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PostHeaderIcon The Ford Mustang Goes Black and Blue for Europe

We have a lot of nice cars here in the U.S., but there are some models we’re just not lucky enough to have. Think about models like the Volkswagen Scirocco, the Audi S1, or the recently discontinued Peugeot RCZ; all of these models graced the European market, but over here in the U.S., it has been like watching the cool kids play from a distance. And that tradition continues with two new special editions of the Ford Mustang that are being offered exclusively in the European market. Neither feature any crazy performance upgrades or anything of that nature, but one – the Mustang Blue Edition – comes in a Grabber Blue exterior finish while the other – the Black Shadow edition – gets a few blacked out details that ride against a Platinum White, Triple Yellow, Race Red, or Grabber Blue exterior color.

Unfortunately, that’s really all these models are about, but they are specced pretty nicely. For instance, the come in the fastback body style and feature Fords Sync3 infotainment system to go with navigation and the “premium” audio system. The Blue edition comes in Grabber Blue only, but it does get a blacked out front spoiler, blacked out 19-inch alloy wheels, and black racing stripes along the hood, roof, and rear deck. Meanwhile, the Black Shadow edition, which can be had in three colors other than Grabber Blue comes with a blacked out pony emblem up front, shadowed hood ridges, black shadowing on the sides, and a blacked out 5.0-liter badge on the front fenders. It also rolls on 19-inch Y-Spoke alloy wheels, that are definitely the highlight of the entire package.

On the powertrain front, the Grabber Blue Mustang can be had with the 5.0-liter V-8 that delivers some 421 horsepower and upward of 400 pound-feet of torque or the 2.3-liter EcoBoost that delivers a cool 312 horsepower and around 320 pound-feet of torque. The Black Shadow edition is available only with the 2.3-liter. Transmission options include the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 for the 2015 model year as the company’s most advanced pony car yet. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new Mustang also gained an independent rear suspension, a first for the muscle car since its inception in 1964. The new generation also marks the return of the four-cylinder engine, with Ford having added a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost to the usual V-6 and V-8 engine lineup. On top of that, FoMoCo finally turned the Mustang into a global car, sending it to dealerships in places like Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

As expected, the sixth-generation Mustang has been received with great enthusiasm in Europe, where it is being offered with all engine options sans the V-6. For 2017, Ford decided to spice things up for European customers and created two special-edition models, one of which is called the Black Shadow. As the name suggests, the limited-edition model is about blacked-out exterior elements, but the package also adds extra features inside the cabin, as well as contrasting body stripes.

“Special edition Ford Mustangs have been an important part of the Mustang story for more than 50 years, and now customers in Europe can play their own part in the iconic car’s rich special edition history,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Ford of Europe.

This is great news for European customers and the move should open the door for other special-edition Mustangs with even more unique features in the future. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at the Black Shadow Edition.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Blue Edition

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 and brought many new features to Ford’s iconic nameplate. Arguably the most important addition was the independent rear suspension, a system that the Chevrolet had adopted for the Camaro way back in 2009. The pony car also gained a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, making it the first Mustang to use one since the third-generation model. Finally, Ford made the Mustang a global car, which means that customers in markets such as Europe and Asia can buy the pony from dealerships rather than the gray market. The move was met with much enthusiasm in Europe, where countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom are home to many Mustang collectors.

While U.S.- and Euro-spec cars are mostly the same, Ford developed a special suspension system and engine internals for the European market, in order to better suit the roads and emission requirements of the “Old Continent.” Now that the Mustang has found its way into European dealerships, Ford also created a couple of special-edition models for customers on the other side of the pond. The Blue Edition is one of them, and it pays tribute to the high-impact colors that Ford offered in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

“The Ford Mustang has no trouble standing out on European roads, and with the new Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition and Blue Edition models, Mustang drivers will be turning even more heads,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president of Ford of Europe. “Special edition Ford Mustangs have been an important part of the Mustang story for more than 50 years, and now customers in Europe can play their own part in the iconic car’s rich special edition history.”

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PostHeaderIcon American Muscle To Give Away Track-Ready Mustang, F-150 Raptor, and Aluminum Trailer

Ford Mustang and F-150 enthusiasts likely know American Muscle. It’s a huge aftermarket parts supplier with add-on parts ranging from cosmetic bits to full crate engines ready for a project car. Well, the retailer is throwing a huge give-away with one lucky winner taking home a 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, an 850-horsepower Mustang, and an aluminum race trailer stocked full of tools and race tires!

At the heart of the package is the highly tuned Mustang. This current-gen car has a Whipple supercharger sitting on its modified 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 that makes 850 horsepower at the crank and just over 725 horsepower at the rear wheels. It comes painted in a custom Tangerine Orange paint with a unique styling package. It rides on upgraded wheels and tires that can be swapped out for the drag slicks and skinnies found on the trailer. All told, this one-off Mustang has more than $30,000 worth of aftermarket parts bolted on.

Towing duties are given to a 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCab. It comes untouched from the factory in Blue Flame paint with the optional Black Graphics Package. American Muscle didn’t have to do anything to the Raptor’s 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 since it makes an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The 35-inch-tall BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires and 10-spoke wheels reamain. The Raptor’s 6,000-pound towing capacity should be more than enough to pull the Mustang and aluminum trailer to the track.

Speaking of the trailer, it comes equipped with drag radials for the Mustang’s rear axle and skinnies for the front. It also has a full assortment of tools a race team might need in the pits.

This is perhaps the most comprehensive give-away package we’ve ever seen, so be sure to enter to win. You can enter weekly until November 11, 2016. The winner will be announced on November 25.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 for the 2015 model year as the company’s most advanced pony car yet. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new Mustang also gained an independent rear suspension, a first for the muscle car since its inception in 1964. The new generation also marked the return of the four-cylinder ’Stang, with Ford adding a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost to the usual V-6 and V-8 engine lineup. In early 2017, the sixth-generation Mustang received its mid-cycle update.

Although initial rumors and spy shots didn’t suggest a major upgrade, the Mustang showed up with quite a few changes inside and out. A new front fascia makes the 2015 model seem old, while the cabin boasts significant improvements in the tech department. More upgrades were operated under the hood, where Ford added a new automatic transmission and dropped the entry-level engine. The two remaining units gained power increases. The chassis also received its fair share of upgrades to make the 2018 Mustang the sportiest pony car Ford has built to date.

Obviously, these changes were designed to bring the Mustang up to date compared to the new-generation Camaro. Naturally, the facelift will also trickle down to the higher performance versions of the current Mustang, including the Shelby GT350. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the newest ’Stang in town.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Ford Mustang.


PostHeaderIcon Modified Ford Mustang Flies 300 Feet In Drag Racing Crash: Video

Lemme tell you from a little first-hand experience – it’s usually a bad sign if you see only sky from behind the wheel of a race car. Unless you’re hitting a high-speed crest in a rally monster, catching air on all four wheels usually means you’re about to find the mean side of a physics equation. And that’s exactly what happened to Stevie Fast in his fox body Mustang when he went shiny side down in this epic drag racing crash.

The video was shot at South Georgia Motorsport Park at “No Mercy 7: World Series of Small Tire Racing,” held earlier this month. After doing a burn out and staging up, Fast and his opponent both launch cleanly, but things quickly start to go wrong for the car in the left lane.

The nose starts to tilt upwards almost immediately, and although it looks like Fast gets out of the throttle, the Mustang still goes airborne, sailing 300 feet before nearly taking out the 1/8 mile spotter camped out by the left-hand concrete barrier. The car then tumbles over onto its roof, sliding into the right lane before bursting into flames.

Luckily, no one was hurt, and the driver managed to crawl out of the wreck before emergency crews arrived to extinguish the fire.

As for the Mustang, well… maybe the steering wheel is still okay?


PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Could Get Dual-Clutch Automatic

The Shelby GT350’s arrival with a six-speed manual transmission only was great news for purists back in 2015, but the beefed-up muscle car could get an automatic in the future. That’s the news from Road and Track, which claims, quoting information obtained from Mustang6G, that the GT350 will be offered with an optional dual-clutch automatic gearbox within the next few years. Given that Mustang6G has accurately predicted several Mustang-related details in the past, this is likely to be more than just a rumor.

There’s no word as to whether the Shelby GT350 will get a six-speed or a seven-speed dual-clutch, but word has it that Ford could use the seven-speed it offers in the Ford GT supercar. Either way, a quick-shifting, dual-clutch will improve the GT350’s already tremendous performance. With the manual model needing only 3.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a dual-clutch gearbox could decrease that time to an amazing 3.3 seconds.

There’s no specific word as to when the automatic GT350 may arrive, but Ford will likely introduce the new transmission for the facelifted version of the current-generation muscle car. The updated Mustang has already been spotted testing and it should arrive sometime in 2017. A revised GT350 with the optional dual-clutch transmission could follow in 2018. Naturally, the more track-focused GT350R will also get the automatic gearbox.

Continue reading for the full details.


PostHeaderIcon Ringbrothers Announces Impressive Lineup For SEMA Show

Established in the small town of Spring Green, Wisconsin, more than a decade ago, Ringbrothers is responsible for some of the coolest resto-mod cars the tuning market has spawned in recent years. Notable examples include the 1965 Ford Mustang Blizzard, the 1971 De Tomaso Pantera ADRNLN, and the awesome 1966 Chevelle that the company unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Show. Speaking of SEMA, it has been the company’s favorite event for new products in recent years, and this year’s edition isn’t going to be different. Actually, for the first time since showing up in Las Vegas, Ringbrothers will unveil no fewer than four builds at the SEMA Show.

First on the list is a 1948 Cadillac Series V that looks as if ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons would drive it around town. However, the car was actually built for Wes Rydell and his wife Vivian, known for their impressive collection of hot rods and custom vehicles. The Caddy is dubbed “Madam V” and will join the “Madame X,” another custom Cadillacs built by Chip Foose, in Rydell’s garage. The coupe melds vintage with modern features and sports a pearl white paint job, as well as carbon-fiber components.

Next up is the “G-Code,” a muscle car based on the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. The company’s only second 1969 Camaro, the “G-Code” is Rings’ fastest and most powerful Chevy to date thanks to the supercharged, LS3 V-8 engine under the hood. The coupe also features a massive number of billet components and a cool light-blue paint job with white and black stripes and golden wheels. The third car to be unveiled at SEMA is “Ballistic.” Based on a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, it comes with a widebody kit, a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 engine taken from a late-model Shelby GT500, and a dazzling BASF Glasurit custom hue called “Blu by U.”

Finally, Ringbrothers will also take the wraps off a custom 1972 Winnebago Brave camper van. Described as “the world’s fastest Winnebago” and dubbed “Happy Camper,” the RV packs in excess of 900 horsepower and a World War II Bomber-inspired and “party-ready” interior.

The “Madam V” Cadillac and “G-Code” Camaro will be unveiled on November 1, while the “Ballistic” Mustang and the “Happy Camper” Winnebago will be showcased starting November 2.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Boss 429

The Mustang is an Iconic muscle car, but one of the most important and well-respected variants of the Mustang was the 429 Boss. In the late 1960’s, Ford just didn’t have the power to compete with the 426 Hemi that Chrysler was using in NASCAR, so it had to do something to remain competitive. The answer was to build a new engine that could compete, and work began on the Boss 429. The engine would have never made it into production vehicles, but NASCAR’s homologation rules required a minimum of 500 cars be equipped with the engine and sold to the general public for it to be used.

At the time, Ford’s finances weren’t the best thanks to building the Boss 302 and its subsequent Trans Am variant for the SCCA Trans Am series. To make everything financially sound, Ford used the four-speed Cobra Jet Mustang as a template and commissioned Kar Kraft to make the necessary modifications, which were, in all honesty, quite extensive. The Boss 429 was produced for the 1969 and 1970 model years in a total of 1358 examples – 859 of which were built for ’69 and 499 for 1970. Furthermore, two of the 1969 models were actually Boss 429 Cougars.

Now that you know a little bit about the history of the Boss 429 Mustang let’s take a closer look at this 1969 model and talk a little more about the changes that went into making it possible and what – outside of the low production numbers — made the car so special.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

Unveiled in December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang introduced not only a new design language, but also a brand-new platform that features an independent rear suspension for the first time since the pony was launched half a century ago. It also received a revamped interior with classic cues and an updated engine lineup that included a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. The sixth-gen car also became the first Mustang to be sold in European Ford dealerships. For 2015, the Blue Oval launched the Shelby GT350, the first performance-oriented version of the new muscle car. In 2016, a set of spy shots confirmed that Ford is also working on a more powerful Shelby GT500.

The test mule was spotted outside Ford’s Dearborn development facility in Michigan sporting a number of features that are different from those seen on the GT350. This leads us to believe that a more powerful version of the sixth-gen Mustang is in the making. Not much is known about the car as of this writing, but there are numerous rumors to run by, speaking of a turbocharged engine with more than 700 horsepower and a limited production run.

The launch date is also a mystery, but the new GT500 could make its public debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. If this proves to be true, the nameplate will return after a three-year hiatus. Find out more about it in our speculative review below and stay tuned for updates.

Note: Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang pictured here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

Unveiled in December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang introduced not only a new design language, but also a brand-new platform that features an independent rear suspension for the first time since the pony was launched half a century ago. It also received a revamped interior with classic cues and an updated engine lineup that included a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. The sixth-gen car also became the first Mustang to be sold in European Ford dealerships. For 2015, the Blue Oval launched the Shelby GT350, the first performance-oriented version of the new muscle car. In 2016, a set of spy shots confirmed that Ford is also working on a more powerful Shelby GT500.

The test mule was spotted outside Ford’s Dearborn development facility in Michigan sporting a number of features that are different from those seen on the GT350. This leads us to believe that a more powerful version of the sixth-gen Mustang is in the making. Not much is known about the car as of this writing, but there are numerous rumors to run by, speaking of a turbocharged engine with more than 700 horsepower and a limited production run.

The launch date is also a mystery, but the new GT500 could make its public debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. If this proves to be true, the nameplate will return after a three-year hiatus. Find out more about it in our speculative review below and stay tuned for updates.

Note: Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang pictured here.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang.


PostHeaderIcon Add Some GT350 Seasoning To Your 2015–2017 Mustang GT

Hey you! Do you own a new, sixth-generation Mustang GT? Do you think it’s totally badass and rad, but get jealous anytime someone utters the words “Shelby GT350?” Well, don’t worry, it’s all gonna be okay, because Ford has announced three new Power Packs to take your pony car from stock as a rock to tire-toasting terror.

The first level (Power Pack 1, part number M-9603-M8) includes a high-flow air filter from K&N, which in conjunction with a recalibrated ECU, adds 13 horsepower and 16 pound-feet of torque to the V-8’s peak output figures. Even more impressive is the enormous 40-pound-feet boost to the car’s bottom end, which manifests at just 1,500 rpm. Power Pack 1 will be available for shipping by 08/01/2016, and costs $539.

The second level (Power Pack 2, part number M-9603-M8A) is where you start getting the Shelby-styled go-faster goodies, first with the GT350’s cold air intake. There’s also an 87 mm throttle body, which with the intake and tune adds 21 horsepower and 24 pound-feet of torque. Power Pack 2 also includes that sizable 40-pound-feet gain at 1,500 rpm. Power Pack 2 will be available for shipping by 09/30/2016, and costs $949.

The final level (Power Pack 3, part number M-9452-M8) includes the GT350 intake and 87 mm throttle body, plus it adds the GT350’s intake manifold, yielding an extra 31 horsepower and an as-yet-undermined amount of torque (the Ford website lists it as a “5lbs/ft” gain, but that can’t be right. An extra 5 pound-feet isn’t adequate for stage three anything, let along a Mustang). The best part? An extra 60 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. Power Pack 3 will be available for shipping by 10/31/2016, and costs $2,395.

Incredibly, all three Power Packs are 100 percent emissions legal in each of the 50 states.

Read on for all the details.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Dealers Are Suing Saleen For Breach Of Contract

A pair of Ford dealerships are taking Saleen Automotive to court for alleged fraud and breach of contract over allegations that the tuning company failed to honor its end of purchase orders involving specially tuned Mustangs.

One of these dealers, the Red McCombs Ford dealership in San Antonio, is asserting that Saleen was six months late in delivering three modified Mustangs that the dealership ordered. On top of that, the dealer’s lawsuit also claims that the tuned Mustangs were missing a total of $22,000 in upgrades and that it hasn’t received a dime in refunds over the missing items.

If that issue isn’t enough of a headache for Saleen, another Ford dealership, the Friendship Ford of Bristol in Tennessee, is also taking the tuner to court over allegations that it has yet to receive a 2015 S302 Yellow Label Mustang, which it ordered and paid for back in 2015. Denny Fruth, the dealer’s general manager, told Automotive News that the 715-horsepower Mustang has not found its way back to his dealership despite numerous delays and claims by Saleen that the car was already on its way. The most recent of these promises happened in the early part of June 2016, and more than a month later, Fruth claims that the car is still nowhere to be found, adding that Saleen has come up with multiple excuses, including blaming a vendor for one of the delays.

Not surprisingly, company founder Steve Saleen is refuting the claims made by the dealerships, going so far as to call the Red Combs’ dealership’s gripe a “a little frivolous” and that their experiences aren’t representative of the many projects that the tuner has delivered across the U.S.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang Shelby GT350

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang was unveiled in December 2013 and went on sale for the 2015 model year. The redesigned pony car is a significant departure from its predecessor, being the first to feature an independent rear suspension, among many other modern features. The new Mustang is also the first that’s sold globally, and the first to receive a right-hand drive version from the factory. Also, it’s the first Mustang since the third-generation car to feature a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

Much like its predecessor, the sixth-gen Mustang spawned many special-edition and higher-performance models in its first couple of years on the market. One such model is the “Ole Yeller.” Created to benefit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education events, this is a one-off muscle car based on the Shelby GT350. The ninth aviation-inspired Mustang built by Ford for the EEA since 2008, the “Ole Yeller” pays homage to the P-51D Mustang aircraft with the same name. One of the most recognizable planes in the world, the “Ole Yeller” still holds the prop plane record for coast-to-coast travel at five hours and 20 minutes, set in 1985.

The unique GT350 is also a tribute to R. A. “Bob” Hoover, who is widely considered the founding father of modern aerobatics and thrilled airshow fans piloting “Ole Yeller” for more than 20 years. In 1997, Hoover sold “Ole Yeller,” but the plane still flies frequently and is based at the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho.

The “Ole Yeller” GT350 will be donated and sold via auction at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on July 28 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. All proceeds will benefit EAA’s youth education programs, including the Young Eagles, which has provided free introductory flights to two million young people since 1992.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch EVO line up the BMW M2 against the Ford Mustang 5.0 GT: Video

I’ve got to admit that I love when Evo does drag battle videos. Its most recent battle pits the BMW M2 against the Ford Mustang 5.0 GT. Off that bat, it sounds like an unfair race right? German sports car against American “muscle,” V-6 against V-8, 365 ponies against 410 ponies – everything kind of points to the Mustang winning doesn’t it?

I won’t ruin the video for you, but this isn’t exactly a sweet race. One definitely outdoes the other and to be honest, that in itself is pretty damn funny. For those of you who don’t know the official specs, they are as follows: The Mustang has a 5.0-liter V-8 while the BMW M2 has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. The Bimmer puts down 365 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque while the Mustang looks better on paper with 410 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. For the record, the Bimmer’s max torque kicks in at just 1,450 rpm while the Ford doesn’t hit its full potential until it hits 4,250 rpm. The Ford is heavier by 421 pounds, which means the M2 has one horsepower per ton more than the Ford. Both have a top speed that is limited to 155 mph.

The biggest difference between the two – aside from the difference between American and German engineering – is the price point. The Mustang goes, as tested in this video for $45,304, while the M2 goes for $60,296 at current exchange rates. So, with that said, click play to watch the video!


PostHeaderIcon Recently Restored 1969 Ford Mustang 429 Boss Gets Jay Leno's Attention: Video

Jay Leno has seen a lot of cars in his life as a passionate auto collector and, by now, it takes a special kind of car to get his attention. It just so happens that a beautifully restored 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a classic Mustang if there ever was one – fits that “special kind of car” description.

Recently, the comedian and world famous auto collector hosted this particular Mustang boss 429 in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Leno also invited Marcus Anghel of Anghel Restorations to talk in detail about the process of restoring this car back to opulence after being purchased for just $4,934.76. A lot of work was put into the restoration of the car, which eventually received a new front fascia, front spoiler, a very noticeable hood scoop, modified fenders, and all the way down to period-correct boss 429 badging and smog pump. Under its hood, the Mustang also got Ford’s massive 7.0-liter 429 V-8 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, numbers that Anghel says were conservative because of Ford’s decision to detune them for road use since the engine was initially used for racing purposes, specifically in NASCAR.

Today, this Mustang Boss 429 is about as unique as any classic Mustang in the road. For those who don’t know, Ford only built 1,358 examples of the Boss 429, making it one of the rarest and most sought-after Mustangs in history.

And, as you can expect from Leno, he managed to spend some time behind the wheel of the Mustang Boss 429, an occurrence that shows the kind of cache that Jay Leno has as a car collector.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang GT 25th Anniversary HPE800 Edition By Hennessey

Hennessey is known for a lot of things in the auto industry, one of which is its ability to develop insane tuning programs for American performance cars. The Ford Mustang GT counts itself in this group and, while Hennessey has created past programs for the Ford muscle car in the past, this one carries a unique flavor because it’s been dubbed the 25th Anniversary Edition HPE800 Mustang GT to celebrate the company’s 25 years of existence. It’s a fitting name since this limited edition Mustang carries a lot of the characteristics of the full Hennessey tuning experience, highlighted by an increase in output to 804 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque.

By any tuning metric, that output is astounding, and more so for a car whose engine “only” tops out at 435 ponies and 400 pound-feet of torque. But that’s Hennessey for you. The American tuner doesn’t work on programs that offer modest gains; it swings for the fences. The 25th Anniversary Edition HPE800 Mustang is proof of that.

In addition to the engine tune, the limited edition program also comes with a useful set of aerodynamic components, a flashy set of wheels, and a modest interior upgrade that ironically comes with a few not-so-modest reminders of the car’s exclusivity.

The only downside to this program is that it’s limited to just 25 units and, as of now, there’s no telling how many of them are still available. Better be quick about it if you’re interested. Give Hennessey a ring or you might be left out on acquiring this alluring piece of tuning brilliance for the now 25-year old tuning wizard.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang was unveiled in December 2013 and went on sale for the 2015 model year. The redesigned pony car is a significant departure from its predecessor, being the first to feature an independent rear suspension. The new Mustang is also the first to be marketed and sold globally, and the first to receive a right-hand drive version from the factory. Also, it’s the first pony since the third-generation car to feature a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.

It’s been two years since the new muscle car arrived in dealerships and the sixth-gen Mustang has already spawned several special-edition models, as well as high-performance versions wearing Shelby, Saleen, and Roush badges. For 2016, Ford is releasing yet another limited-edition model, this time around for the French market only. Dubbed 50th Anniversary, it is limited to only 50 units, features a special exterior color, and pays tribute to Ford’s legendary 1-2-3 win at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 50th Anniversary Mustang arrives just ahead of this year’s endurance race and is part of a series that also includes the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, and the bonkers Focus RS.

The special-edition coupe is based on the range-topping Mustang GT and we will have a closer look at its features below.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Mecum Auction Indianapolis – Recap

The History of Mecum Auctions goes back to 1988 at the Rockford Airport, where the first Mecum Auction was held. Over the last 28 years, Mecum has grown tremendously, now being ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for collector cars offered at auction, collector cars sold at auction, total dollar volume of sales, and the largest number of auction venues. On top of that, it has become the host of the world’s largest collector car auction that is hosted every year in Florida.

This last week, Mecum hosted an auction in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This year there was a total of 1,859 lots that included plenty of collector cars, a few gas pumps, some neon signs, and even a few coin-operated kid rides. The big news from this auction, however, was the pair of Shelby Cobras that broke seven digits before the hammer dropped and a few other classics that are well worth taking an extra look at.

We’ve taken the time to cover the biggest sellers from the auction as well as a few of those that didn’t sell at all. There was even a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda Pro Stock that got as high as $750,000 but didn’t get quite high enough to cross that thin reserve line. That was just one of many that didn’t sell, and those two Shelby Cobras weren’t the only models that found new owners last week. So, let’s take a look at a few of the most notable vehicles that went under the hammer last week.


PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger Fail To Meet IIHS Crash-Test Standards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just put America’s most iconic muscle cars, the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Dodge Challenger, through its full battery of crash tests and announced that they all fell short of the Top Safety Pick status. To put that into perspective, all 65 2016-model-year vehicles tested up until now have achieved either the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ ratings.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick, vehicles must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations, and have a basic front crash prevention system. To earn Top Safety Pick+, cars must score good ratings in all five crash tests and earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

According to the Institute, the Mustang came closest to earning Top Safety Pick, while the Camaro fell short in one category and lacks an available front crash prevention system. The Challenger is most in need of improvement, which isn’t surprising given that the current model is nine years old as of 2016. But despite failing to earn Top Safety Pick, all three cars scored good ratings for occupant protection in a moderate overlap front crash and side impact.

Although the IIHS doesn’t usually test sports cars, as they make up a small share of the market, the Institute decided to evaluate these models with optional V-8 engines because “they are big sellers in their class, and consumers often ask how they would perform in crash tests.” As it turns out, not so good.

To sum it up, the Challenger suffered from extensive intrusion in the lower occupant compartment and the Mustang’s roof buckled and compromised the driver’s survival space. The Camaro, which was redesigned for the 2016 model year, fared better as its cage was strong enough and showcased a low risk of injuries to the dummy’s legs, but the lack of an available front crash prevention system altered its final score.

Added in 2012, the small overlap test replicates what happens when a vehicle runs off the road and hits a tree or pole or crashes into another vehicle that has crossed the center line. In the test, 25 percent of the total width of the vehicle strikes the five-foot-tall rigid barrier on the driver side at 40 mph. The test involves a vehicle’s outer edges, which aren’t well-protected by the crush-zone structures and crash forces go directly into the front wheel, suspension system and, firewall.

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