Shinola might not be known for being a quality timepiece maker, having made its name as a manufacturer of bikes, leather goods and other luxury items. But the company has expanded into building watches and one of the first limited-edition models on its portfolio pays homage to a fellow Detroit-based company.
In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, Shinola is building a special-edition timepiece bearing the automaker’s exclusive 50 Years logo. Measuring 46 mm (1.81 inches) across and carrying the Mustang 50 Years logo on its face, the watch is, for a lack of a better word, impressive. It comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face, a screw-down crown, a black leather band and waterproof capabilities of up to 5 atmospheres (roughly 170 feet, dependent on water temperature).
Only 1,000 units of this special edition watch will be built. No word yet on how much it’ll cost, but for the expected sum, you can be one of the few owners in the world of an officially licensed, special-edition watch that bears the automaker’s unique-in-its-own Mustang 50 Years logo.
When Steve Saleen officially regained his namesake brand, you knew it would only be a matter of time before his company would debut its first project car. That time, apparently, was at the LA Auto Show when Saleen introduced its return to the auto industry with the Saleen 351 Mustang.
“Since regaining the Saleen brand, I really want to bring it all together with the heritage that Saleen is known for,” Saleen said. “With the current Saleen  Mustang model it provides all the right features to bring back and update the S351 model.”
Based on the 2013 Ford Mustang, the car’s name comes from the engine used under the hood, which is a 351-cubic-inch V-8 engine that delivers a total of 700 horsepower and 655 pound-feet of torque when paired with the Saleen 296 supercharger system.
On the exterior, the 351 Mustang is slated to receive an aerodynamic kit entirely made from carbon fiber, including front and side splitters and a new rear diffuser that houses the F1-style taillight. The car will also be equipped with Saleen’s famous Butterfly Center Ram Air Induction system, which includes a Red Butterfly hood that allows cold air to flow through the butterfly scoop design as they open under throttle.
The car will sit on a set of 20-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels wrapped with high performance tires. You can order it in any existing Saleen color and can be updated with a complete treatment of Saleen 351 badging and graphics.
Updated 04/22/2013: After months of silence, Saleen has unveiled a first 351 prototype this weekend at the Fabulous Fords at Knott’s Berry Farm in California. The model should be ready for the 2014 model year, so if you plan to order one, you will have to wait a little bit more. The prototype revealed in California was painted Orange County Orange - a color specially developed for the car by Saleen. (MustangsDaily)
Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., officially unveiled the 2014 Mustang RTR that seems to be ready to rock the 2013 Formula Drift season. The 2014 RTR was developed by Autosport Dynamics and will make its competitive debut at Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, California April 12th and 13th. After that, Vaughn will compete in the World Drift Series in China and in numerous other select competition and demonstration events in Europe.
If last year’s model impressed you, the 2014 version will be a sensation. Its V-8 engine delivers a total of 845 horsepower - an increase of 45 horsepower over the previous model year. As usual, the engine has been developed by Ford Racing, so you know it’s built to run with the best of them.
The car sits on 18-inche wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 tires sized 295/35R18 on the rear and 275/35R18 on the front. The model is distinguished by a carbon-fiber body with RTR appearance package. On the inside, it adds Recaro racing seats with Takata six-point harness.
The Ford Mustang is turning 50 years old on April 17, 2014 and Ford is planning something big. The first step in this huge celebration is the creating a logo that signifies the muscle car hitting the half-century mark. After an internal design competition, Ford has chosen a logo to commemorate the event and it is that of designer Michael Thompson.
As you can see in the above image, the trademark galloping mustang graces the top of the logo with the phrase “50 YEARS” underlining it. According to reports, this logo will be used on various products, including: jackets, shirts, watches, pinball machine and much more. There is no mention on whether this logo will grace the 2014 Mustang, but we think it’s safe to assume that it will be there.
While this logo is cool and the refreshed 2014 Mustang is awesome, we are still awaiting the official reveal of the next-gen mustang, which was leaked via some clay models a few days ago. All the experts, us included, expect to see the next-gen Mustang revealed on the `Stang’s 50th birthday.
So, until then, we are going out to pick up the cliché “Over The Hill” birthday cards.
Ford Racing announced today the list of updates for the 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet that will be used in competitions like NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing. Changes for the 2014 model year include two new exterior colors: Gotta Have-it Green and a Cobra Jet-exclusive flat black, an all-new 3-speed race transmission with SFI approved housing and a parachute mount needed when driving up to speeds above 150 mph.
As usual, the 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet will be for off-road use only and will be powered by a 5.4 liter DOHC supercharged aluminum block engine that delivers a total of 430 horsepower.
The model will also feature roll-cage optimized for rigidity and safety, Recaro race seats, suspensions from Ford Racing and an electric power steering.
The 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet will be priced at $97,990 plus optional paint and graphics. The model will once again be limited to only 50 units.
Remember the days when the V-6 model of various performance vehicles –the Mustang and Camaro, for example – were often seen as sub-standard models with laughable performance numbers? Well, these days these base-level V-6 models push well over 30 horsepower, allowing them to perform rather effectively.
Roush Performance has just announced its tuning program for the 2014 Mustang lineup V6, dubbed the “RS V6.” Unfortunately, two of the stages do not offer any performance upgrades, but the top levels do push the V-6 engine to its limits.
The entry-level kit, dubbed the Stage 1, includes an aero body kit, a set of wheels and interior upgrades, but no engine mods. Stage 2 upgrades the Stage 1 and adds a new racetrack-inspired suspension that improves the car’s behavior in the twist.
The good stuff arrives with the Stage 3 kit, which offers a supercharger that increases the engine’s power up to 575 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque.
The most powerful upgrade it the "Aluminator" engine, which is offered in two different phases. In Phase 2, the engine’s output is listed at 625 horsepower and Phase 3 hits a monstrous 675 horsepower.
According to the magazine, the American market is going to receive the 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, but not in the base version. Ford is already offering such an engine on models like Fusion and Explorer, so why not also offer it in the Mustang as well? The four-cylinder EcoBoost is rumored to deliver over 300 horsepower, making it an improvement over the base 3.7-liter V-6 that delivers a total of 305 horsepower.
It is also speculated that the 2015 Mustang will be offered with a paddle-shift automatic transmission too.
However, it looks like things are just getting ramped up and we expect to learn more about the next Mustang in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang is already under development, but all we know up to this point is simple speculations. For a long time, we have talked about rumors that the 2015 Mustang will come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the first time since the 1986 Ford Mustang SVO.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Edmunds spoke with Ford insiders who let them know that a boosted four banger will be part of the lineup, but only for the European market.
According to the report, this four-cylinder gasoline engine will be offered as a low-emissions alternative to the V8 engine currently offered in the Mustang. The V-8 engine is highly-taxable in Europe, so the four-cylinder engine will help to boost sales.
The engine will be based on the current turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine featured in the 2013 Ford Focus ST. For the Mustang, the displacement will be increased to 2.3 liters through extending the stroke, widening the bore or maybe both. The output will be increased to about 300 horsepower up from the current 250 horsepower. It is expected to keep the fuel consumption at the current 23 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway.
These are, of course, unconfirmed rumors but they do come from a very reliable source. We’ll keep an eye out for some confirmation from Ford.
We all fancy ourselves to get involved in some wild car chase with a car as powerful as a Ford Mustang. The cars crashing into everything; fruits flying everywhere; and yes, the occasional smashing of a water hydrant that explodes with a jet of water.
Normally, we’d probably go to jail, or worse, die, if we dared pull off such a stunt. But that doesn’t mean some people can’t recreate a car chase scene like that with the help of some scaled-down Mustangs.
The fine folks of FinalCutKing did just that, and boy, did they do a terrific job at it. Two souped-up, albeit R/C-oriented Mustangs were the stars of the 90-second chase, giving new meaning to the phrase running roughshod through a city. In this case, the "city" is made up of cardboard, hot glue, and spray paint.
Even with the makeshift location, the car chase itself, which also has a cameo appearance by a military chopper, together with the fantastic editing and sound mixing, ended up being pretty remarkable.
One of the finest we’ve seen in its size, to say the least.
We’re sure you’re tired of all the comparisons between the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, but we have to admit this one is a little bit different. In the latest episode of “Head 2 head,” the guys over Motor Trend have put to test two track-bred versions of these long time enemies: the Camaro SS 1LE and a Ford Mustang GT Track Pack.
Of course, this is not the first time these two cars have been pit against each other, but this one is one of the most impressive we have ever seen. Behind the wheel, you will see Randy Pobst, who will put the two pony cars on the drag strip and the curviest track he could think of, Streets of Willow.
Watch the video and you will see everything you have ever dreamt about: drag races, hot laps and burnouts. Ford lovers, you may want to turn away for this one.