What is it?
Anybody who thinks the “golden age” of the American muscle car was back in the ‘60s hasn’t been tracking the action. Sure, those classic lead sleds may be gone but there’s a new generation of performance machines rolling out of Detroit and the big action is in the pony car market where Chevrolet, with the Camaro, and Ford, with the Mustang, have been rolling out the heavy weaponry.
Ford is firing the latest salvo with the introduction of the 2013 Shelby GT500. Don’t confuse it with the 950-hp beast from the late Carroll Shelby’s Las Vegas tuner house. The one rolling off the Ford assembly line does just fine with its, ahem, more modest 662 horsepower burbling out of its big 5.8-litre supercharged V8. By comparison, the new Camaro ZL1 looks positively anaemic at “just” 580 hp.