2013 Ford Shelby GT500
If you're making regular 200-mph runs, it's probably just right. Likewise, it's very well matched to the drag strip, requiring just two shifts to get to third gear and trap speeds above 120 mph. But between the GT500's stout 3,852-pound curb weight (or 3,970 for the convertible), and the tall gears, acceleration just isn't the Hammer Of Thor experience you expect. Sixty miles per hour comes in just 3.7 seconds--all in first gear--and 100 mph takes just 7.9 seconds, but the numbers don't relate the experience behind the wheel.
After a couple of days thrashing the 2013 Shelby GT500 on the street, the course at Road Atlanta, and at the drag strip, I came away incredibly impressed at the technical and technological prowess SVT and Shelby have managed to pack into what began life as a Mustang, for a price on par with an upper-mid-range sports car. I even came away with a smile. But I didn't come away wanting to buy one.
Disclaimer: Ford provided transportation and lodging to and around Road Atlanta for this review, including a rather impressive buffet and a modestly-equipped room.