Comfort and Performance
The moment you slide into the driver’s seat you’ll know you are in a serious performance vehicle, but with a difference. In the bad old days, muscle cars were all about speed with little concern for driver or passengers. If they got a few bruises because they got tossed around, that was the price of performance.
But the seat you are sitting in is a comfortable, well-bolstered, power-adjustable, ventilated, leather-trimmed, Alcantara work of art. Lateral Gs are not an issue inside this passenger cabin. A look across the aluminum-trimmed dash reveals retro-like analog dials and toggle switches. The gear shift is polished aluminum and bears the Cobra logo.
With the engine off, the Cobra definitely has a retro feel to it. Once you push the start button, the technology reveals itself. Dual climate control. The popular Sync3 touchscreen system and navigation, a six-speaker audio system, rearview camera, and message center in the instrument cluster come to life.
The steering wheel is flat-bottomed and wrapped in leather and Alcantara for a sticky grip that even the sweatiest hands will not slip off. The clutch is surprisingly light considering the engine size and the six-speed manual transmission is a short-throw and gives off a satisfying “snick” when it engages a gear.
2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
The Shelby GT350 runs about double the cost of a standard Mustang but there really isn’t any comparison. If you are having that mid-life crisis, the GT350 is about $40,000 cheaper than a Porsche 911. If you are a performance enthusiast, you’ll want to be taking this snake to your favorite track or lonesome road as often as possible.