2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 steals one trick from a Ferrari (CNET On Cars, Episode 74)

Shelby Mustang GT350 creates power with supercar flair, why you may have to learn to live with speed cameras, and top tech from the 2016 BMW 7 Series.​

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In this episode:

  • 2015 Ford Mustang GT350 is my new favorite Mustang, and that's saying something given how much I loved the last generation Boss 302.
  • Smarter Driver: You may hate speed cameras, but new technology may make them more popular.
  • Car Tech 101: The lean burning mystery of the Atkinson Cycle engine explained, and some of the cars its in all around you.
  • Your emails:
    • Why does aggressive braking lower your fuel economy?
    • Do manual transmissions reduce driver distraction?
  • Top 5: Technologies in the amazing new BMW 7 Series.

The new Mustang GT350 replaces the last generation 2012 Boss 302 as my favorite hot Mustang -- you can have all the supercharged straight line models. It has a flat plane crank design deep inside its engine block that gives the car a lofty redline, an even fat power band and a wonderful sound. Combine that with fine handling and Ford's much improved Sync3 head unit and you have a winner. Join me for a spin in it at Laguna Seca.

Speed cameras, like all traffic cams, irk a lot of drivers. But a study of a newer technology speed camera that is just cropping up in the US suggests you may need to get used to them. In our Car Tech 101 I'll explain how the new distance averaging cameras seem to solve a lot of ills.

The Atkinson Cycle engine is something that could be under your hood and you'd never know it. Its not the kind of sexy -- or easily explained -- technology that carmakers boast of. But its become something of a mainstay in late model, efficient cars. I explain how it works.

As always, keep those emails coming; I read every one.