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High Gear Media’s Nelson Ireson has written up a First Drive report of the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500. As we have reported, the Performance Pack equipped GT500 beat its previous track record at Virginia International Raceway by nine seconds, so just how good is this latest Shelby offering?
Right of the bat, Nelson feels that the new updates makes the Shelby GT500 one of the more entertaining road cars available, though did not meet his expectations for luxury in a car costing over $50,000.
The suspension updates seem to have changed the car the most, and during the press event Ford allowed reporters to drive the 2010 Shelby to see the differences in the handling. The 2010 model was a little reckless, wanting to step out the back-end when accelerating out of the corners, but seemed to be competent on race-track situations. The 2011 GT500, thanks to new suspension settings, hardware, tires, not to mention the lighter engine up front, the car is now less tail-happy and more-balanced.
On the road, Nelson opted for a nice silver coupe with the no-cost stripe delete. This gives the car a much needed understated look similar to the German performance GTs that the cop-magnet racing stripes allow. The car on the road is much less tiring for longer stints than the old one, as Ford made sure to make it more quite inside. Nelson points out that those spiffy new Goodyear tires that provide great abilities on the track will produce plenty of road noise.
The conclusion is simple, it is one of the best muscle-cars out there, and makes a great all-around grand tourer that is going to give the European competition a run for its money.