That's what I thought too - until the 03 Cobra came out. Factory car, as fast as most tuner cars (faster in many cases) and very strong engine, comparably. Think about it - didn't the 03-04 Cobra make buying ANY tuner car those years, not-so-good of a deal? The 03-04 Cobra was a bargain compared to what else was offered. I think the GT500 is going to be similar.