There’s very few cars more Iconic than the mustang. It’s been in production since 1964, and has sold millions of units worldwide. One of the highest trim levels of mustang is the Shelby GT500. The GT500 is the product of Carrol Shelby having his way with a Mustang. So how does a 5.4L supercharged V8 mustang drive? Not great.
The GT500 is hard to drive. It really does feel like a wild horse, and I’m not a jockey. After driving the GT500 around for a while, I decided to put my foot in it from a dead stop. When I did, I nearly lost control of the car. I tried again, and the same unpredictable “bucking” occurred again. And again, and again, and again. I now understand why there are so many Mustang crash video. The GT500 feels like the car for a guy who gets excited when a bar fight starts, for someone who enjoys unpredictable action. Paired with the un-nerving acceleration, the transmission felt like it was broken: yet the car only had 11,000 miles on it. The shifter wasn’t spot on, making shifts feel “good enough” rather than proper.
So is there anything good about the snake badged stang? Well yes. I like the looks of the GT500, it looks a lot better than the base model stang of the same year. The car also sounds great, and it can really put the power down as long as you’re not going from a dead stop, around a corner, or driving in any kind of moisture.
Would I buy a GT500? No. I would buy a ZL1 Camaro before a GT500, and that’s not because of any brand loyalty. Dodge is actually my favorite American car manufacturer. The ZL1 just felt like a more well-rounded car, focused on driver. That’s not to say either the ZL1 or GT500 is better, its like asking “Would you rather have Pizza or Cheeseburgers for dinner?”: It’s all about personal preference at the end of the day.