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Ford is introducing a new limited edition of the 2019 Ford Mustang GT – the California Special -- that boasts of aesthetics elements derived from the 1968 original version, modern performance and styling, as well as innovative technologies.
The very first Mustang California Special was born in 1968, with design cues inspired by the 1967 Shelby GT prototype. This came to be called the California Special. The original Mustang California Special was provided with distinguishing elements like a blacked-out grille and fog lamps, as well as a racing stripe running on sides through just ahead of the rear fender scoop.
In addition, the 1968 Mustang California Special was fitted with twist-lock hood fasteners, a Shelby-inspired spoiler and custom rear lamps. The spectacular looks of the Mustang California Special prompted Ford to put it to limited production. Soon enough, the California Special has become one of the much-sought-after special edition Mustang models.Read the entire article Ford Mustang GT gets California Special treatment for 2019 model year
Not a lot may have heard of Lee Iacocca, but we are pretty sure that you all know of his creation - and that would be none other than the Ford Mustang. Iacocca was the former Ford executive that turned the former concept into a reality. Not only did he turn the Mustang into production, but he also groomed it into the icon that we know it today.
To celebrate this, Ford and Galpin decided to come up with a special Mustang to celebrate the nameplate’s 45th anniversary. They named the unique version the Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang, and guess what? It will be sold off this April.
The rear wheel drive sports car will be put up for auction at the Barrett Jackson Palm Beach 2018 sale. It will be a rare treat for collectors as this is one of only 45 examples ever built and it comes with a number of unique design and performance elements to boot. This includes a special plaque in the engine bay to signify its rarity.Read the entire article Limited edition Ford Mustang Iacocca is up for grabs at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2018 sale
A couple of days ago, official sketches of the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500’s engine emerged online. And now, The Truth About Cars just found out that the pony is capable of reaching the 200 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour) mark.
Sources say that there had been leaked information about the speedometer verification procedure, and that the car’s speedometer will reach 214 miles per hour (344 kilometers per hour), which means that the GT500 performs a little better than its rivals now.
Apart from its new and impressive top speed now, there had also been leaked documents indicating that the car will gain a couple of driving modes to improve its performance. There is a “Drag Strip” setting as well as a Launch Control function.Read the entire article 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can go as fast as 200 mph
SpeedKore Performance Group, known for its historic and modern vehicles, has just unveiled the custom-built Ford Mustang Boss 302 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The bespoke vintage car from the 1970s was commissioned by Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr. who's famous for his role as Iron Man or Tony Stark from the Avengers film franchise. Downey Jr. spent time collaborating ideas with SpeedKore to restore the Mustang Boss 302’s original design while giving it several modern-day touches.
The muscle car has been equipped with Ford Performance Aluminator 5.0-liter V8 engine with Stage 2 Ford Roush Supercharger and is paired to a Bowler T56 transmission. It is rather sad that SpeedKore hasn’t disclosed any information regarding its performance but as expected, that should probably come out much later.
Embodying the same elements from SpeedKore’s latest projects, the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 also features lightweight carbon fiber materials which are evident on the muscle car’s front and rear spoilers, quarter extensions, fenders, deck lid, hood and bumpers. Aside from shedding tons of weight, SpeedKore has added a Detroit Speed aluminum frame, new suspension, a new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and a new powertrain to help catch up with what's trending in the highly evolving automotive industry.Read the entire article SpeedKore showcases Robert Downey Jr.’s bespoke Ford Mustang Boss 302
Last week at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we witnessed something that may come as a threat to the Dodge Hellcat, and it is Ford’s latest Shelby Mustang, and it has got a whopping 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), which is why it was dubbed the Shelby 1000. The automaker’s latest kit can be added onto any 2015 or later Ford Mustang.
Unlike before, the Mustang GT will lose the 5.0 liter V8 that it once had. This will then be replaced by a 5.2-liter V8 from Shelby GT350 that will be added with a 4.5 liter Whipple supercharger that pushes its limit to an estimated 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts). Apart from the new engine, it will also get a new high-flow fuel system, intercooler, ECU tuning, and an upgraded manual transmission.
It will never be enough to just give the Mustang a new and more powerful engine, right? And because all of you probably agree, Ford does too. This is why they are giving the Mustang an all new front fascia, hood, front fenders, rockers, quarter-panels, rear diffuser, exhaust, and widened front and rear tracks. The body now sits on a fully adjustable coilover suspension, and new Brembo brakes for added stopping power. Other parts that have been added are stronger spindles and hubs, hardened wheel studs, and wider wheels and tires.Read the entire article Track-only 2018 Shelby 1000 will be loaded with 1,000 horsepower
One of the few people we know who collect high-powered modified Mustangs would be pro Formula Drift driver and motorsports enthusiast Vaughn Gittin Jr. Today, he is back with another installment, and the muscle car will make an appearance at the 2017 SEMA Show on October 31st in Vegas. One thing we expect from it, like all other RTR Mustangs, is a whole bag of horsepower.
From the outside, the Ford Mustang gets the same signature style elements from the previous model. But now, it has a more aggressive front fascia, where the grille is highlighted by LED accenting lights in triangle. It has got a meaner looking front splitter as well as a more sculpted hood too. The exterior is finished off with black accent striping on the hood and side profile, a more subtle lip spoiler, and a new set of high-spoke wheels.
Gittin has not mentioned anything in terms of this particular Mustang’s performance. However, we are guessing that it would have something close to 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) or probably more when it makes its appearance in a few weeks. So far, the most powerful Spec 3 RTR Mustang had a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that carries out as much as 670 horsepower (499 kilowatts) and we witnessed this at the 2015 SEMA.Read the entire article Vaughn Gittin Jr’s Ford Mustang RTR will make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show
Ford announced earlier this year that it will be giving its 2018 Mustang GT an optional upgrading kit consisting of a larger radiator, six piston brake calipers, high performance tires, and so on. Moving on to the present, Ford unveils the new Level 2 performance package that is billed to fill the huge gap between the Ford Mustang’s most potent GT350 and the initially released performance pack level 1 upgrade.
It seems as if Ford did notice that “gap” from the very start and has been developing the Performance Level 2 for some time already. According to them, it will also come with a new front splitter, a custom rear spoiler, a much lower ride height, an updated steering, a new suspension, and a set of 19-inch Chauncy Eggleston wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
Of course, other features from the Level 1 are also present on the new package including the enhanced chassis, improved steering, Brembo brakes with huge rotors and stability control. The Performance pack level 2’s main highlight will be the new set of wheels that are 1.5-inch wider. It has also brought the car much closer to the ground by 0.5 inch compared to the previous upgrade. Having all of these in one package will mean that the Mustang GT will not only look more aggressive but will also look like a real performer.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang GT offers more power and bolder looks with new Performance Pack Level 2
The new 2018 Ford Mustang GT, when equipped with its optional Performance package, will be able to produce 460 horsepower. It also comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that help it sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under four seconds.
It was earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show when we first saw the Pilot Sport 4S tires, which had been introduced as a replacement of the popular Pilot Super Sport. The tire manufacturer also said that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires not only offer a 30,000-mile warranty, but also provide high performance grip levels in whatever road condition.
The Mustang GT Performance pack will be getting a pair of 255/40R19s up front, and a pair of 275/40R19s in the back. Ford engineers worked with Michelin to come up with this specific version of the tire.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang GT comes with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires as standard
According to Ford, the 2018 Mustang not only gets a more potent powerplant but also delivers a more efficient drivetrain too. Having said that, the refreshed model is 5.6 percent more efficient than the older version when it comes to fuel economy. Another new feature is that the pony has improved handling, thanks to the aerodynamic tweaks.
For the sake of comparison, the 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost (in automatic and manual) was rated 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined, whereas the 2018 models were rated 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. On the other hand, the 2017 Ford Mustang GT in automatic and manual have ratings of 15 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. Though the 2018 GT in manual have the same ratings, the automatic version has improved ratings at 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.
Mike Del Zio, dynamics engineer of Ford, together with Jonathan Gesek, aerodynamics engineer, discovered a way to make the 2018 Mustang easier to handle. Del Zio found that high-speed cornering was not as good as the wind tunnel number indicated, which he noticed during on-track development. What he did to solve this problem was to apply a strip of duct tape over the lower gap of the grille.Read the entire article Refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang offers better fuel economy
In the last 20 years, Lincoln had not built coupes, nor has it made convertibles. Now the question is, what should one do when he wants a two-door coupe that looks like a Lincoln? If that ever came across your mind, you were not alone. We actually have a concrete image of how it will look, because someone built one. Unfortunately, we aren’t a big fan of how it looks.
This photo was found on Reddit, and it is of a late-model Mustang Convertible that looks a bit off. That is because it had been given an additional rear bumper, and a Lincoln Continental-style spare tire carrier. Even without a photo, you could probably already imagine how it looks, and you are probably thinking - who in their right mind would do that?
But surprisingly, this is not the first time we have seen a Mustang with the parts or the body of a Lincoln. Having said that, Lincoln’s own Mark VIII once shared its platform with the Ford Thunderbird in the mid-1990s. Similarly, its predecessor from the 1980s, the Mark VII, was based on the same Fox platform as the Mustang.Read the entire article Lincoln-bodied Mustang seen on Reddit looks absolutely dreadful
Japanese aftermarket tuner Liberty Walk is at it again, this time with the Ford Mustang. The tuner is known worldwide because of their outrageous and unique wide body treatments when configuring models like the Toyota Prius and the Lamborghini Aventador, plus many more in between.
As mentioned earlier, one of their latest projects would be the Liberty Walk-tuned Ford Mustang, and this is the first Mustang they have tweaked. To really make it look like it is by the tuner, they gave the example their signature bolt-on fenders, new front and rear bumpers, a new read diffuser, a modified grille, and finally a ducktail spoiler. The pony is dressed in a bright red finish to complete the exterior look. LB gave it an Airrex air suspension kit for an additional $7,900 (¥790,000), to let it sit as close as it can to the pavement.
Before we forget, the Mustang now has a set of black wheels and decals all over the body, to give some accent to its bright red body. For the full-on Works package, customers will have to be willing to spend $6,800 (¥680,000). Or they can also opt for the toned down Performance package at $4,960 (¥496,800), which only includes a tweaked front diffuser, side diffuser, rear diffuser, and a ducktail spoiler.Read the entire article Liberty Walk creates wide-body kit for 2017 Ford Mustang
Ever heard of a driver performing a gymkhana while climbing the world-renowned Pikes Peak? Seems unusual and outrageous, but there is a driver daring enough to take on this challenge. Professional rally driver, Ken Block, is more than skilled to pilot an equally outrageous car to perform a “Climbkhana” (climbing + gymkhana) at the Pikes Peak, the high point of the El Paso county in Colorado, United States.
A gymkhana performance is a difficult thing to accomplish, and so is climbing a 14,000-feet mountain. Block managed to accomplish both in his Pikes Peak Climbkhana performance, making it seem that his methanol-fueled highly modified car was dancing as it traveled from the starting point to the finish line at the peak.
To set things straight, Block’s Climbkhana wasn’t a shot at being the fastest to complete the Pikes Peak. That record was set in 2013 by Sebastien Loeb in the driver’s seat of a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. He completed the 12.42 miles of the climb course in just eight minutes and 13.878 seconds. That wasn’t an easy feat, considering that climbing from 9,390 ft. (2,862 meters) to 14,110 ft. (4,300 meters) -- both above sea level – affects the performance of a typical engine due to atmospheric density or air density. Thinner air means less compression for a typical engine as less oxygen and other matter is drawn into the cylinders.Read the entire article Ken Block does a Climbkhana – a gymkhana while climbing the Pikes Peak [w/video]
It is quite common to revive classic cars if you have a lot of extra money. Models like the Jaguar XKSS and Aston Martin’s DB4 GT have been upgraded to suit the current market. The classic Shelby has been around for many years. And now, it is the latest classic to receive a series of continuation specials. But what makes it even more special is that the people who revived the 1965 GT350R Mustang are the same people who build the original Shelby decades ago.
CEO of the Original Venice Crew company, Jim Marietta, said that the Shelby team learned a lot from racing Cobras and Daytona Coupes and adapted their experiences to revive the 1965 Shelby classic by turning it into a race horse like Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. He told us that three of them were part of the development of the first Shelby GT350R in California. They recently got together two years ago and has since decided to do this special project. He explained that in 1965, they had envisioned an ‘R’ model but could not build one because of some restraints like time and cost.
The crew acquired full licensing from Carroll Shelby and Ford, and will only recreate 36 examples of the “new” 1965 GT350R Mustang. These will match the number of originals from that year, and will come with a Shelby serial number.Read the entire article Original Shelby Crew reunites to produce 36 'new' 1965 Ford GT350R Mustang units
Were you once a fan of those really old Mustangs, the ones from the early 1960s? Because if you were, then Ford has something new that will definitely catch your attention. No, it is not a replica of the old model, but it is a refreshed 2018 Mustang that has been given an optional package they call the Pony Package. Cute name, huh?
Pony Package adds the good old pony back in its chrome corral on the front grille as a throwback from over half a century ago. However, this package can only be applied to the 2.3 liter turbocharged 2018 Mustang, sorry V8 buyers. If you still didn’t know, the naturally aspirated V6 has been discontinued. Before the 2018 EcoBoost model, it was just the 2015MY that had a similar look when Ford offered the anniversary package.
The package is not just about the badge if you are wondering. Ford will be adding a few more upgrades including a set of 19-inch polished alloy wheels and a tri-bar pony logo on the rear decklid. Stripes have been added on the lower side of the car’s profile, and finishing off the new look are the brighter beltline and window trim, which are only available for the coupe.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang’s new Pony Package is a an awesome throwback to the 60s
With all the news and the noise Dodge is making, it is definitely becoming a more popular car. And believe it or not, for the first time in seven years, the Dodge Challenger was able to outsell the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. That is a big deal considering that two months ago, it was announced that the Ford Mustang is the best-selling car in the world - at least in last year’s ratings.
Last month alone, Dodge was able to deliver 6,605 Challengers, which definitely is a huge hike from last year’s sales. The company sold 1,000 units more than it did in June 2016. For the sake of comparing, Ford sold 6,186 Mustangs which while Chevrolet only delivered 4,691 Camaros in June 2017.
While sales of the Dodge Challenger had suddenly gone up in June, we do not know if this will be a trend in the next coming months. In terms of year-to-date sales, the Ford Mustang still is at the top of the leaderboard at 44,608 units during the first two quarters of the year, followed by the Chevrolet Camaro at 36,567 units, and catching up is the Dodge Challenger with 35,910 examples sold, according to Torque News.Read the entire article June 2017 sales of Dodge Challenger surprisingly beat Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro
The 2017 Ford Mustang only received a two-star rating (out of five) last January when it went through the European New Car Assessment Program. But now that there is a 2018 model year, the European NCAP had to re-evaluate the new and updated model. Thanks to the additional safety technology, the score had been raised to three stars. Not a huge difference, but it’s definitely better than a two.
Unlike the US based 2018 Mustang, the Euro-spec one now comes standard with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and lane-keeping assistance. The ‘Safety Assist Pillar’ increased from 16 percent to 61 percent - that is equivalent to a five-star rating in this category. These features are optional for the US market. The refreshed Mustang is now equipped with front airbags that meet Euro NCAP’s requirements, helping to avoid the worst case scenario during a serious collision.
For the adult occupant testing, the rating remains at 72 percent, while the pedestrian protection increased to 78 percent. In contrast, the child occupant rating goes down to 32 percent.Read the entire article Euro-spec 2018 Ford Mustang improved its rating at the NCAP crash tests to 3 stars
If you remember back in 2016, Roush announced their most powerful muscle car at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. But it was only lately that they actually showed us images and details of the so-called P-51 Mustang, packing 727 horsepower (542 kilowatts) under the hood. Now, the P-51 claims to be the company’s most powerful vehicle to date.
Ford Mustang GT’s ability to produce 727 horsepower (564 kW) and 610 pound-feet (827 Newton-metres) of torque comes from Roush’s Phase 2 2.3-liter Eaton TVS supercharger. The 5.0 liter V-8 engine is then complemented by the upgraded half shafts and a coilover suspension paired with 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels and a performance brake package to further aid its overall performance.
The Roush upgrade also comes with an adjustable exhaust system with a customizable sound profile, where owners can tune the exhaust note through the downloadable app on their phones. Owners can choose between a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic to accompany the huge engine.Read the entire article 2017 Roush P-51 Mustang is their most powerful model ever
No matter how much owners of the Land Rover Defender sports utility vehicle want their rides to become less adverse – if not actually friendly – to the environment, they really couldn’t. This is primarily because the Land Rover Defender, in its most eco-friendly form, still emits 266 grams of carbon dioxide to the air for every kilometer it travels (when using the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine).
Fortunately though, an engineering company lurking within the Coventry neighborhood – yes, the place where Jaguar Land Rover is headquartered – is currently working on a project that should allow the Land Rover to become a bit friendlier to Mother Nature. How? Well, JE Motorworks is trying an engine conversion for the Land Rover Defender, replacing the only available mill for the SUV – the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with the 2.3-liter Ford EcoBoost unit that is fitted on the Ford Mustang and on Ford Focus RS sports models.
While both engines have similar displacements and are four-cylinder units, the EcoBoost unit uses up gasoline (petrol) and the mill on the now discontinued Defender sips on diesel. Comparing their power levels, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine on the Focus RS delivers 350 hp (345 PS or 257 kW) of max output and up to 470 Nm (350 lb.-ft.) of torque. On the other hand, the 2.2-liter diesel mill on the Land Rover Defender churns out 122 PS (90 kW) of max output and 360 Nm of torque. In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine returns only 175 g/km on the Ford Focus RS while the 2.2-liter diesel engine emits 266 g/km on the Land Rover Defender 90 (hard top, soft top and pickup).Read the entire article Land Rover Defender will receive the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine used on the Mustang and Focus RS
It’s no wonder that the Ford Mustang has been conquering other auto markets aside from the United States. This muscle car boasts of an epic yet modern design as underpinned by a powerful engine and a horde of new technologies. Even in Europe, the Ford Mustang has been raking sales after sales, with over 15,000 units delivered to customers in its first full-year of sales.
With the Mustang’s rising popularity in Europe, tuning companies would surely try their luck to modifying this epic muscle car. One of them is German tuning firm Schropp Tuning owned by Peter Schropp. Their choice of car was the current version of the Ford Mustang GT, and the result was astonishing.
Powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that delivers 421 hp of max output, the Ford Mustang GT is definitely an ideal car to tune. Of course, the amount of power emanating from its V8 mill isn’t a joke, as this allows the Mustang GT to sprint and speed in outstanding levels. But the Schropp Tuning team probably thinks that this level of power isn’t enough, so it centered its tuning scheme – in two stages -- on the already dynamic naturally aspirated V8 engine of the Ford Mustang GT. Some visual tweaks were also implemented to the now more powerful Schropp Mustang.Read the entire article Schropp Tuning transforms Ford Mustang GT into 807 hp monster
Amongst all sports cars on the planet, which one is the world’s best-selling model? Would you have guessed that it is the Ford Mustang? According to IHS Markit’s global automotive registration data, it is. Just last year, 150,000 units of the Ford Mustang were sent out globally from its factory, making it the world’s most popular sports car.
The Mustang was first released in the 1960s for the US market, and it had always been at the top in terms of sales in North America. But the company thought that the model would not sell well in European and Asian countries because it’s a left-hand drive vehicle. Therefore, it took them sometime before deciding to push through with releasing an international edition of the Mustang.
But when the company finally decided to produce a European-focused Mustang, it instantly seemed like the world can’t get enough of it. In the first year of its release, the company already got 15,000 orders of the sports car from Europe. Four thousand five hundred of those units were sent to the United Kingdom alone. The Mustang is also the most popular model in France, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece, and Finland.Read the entire article Ford Mustang marks first full year of sales in Europe by being named best-selling sports car
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