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April 17th 1964: The day the first generation of the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public. Today, almost half a century later, when the words ’American Icon’ are spoken together, this car is probably the first thing that comes to mind.

With the 50-year anniversary of the Mustang approaching, the anticipation over the next generation of the pony car has been greater than ever. With the news of Ford filing a trademark application for the “Mach 1” moniker, speculations are rife about the return of the badge in the 2015 Mustang.

The model, when launched in 1969, sat between the GT and Boss 302 models, and it replaced the GT in 1971.

Based on the unique design elements of the original 1969 Mach 1, we at TopSpeed decided to create a rendering for you what the Mach 1 Mustang (if released) could look like.

Click past the jump to learn more about the design process.

Posted on by Simona  

We are all for wild concepts and crazy customs, but this one is a little much for us. As crazy as this title might sound, it is true; we (reportedly) will indeed see a Shelby GT500 sporting a shooting brake tail in the near future. Don’t go checking your calendars, folks, it’s not April 1st...

The idea belongs to Strand Craft — a U.S. based company that build super yachts and is still working out the kinks in its own supercar lineup.The company claims to be working on a Shelby GT500 that is will transform into sport wagon. Depending on the final product, this could be the ultimate muscle car or a car so ugly that even the Pontiac Aztek would turn away in disgust.

Strand Craft promises to release the final product in April 2014, and the yacht builder claims that this is more than just some fancy body work. Under its hood, the GT500 Wagon will keep the supercharged 5.8-liter, V-8 engine from its donor car, but Strand Craft will tune it to 850 horsepower — an increase of 188 horsepower over the base model. This power will reportedly sprint the muscle wagon to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.

The interior will come fitted with Recaro seats, tons of leather and an eardrum-punishing, 1,000-Watt, seven-channel audio system by McIntosh.

Note: the car you see in the above photo is an artists rendering, not the actual GT500 Wagon.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Shelby GT500.

Source: Autoblog
Posted on by Simona  

A few weeks ago, we let you know that a Camaro Z/28 lapped Nurburgring in 7:37.47 , making it the fastest Camaro at the `Ring.

With a Camaro achieving this feat, should we be surprised that Ford decided to release a video of its resident muscle car — the Shelby GT500 — lapping the ring in an impressive time? We think not, but this video has an interesting back story.

According to SVT Performance, this particular video hit their inbox after they asked Ford for some videos of the GT500 testing on various tracks. It looks like this video "accidentally" made its way into the email, as Ford has not revealed the GT500’s Nurburgring time.

The unofficial timer in the video shows that the GT500 lapped the `Ring in less than 7:40. Of course, this time does not make it faster than the Z/28, but it certainly makes it faster than the Camaro ZL1 , which lapped the same ring in 7 minutes and 41 seconds.

We’re sure that Ford will soon make an announcement regarding this video, but until then, enjoy the video!

Posted on by Simona  

As usual, the Ford Mustang will be present and accounted for in great numbers at the 2013 SEMA Show . Classic Design Concepts will be one of many tuners showing off its mods for the Stang, and this one is simply called "Bad Penny." Why the name? Apparently because "in God we pay, all others pay cash."

The concept features a cool combination of black and copper, and gets some of the aerodynamics and styling options we’ve seen on the Vaughn Gittin, Jr.’s RTR Mustang . These elements include the new performance grille, the lower grille, front fascia with functional brake-cooling ducts, side and rear splitters, license plate surround, custom deck lid trim panel and a rear spoiler.

The car sits on 20-inch, Forgiato three-piece wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich G-Force Rival tires sized 285/35R20 up front and 315/35R20 in the back.

Wilwood big brakes are responsible for bringing the pony car to a stop, while a Whiteline Watts link suspension and RTR adjustable front and rear sway bars help keep it steady in the twisties.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Bad Penny by Classic Design Concepts.

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Rumors about the 2015 Ford Mustang have ranged from mouthwatering to downright boring, and today Car and Driver magazine learned pretty much all there is to know about the new-generation Mustang. Of course the image you see here is CGI, but according to the magazine, it is pretty close to the real deal.

We have to say that if the new Mustang indeed looks like this, then the next-gen Camaro is in for a big fight.

According to the report from C&D, the Mustang will adopt design elements seen in the rest of the Ford lineup, like the trapezoidal grille and the thin, wraparound headlights. Despite these new elements, the model will retain the distinctive Mustang elements — sequential taillights, for example..

We’ve known for quite some time that the 2015 Mustang will sit atop an all-new chassis that will feature an independent rear suspension, plus it will drop about 200 pounds when compared to the current model. What’s huge about the C&D report is that they uncovered the engine lineup too.

First up is a little disappointment for those of you looking to snag up the Mustang the second it comes out. According to the report, the 2015 Mustang will initially carry over the current engine lineup. This means it will come with either a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine with 305 horsepower or the "Coyote" 5.0-liter, V-8 with 420 horsepower.

After the Mustang has been on dealer lots for a bit of time, Ford will start offering a 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with a reported 310 horsepower. This will likely be a resurrected SVO.

For those of you who believed there wouldn’t be a Shelby version — us included — the big surprise is that it will continue on with the same 662-horsepower, 5.8-liter, V-8 engine. New to the lineup will be a EcoBoost twin-turbo V-8 engine — code named "Voodoo" — that will find its way into the GT350 model; this engine is reported to put down 550 to 600 horses.

On top of that, C&D also reports that the 5.0-liter "Coyote" V-8 will get a retune several months after launch, jumping it to 500 horsepower, plus Ford is "considering" using the EcoBoost, 3.5-liter, V-6 in a mid-range model — the same engine in the Taurus SHO .

Remember, these are all rumors, so who knows what is real and what is not...

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.

Source: Autoguide
Posted on by Simona  
TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Ford Mustang Mach1

It has been rumored for quite some time now that the new-generation Ford Mustang would bring about the return of some old-time names, like the SVO or Cobra.

That is looking more like a reality no, as Ford has filed a trademark application for the "Mach 1" moniker, meaning that the new Mustang will also likely include a Mach 1 variant.

Ford filed the trademark on Thursday, February 23, 2012 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and it was published for opposition on January 1, 2013. Starting August 26, 2013, the trademark application has a status of "First Extension – Granted," meaning that Ford is free to use it, and that it needs to offer a legal document summarizing the way in which the automaker is planning to use the trademarked.

While this document offered by Ford remains a secret, we expect ford to slap the "Mach 1" badge on a high-performance version of the 2015 Mustang. A likely possibility is the Mach 1 name replacing the outgoing Shelby badge.

Click past the jump to learn more about the Ford Mustang Mach 1.

Posted on by Simona  

The new Camaro Z/28 announces itself to be an amazing muscle car, but how is it when put next to its competition? This is the question Chevrolet wanted to answer, so it took a brand new Z/28 and put it face to face to a Mustang Boss 302 . Why Boss 302 and not Shelby GT500? Well, because according to Chevrolet , the Boss 302 is the fastest Mustang on the track.

The test was made at GM’s high-security MRC road course in Milford, Michigan, and, as no surprise, the track-oriented Camaro dominates the Boss 302 in almost every area. You do have to remember that the test was made by Chevrolet and its car needed to be better.

We have to admit however, that the new Camaro Z/28 was specially designed to dominated the muscle car segment: it lightweight, nimble and incredibly powerful. It also lapped the Nurburgring in 7:37.40 - which makes it very fast!


Just like any other automaker that looks to make a splash at the SEMA Auto Show , Ford knows that the way to go is to build a car that can stir up some buzz and turn some heads.

Recently, the American automaker teased a pair of Ford Mustang GT models that hopes to accomplish that. The first one, called the Mustang GT Nitto Tire, is the little more subdued of the two Mustangs.

But make no mistake, this Mustang GT still looks the part of a car you’d normally see in the biggest aftermarket show in the world. It’s got an aggressive new look, highlighted by a Brilliant Red finish from BASF to go with black racing stripes, as well as a new aero kit and if you didn’t notice by its name, a fancy set of what we think are 20-inch wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.

According to Ford, the Mustang GT Nitto Tire also has a performance upgrade under its hood, thanks to a new Ford Racing Cobra Jet intake manifold breathing through a twin-bore 65-millimeter throttle body. No mention of how much of an increase in output it carries, but anytime you hear the name "Cobra Jet", the thought immediately goes to a muscle car that has in excess of 500 horsepower at its disposal.

Whatever that number is, the Mustang GT Nitto Tire will undoubtedly fit right in at SEMA.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Mustang GT


Ford must be feeling left out considering that a bunch of other automakers, Hyundai and Chrysler , specifically, are in the middle of previewing their SEMA -bound vehicles.

So, the Blue Oval did what’s only right under these circumstances: join the party!

It already introduced the Mustang Yellow Jacket a week ago; now, a pair of new heavily-modded Mustangs have been introduced, or should we say teased, leading up to the big show this coming November.

Of the just-teased Mustang GTs , the one that was built in collaboration by Hollywood Hot Rods is the more eye-catching of the two, and for good reason. The bronze-ish color looks absolutely intense! Add that to the aerodynamic enhancements that appear to include a hand-made hardtop, new fenders, a redesigned tail secition, new wheels, and what really looks like side exhausts, and you have a completely remade Ford Mustang GT that definitely lives up to its name as straight out of Hollywood.

Like the Mustang GT Nitto Tire, the Hollywood Hot Rods’ Mustang GT also comes with massive performance modifications. And like the Mustang GT Tire, Ford hasn’t revealed any details on how much of an engine upgrade it has.

Fortunately, it won’t take us too long to find out because SEMA is just around the corner. When that time comes, we’ll know everything we need to know about a Mustang GT that already has our hearts on its strings.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Mustang GT

Posted on by Simona  

If you ask us, a standard Shelby GT500 is pretty cool from factory, but somehow Steeda decided the GT500 can be further updated it you know where to add the updates.

The 2014 Steeda GT500 package improves the most powerful Mustang ever with an extremely aggressive, but in the same time smooth, overall appearance. The car’s width was increased, so it now perfectly fits those wider wheels, but also makes the GT500 looking a little bit more aggressive.

A base Shelby GT500 is powered by a 5.8-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 662 horsepower - an amount of power more than enough for a car like the GT500. However, Steeda found a solution to increase this output up to 725 horsepower. Steeda did not reveal how it obtained the extra power, but we expect the usual ECU updates and a new exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by Steeda.


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