Sitting at a traffic light, we wait for the light to turn green, a Ford Focus driver sits nonchalantly in the next lane. When the light turns, we dump the clutch, floor the throttle … and hang on, tires squealing, head slammed against the leather Recaro bucket seat. The Focus disappears in the rearview mirror.
Has it even started moving yet?
There’s nothing quite like the sound and fury of an American V-8 at full brew.
When historians look back on the story of cars some distant day in the future, they may well look at the mid 20-teens as the zenith of the muscle car. Forget the ’60s when most people thought the muscle cars were fast. Today’s fast cars are simply more powerful and better designed. They’re lighter and modern developments affecting everything from tires to electronic features make them easier to drive and put the power where it can do the most good – on the pavement. They’re even more fuel efficient.
And they’re still dirt cheap. For a little more than $31,000, you can walk into any Ford dealer and walk out with a 420-horsepower Mustang similar to this one that is simply scary fast. The story is similar at the local Dodge or Chevy dealer where salesmen will be happy to show you their similarly powerful Pony Car entries, the Challenger and Camaro.
And they could be some of the last of their kind ever to spin their tires.