How would you feel about spending half the cost of a 2015 Mustang GT on a slightly older Mustang that runs more than a full second quicker in the quarter-mile? How about an 11-second car that won’t lose a third of its value the first time you drive it, and will save you the cost of a decent 1990 Mustang GT every single year in insurance and financing costs alone? Sounds about perfect, right? One small caveat:
"Some assembly required."
The world would be a wonderful place if we could all afford to plunk down $40,000 to close to $50,000 on the latest and greatest Mustang. But here in the real world of potholes and mosquitoes, budget limitations do have a habit of slapping those ambitious prayers from our mouths. That’s okay, though. Because to paraphrase a certain country singer: Some of life’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. The rest are half-priced Shelby GT500 "clones."
The new-for-2015 Mustang, code-named S550, is an objectively significant improvement over the "old" S197 chassis. Noticeably lower, wider and smoother-handling than its predecessor, and with 435 horses to boot, the S550 does seem well-tailored for epic battle with them Chivvy boys. It’s a great car — just not as great as the previous-generation Shelby GT500, or even a "clone" version of the same.