Performance, design, and ultimately bragging rights have always been at the heart of the high-performance car industry. In fact, Shelby's original AC Cobras were designed to be "Corvette-Beaters," though they weighed almost 500 pounds less than Chevrolet Corvette. Although the glory days of muscle cars are in the past, much of that competitive spirit still runs strong today and is proven by one of the most recent additions to the Ford family.
One of the most anticipated "new age" muscle cars of the year is the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang. That anticipation seems well-deserved as it was just announced Yahoo Autos named the new model their Epic Ride of the Year, according to Yahoo.com.
The car division of the popular search engine and news website selected the new Shelby muscle car out of 22 high-performance models for 2016 from companies including Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Lexus.
Fans of custom roadsters and Shelby Cobra kit cars alike are sure to enjoy the sleek new design and 526 horsepower, 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V-8 engine. Those numbers are well above even the real ones for the Shelby Mustang GT 500, which was advertised by the manufacturers as 335 to appease insurance companies, but was really closer to 400.
Many in the industry are crediting the new flat-plane crankshaft for a lot of the performance and corresponding audio appeal. Usually reserved for Ferraris or race cars, it helps that the car can hit 8,000 RPMs without breaking a sweat. As Yahoo Autos writer Alex Lloyd, who got to test drive it, wrote, when fired up the Shelby GT350 engine has, "gurgling and popping like a tectonic shift capable of demolishing an entire continent."
It's unclear just how fast the new Shelby tops out at, but by the sounds of it she should be able to hold her own even against the AC Cobra Coupe, which famously reached 186 mph (299 km/h) on a British motorway in 1964.
The glory days of muscle cars might be over, but that doesn't mean a new treasure can't spring up every now and then.