This is not just a muscle car, it is legendary car enthusiast Carrol Shelby's finest creation. From 1965 to the present day 500 hp mustang Shelby motors and Ford have teamed up to make one of the most amazing muscle cars ever in production. I really believe this car does not get the recognition it deserves. The 2011 gt500 puts out an amazing 500 hp to the rear wheels, 510 ft lbs of torque, has a double overhead cam and comes stock supercharged on a 302 block. This is the fastest production car ever made. Shelby has really come a long way in production. While the new gt500 is one bad muscle car I don't think it will ever match its grandfather. The 1967 Shelby gt500, my all time favorite car. This car was even featured in the movie Gone in 60 Seconds as the ultimate steel. Off the assembly line these cars put out 335 hp and 440 ft lbs of torque on a 428 block. For 1967 this was incredible. Carol Shelby's legacy will always live on through his cars whether it is the Cobra, gt, or Series 1 and who knows what his next idea will be.
The Dodge Cummins is a diesel engine that has intrigued me ever since I got into engines. They have had unbelievable success in the diesel industry from a smaller, less problematic engine. What is so fascinating about the cummins is that all of their engines are straight 6's. What this means is the pistons are aligned in a straight line instead of the normal V configuration. These engines are normally 5.9 or the newer 6.7 liters and push out just as much horsepower and torque as its competitors with a straight 6! Now I am and always will be a Ford guy but these cummins are some pretty incredible engines. I have never heard anyone complain about the engines or the trucks in general not to mention they sound incredible. I think Dodge really stepped outside of the norm when having cummins design this engine and they did a pretty good job if you ask me.
The ford 7.3L powerstroke turbo diesel is by far the best engine that was ever in production. The engine block it self will easily exceed 300,000 miles and still run great as long as it is taken care of. I have owned one for 11 years and never fixed anything internally on the engine. Simple maintenance like pulley's fuel lines and belts are expected. The newer powerstroke engines(6.0L) have all kinds of problems with blown head gaskets and melted O-rings anywhere over 50,000 miles, however these engines were probably modified with chips and programmers. The 7.3l may not have the torque and HP that newer diesels have but it is a reliable engine and will always get 2 thumbs up from me.