The sheer power of this car is quite evident once you get enough mileage to get boost from the supercharger. Just a punch of the pedal will have your head instantly pinned against your seat. It is both an angel when handled carefully, and it can be beast when you can handle all of its power, and want to see what it has to offer, I prefer this on the track. I have drag raced the vehicle and it quite fast, thanks to the SVPP (Performance Package) . Without the Speed Limiter, it surely is 180 MPH+ car; I have witnessed this first hand. I also highly recommend the Electronics Package, This makes it a complete package. If you can't handle people staring, then this car may not be for you.
The torque will have other drivers watching your rear end. The exhaust sound is almost perfect. Shifting is short-throw and accurate. Stiff suspension. Cornering is good, but not great. You must know how to handle the power, especially on wet pavement or fishtailing will become a way of life. Gas mileage better than I expected. The interior is seriously lacking when compared to the M5 I just traded.
I bought a brand new Shelby GT500 in December 2010. It was my dream car. However, four years later, that dream has become a nightmare. Everything is breaking on the car, which I rarely drive. The latest straw was the Clutch, which the dealership is saying is worn out. The vehicle only has 23K miles, and doesn't even need new tires! It has had one owner, and one driver(Me). Do not buy one of their vehicles (Ford). Buy an import instead, at least they are more reliable. I am broken hearted, and now just broke....
I just traded in my 2009 GT500 for this car, and while there were many similarities, the 2011 w/ SVT package and Electronics package is leaps and bounds ahead of the 2009. At first it was the more European design elements that caught my eye. The meaner cowl, the larger and better designed forged wheels, the sleeker interior. The extra 50 horses aren't bad either! After driving the car, I found it had so many more amenities available from steering wheel controls, to voice activation, to personal climate control, to phone synching, and other personalizing touches with new security and driving modes using the ESC and TC.
This is truly one great car, the build quality is as good as any car made to date. The interior is so cool, the lighting and gauge coloring is simply fantastic. You can sit in this car for hours in the garage and monkey around with it and have so much fun just doing that. The power is amazing. As soon as the car was broken in and the ECU let the car build boost, I hit the gas doing about 40 mph and I couldn't believe it, the car kicked out side ways but the traction control kicked in and saved my silly butt. I truly love this car. Best purchase I made in a long time.
SVT Performance Package ($3,495 -- includes 19-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-9.5-inch rear forged-aluminum wheels; P265/40ZR19 front and P285/35ZR20 Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires; upgraded springs and shocks; 3.73 axle ratio; Shelby top and side stripes, rear spoiler with Gurney flap and gear shift knob), Electronics Package ($2,340 -- includes voice-activated navigation system with an in-dash screen and single-DVD/CD/MP3 player with DVD audio and video capability; HD radio; an internal hard disk drive for map, and point of interest (POI) storage and 10 gigabyte Music Jukebox; dual-zone automatic temperature control; integrated Sirius Travel Link that provides such information as real-time traffic and current local gas prices. (6-month Sirius Travel Link service included, service not available in Alaska or Hawaii).), Rapid Spec 820A ($0 -- vehicle with standard equipment), 50-State Emissions ($0 --standard on all units).
Slight bog at launch with traction control on. With traction control off, the GT500 is amazingly repeatable at launch. Best runs haze the tires from 3,000 rpm, then grip and go. Tired 2nd-gear synchro prolonged 1-2 shift, yet car still managed to lay rubber. Short shifter never balked or missed a shift, though it requires a deliberate shove. Clutch effort is remarkably low (in a good way).
Excellent first-stop numbers only improved until best numbers appeared on run 7. Pedal is not firm but is progressive and easy to modulate. Zero fade. No stink or smoke.
Skid pad: Lots of grip but these springs didn't care for the slightest pavement irregularity -- skittish. Steering effort is moderate but responsive and precise. ESP on is very lenient with its corrections. Slalom (ESP off): Snappy, precise turn-in, quick yaw response, but this car is begging for more progressive springs. As it is, it's rock hard and skittish to the point that it was difficult to keep focused on the cones. I came close (hit one cone), but I don't think there's a 70-mph run at this facility. Rewarding, enthusiastic, but fun? Maybe not.