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I turned 16 in april and we are going look at a 2011 gt tommrow, and im wondering if its a good car for a new driver, i have a uncle with a 07 gt and i like it
My warning would be that as a 16 yr old, the temptation to drive like there's no tomorrow would be extremely hard to resist... Especially with that much HP on tap.....Be careful...
Additionally, the cost of insurance for a 16 yr old driving a Mustang GT would be cost prohibitive to many, myself included... Be sure to factor that in your choice if you do not come from a high net worth family.
I would recommend maybe the V6 instead. Nicer and faster than any pre-2011 V6 for sure...
Location: PA to KY ('07) to IL ('09) to MS ('10) to FL ('11)
+1 what Don said. For someone with less than a few years driving experience, the power of the old GT's, let alone the 2011, can be lethal; not just to you but others on the road. Do yourself a favor and say "no".
well it looks like you family is we off so what car you get it up to you. the 2011 gt are factory rated at 412hp that a lot for a new driver you may have drove your moms jag but that's YOUR MOMS jag, that's in the back of you head when you drive it so you not likely to drive too fast in it.
all we can say is please be considerate of other drivers out there and if you want to go fast please do it at the track not in a street race or something. We dont want to see a headline of another young person end his/hers or other lives because he/her was reckless at the wheel of a fast car or any car for that matter.
07 Stang is gone
65 Mustang is back on the road!
I consider myself to have always been a pretty responsible person. At 16 I built a 66 gmc pickup with a fuel injected corvette engine. In college I drove a BMW M3, and now, at 25, I'll be driving a 600hp Saleen Mustang.
I can honestly say that if I had a 412hp car at 16 I probably would have wrecked it a few times over. Not out of carelessness, but simply not knowing what that much power is capable of.
If you do end up getting it, just be extremely careful. INVEST in some driving courses for both regular and race driving. You're much less likely to do something stupid on the street, if you get to do the 'stupid' things on a track with a professional driver.
If you can afford it, go for it dude. Just don't be stupid. You can talk about your mom's Jag all you want, in fact you could write a 500 page novel on the time you've spent behind the wheel of your mother's car. All that talking won't make up for a few years actual experience.
for a first time driver, i wouldn't suggest a gt. i started with a v6 mustang before i got my mach 1. also the 2011 v6's are no slouch. they are up there with my mach in terms of hp... a tough pill to swallow.
Take a driver course to learn how to handle the power! One of the expensive courses that obviously your parents can afford! Otherwise I would recommend something more tame for your first car and extreme lack of time behind the wheel. There a far too many young people like yourself that die everyday because of lack of experience! And too many parents that would pay all the money from their great wealth to buy the lost life back! Not enough money in the world to replace a child!!!!! Re think your options, please for both you and your families sake. Just an honest opinion that has fact tied in
1. You can't have enough experience to even be a particularly good driver even at legal speeds.
2. You're very likely to speed in that car.
3. Even if you don't speed or drive recklessly, you're likely to end up in a wreck (insurance is more expensive for kids for a reason - they crash a lot more than adults): best to drive a POS for 2-3 years to get those stupid fender benders out of the way before you make it an extra-expensive mistake.
But, all that's for you and your family to deal with. Tough to avoid overestimating your abilities, but that's already happened (or you wouldn't even be discussing a GT). Just try not to kill any innocent bystanders, or yourself.
Good luck - if you're the right sort of driver, you could be just fine. I hope you are (Mustang or not).
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