If you’ve seen in person the cream of US muscle cars you’ll know that compared to the European competitors they might seem bulky and have a history of going fast in a straight line and then succumbing to the first turn.
But that is in the rearview mirror now – not the bulkiness – as the Mustang, Camaro and Challenger are still massive judging by European sports car standards. The thing of the past, at least for one of the three models is the lack of handling. We’re not talking here about regular versions – which are still pretty much American in almost every respect. We’re talking here about the magic Shelby GT350 Mustang that features manual transmission and a fast-revving 526hp naturally aspirated V8 that looks ready to be taken out on the track. The flat-plane crankshaft and outstanding 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque is channeled through a six-speed manual gearbox towards the rear wheels that are wrapped in bespoke 19-inch alloys. Featuring a standard limited slip differential and 394mm front rotors with Brembo six-piston fixed calipers and 380mm rear rotors coupled with four-piston calipers, the Shelby Mustang sounds pretty much too good to be true.
And the Motor trend review has set out with a definitive question in mind – does the most wanted Mustang ever has all it takes to shame proper sportscars? We’re not going to spoil the beans so you need to watch the review to find the answer for yourself.