Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
The Shelby GT350 Mustang might be the most fun you can have for under 100 grand. Hell, it might be the most fun you can have in a car, period. Power is plentiful, and the exhaust noise is beautiful. I love that, no matter what mode it’s in, sixth gear is always quiet. It’s perfect for cruising on the expressway. Power comes on harder and harder as the revs climb, and the exhaust just wails louder and louder. I took this car through the tunnels under Cobo Center in downtown Detroit just to hear the noise. Don’t forget to put your foot all the way to the floor.
The suspension doesn’t seem to have the same difference between settings as the Focus RS we just drove. Normal is not as stiff as sport, but not by much. I don’t think either beats you up, though. I drove about an hour to my cottage in sport mode without any problems or kidney-busting potholes. I like that you can change the suspension and steering independently of the modes. You want full exhaust noise with normal suspension settings? Done and done. The steering is a little easier than I’d like as well, but it’s super-quick. It makes this GT350 a little darty, and it does grab the tram lines in asphalt, but like I said before, that’s what cars with “feel” do. All you have to do is look at an inside lane marker and you can place your wheels right on it. It does have electric assist, but the hardware combined with the tires make it one of the best electric systems on the road, hands down. The two-piece aluminum-hat brakes are the best brakes I’ve ever felt, and that includes carbon ceramics. The pedal feel is perfect, too. Perfect.