Remember that scene in the movie Mad Max when Rockatansky was gaining on the Toecutter's KZ1000 in the MFP pursuit special? That was the only description that came to mind when we pulled up behind a throttle jock on a 600 in the canyons above Malibu in this loaner Mustang. You could hear him kick it down a gear and open it up to ditch us, and we lifted and let him. The GT500 would have likely vacuumed him into the air cleaner had we let it. Guys on bikes are cool, and the speed limit in that area is 55 mph.
Before you pen an angry letter because this car has an MSRP of $46,000 and a sticker of more than $50K (including the gas guzzler tax), sit back and think of the possibilities it represents. To begin with, this is a factory toy that makes 540 hp with a warranty and enough safety and comfort thingies to make it sufficiently docile for even the least talented driver to handle. It also has factory parts such as snake emblems and blower kits you can buy online and add to your $15K Mustang GT. The best part? We've seen used '08 GT500 models dip into the high-$20K range. So don't worry that this car is new and expensive; sit back and dream about the next 10 years when prices will drop and you'll be able to buy or build one yourself.
What: '10 Ford Mustang GT500 coupe
Engine: The GT500 is powered by the superkickass, supercharged, 5.4L, four-valve engine. Is has the last of the iron 5.4 blocks and uses the Eaton 122ci three-lobe supercharger.
Transmission: The transmission is a Tremec TR6060. It has six speeds, a really cool striped shift knob, and a short-throw shifter.
Rearend: We never even clicked it into Sixth gear because it has 3.55:1 gears in the differential. Don't look for an independent suspension, either. The GT500 has an 8.8 live axle.
Performance: We drove a slightly tweaked '10 GT500 at Milan Dragway in Centerline, Michigan, last year and made a few 12-second passes on street tires. Our guess is mid-11s on a drag radials.
Paint: Ford calls this color Torch Red, but it doesn't mention the Shelby or Cobra nameplate on the Monroney. The stripes can be deleted from the factory, but why?
Wheels/Tires: The wheels are 19x9.5 front and rear with P255/40ZR19 and P285/35ZR19 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. It sticks, it grips, and it doesn't complain.