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New dark horse vs used 2020 gt500

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So seems like what everyone agrees on is used Gt500>darkhorse.
That's actually 2 of the cars (plus Mach 1 and GT350) I had it narrowed down to recently and decided Dark Horse. I want to get some track time under my belt, and learn how to drive quickly and do it well. I assume the power level will be easier to control at the track at the Dark Horse level. I suspect the horspower is going to be closer to GT350 than Mach 1, and not have the flat plane crank oil burning issues(though i love the sound, sweet car, still want 1). Plus a new DH should get a Track Attack day.

I have a buddy that has a CFTP GT500 and it's amazing, but decided to get the car I can probably drive better. When i get more confident, maybe Ill get a 2022 GT500. Or maybe there will be a 2026 GT500.

Dark Horse was the right decision for me, YMMV
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I’m either getting a dark horse, Mach 1HP, or back into a GT350 (2020 MY only). Just depends on pricing and where the used car market is in comparison.
 

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That's actually 2 of the cars (plus Mach 1 and GT350) I had it narrowed down to recently and decided Dark Horse. I want to get some track time under my belt, and learn how to drive quickly and do it well. I assume the power level will be easier to control at the track at the Dark Horse level. I suspect the horspower is going to be closer to GT350 than Mach 1, and not have the flat plane crank oil burning issues(though i love the sound, sweet car, still want 1). Plus a new DH should get a Track Attack day.

I have a buddy that has a CFTP GT500 and it's amazing, but decided to get the car I can probably drive better. When i get more confident, maybe Ill get a 2022 GT500. Or maybe there will be a 2026 GT500.

Dark Horse was the right decision for me, YMMV
If you want do learn how to drive on a track just buy a 50-75hp car and try to set new personal records. A 500hp car is everything but a car for 'learners'... Seriously, buy a cheap car that is easy to maintain but still somewhat fun to drive and beat it around a track.
It might save your life after all ;)

Don't get me wrong: buy a DH or any other car if you like, especially if you're in for a joy ride but don't 'get some track time under your belt' in a fairly expensive and way too fast car for track-starters.
 

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And if he’s had very little seat time, and goes right to a DH level car, I’d suggest a couple autocross events prior to a road course. More safe learning. Kill a couple cones vs scrub a wall.

If you want do learn how to drive on a track just buy a 50-75hp car and try to set new personal records. A 500hp car is everything but a car for 'learners'... Seriously, buy a cheap car that is easy to maintain but still somewhat fun to drive and beat it around a track.
It might save your life after all ;)

Don't get me wrong: buy a DH or any other car if you like, especially if you're in for a joy ride but don't 'get some track time under your belt' in a fairly expensive and way too fast car for track-starters.
 

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I’m either getting a dark horse, Mach 1HP, or back into a GT350 (2020 MY only). Just depends on pricing and where the used car market is in comparison.
Would love to have those options...

Here in Germany you can get/could’ve gotten a Mach 1 for around ~60K (discounts included) and that’s pretty much it. We never got the Shelby’s that’s why they are extremely rare and expensive. If you find one that is Carfax approved you have to spend around 90-120000€ on it, which is ridiculous.
 


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Big ouch 😬
Would love to have those options...

Here in Germany you can get/could’ve gotten a Mach 1 for around ~60K (discounts included) and that’s pretty much it. We never got the Shelby’s that’s why they are extremely rare and expensive. If you find one that is Carfax approved you have to spend around 90-120000€ on it, which is ridiculous.
 

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And if he’s had very little seat time, and goes right to a DH level car, I’d suggest a couple autocross events prior to a road course. More safe learning. Kill a couple cones vs scrub a wall.
Yep, killing cones and driving schools before track days, want to learn the correct way.
 

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If I was seriously considering a GT500, the Dark Horse wouldn't even be on my radar. Mach 1 vs. GT350 vs. Dark Horse would be reasonable to consider.
 

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The nice thing about a gas pedal is you don't have to push it all the way down. I see nothing wrong with buying a Dark Horse to track even if you have no prior track experience. Go to a track event where an instructor rides with you. Take it EASY. Focus on being smooth and consistent. Don't time yourself. Just enjoy it and listen to the instructor.

The lightweight, low-powered car is a great option for the track as well, though. It will be a lot cheaper. Buying a set of tires for a DH that will probably cost $1500 and then burning them up in a couple track days is not out of the question. You will understand why people make different choices.

But going easy with a DH is also a great way to reduce the cost of consumables while you learn.
 

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I've never driven a GT500, only a GT350. But there's gotta be something special about that dual-clutch transmission in the GT500.

I'd take a GT500 over the DH in a heartbeat. Even just on looks alone. Specially if it can be had for less than $85K.
 

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Why are y’all comparing a $74-95k GT500 to a car that’s clearly closer in relation to a GT350/M1 and will likely carry a similar price

Of course I’d prefer the more expensive, top-range model especially if I miraculously found it for less lol tf
 

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Why are y’all comparing a $74-95k GT500 to a car that’s clearly closer in relation to a GT350/M1 and will likely carry a similar price

Of course I’d prefer the more expensive, top-range model especially if I miraculously found it for less lol tf
A mach fully optioned out is 70k, a base gt500 is 75k. Dark Horse may be 73k? I was cross shopping those options. I chose Dark Horse for reasons, but I can see where you may be tempted.

Any options at all on the GT500 increases the price quickly though, and I decided I wanted an optioned car, so that helped my decision.
 
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A mach fully optioned out is 70k, a base gt500 is 75k. Dark Horse may be 73k? I was cross shopping those options. I chose Dark Horse for reasons, but I can see where you may be tempted.

Any options at all on the GT500 increases the price quickly though, and I decided I wanted an optioned car, so that helped my decision.
This is where I'm at.
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