Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

New 662bhp muscle car makes a big impression – but costs £70,000

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Find your Ford Mustang
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Or are you looking to sell your car?
9/10 sellers got the price they expected
Advertisement

The GT500 has ferocious straight-line performance, while the noise from the V8 will put a smile on anyone’s face. This car even corners well. But if you want one you’ll have to import it – and at nearly £70,000 by the time you’ve got it to the UK, it starts to look a rather expensive proposition.

Big American muscle cars have never really taken off in the UK – if not because of their sheer power and flawed handling, then because of their enormous dimensions and high running costs. But there’s no denying the pure thrill of speed and noise they bring, and the Ford Mustang is the most iconic car of its kind.

The Mustang Shelby GT500 is the pinnacle of Ford’s line-up, with a 5.8-litre supercharged V8 producing 662bhp and 855Nm of torque. That’s enough for 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and a 202mph top speed – enough to match a Ferrari 458 Italia.

Fortunately, the GT500 doesn’t seem to have the same drawbacks as most large US performance cars. Fling it into a tight corner and it responds well – it’s not as sharp as a sports car, but is still surprisingly agile.

While the acceleration is predictably brutal, stopping the car takes a little more effort. The brakes don’t quite feel as strong as you’d like given the power on tap. This can’t be purely down to weight, either – at 1,747kg, the GT500 is around 100kg lighter than a Vauxhall VXR8.

More impressive than the performance is the noise this car makes. Start it up and there’s a loud snarl from the exhausts. Put your foot down and the V8 burble breaks out into a full-on bellow.

As with most things American, the Mustang isn’t very subtle; the styling is brash, the long bonnet comes with an aggressive-looking air intake, while a short rear end completes the classic muscle car proportions. It’s all finished off with four exhaust pipes, which might help explain the volume.

Inside are some soft-touch materials and carbon fibre trim. However, the finish isn’t quite up to the standard you’d expect from a range-topping model. There’s another problem with the GT500; you can’t buy it in the UK. On the other side of the Atlantic, it costs $54,995 – that’s around £34,400 with the current exchange rate – but once you’ve imported the car it will be nearer the £70,000 mark.

So fans of the Mustang may prefer to wait for the next-generation model, which Ford has already confirmed will be coming here, in right-hand-drive form, in 2014.

Most Popular

Car Deal of the Day: Land Rover Defender looks the business at £324 per month
Defender Hard Top - downhill off road
News

Car Deal of the Day: Land Rover Defender looks the business at £324 per month

The current Defender is a fantastic SUV van for businesses and is our Car Deal of the Day for 20 February
20 Feb 2024
“The £16k Dacia Spring is an electric car game-changer”
Opinion - Dacia Spring
Opinion

“The £16k Dacia Spring is an electric car game-changer”

With many people claiming electric cars are just too expensive, editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks the Dacia Spring’s arrival in the UK is exactly wh…
21 Feb 2024
Car Deal of the Day: big-selling Nissan Qashqai with hybrid power for only £194 a month
Nissan Qashqai - front static
News

Car Deal of the Day: big-selling Nissan Qashqai with hybrid power for only £194 a month

A UK favourite with Nissan’s unique hybrid system, the Qashqai e-Power is a great family SUV and our Car Deal of the Day for 22 February
22 Feb 2024