The Drag Strip Star
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
If the Cadillac ATS-V is the most rounded performance car of the moment, and the Chevrolet Corvette sits in a more powerful shadow, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 ($48,695) is somewhere in between. It has the sound and gravitas to compete with true drag strip warriors, but the competence to handle corners and courses that turn directions other than left. Like the Porsche Cayman GT4, the Shelby is not available with an automatic.
Also consider: What has 707 hp, a reputation for hooliganism, and an optional six-speed manual transmission? None other than the Dodge Challenger Hellcat ($65,190).