The Shelby Mustang GT/SC has muscle in all the right places
This is a Mustang.
I've never driven a Mustang before.
We don't get them in the UK, at least not.
For now but I figured if I was gonna pop my Mustang cherry, I may as well do it with something a little bit silly.
So this isn't any regular Mustang.
No, this is a Shelby Mustang GTSC.
The guys at Shelby thought the regular Mustang was just a little too staid.
So they made this one a little bit special.
There's a rafter changes over the car you get from Ford.
A fancy grill, stripes, a new bumper, a fiberglass bonnet, Ford racing springs, new wheels, upgraded exhaust, a short throw shift and much more besides.
For the SC, they've also thrown in a supercharger, which means you can have 525 or 624 horsepower.
Now that sounds like the kind of Mustang I should be starting with.
The Shelby badge on the back can't hurt either.
Carroll Shelby was an automotive giant.
You know the Cobra, that was his baby.
He took the GT 40 and ran with it, turned it into a Le Mans winner.
He helped develop the Ford GT and the Dodge Viper.
Before he started making silly fast cars he was also an ace racing driver.
Amongst his many achievements he can count winning Le Mans.
So this should be quite good.
[NOISE] This generation of mustang is being phased out and the new one is coming in.
That one is going to find it's way to Europe.
It's going to have an EU-friendly engine and bits in it and what have you.
So I figured now is the perfect time to take a bite of this soon to be extinct forbidden fruit.
My first mustang experience.
Well it has been interesting really, this car is mad.
One of the first things that got me is just the size of the thing, the look of it, the beauty of it, it is a stunning looking car, what shall we do to it to differentiate it from the standard Mustang, it really sets off, especially that grill.
Really, really like that.
The power it [UNKNOWN] out is massive.
The noise it makes is enormous.
More on that later.
But it still feels a little bit lazy.
It's not super-high revving like you get from a Jag or anything like that.
[NOISE] This thing is antisocially loud.
Tick over is disgustingly noisy.
That's brilliant in my book, that's absolutely brilliant.
When it's at full chat, God the noise is glorious and it just fires its way out of the car and upsetting everything nearby.
The amount of power it has if you do give it a little bit of a tickle the back end does get a little bit wiggly which is not a bad thing.
The springs on this have been upgraded to give it a further more sporting ride and that it does [INAUDIBLE].
I don't jump in it and think, oh I can't wait to go [INAUDIBLE].
Bring about in this, today, instead of just, well I feel like I'm driving a rocket sled.
When you compare this to cars with similar power you get back in the UK, well, this doesn't seem like a great deal.
Because while it's, yes it's got massive power.
And it makes a great noise when you're on it.
Dynamically it's ok.
And the interior's very plasticky and a bit tacky and these gauges look like they've come out of Halfords.
Now compare that to the likes of the Jag S-Type.
Beautiful car, [UNKNOWN], handles really well.
XFR-S, BMW M5, big cars, similar power.
They're just better.
However if you then start comparing it to cars with similar fronts, well then this become a completely different proposition.
Because you've got yourself big power, a great noise, and it looks like a Mustang.
[NOISE] I kinda ike the sound of that.
[NOISE] I've driven it today from L.A. to Vegas.
And I cannot think of a more perfect car to do the driving.
It's flaws just don't map.
Sod the plastic.
Sod the noise.
There's a fuel station every 30 seconds.
Fuel isn't that expensive and the roads are just straight lines.
So you can just [UNKNOWN].
And listens to the noise at full chat.
And this thing has so much torque that you can't just really leave it in six and cruise.
[NOISE] This should be an alien concept to me.
It's not got a smooth hyper design body like the V8s you find in German things it's.
Not got super-advanced hyper tech and it doesn't have a badge on the nose that back home might associate with power like this.
This is a Ford.
A Ford that looks like many other Fords you see on the roads out here but that adds to its charm.
This car represents a really big bit of the culture I've been enjoying out here in the States.
The desire to put your own stamp on a car.
To make it your own.
This started out as Mustang GT.
It's not an expensive car, and you get decent power to your money, about 420 horsepower.
That's a proper slice [UNKNOWN] American muscle but for some the base car simply isn't enough.
They want more to do more with it.
To take the contextually mundane and make it something more.
That's why they try to build cars like this, to make something bigger, madder, faster, noisier, what have you.
To make it their own.
Many people, myself included, are pretty down on US cars.
They say they're big, they're loud, they're noisy, they're thirsty.
They've got naff interiors and naff handling dynamics.
And elsewhere in the world, that would be an apt thing to say.
However, here in context.
None of that really matters.
The performance is cheap and you find yourself with an instant connection to one of the greatest American muscle cars ever made.
Everywhere else in the world, this probably wouldn't make sense, but here on home soil.
So don't be special.
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