2011 Ford Mustang GT: It Can't Out-Drive a Chrysler 300?
September 27, 2011
The movie Drive has a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So clearly a lot of people like it. And I saw it over the weekend. But from the car enthusiast stand point, I'd just like to note one thing: I've driven our long-term Mustang GT. It's stonk fast. So I'm a bit baffled as to how the 5.0 GT in the movie suddenly can't outrun a Chrysler 300(*) that's chasing it, particularly when the Mustang is being driven by the Hollywood stunt driver main character.
I know it's just a movie and everything is for dramatic effect. But it would have been nice if the director had paid some extra attention on car selection and helped along "suspension of disbelief." Maybe make the chase-scene bad-guy car a BMW M5 for something more plausible. And along the same line, the opening scene in the movie with a rental-grade Chevrolet Impala and overlaid soundtrack of a manual-equipped V8 doesn't really work, either.
(*When I saw the movie, I thought it was just a 300C, but having watched the trailer, it could very well be an SRT8. It's hard to tell. But my basic argument still stands.)
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor