Malibu Mustang

Malibu Mustang, originally uploaded by Shiny Things.

So this is what I ended up with when Hertz couldn’t deliver a Mustang coupe with GPS.

And it’s actually not bad. It’s the 2011 model, so it’s got the new 3.7L V6 (305 horsepower, up from the 210 horsepower that last year’s rubbish model squeezed out of its 4.0L V6, and almost as much as last year’s V8).

Admittedly, it’s no Corvette (previously on JRE). It does jump away when you mash the loud pedal, but it doesn’t turn everything into warp-speed smears. The handling leaves a bit to be desired as well (although it’s certainly not bad - just a little bit of understeer, and if you give it a dab of throttle it corrects nicely).

But the Corvette starts at $50,000 (for the 430hp coupe). The Mustang starts at $22,000 (for the base V6 coupe). How can you say no?