the Shelby GT500. Any car nut can appreciate the heritage behind the name, and the car is an absolute riot to drive.

Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator

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