You cannot put 550 hp in a car without paying the closest attention to its other systems—in other words, steering, braking, handling, suspension, weight, etc. That is obvious, and that is why the 662-hp Mustang Shelby GT500 is a bad joke, even at its $55k price.
The horsepower wars are typically American, kind of like trying to pack the most calories into a Big Mac. Adding more bacon and cheese doesn’t make the meat any better.
Aston Martin’s much-revised 2013 DBS is supposedly based (in styling, at least) on the One-77 supercar shown above. That V12 beast has 750 hp, which, you can be sure, will be perfectly applied to the ground.
The more-or-less custom-built One-77 (only 77 cars built, now sold out) began around $1.5 million. The present DBS starts at $275K. You simply cannot achieve anything close to that kind of performance for $55K. Aston Martin hasn’t released prices yet and has said very little on what the 2013 DBS will cost.
We do know that the transmission will likely be upgraded to a new ZF 8-speed, and the manual will probably be dropped. The engine will be tweaked from the present 6-liter V12 to give it a 40-hp boost. The interior is also to be upgraded, possibly along One-77 lines.
Contrary to taking the Ford/Camaro approach, you cannot build cars like this by using mass-market techniques for people who just want to go fast. And you cannot build cars like this without racing experience.
Carroll Shelby was on his way to something great with the GT-40, but he got corrupted with the Mustang. Aston has, it claims, “90 years of success on road and track” which it has “distilled into a high-performance sports car.” I believe ’em.
Carroll started as a sports-car tuner, and that is basically the approach he and Ford have taken with the Mustang. Cars like the DBS are built and rebuilt from the ground up.
Have I offended all you Mustang fans? Good, defend yourselves.