"Eleanor" is back. The Ford Shelby GT500KR ($TBA; 2008) marks the 40th anniversary of the original GT500KR, and boasts 540 horsepower. Other features include a revised calibration and cold air intake system, 6-speed manual transmission, Shelby-designed 18-inch wheels, carbon composite hood, and a revamped suspension. If you're trying to get your hands on the most powerful production Mustang ever built, get in line now — only a thousand will be built.
Former Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones is a racing icon, but so was his Boss 302 Mustang. Now, with a lot of money and a little help from Saleen, you can have a modern-day recreation of his ride. The 2007 Saleen Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang ($61,600) packs in every little detail a true racing enthusiast could want, like 302 badges, its Grabber Orange color, a striped "shaker" hood, and a rear 1970 replica wing. Of course, this car is more about the driving than the show, with specs that include a 5-liter, 400hp engine, Saleen Racecraft suspension pieces, a 14" slotted and vented front disc brake system with Saleen 4 piston calipers and 11.8 in. discs in the rear, and mini-lite inspired 19" aluminum wheels. As one of 500, these are true collector's items — but according to a few of our buddies, you'll be driving it more than looking at it.
When a car shares its name with our favorite racing game, it's got a head-start on the competition. When it's a Maserati as well, the race is already over. With a 60-year tradition, the Maserati GranTurismo ($TBA) is the perfect blend of performance and daily driver, with room for four, creature comforts aplenty, 49/51% weight distribution, and a 4.2 liter V8 that cranks out 405hp, linked to an adaptive automatic gearbox. Sure, we might not be able to afford it, but that doesn't mean we can't appreciate it.