2014 Ford Shelby GT500
Though flawed, the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is still likely to be one of the most memorable Mustangs of all time. Endless, tire-roasting personality is certainly this car's biggest strength.
PerformanceInsanely powerful, the GT500's engine dominates its personality. Handling is good, but putting the power down is a challenge in almost every situation.
The only thing keeping this car from a perfect score is its inability to put the power down.
Brake performance is good despite a pedal that isn't as solid as we'd like.
Adjustable steering effort is a nice trick, but steering feedback and response are more important. Still, the Shelby is good in those areas as well.
We're tired of saying it and you're tired of reading it, but the Mustang's live axle is dated. And, as well as it's been tuned, it's time to move on. This is the Shelby's primary limiter.
Too-tall gearing keeps the Shelby from being as easy to drive as it could be.
ComfortCars fitted with the optional SVT Performance Package are stiffly sprung and have a fairly busy ride. Dual-mode dampers improve ride quality but you won't mistake this for a luxury car.
Optional Recaros are both comfortable and supportive. Heated front seats are standard for 2014.
Dual-mode Bilstein dampers are the key to the GT500's livable freeway ride.
Tire and road noise are livable in the GT500, but don't expect luxury car levels of quietness. This is a pony car, and it sounds like one.
InteriorMaterial and assembly quality are adequate in the Shelby, but its design and interfaces aren't as easy to use as some competitors.
Critical controls are within easy reach and follow industry standards. Some SYNC controls are not intuitive to use (phone pairing).
Front seat access is good. Rear seat access is as bad as in most coupes.
Front seat space is good in all dimensions. Rear headroom is better than many competitors.
Like most coupes, rear quarter visibility isn't good. Mirrors provide adequate coverage.
Small door pockets, two front cupholders.
ValueIt's hard to argue with 662 hp for around $60K, isn't it?
Build Quality (vs. $)
Ford knows how to screw this car together. We witnessed no obvious quality issues in our test car.
The Shelby offers most everything we would ask for in a pony car.
For what you get, this is a fair price.
We earned a respectable 20.5 mpg over 3,200 highway miles. It's a considerably different story around town, but that's an impressive number for anything with this kind of snort.
The GT500 offers an average warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles basic and 5 years/60,0000 miles powertrain. There's also roadside assistance for 5 years or 60,000 miles.
There's value in having the most powerful production V8 ever made under the hood. As a Shelby, there may be investment potential (not financial advice) if you keep it long enough.
Fun To DriveWhat's not fun about 662 hp? Very little. Except maybe very tall gearing, which we can manage in most instances.
The Shelby can be difficult to drive and it likes to spin its tires, but all those things only contribute to its overall personality. See below.
There's nothing with this kind of personality currently on the road -- at least not anywhere near its price. Endless, tire-roasting personality is certainly this car's biggest strength.
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