Snakes on a plane? Pass. Snakes under the hood of one of the most legendary muscle cars? Please. Ford’s latest iteration of the monstrous Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has some serious fangs, and no amount of fluting is going to charm the speed off its scales. Check out what makes this beast so venomous:
Your granddaddy may not have made much sense when he said, “You can’t put a bucket on a pig’s head; it’ll only make him skittish.” But, you understood him loud and clear when he said, “There’s no replacement for displacement.” So did Ford, who was eavesdropping at the time, apparently. That’s why they dumped a ginormous 5.4L V8 into the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and stacked it with a supercharger to keep the O2 pumping in. Together, they deliver up to 540 ponies and 520 ft-lbs of street-chewing torque—not even Rikki-Tikki-Tavi could best this king of the Cobras.
Now, you might expect that performance like that from a motor that size would automatically qualify the Shelby GT500 for gas guzzler status. Not so. Thanks to its all-aluminum block, electric power assist steering and some aerodynamic upgrades, this new muscle car boasts estimated MPGs of 23 highway and 15 city—not too shabby for a car that pulls enough Gs to undo the results of wearing braces all those years in high school.
Motorists cannot live on performance alone, so the new 2011 Mustang is also packed with enough eye-candy to give your cataracts cavities and enough technology to convert a Luddite. It comes standard with 19″ painted forged aluminum wheel, HID headlights, leather bucket seats with racing stripes, a Shaker 500 audio system, and Bluetooth integration through Ford’s SYNC. What isn’t standard, though, are the notches in the dash from all the SS Camaros you’ve smoked at stop lights—earning those won’t be difficult, though.