I got a call a few weeks ago to see if I wanted to be in a study by LA Focus. They pay 150 bucks cash. For it I had to evalaute 4 different cars. OK!! I got there and in talking to some people, found out that most of us had Mustangs. I just had a feeling that we were going to drive an 05. So after checking in, we go out back, and lo and behold, there's a black 05 GT. A few other cars, and then a teal 05 GT. Yee haw. We had to drive four cars to compare to each other(its funny, they cover all the badges so you don't know what the car is----like a piece of tape on the badge would disguise it) The first car looked a lot like a Nissan 350Z. It was pretty fun to drive, good pickup. Cornered really nice. 2nd I drove a car that looked a lot like a GTO. It sounded nice, had some real good pickup, but I rated its overall looks as a 1. The guy asked me why. I said cause it looked like a Sunbird with a wing. lol 3rd I drove a Mazda RX-8. What a gutless turd. That car needs a turbo bad. And lastly, I got to take out the new GT. All four cars we did the same tests. We started on a real rough road. It didn't ride too pleasant. Then, at a stop sign, we did a 0-40mph romp. Damn, the 3 valve is quick. After that we got onto the freeway, doing a 0-70 romp. And it boogies. Then we got off the highway and did a few miles of canyon roads. THis is where the Mustang really paled compared to the other cars. The Z was the best on this part, followed by the RX-8, GTO and then the Mustang. It was always loose in the rear-end. But it definetly had the most straight line pickup. All in all, we drove each car for 28 miles. And the best part, they gave me 150 CASH after 3 hours of beating these cars. Afterward one of the guys from the group said the testing was put on by Ford(which explains all us Mustang owners there) so they could compare the car to others in similar price range. Other than the sloppy rear-end, the only complaint I had about the 05 was the center-console. Its so cool looking inside the car(aluminum everywhere) except the radio/climate controls. THey are that damn Ford black plastic, which looks horrible mixed with the retro dash. Oh, and it could use some louder mufflers.