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Speaking of confidence, the Shelby GT500 starts at $73,995, or $9300 more than its chief rival, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (which, admittedly, comes standard with a manual transmission). But perhaps the bigger rivalry resides within the Ford family. Is the Blue Oval's stable big enough for both the Shelby GT350 and the GT500? Ford officials proudly point out that the company now offers 12 Mustang variants. The lineup is nearly as comprehensive as the Porsche 911 range. In that context, there may just be room for two Shelby 'Stangs. Think of the naturally aspirated, manual-transmission-only GT350 as Ford's own Porsche 911 GT3 and the Shelby GT500 as Ford's 911 GT2 RS, and you'll understand both how similar and different these two cars are. Yeah, we're comparing Mustangs to Porsche's best sports cars. The Shelby GT500 is that good.
 

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EV: I had the same reaction when I read that statement. And even if there is a little sugar-coating toward the company, (and I'm not saying there is,) it is still quite some remark.
 

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Think of the naturally aspirated, manual-transmission-only GT350 as Ford's own Porsche 911 GT3 and the Shelby GT500 as Ford's 911 GT2 RS, and you'll understand both how similar and different these two cars are. Yeah, we're comparing Mustangs to Porsche's best sports cars. The Shelby GT500 is that good.
Whether the GT500 stands up to the pedigree of the aforementioned cars or not, time will tell. I've run my Rs with the NA version. And though you can hang, the GT3 is superior. 500 vs GT2? I think it will be the same conclusion. With that said, have a look at the difference in price tags respectively. This is where Ford is killing it. Think about it. You are having the GT350R and GT500CFTP in the same conversation with the likes of the GT3 and GT2RS.

I just wish Ford hadn't pissed me off so much. Damn.
 

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