Ever so often. I go out and test drive vehicles and write reviews about them. Heres some reviews.
-Ford Shelby GT500
The GT500 has a Supercharged 5.4L V8 Producing 500 HP and 480 ft-lbs of Torque. It is mated to a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. To date, this is the most powerful factory vehicle that I have driven. The closest I got before this was the 430 HP 2010 Chevy Corvette. When I sat in it, I instantly noticed that the windshield "Brow" impeded a decent amount of my field of vision. This was true for the rest of the car, It was pretty darn hard to see out of it. Interior was black with a few silver panels decorating various spots, along with a "Caroll Shelby" Signature on the center dash panel (not sure if he physically signs it or it is a copy and paste deal). The clutch was actually a little different then what I am typically used to. In this case, It feels like the clutch wouldnt even engage until the final 15% of the pedal travel. This took some getting used too, and didnt have much time to truely have a feel for it. I took the car to the track and floored it. Instantly, that rear end just kicks out and traction control feels almost useless, took quite a bit of throttle control/steering just to keep it straight. Every time i shifted that rear just kicks out like a pissed off donky... on steroids. That was my first run. I swing around for a second run, this time with a slight rolling start and floor it again. Just like before, that huge ass just throws itself out and traction control feels useless on this vehicle. The car brakes well (needs too, that much weight and power). That second run concluded my strightline performance of it. Unfortunatley, I do not have the opportunity to review its handling. So, with my around 15 minutes in the vehicle i have come down to this. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD DRIVE THIS ON CITY STREETS. This thing was quite a handful to handle just going in a straight line. I once said that the NEw 5.0L Mustang GT was not for the inexperienced and faint of heart. I would have to say the GT500 isnt even for the Experienced and Steel Guts. In order to handle this monster, you may need Titanium Guts and Track Gained Experience. This thing can be fun in a straight line if it grips better, however, I kind of doubt that it will handle terribly well due to its weight and power. Also, visibility out of this particular model is poor, and that is extremely important in everyday driving and racing. I actually liked the 5.0L GT Mustangs better. So, it gets an 7.5 out of 10.
-2011 Subaru WRX STi (sedan)
This STi Sports the 2.5L Turbocharged Boxer-4 Cylinder Engine Producing 305 HP and 290 ft-lbs of torque. It is mated to Subaru 6-speed manual transmission. When I first sat in this car, I felt alot more comfortable in it then the GT500. The field of vision was excellent and the car felt a bit more comfortable in general. The first thing i knoticed was the return of the Infamous Ginormous Rear Trunk Spoiler. Well, I am not a fan of these, so I ignored it for the most part. Otherwise, i thought it looked pretty good with the new facelift. Started the car up and it gave the nice subtle boxer rumble. As i was driving to the track it felt easier to drive and even a better feel for the car. The Clutch was more in tune with what im used too as well. I took it on the track and floored it. Like most Turbo vehicles, the inital launch felt sluggish, but the second I began to hit boost, the car rocketed forward. Quickly, I shifted into 2nd gear, and saw that I actually spun the tires (traction control came on very briefly). I then Shifted into third and was nearing next shift when I ran out road before i needed to brake. I swung around agian for my second run. Did the same launch setup and the same manners re-appeared as the first time. I like this car quite a bit, it was easy to drive, relatively lightweight and quick. Handling is probably very good as well. This car had very good manners, but will unleash the beast from the cage when it is provoked. I was even complimented that I looked more natural driving this car then any others that I have been seen in. I liked this car alot, no doubt that this could be a very nice daily driver and weekend warrior combined. Other then a few issues like that massive spoiler, I really cant find anything wrong with this vehicle. So, this car gets a 9 out of 10 from me.