By on January 21, 2019

The all-new Shelby GT500–the pinnacle of any pony car ever engineered by Ford Performance–delivers on its heritage with more than 700 horsepower for the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang.

Exactly one week ago, we asked you what your eyes and ears desired to see appear at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Since the 2019 soirée is the last to be held in the frigid month of January, we hoped the event would go out with a bang. And, well, if not a bang, then at least a solid thump.

There was plenty of metal on display — some of it new, some of it little more than reheated leftovers sourced the back of the corporate fridge. What turned your crank?

Count me amongst the few people bleating on the internet who is not eager to skewer the new Toyota Supra. Sure, it shares more than a few parts with German BMWs, but any action by a company to imbue the landscape with a sports coupe rather than yet another milquetoast front-drive crossover is fine by me.

All you readers (thanks, both of you) know I’m your resident Truck Guy, so seeing Ram smash through the 1,000 lb-ft barrier like a fullback through tissue paper was quite gratifying. Sure, it would’ve been nice had they launched the thing through a plate glass window like Bob Lutz did with the OG GC back in the day, but I’m not complaining. We’ll have a First Drive story for you in the weeks ahead.

That’s not to mention the Shelby GT500, Ford’s entry into the 700 hp club, being dropped from a virtual helicopter. Even if we’re all headed towards a future of #mobility, at least the internal combustion engine is getting one hell of a send-off.

What’s your pick from the show?

[Image: Ford]

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10 Comments on “QOTD: Best of Show?...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Telluride – even the “special edition” concepts were cooler with the actual production vehicle there.

    Question: (Since I haven’t seen it mentioned) Telluride is BIG but how big? Atlas big? Durango Big?

  • avatar
    chaparral

    Subaru FR-S and WRX STi. Some of the Toyotas and Lexuses. VW’s display of Golfs.

    Everything else there represented the worst class of bloated, gross gin palaces since the ’58 and ’59 model years.

    What debuted there that weighed less than 2t? What was brought there for the buyer of modest tastes and a small garage? What attempt was made to swim against the current to find the buyers your competitors were abandoning?

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’ve become fairly positive on the Supra over the past week. I’m not sure if I’m just being a contrarian dipsh*t or if I actually like the car.

    • 0 avatar
      chaparral

      ajla, the Supra is definitely pretty from the front and rear. The closer to square-on the better.

    • 0 avatar
      NG5

      Same here. I actually like that they made a 2 seat car with a hardtop and an an inline 6. I wish they offered a manual, but I’m not in a position to buy a new one now so I am not that sad about the omission. It seems to be the ways things are these days.

  • avatar
    turbo_awd

    While not “best of show”, necessarily, I think the S209 was the biggest “unprecedented” or most “change in direction” announcement – first “S” model of the STI in the US.

    Bigger/faster Mustang – sure, 700+ hp is cool, but it’s not like it was unexpected. If not this GT500, then the next version?

    1000 lb-ft was just a matter of time in the towing wars.

    The Supra would have been interesting 10 years ago. In 2019, it feels like the “Z4 Super Bee” or something.. You get the engine + drivetrain, but not that many of the other nice bits. Is there anything here you couldn’t get in the Z4M coupe 10 years ago, other than a bit more refined / repackaged?

  • avatar
    Mr.EpMini9

    Definitely the Toyota Supra. After so many tired years of rumors and endless concepts, I had given hope on it. But seeing it now revealed, I’m a true believer that it would succeed in the market. Congrats to Toyota!

  • avatar
    tenrten

    GT500 yes
    Supra no

  • avatar
    frankfan42

    GT500 is drool worthy for sure. Supra was impressive. BUT- for ME the most awesome car was one nobody seemed to notice- and it was rigt in plain sight-
    Cadillac Blackwing, gorgeous in an understated yet powerful presence.
    GM sold out of these in minutes when they were for sale. 550hp and looking really good with subtle and understated factory mods.
    The car was just THERE. Has anybody on any auto site even mentioned it- or the new 4.2 twin turbo v-8 right behind it? It was locked, so people couldn’t get into it, but it amazed me that folks would walk right by this to look at the CTS and the ATS not to mention the ever popular Escalade.

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