Kulinary Mille, Part One - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Kulinary Mille, Part One

August 01, 2011

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Last week, I participated in the inaugural Kulinary Mille, a celebration of gasoline and gastronomy, as the organizers put it. I knew going in that our beloved Mustang 5.0 would be outclassed by the serious exotic machinery in attendance, but what was surprising was the quality of the cars that participated.

The Kulinary Mille start point was Dodger Stadium. Seeing the other cars roll in was, I admit, a bit intimidating. Among the 20 or so participants, there were a few Ferrari 458 Italias, a Porsche 911 Cabriolet, a Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black, a Bentley Continental Supersports and a twin-turbo Nissan GT-R. That sinking feeling in my gut intensified when one of the Mille's sponsors, Midway Car Rental, tossed in a Corvette ZR-1. Somehow, the Mustang's 412 horsepower seemed inadequate.

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Then there was this.

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There are some cars that have that mystical aura about them. One of those rides that you just don't believe exists until you see it in person. And there it was. A Ferrari SA Aperta. Only 80 examples of this drop-top 599 exist, and it was going to run the same insane roads. There's something to be said for someone who buys such a car and actually drives it.

Stay tuned to see how the 5.0 Mustang stacked up against the rest.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 12,450 miles


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