12. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – $49,995
But for those who want the classic, screamer Mustang with Shelby heritage but with modern technology and unbelievable V8 performance, the new GT 350 R is a perfect choice. Despite the fact that Shelby was based on Mustang GT, much of the car’s suspension, design, aero package, and engine were new.
The biggest single difference was the fantastic Voodoo engine, which has 5.2-liter displacement, 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. The main feature of this high-revving powerplant is the flat plane crank technology which allows the big V8 to scream to almost 9000 rpm. It is the same technology which is used by exotic manufacturers like Ferrari and this is the first time that a muscle car has such an advanced engine. Ford`s investment in Shelby GT 350 really paid off since the performance is mind-boggling with 3.9 seconds for 0 to 60 mph.
But the numbers don’t do justice to this car. Shelby GT 350 is a pure sports car that delivers fantastic driving dynamics and experience to the driver. It is much closer to the Porsche GT3 in terms of precision driving and cornering speeds than it is to humble Mustangs of yesterday. This car is not only one of the fastest Mustangs ever, it is also one of the best sports cars made in recent years.