2018 Ford Mustang GT (Sixth Generation facelift)

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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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