All American Thoroughbred

All American Thoroughbred

Back in 2016 when Ford launched their Mustang GT in India, fans of the American pony car went crazy. Such has been the appeal of the Mustang in a country where Ford had never marketed the car before, that anyone and everyone who could afford it, be it Bollywood celebrities or flamboyant business tycoons, had imported one, in spite of the fact that there were several other cars - mainly from Europe - which were far better than the Mustang.

Now, three years after the launch of one icon, another automotive legend is set to enter the Indian market - the Mustang Shelby, particularly the GT500. With the name Shelby, they are a tuning company who take regular Ford cars, Mustang et al, strip away most of its body, engine components, and suspension, perform some wizardry on the car and end up with a car which leaves the entire world gasping. This is the same treatment that they gave the 2019 Mustang GT. The Shelby GT500 faintly resembles the Mustang GT that spawned it. The supercharged engine, a 5.2 litre V8 produces upward of 710 fire spitting horses, which breathe their magic into a seven-speed, dual clutch automatic transmission. This propels the car from a standstill to 100 kmph in under three seconds and onto a top speed 290 kmph. Mind you though, this is where Ford electronically limits the car. It seems the ECU is the only thing in the car that takes away from speed. Otherwise, everything about the car, including the Recaro racing seats and instrument cluster, shouts performance.

The aerodynamic design, the new and updated traction control system and the tyres and brakes all work in tandem to make it a complete beast. As a result, not only does the Shelby GT500 go like a stabbed rabbit in a straight line, it can change directions like it too. And the price for all this goodness? By some estimates, it will be worth two crores. Luckily, there is a chance that the car will be assembled here, since a Pune based conglomerate, partnered up with the American tuning company. The fact that Ford is considering making the Mustang in India, should mean that the impact on your wallets would not be as profound. But, the sound and the vibrations of a true American V8 engine really is mesmerising and people who can afford it wouldn’t mind it. I certainly wouldn’t have.

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