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Car Review – Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

“Mustang itself is an icon, and GT500 is the pinnacle,” said Erich Merkle, Head of US Sales Analysis at Ford Motor Company. “The Mustang speaks to the Ford heritage, as an automaker and to our ability to push the performance edge to new frontiers.”

Just like hip-hop has always been black music, but it’s a white artist that sits atop of that league, drag races were always a muscle car thing though, you can probably beat one now with an electric family sedan or an SUV and sadly, the time is near when drag races will not be singing the tune of roaring V8 engines. The era of clean and green cars has arrived and even the big players like Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Hyundai, VW, etc. have started pushing out electric vehicles and/or concepts that define the future of automotive.
With the Lamborghini Urus and the upcoming Ferrari Purosangue, it definitely seems like we might be at the cusp of an end for the gearhead era. Even the joy of driving a car might be snatched away from us as we are seeing leaps of advancement in the self-driving car technology. So, it all sounds too sad and dreary for petrol heads. But, there are some brands that take good care of their loyal fan base. Those that still put out naturally aspirated V12’s and V10,s those that create modern art with their designs and let the gearheads feel orgasms with their roaring engine sounds, those that don’t use turbochargers and superchargers to artificial create power and give a lag from pushing the throttle to reaching a speed. One of those is Ford.

The mustang has always been a name that spoke straight to the soul. From its three vertical slat tail lamps to the noise from the exhaust pipe and the oomph of its stance, all of it is nothing short of artistry, a very enigmatic and vulgar piece of art. But, Caroll Shelby knew that for some people, the mustang will not be enough. Hence, the Mustang Shelby GT name was formed. Over the years the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has not just made its fans drool over what it was but also shown that a finely tuned, loud and brash muscle car can definitely take on some of the sports cars and is not just a straight line drag strip showoff.

The 2019 Mustang was already pretty great. But, the hardcore Shelby fans wanted more. So, certain companies tried fulfilling their wishes with models like The Mustang RTR Spec-3. Mind you, it is great car with good enough cornering capabilities, a finely tuned engine and bespoke looks. But, it still lacked a bit of the character of a true Mustang.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford ever. This beast of a vehicle boasts 700 horses. Yep, SEVEN HUNDRED HP in a Mustang. Featuring a 5.2-liter, supercharged V-8 mated with a first-in-its-class seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the GT500 will hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and turn the quarter-mile in less than 11. The all-aluminum V-8 is built by hand, with cylinder heads optimized for maximum airflow, larger forged connecting rods, and internal passages improved for better lubrication and cooling. And while some Dodge Demon fans will see this as “not so much”, it is worth noting that the Dodge has lost to almost every supercar which has lesser power and is not a very good example of fine engineering.

Of course, the engine of the car is supercharged, but it does not create the whining noises and you listen to pure brute force of the V8 pistons pounding as hard as they can. In fact, the supercharger in this car is more engineered than the Dodge Demon in its entirety. A 2.65-liter, roots-type supercharger features an air-to-liquid intercooler. A carbon-fiber driveshaft routes all that power to the rear wheels and the dual-clutch transmission is capable of changing gears in less than 100 milliseconds. And you don’t have to compromise anything in the inside for all the fun you want to have with it. If I am starting to sound like a fan boy, well I am. But, I am a logical one at that. I still don’t believe that the pricing of the car is enough value, the infotainment system on the inside is still a Ford thing with the “Shaker” pro sounds and the blinkers on the front bumper, which were DRL’s in the previous car, look like they’re a borrowed piece, from the 1960’s.

Yet, I’d put all my money on this car since, I feel its possibly still the best muscle car that is able to keep up with what muscle cars were supposed to be in the 60’s and the 70’s. And also because of that name, Mustang!

It’s truly said that if you haven’t heard a lion roar, get your ears next to one of these cars.

The thoughts shared in this article are provided by Prakhar Khandelwal who takes pride in being an automobile enthusiast and a budding writer. Want to share your thoughts and ideas about the auto world with Open Bonnet community? Write to us at blogs@openbonnet.com

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