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PostHeaderIcon New Technology, Attractive Looks, and Energetic Power to Keep Mustang Convertible Competitive Through 2020

The facelifted Ford Mustang had a somewhat awkward debut when a leaked promotional video forced Ford to pull the covers off the updated pony car a little earlier than expected. That may have pushed the timetable forward a bit, but probably not much. Just a few days after the coupe made its unexpected debut, Ford has taken the liberty of announcing the facelifted convertible version that comes with all of the bells and whistles found in the new coupe, but with unlimited headroom and an overwhelming desire to hit the open road feel the breeze in your hair. Like the coupe, the 3.7-liter V-6 is a thing of the past so, when it hits dealers this fall, you’ve got a big choice to make – succumb to having a four-cylinder muscle car or with the 5.0-liter V-8.

Speaking of the engines, the convertible gets the same drivetrain upgrades as the coupe, which means that little EcoBoost should see an increase in torque, while you should find that the V-8 offers a little more bang for your buck. So far, Ford has kept official specs of the updated engines under wraps, but I suspect the 2.3-liter will see a 20 to 30 pound-foot increase in the Torque Department while the 5.0-liter could be raised to as much as 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The latter of which would make for a 15 horsepower and 20 pound-foot increase over the pre-facelifted model.

As far as the body goes, it also gets all of the same updates that are found in the coupe, which means it has more muscular rear haunches, new LED headlamps, a redesigned front fascia, and a slightly redesigned grille. The biggest changes come in the form of exterior lighting with LED lighting up front, redesigned taillights, and redesigned taillights. The EcoBoost models should see the same dual-exhaust outlets while the GT will get a more aggressive quad outlet setup. Both models get a new rear diffuser that helps them look a little better from behind. Three new paint colors will be available for the exterior to go with 12 different wheel options.

Inside, the updated Mustang is brought into the modern ages with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster that is customizable based on your personal preferences. There’s the addition of something called MyMode that remembers your specific driving preferences when you enter the car, and the addition of Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – a feature that should make Cars and Coffee meets a little safer for everybody, don’t you think?

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition

The history of the Ford Mustang extends more than 50 years, and in that span, a the muscle car’s legacy has been defined by a number of custom tunes and special edition models. As rich as that history is though, there is one model that trumps them all, largely because Shelby only built one model of it as a prototype. That model was the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, and to this day, it remains as the most expensive Mustang ever sold when it fetched $1.3 million at a Mecum auction back in 2013.

Over the years, Ford has revived the Super Snake name a number of different ways, most recently with the 2015 Shelby Super Snake, a special edition Mustang that was limited to just 300 units. Fast forward to this year and the Super Snake name is making another comeback with the launch of the Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. Yes, the one-and-only original 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and for a car that has turned into arguably the most iconic Mustang in history, a special edition run of 500 units (499 more than the original Super Snake!) is the least Ford can do to commemorate the original Super Snake.

Like with most special editions, the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition comes with a long list of exclusive features and details, including new bodywork from Shelby, commemorative appointments to indicate its status, and best of all, the option to get the car’s power up to 750 horsepower.

The 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition may never have the lasting legacy of the legendary 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, but it is a fitting tribute to a muscle car that was completely ahead of its time in more ways than one.

Continue after the jump to read more about the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition.


PostHeaderIcon The Wait Is Over! Here's the Upgraded, 2018 Ford Mustang

Set to break cover later in 2017 for the 2018 model year, the revised sixth-generation Ford Mustang surfaced the Interwebz earlier than planned, after a promotional clip somehow managed to slip online. Only hours after the video gave us a good glimpse at the Mustang’s new features, Ford officially launched the facelifted pony car.

Not surprisingly, Ford’s design team didn’t meddle much with the car’s exterior, but I spotted a few significant changes in the front and rear. For starters, the Mustang has a new set of headlamps. The new units are shaped differently toward the fender, with the longer corner now facing downward. At the same time, the triangular turn signal previously placed behind the headlamp has been repositioned below as a long, orange stripe. The triple LED bars toward the grille carry over unchanged, but Ford did create a new main headlamp, adding an LED ring around it.

Down below, you can see that the LED daytime running lights are also new, as are the side vents. The large openings seen on the outgoing model have been replaced by smaller, triangular outlets and I can’t make up my mind whether this new feature looks good or not. The center vent is significantly wider now, extending where the previous outlets used to be. The lower vent also has a trapezoidal shape that no longer has the rounded edges of the previous Mustang. The big splitter is still there though. Around back, there are two main features to talk about. Ford revised the taillights, giving the tri-bar design a mild C shape oriented toward the fascia, and added a larger spoiler. The latter isn’t standard though, being a cost options on all models. Below, the mildly revised diffuser gets dual-tip exhausts on the EcoBoost model and quad-tip outlets on the GT version.

In case you’re wondering why I haven’t mention the base V6, it’s because Ford dropped the 3.7-liter engine from the lineup.

Ford has yet to release engine specs, but did say that the 2.3-liter EcoBoost gets more torque. The 5.0-liter V-8 also packs more oomph, but we don’t know much beyond the fact that it is “more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before.” The manual transmission has been upgraded for the four-pot, while the V-8’s is a new design that includes a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel. The 10-speed automatic that Ford announced a while back is available for both engines. Other drivetrain highlights include revised shocks and stabilizer bars, MagneRide, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires included in the optional Performance Package.

Inside, Ford promises softer materials in the more expensive trims, soft padding for the door rollover and knee bolsters, aluminum engine start button, and blue or red accent stitching for the premium seats. Ford also introduced an optional, 12-inch digital instrument cluster and MyMode, a new driving mode that enables drivers to create and save custom settings different than the basic Normal, Sport, and Track modes.

Pricing information and availability is not yet known, but Ford should announce more details soon. Stick around for a few review of the car.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang To Get Hybrid Version in 2020

Ford Motor Company has just announced details on its massive electrification plans for the future, which include hybrid versions of existing models, new all-electric cars, as well as an autonomous hybrid. The brand plans to launch 13 new electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid electric cars in the next five years, but the biggest news is that the iconic Ford Mustang will also benefit from electrification.

According to Ford president and CEO Mark Fields, a hybrid version of the Mustang will be introduced in 2020. The first ever pony to feature an electric motor will be as powerful as a V-8 model and will boast “more low-end torque.” Specific information is not yet available, but Ford did say that the Mustang Hybrid will be built at the Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan and that it will be available in North America only at first.

Alongside the Mustang, Ford will also develop a hybrid version of the F-150 pickup truck, which will offer “powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator.” The truck will also be made available by 2020 and sold in North America and the Middle East. The Transit Custom van is also set to take the hybrid route. This version will be made available as a plug-in in 2019 in Europe. Ford’s electrification plans also include an all-new, fully-electric SUV with an estimated range of “at least 300 miles” and a high-volume, autonomous hybrid vehicle “designed for commercial ride hailing or ride sharing.” The latter will debut in 2021. Finally, Ford is developing two new pursuit rated hybrid police vehicles.

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PostHeaderIcon Guess What! Your Ford Mustang is a Girl Car

The Ford Mustang – it’s known as a man’s car, a muscle car, and one to keep your distance from at any gathering of cars. But, maybe it’s not so much of a man’s car anymore, as a group of 17 women from 14 countries have just labeled it as the Women’s Performance Car of the Year for 2016. That’s right, while the Mustang is masculine and has that muscle car goodness every man loves, women really love it too. And, it’s not the only Ford that women love. The Focus RS is also widely loved by the fairer sex as it came in a very close second, nearly earning its own Women’s Performance Car of the Year title.

“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”

The Women’s Performance car of the Year is the only vehicle honor in the world that is granted by a panel of all women. And, one could argue that they do have really good taste, as the Mustang was given the highest award after being compared to a total of 294 competitors. The women have roared. And sorry to tell you, fellas, she doesn’t want you; she wants your Mustang. The worst part is, you don’t see women crashing mustangs at car meets, so maybe they actually know how to drive them better, too. All jokes aside, this is just one of many awards the Mustang has won over its long life, and we’re sure there are more to come. Excellent choice ladies! Now, can you please teach the men in the world how to drive them?


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford “Ole Yeller” Mustang Shelby GT350.


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!


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