Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 Ford Mustang GT

Price: 30 ish.  Not that much considering what you get...
Sex Appeal: I mean come on...It's a mustang! What else can be sexier than a big, bad ass V8???

I love Mustangs.  I really do.  My favorite car of all time is the 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang as seen in Gone in 60 Seconds.  If you read any car magazine they will bombard you with criticisms revolving around the suspension in a Mustang but I really could not give a S***.  Despite the styling mishaps over the years, the Mustang has always been a great car.  You get the performance of a 50+ thousand dollar car for 28 thousand bucks.

A few years ago I got the world's best christmas present and was shipped off to Arizona for a day to partake in the Bob Bondourant racing school.  It was there that I drove my first mustang.  I remember it like it was yesterday... a bright orange, race modified, 5 speed manual Mustang.  The thing that really stood out to me was the fact that the whole freakin car shook when you revved the motor.  Yes it had that much torque.  That particular car had about 300 bhp.  The new model, however, has over 400.  I can't even imagine how much fun that would be to drive. I've heard the new 5 liter blast by me on the freeway before and I got the worst case of goosebumps imaginable.

If I had more money this would DEFINITELY be my second car.  It has the looks, it has the power, and oh my goodness does it have the sound.  Sitting in a Mustang is like sitting un a bucket full of testosterone.  There is no car that can really compare to the raw feeling of power the Mustang can deliver, fuel economy be damned.

Can this car be over priced at times? Yes.  It can.  Last time I was at the car show they had a convertible GT for 45K.  What on EARTH can you get from Ford that is worth 45K, apart from a GT500???  Certainly not a Mustang.  But then again, that is American car politics for you.  They assume that you love their car SO MUCH that you will buy it for a massiver premium over, I don't know, a BMW 135? Infiniti G37? Audi A5? If you didn't pick up on the sarcasm you just failed there.

If you get a Mustang GT for 30K it is the most fun car you can buy.  Anything more than that you are wasting your money.  If you are in the market, at least drive it once, as there is nothing more intoxicating in the world than a big V8 screaming and vibrating your spine until it shatters.