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Recent Reviews of the 2011 GT500


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A few things realized by recent reviews.

 

One, the 2011 GT500 weighs 3800 lbs with topped off fluids + Gas.

 

Two, It appears many of the published 0-60 times for reviewers are using a 1 foot rollout like it is a 1/4 run at the strip.

 

Check out this Insideline article:

How we test

 

It makes sense why some reviewers are getting 4.0-4.1 seconds and others 4.4-4.3. It also makes sense explaining how some Z06s are getting 3.7-3.9s...that is with the rollout

 

Without the rollout even the Carbon edition is getting 4.2s.

 

Insideline Full Test

 

With massive stick, serious brakes, huge thrust, killer sound and speed like we've never before experienced from this breed of car, it was, well, more than just a pony car. It's now a genuinely engaging driver's car — solid axle and all.

 

But the straight-line numbers don't even scratch the surface of the GT500's depth of talent. Its 68.2-mph slalom speed is better than all its competition and 1.6 mph faster than last year's model. And its 0.97g skid pad performance exceeds even that of our oh-so-grippy long-term Dodge Viper, which was tested on the very same surface. Did you hear that? A Mustang just beat a Viper in a performance test.

 

Stopping from 60 mph in only 104 feet puts the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 in Porsche territory despite a pedal that's softer than we would prefer.

 

Motortrend Retest

 

In summary, MT resident road tester and hot-shoe Scott Mortara got the 0-60 down to 4.1 seconds and peeled off consistent quarter-mile runs of 12.35 seconds at 115.75 mph. Grip? Yeah, we got grip. The new tires really are better: 1.01g average on the skid. Braking virtually identical at around 103 feet from 60 mph. With slicks, this 3800-pound musclemaker would run well under four seconds to 60. All friggidy day.

 

So we hope we've settled the weight question in your mind: We seldom carry our scales with us on the road, but this car, with a full tank of gas, tipped the Toledo at 3801, 57 percent of it over the nose, the rest (43 percent) aft.

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A few things realized by recent reviews.

 

One, the 2011 GT500 weighs 3800 lbs with topped off fluids + Gas.

 

Two, It appears many of the published 0-60 times for reviewers are using a 1 foot rollout like it is a 1/4 run at the strip.

 

Check out this Insideline article:

How we test

 

It makes sense why some reviewers are getting 4.0-4.1 seconds and others 4.4-4.3. It also makes sense explaining how some Z06s are getting 3.7-3.9s...that is with the rollout

 

Without the rollout even the Carbon edition is getting 4.2s.

 

Insideline Full Test

 

With massive stick, serious brakes, huge thrust, killer sound and speed like we've never before experienced from this breed of car, it was, well, more than just a pony car. It's now a genuinely engaging driver's car — solid axle and all.

 

But the straight-line numbers don't even scratch the surface of the GT500's depth of talent. Its 68.2-mph slalom speed is better than all its competition and 1.6 mph faster than last year's model. And its 0.97g skid pad performance exceeds even that of our oh-so-grippy long-term Dodge Viper, which was tested on the very same surface. Did you hear that? A Mustang just beat a Viper in a performance test.

 

Stopping from 60 mph in only 104 feet puts the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 in Porsche territory despite a pedal that's softer than we would prefer.

 

Motortrend Retest

 

In summary, MT resident road tester and hot-shoe Scott Mortara got the 0-60 down to 4.1 seconds and peeled off consistent quarter-mile runs of 12.35 seconds at 115.75 mph. Grip? Yeah, we got grip. The new tires really are better: 1.01g average on the skid. Braking virtually identical at around 103 feet from 60 mph. With slicks, this 3800-pound musclemaker would run well under four seconds to 60. All friggidy day.

 

So we hope we've settled the weight question in your mind: We seldom carry our scales with us on the road, but this car, with a full tank of gas, tipped the Toledo at 3801, 57 percent of it over the nose, the rest (43 percent) aft.

 

 

Yes, for me the real test for me would to slap slicks on it and run it at a good track in good atmospheric conditions. I have no doubt that the car would run 11.50s all day long in that scenario.

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