The folks in the car business think that reusing a name is mining for more gold on the original spot. Remaking classic cars and reusing past names is a longstanding tradition in the car business, sometimes even crossing manufacturer lines. Is the new Shelby Mustang an heir to the throne? What about BMW's new versions of the Mini? And why do car companies persist in using names which translate poorly, like Chevy's Nova in Spanish or Audi's e-Tron in French? Let's see if new is always an improvement, or not.
In 2020, a new Ford Shelby Mustang, the GT500, is ready to run against other drag-ready cars like the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, complete with 760 hp from a supercharged V8. Comparing with earlier models is simple -- it's the fastest ever. The new GT500 and existing GT350 both have performance-specific handling and feature packages, which make them expensive but satisfying cars to drive on the track as well as the open road.
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