Our cars are muscle (Pony) cars and not true sports cars. The Corvette, M3, and 911's are true "drivers" sports cars. Mustangs were originally low budget cars stuffed with big engines, and that's how Shelby surprised everyone winning the big races.
I will never confuse my GT/CS with a real road car such as a Corvette or 911. The factory shifter and drivetrain is pretty much "junk" compared to the quality parts that are in the Corvette and 911.
Oh, don't believe me....well, I've included just one small example of many for your consideration. The shifter bracket on the left, yes the one with the zip ties holding it together, is the Ford factory OEM version included in both the GT and Boss 302. The picture on the right is one that many of us upgrade too, the Barton. I myself chose the Steeda version.
NoVa5.0, don't get to arrogant or cocky about your opinions about Mustang being a sports car. Many of us on these forums have been involved with Mustangs since the 1960's. My current 2014 GT/CS is my 15th since high school in 1979....I've owned them all!
I'm left wondering what you call the "drive train". Since, certainly, the Coyote motor is considered world-class. And the brakes and suspension are great. Not perfect, but great. Again, Mustang (Brembo PP/Track Pack) lap times are identical to those of the M3. Yes, the shifter mechanism is crap and many replace them, but that's why the car is 1/2 the price of M3s and such.
As far as you not thinking Mustangs are true "drivers cars" like an M3/911....well.....you bought the wrong Mustang. You didn't buy the "driver's car" Mustang. So, your opinion is based on the wrong car.
And no, Mustangs are most definitely NOT muscle cars, not even close. And the term "Pony cars" is a marketing scheme, nothing more. To be precise, Mustangs are Sports Coupes, as are 911s and M3s.
Yes, M3s/M4s and 911s are far more refined and built better, but that's where the price difference comes in.
2012 GT Premium, Brembo PP, MT82, 3.73s, Blk/Blk. Bama 93R, Koni Yellow Rear Shocks, Hawk Ceramic pads, Luxurious & Plush Floor Mats