So You Can't Afford: Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560
552-hp, 5.2-liter V-10
The inexpensive imitator: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Before you start writing an angry letter, we know: There's absolutely no similarity between a Mustang and a Lamborghini. The Mustang is a rear-drive muscle car, with a hot V-8 up front and a (cough) live axle at the back end. It's a ruffian that gallops along on old technology. A Lamborghini is the very definition of Italian exotica. There's a lightweight aluminum chassis, sophisticated all-wheel drive, and a scalding V-10 hanging out behind your head, ready to wail. It looks more like something developed at Area 51 than any machine Detroit could churn out.
But Maybe You Can Afford: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
650-hp 5.8-liter supercharged V-8
Price: $60,000 (est)
But the new 2013 Shelby GT 500 isn't just any Mustang. Ford has boosted the power by a full 100 horsepower over the last one, up to a staggering 650. That's even more horsepower than Chevy's ZR1 Corvette. And though the Shelby weighs about 500 pounds more than the Gallardo, we'd suspect the two wouldn't be too far apart in a drag race.
Here's the most interesting part. The Mustang, according to Ford, will hit a clean 200 mph. The advanced, technology-packed Italian supercar will go only 1 mph faster. That's some serious bragging rights for anyone who ponies up for this Mustang.