I'm always of two minds when I drive the Shelby GT500. One part of me revels in its tire shredding, supercharged V-8 glory. For all the whining you'll hear about the live rear axle, it does an absolutely fantastic job putting 550 horsepower to the ground-provided that ground is relatively smooth. It's also more fun than any muscle car should be on curvy roads, where the 200-pound weight loss is definitely noticeable and appreciated. The Mustang's interior is a bit out of its depth for this price range, but is still great looking and well-assembled. On the other hand, $55,330 is a lot of money. Chevrolet Corvette Gran Sport money, actually. In my opinion at least, a well-sorted muscle car like the GT500 is still no match for a well-sorted sports car like the 'Vette. At the other end of the spectrum, the Mustang GT we had in the office recently was about $20,000 less, and was very nearly as much fun to drive.
What that all means is that the GT500 is an excellent all around performer, but ultimately, it will still sell to people who want the best Mustang their money can buy, rather than the best car or the best value.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor