If you think that police authorities in Germany hate tuned cars, think again. They love tuned cars, but only safe ones. In fact, for every year around a decade now, the German Police (Polizei) has been getting a new tuned car. For 2017, the German Police’s new toy is a new Ford Mustang GT powered by a tuned 5.0-liter V8 engine.
Dubbed as the “Wolf Wide 5.0” this tuned Mustang GT is a special concept car that intently preaches an initiative called "TUNE IT! SAFE!" The TUNE IT! SAFE! campaign is initiated by Verband der Automobil Tuner (Association of German Vehicle Tuners, or VDAT) with support from the German Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development. VDAT is a group of companies in the local tuning industry, similar to the Specialty Equipment Market Association in the United States.
For the 2017 iteration of the TUNE IT! SAFE! initiative, VDAT commissioned Ford tuning specialist Wolf Racing to do the honors, and that led to the creation of the Wolf Wide 5.0. Wolf Racing started off with a Ford Mustang GT powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that could provide 421 hp (310 kW) of max output.
With this level of power at hand, the Mustang GT could zoom from nil to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.8 seconds and reach an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph. Wolf Wide 5.0, meanwhile, features a V8 engine tweaked to deliver from 455 hp (335 kW), allowing it to sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 166 mph (268 km/h).
Just like its TUNE IT! SAFE! predecessors, Wolf Wide 5.0 is wrapped in full German Police livery. It also features blue lights and sirens from Hella while its side windows are covered in Securlux safety foil that prevents them from being shattered. Wolf Wide 5.0 wears a full body kit that includes front and rear aprons, a rear diffuser, a massive rear wing and side panels. It also comes with a sports exhaust. Wolf Wide 5.0 rides on specially developed 20-inch wheels wrapped in Hankook tires and weight-supported by a height-adjustable coilover suspension.
However, this Wolf Wide 5.0 won’t be used by the German Police to hunt and catch traffic violators or even chase running criminals. As the face of the TUNE IT! SAFE! initiative for 2017, Wolf Wide 5.0 will be spending the next 12 months being showcased at different auto shows and other events, with the aim of raising awareness for safe tuning.
VDAT unveiled and showcased the Ford “Wolf Wide 5.0” Mustang GT at its booth at the 2016 Essen Motor Show.