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Do We Really Need An 800 hp Mustang?

Posted in Auto Show, Domestic Rides, Event Coverage, Ford, General, New York Auto Show, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW, Rides by MrAngry | April 11th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Sometimes an automobile comes out that simply makes one sit back and ask the question… why? Take the new 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake that’s built by Shelby American Inc. for example. This new Mustang is to be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show later this month and will supposedly pack a whopping 800 hp. I mean for God’s sake, that’s just 201 hp shy of a Bugatti Veyron! Now don’t get me wrong because I love horsepower, but in a car like the Mustang the only thing all those ponies are good for is bragging rights. First off the car has a live rear axle, which means that regardless of what you do to it the thing will still skip like a stone across a pond if you encounter bumps mid-corner. Also keep in mind that putting 800 hp to the ground evenly is no easy task. Hell, even drag slicks won’t rectify that issue and if they do, you’ll most likely blow apart the rear end. According to Yahoo Autos, the cost of the new 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake will be under $100k, which I suppose is a decent price for all that power. However in my opinion, if the thing doesn’t go around a corner, then what good is it.

Source: YahooAutos

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6 Responses

  1. James says:

    very nice and all under 100k thats a bargain

  2. PFULMTL says:

    Is that the actual picture of one? No extra wide rear tires, roll bars, or spoiler?

  3. J D Stadler says:

    LOL I think this would qualify as a “how much is too much horsepower” example. Sounds good in terms of who’s winning the Great Horsepower War of 2010/2011 but in terms of usable power? You hit the nail on the head (imo, anyway)

  4. SNAK3 says:

    good looking rig, but needs to get rid of the live rear axle, and add AWD and bigger tires, then maybe it won’t burn tires like its going out of style

  5. Brian says:

    Have you ready anything that has been written about the new Mustangs lately? Even with the live axle that you are lambasting with such vigor, the Mustangs are outperforming everything in their class, and even keeping up with the BMW M3. Try to keep up and pay attention.

  6. MrAngry says:

    Brian… have you ever driven a car with 500, 600 or 700 hp? My guess is that you haven’t, so before you comment and try to put the journalists in their place understand that this is what we do for a living. If you’ve read my articles on the Mustang then you already know that I am one of its biggest fans. However, putting 800 hp in a car with a solid live axle in this day and age is simply unnecessary. It’s too much power in a package that simply won’t be able to handle it in anything but a straight line.