2007 Ford Shelby GT500 2dr Coupe (5.4L 8cyl S/C 6M)
Previosly owned 6-7 Vettes ('73-'95), plus early 70s Formula Firebirds and late 70s Trans Ams. While powerful, only the 73 Corvette 454 big block matched up w/ the Shelby GT 500. Both are breathtaking. The Shelby far outclasses the early-mid 90s Vettes. I traded a 2007 GT/CS for the Shelby. The GT's straight-line performance pales against all of the aforementioned muscle cars. Groused about paying the $10K over sticker premium, but now have zero regrets about price. The Shelby GT 500 is a legitimate $60K ride that is docile until you light the fuse. This is quite simply the best car I've ever owned. If you want your heart to pound the way it did at 21, this is the ticket.
Eye-bulging acceleration. Throttle response. More passing gear than anything on the road. Decisive 6 speed shifter - never miss a shift. Curb appeal, head-turning "wow factor" and exterior aesthetics. Ride comfort. The Shelby GT 500 platform feels more stable than the Mustang GT.
Interior design is strikingly similar to the Mustang GT. Not a bad thing, but for twice the price I expected more. The GT even had heated seats, whereas the Shelby doesn't. I'd also like an ambient air temp indicator to go w/ the compass display. The rear diffuser seems flimsy - same as the GT.