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Ford dealer reveals (597 kW!) supercharged Gulf Heritage Mustang

A Ford dealer in the United States has put together a special Mustang package to celebrate the Ford GT40’s success in Le Mans in the late 1960s.

Tennessee-based Brown Lee Performance, a division of the Brown Lee Ford dealership, is behind the build.

Visually, the special Mustang retains its factory fitted 5,0 GT body panels but elements such as the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser are now fashioned from carbon-fibre. The most prominent head-turning element to the design, though, is the full custom painted Gulf Oil exterior racing livery.

The cabin, meanwhile, has been fitted with Gulf-branded bucket seats complemented by an array of orange-and-blue trim accents.

Ford’s 5,0-litre Coyote V8 sits under the bonnet but it has been tweaked to supercar performance levels. The 597 kW and 915 N.m peak outputs were made possible thanks to a 3,0-litre stage-two supercharger, upgraded fuel injectors and a high-flow air induction system. Engine cooling has been enhanced to handle the added power, while a special serial number plaque sits in the engine bay to authenticate the build.

As a result of the mechanical changes, Brown Lee Performance claims the Mustang will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a little over 3,3 seconds and complete the quartermile in 10,7 seconds. Power is delivered to the rear wheels either via a six-speed manual transmission or the new 10-speed automatic gearbox.


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This crazy 540 kW Ford Mustang GT will hit 'at least 330 km/h'

German firm Wolf Racing is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To this commemorate this milestone, the company has whipped the wraps off a tuned “high-performance” version of the facelifted Ford Mustang GT Fastback, dubbed the Wolf Mustang Compressor One of 7.

Beneath this limited edition Mustang’s long Volcano Red bonnet, the naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 has been tweaked to send a whopping 540 kW and 880 N.m of torque to the rear axle via a six-speed manual gearbox. Compared with the stock ouputs of 331 kW and 529 N.m, that’s a performance injection of some 209 kW and 351 N.m.

According to Wolf Racing, the tuned Ford Mustang GT Fastback will reach the three-figure mark from standstill in “under 4,0 seconds”, while the 0-200 km/h sprint is completed in “approximately” 10,0 seconds. Top speed is “at least” 330 km/h, the tuner adds.


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Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback (2019) Review

Fast Facts

Price: R915 800 (as of September 2019)
Engine: 5.0-litre V8
Power/Torque: 331 kW/529 Nm
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Fuel Consumption (claimed): 12.1 L/100 km

Price and after-sales support

The Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback is priced from R915 800 and is sold with a 4-year/120 000km warranty and a 6-year/90 000 km service plan.

Verdict

The Mustang, even in its latest guise, is far from perfect... if we judge it purely against the potent sportscars that are priced around it. The fussy transmission detracts from the overall driving experience and we would much prefer to wield a manual transmission in this particular application. Buyers will also have to accept that the Mustang is not an agile handler and some of the interior finishes could be more befitting of its price tag.

However, and despite its shortcomings, there is still so much to like about the Mustang, which is why it has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Performance Car category of the 2019/20 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank. The nostalgia surrounding the name and the badge counts for a lot and to a large extent makes its flaws easier to accept and possibly even easier to forgive. It has loads of kerb appeal and the sound that bellows from the exhaust tips is music to any petrolhead’s ears. It’s fast and hugely enjoyable to drive on straight roads. As a GT, the Mustang is great, but not so much as a sportscar. Even so, there’s simply nothing quite like the Mustang and that, in itself, makes it a special car.


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The 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost High Performance Package Drives Like A European Sports Car

Early Verdict

Yes, you can option out your HPP EcoBoost Mustang to cost as much as the V8 version. But it all comes down to your driving style. Either you’re OK with four-cylinder noises but love great handling for precise, spirited drives, or you just want the V8 for the power, the sound and donuts.

On paper, an extra 20 horsepower doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but you also have to consider it’s an entirely different engine and a bunch of other performance bits to boot. On a twisty, technical course, I have no doubt the HPP EcoBoost with the handling package will outshine the base V8. But the V8 will still run away on the power circuits.

Really, the biggest problem I can see with the HPP EcoBoost Mustang is the V8 Mustang exists. It’ll never live down that comparison, though it should.


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One-off Ford Mustang GT wears retro livery, packs 515 kW

Modified Mustang's are pretty much par for the course at SEMA, but this year's retro-inspired one-off build, with chassis and engine tweaks by Roush, is especially enticing.

Inspired by Carroll Shelby’s 1966 Daytona-winning Ford GT40 Mk II, the livery was remastered by Khyzyl Saleem, a prominent digital automotive customiser, with the application of the Roush Performance front lip and quarter window covers. An Anderson Composites carbon fibre boot, bonnet and Type AT spoiler are among the weight-saving cosmetic touches.

Under the bonnet sits Ford’s 5,0-litre V8 with a Roush supercharger giving it a power output of 515 kW. A set of ST Suspension XTA Coilovers and 20-inch Fifteen52 Podium Super Touring wheels with custom turbo fans attached to a set of Yokohama Advan tyres heklp lend this Mustang a touch more agility than its stock-standard peers. Willwood performance brakes provide additional stopping power while a MagnaFlow Competition Series Cat-Back Performance exhaust system gives the Mustang a louder growl.


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This special-edition Ford Mustang 'R-Spec' model boasts 522 kW!

Ford Australia has whipped the covers off the Mustang R-Spec, a limited-edition fastback model that the firm co-developed with Herrod Performance, the self-proclaimed Mustang specialists Down Under.

So, what makes this car special? For starters, beneath its elongated bonnet, the free-breathing 5,0-litre V8 has been equipped with a 2,65-litre supercharger, courtesy of Roush. The uprated eight-cylinder Coyote engine now churns out a whopping 522 kW and 827 N.m of torque. That’s 183 kW and 271 N.m more than the standard Mustang GT’s (as a reminder, South African examples are detuned by 8 kW and 27 N.m). A performance exhaust adds aural drama to the R-Spec package.

In addition, like the hallowed Mustang Bullitt, the R-Spec model ditches the 10-speed automatic transmission for a (purists, rejoice!) six-speed manual ‘box. Like its stablemates, power is sent exclusively to the rear axle.

According to the Australian arm of the Blue Oval brand, this Mustang has been developed to take “full advantage” of its increased capability. The air intakes have been enlarged to provide the supercharger with more air, while the bespoke boot-mounted spoiler keeps the car balanced, says Ford. R-spec variants rides 20 mm closer to the ground than standard models, and larger stabiliser bars, measuring 37 mm and 25,2 mm, have been fitted fore and aft. Ford's MagneRide adaptive damping setup is standard


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Ford Mustang Lithium Concept

Ford and Webasto revealed Mustang Lithium, an ultra-high-performance battery electric Mustang fastback prototype. With more than 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque and more than 900 horsepower instantaneously available, this Mustang amps muscle car performance to a new level and helps gauge the level of interest the next wave of performance customers have in lightning-quick performance that only fully electric powertrains can deliver.

The Ford Mustang Lithium build is not only a one-off prototype to showcase electrification on the world's best-selling sports car but also a testbed for battery and thermal management technologies Webasto and Ford are creating for the growing e-mobility automotive segment.

"Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's Chief Product Development and Purchasing Officer. "This one-off Mustang prototype is a great opportunity for us, together with Webasto, to showcase to our customers what a new electrified powertrains can do for performance in a car they already know and love."

An electrified street-ready beast, Ford Mustang Lithium is low and sleek, with custom carbon fiber body components, a 1.0-inch lowered stance and 20-inch staggered fitting forged wheels. Under the hood, the differences are electrifying: a Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters - all powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery system with EVDrive Technology that can discharge a mega-watt of electrical energy.


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Ford unveils 888bhp electric Mustang at 2019 SEMA show

Mustang ‘Lithium’ prototype has an electric motor by Phi-Power and Webasto battery, delivering 1000lb ft of torque through a six-speed manual gearbox

Ford has unveiled a one-off electric Mustang prototype, which can produce 888bhp and features a six-speed manual gearbox, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The car, called the ‘Lithium’ and developed in conjunction with Webasto, touches down ahead of Ford’s upcoming ‘Mach E’ fully-electric Mustang-inspired SUV, due to be unwrapped at the Los Angeles motor show later this month.

The Lithium has several upgrades over the standard Stang. To the basic model, Ford has added carbon fiber body parts and 20-inch wheels. It also receives Ford’s Performance Track Handling Pack, adding modified front struts and track lowering springs that lower the car to be approximately one inch closer to the ground, as well as six-piston Brembo front brakes.

The interior retains much the same layout as the standard car, but benefits from a custom 10.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The prototype also gains four new drive modes - Valet, Sport, Track and Beast mode - which are staggered in order of performance and selectable via the screen. The wheel and dash, door insides and gearstick come in a custom blue trim.

 
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