2011 Ford Mustang GT: Still Cool, Even in Beverly Hills
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2011 Ford Mustang Long Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT: Still Cool, Even in Beverly Hills

January 11, 2012

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While my colleagues were living the life in beautiful Detroit (pronounced Day-Twaaa), I was forced to slum it in the Hills -- Beverly Hills, that is. It was the grand opening gala for the McLaren showroom and I was torn as to what car I should bring.

NSX or Porsche 911? Nah, I wouldn't trust the valets with either. Cinquecento for the sheer irony?

I chose the Mustang. No, it wasn't to impress anyone except for myself. I don't care what the elite uber-wealthy think, the Mustang's cool. The decision came down to W.W.S.mQ.D? What would Steve McQueen do?

In the lineup of white Porsche Cayennes, black Phantoms, pearlescent Aventadors and murdered-out DBSs, the Mustang still had an undeniable presence. The burble and roar as it rounded the corner from Wilshire Blvd. announced its arrival. As I opened the door to let my girlfriend in, I heard over my shoulder, "Five-oh. Right on." It was probably a fellow journalist.

The Mustang represented. End of story.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor


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