It sounds like something you might tell your friends at the bar, but the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, introduced at the Detroit Auto Show yesterday, is so powerful - it's illegal to own one in Japan.

According to, the new Shelby GT500 puts out 700 horsepower and will do the quarter-mile in UNDER 11 seconds. So, I get it. It's fast.

I've looked all over the internet to find out exactly why it would be illegal over there. I know to buy any American car is insanely expensive in Japan. And the taxes are based on the size of the engine and the age of the car. But, there are older American muscle cars in Japan, (including Mustangs from the 70s) So, what's the exact reason. If you know, let me know in the comments section.


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