The S197/S550/S650 journey was definitely game changing and probably even more iconic than the original run in 1965-‘70. The S197 reinvented the Pony Car and reignited a new Muscle Car era. The S197 brought back the Camaro, the Challenger, the GT500 and eventually the Boss. The S197 was a legitimate Grand Am competitor and it was a fantastic car.
The S550 modernized the Retro look and took the Mustang places it had never gone prior. The GT350 dominated Grand Am and IMSA to the point where it shut the Z/28 down. The S550 was so good it eventually forced the Camaro out of production and competition. The S550 brought back the GT350, the Bullitt and the Mach 1 and began to compete with the Corvette.
The S650 will be a Goodbye letter to enthusiast and the last of the gas V8’s… how could anyone miss this?