...but this horse certainly does fly. It'd been a while since I'd been in the saddle and I'd almost forgotten how damn quick the 5.0 is.
My personal car is a '98 Mustang Cobra, which is fairly quick (5.5 to 60 and 13.9 in the quarter, according to road tests of the day). But it almost feels slow in comparison to the new GT. Well duh, there's a lot more power here, not to mention six gears to work with versus five. But it's the GT's hefty low-end torque that kicks you in the seat of the pants when you crack the whip -- there's serious grunt here under 2,000 rpm. Prod the throttle at lower rpm and the GT hustles and continues to pull strong to redline, whereas my old Cobra comes alive when the tach's needle sweeps past three grand. Amazing what a few decades of development can do.?
I said it once (okay, more than once) and I'll say it again: I'd buy this car in a heartbeat (sorry, Chevy) were I in the market for a performance car in the $30-35k range.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 19,808 miles