The Shelby GT500: It’s all about raw power

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At $54,000, the Shelby GT500 is an expensive one trick pony — it likes to go in one direction, fast. Peter Valdes-Dapena and I got to drive and review it for CNNMoney.

As a German sports car fan, I had my doubts about raw American power. Peter let me drive the Shelby GT500 around the streets of Manhattan (particularly down a strip of highway that runs along Manhattan’s West Side) and on the long straights at Jones Beach in Long Island. I was completely taken with the car. It’s power, its push, was just incredible, and it made me giggle like a little school girl. I loved it.

One of my favorite moments with the car was during that trip down the West Side Highway. A huge man in a giant 18-wheeler pulled up next to us, and motioned for Peter to roll down the window.

He leaned out and in a thick Bronx accent said “So you think she can handle all that power?”

Peter glanced at me, and gave a wry smile. “Uh yeah. She totally can.”

At which point, the light turned green, and we pulled away, a giant smile on my face.

Click to see the Shelby GT500 in action.

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Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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