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The Essen Motor Show , Europe’s answer to SEMA , is ready to open its doors on November 26. With less than two weeks away, we’re now getting a good idea on some of the cars that will be in attendance at Essen.

German suspension specialists Bilstein will be in attendance at Essen with a booth that will feature a theme we’re all too familiar with: "The Fast and the Furious".

One car that will be displayed at the Bilstein booth is a specially built Ford Mustang GT that has been tuned to carry Bilstein’s B12 suspension unit and a customized Performance2 program that was built by Bilstein in collaboration with its partner, Eibach Springs.

As part of the B12 suspension program, the Ford Mustang - the car was actually featured in "Fast & Furious", the fourth installment of the hit movie franchise - received plenty of improvements along the lines of sporty dynamics, an improved appearance and modified performance. Among the programs that were added to the Ford Mustang include a Professional Cornering System (PCS), new performance springs with progressive characteristics courtesy of Eibach’s Pro-Kit, road-tested and fine-tuned springs and shock absorbers, a lowered suspension of up to 40 mm, and a state-of-the-art gas pressure technology system from Bilstein.

All these programs have been added to turn the Ford Mustang into what it looks and performs like today. Be sure to look for this German-tuned, American muscle car at the Essen Motor Show! There’s a good chance that it won’t be too hard to find.

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There’s been plenty of talk about the new generation Ford Mustang coming at us in 2015, but in order to keep buyers interested in the top-selling muscle car, Ford is offering an updated version for the 2013 model year. This refreshing take on the Mustang will come with a few exterior changes as well as a power upgrade. And with only one day before its official debut in Los Angeles Ford has revealed all the details on the 2013 Mustang.

For the 2013 model year, the Ford Mustang has received a new exterior design with a more prominent grille, a new hood, and new LED signature lighting, all which give the latest Mustang a high-tech look. The standard version keeps the same 3.7-liter V6 that develops a total of 305 HP.

"We are delivering a more distinctive and emotional design presence that celebrates the total performance of Mustang," said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. "This latest Mustang design is very respectful of its heritage while continuing to look forward with a more powerful and modern look."

UPDATE 11/15/2011: This review has been updated with official information and images.

The Boss is back, ladies and gentlemen!

As part of Ford ’s new 2013 Mustang line-up, the Blue Oval is bringing the second installment of their resurrected Boss 302 .

While the 2013 Mustang Boss 302 retains the same engine capabilities as the 2012 model, Ford made sure that the new model stands out from its predecessor in sheer looks alone. It comes bearing new styling and design details that allude to the rich and long heritage of the Boss 302 name.

“Last year, we proved the car had what it takes to perform," said Dave Pericak, the Ford Mustang’s chief engineer. "This year, we focused on enhancing its eye-catching looks and celebrating its history.”

No truer words have ever been spoken because the car just looks flat-out smoking hot. The new paint finish has a history, as does the equally fresh hockey stick graphic and reflective stripes. These two, plus a whole lot more, come with the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302, proving without a hint of doubt that the Boss is indeed back.

And he means serious business.

Find out more about the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 after the jump.

The 2011 SEMA Auto Show was undoubtedly a Mustang and Camaro free-for-all with tons of tuning packages for both models. Most were for the current generations of each, but there were some tuners with an eye for a classic, and Goolsby Customs was one of them. This tuning firm understand that an oldie is still a goodie so they based their "Pegasus" package on a 1971 Mustang .

The problem with trying to modernize a classic is that, most of the time, there isn’t much left of the original once the transformation if complete. In this case, the Pegasus has received a compete makeover. The old chassis has been replaced with a new one from the new Fast Track Mustang designed by the Roadster Shop. The front has been shortened by six inches, while the rear end has received a pass-through spoiler. The car has also been given a new set of Nutek wheels combined with Wilwood brakes.

The original 4.1 liter engine was also tossed out the window and replaced by a new 5.0 liter V8 Coyote engine. There is also a new Ford 6R80 6-speed automatic gearbox built by Sean Hyland Motorsports.

The Stig is an intimidating character that even the most professional of racers can’t help but be in awe of. At least that’s what the Stig likes to think of himself. We can’t blame him for the lack of oxygen in his head. Lord knows how long it’s been since he last took that helmet off, but whatever you think of him, the dude is a polarizing figure that needs someone of equal stature to put him in check.

Enter Ken Block.

The world-class rally driver recently teamed up with Top Gear ’s resident test driver for a promotional gig for Top Gear Australia magazine. The two are scheduled to be in the cover of the November issue of the magazine and you can expect that article to be a must-read.

Before that issue hits newsstands, though, Top Gear Australia bought a camera crew to a race track to film the two drifter extraordinaires participate in a one-on-one Hoonigan show in Melbourne, featuring Block’s Monster Rally Fiesta and the Stig’s ride-of-choice, the Australian-born Ford Falcon FPV.

Check out the video after the jump and wait for the dramatic climax in the end. There’s plenty of rubber-burning, tire-shredding action in this 90-second promo video.

The Ford Bronco was first launched onto the market in 1966 where it reveled in 30 years of production, until being discontinued in 1996. But after 15 years of non-existence, the Bronco has come back with a specially customized unit at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

The tuned-up Ford Bronco is the product of Jonathan Ward and famous Ford designer, Camilo Pardo’s hard work. The two men wanted to maintain the original Bronco’s classic aesthetic and design values, while also reinventing everything about the car down to the smallest details.

The Icon Bronco uses a 2011 Ford Coyote 5.0 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 412 HP and 390 lb-ft of torque, more than doubling the original Bronco’s output of 200 HP. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and an Atlas II part-time four-wheel drive system.

And just like any other modern SUV, the Icon Bronco has been equipped with bucket seats with carbon fiber elements, tinted glass, a laser-cut stainless steel door, and cargo panels with Volcanic Black powder coated trim bezels.

Ford has announced details on their 2013 Police Interceptor models - both sedan and utility vehicles. The two police cars will make their debut at the Ford Championship Weekend NASCAR races at Homestead Miami Speedway Nov. 18-20, 2011 where they will serve as pace cars.

For the 2013 model year, the Interceptor can be ordered with a choice of three powerful V6 engines, with power ranging from 280 HP in the base 3.5-liter TiVCT V6 engine and going up to 365 HP 3.5L V6 EcoBoost version. Both models will be equipped with an AWD system and will be offered with brakes, tires, and wheels specially designed for police duty and the next level of performance.

"Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with purpose-built vehicles – engineered and built in America – that are as dynamic as they are durable," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas.

One particular Ford Mustang GT that caught our eye at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show came into fruition from a sad story that involved the death of a man considered as an important member of the Mustang community, Joe Gosinski of Chicane Sport Tuning.

Last December, Gosinski was found murdered in his Chicane Sport Tuning shop in Torrance, CA shop. As a way of showing some love to the man, Matt Bernal, a former employee of Gosinski, and Sal Valdez, one of his most ardent customers, teamed up to build the Mustang "Last Ride" Tribute.

Packed with a comprehensive tuning program that Gosinski will be proud of, the "Last Ride" Mustang was born when a lot of companies teamed up to create a true one-of-a-kind ride. Trufiber was responsible for putting the car’s carbon fiber hood, front splitter and side spliters, and rear valence. The carbon fiber roof skin was provided by RK Sport, while the custom billet fuel door came courtesy of Silver Horse Racing. Rounding out the exterior touches include a new grille and rear quarter covers from Saleen, fender badges and a faux gas cap from Chicane, a custom paint finish from D-BAS, and a new set of 20" powder-coated black Vossen CV3 wheels wrapped in Falken FK-452 tires.

The muscle car’s chassis setup was also modified with a new Saleen adjustable coilover suspension, Hellwig Motorsports adjustable sway bars, Baer front 14-inch brakes with six-piston calipers. The interior of the "Last Ride" Mustang features new Corbeau LG1 race seats and harness bar and an Auto Meter a-pillar mount and gauges.

The one-off Mustang was also treated to an impressive performance upgrade, courtesy of a Nitrous Express n-Intercooler system and purge kit, a new intake manifold from Ford Racing, and a new axle-back exhaust system.

Because there aren’t enough things you can do turn your 2012 Ford F-650 into rolling piece of gargantuan menace. Now you can take a good look at the "Hollow Point" by Mobsteel that was in attendance at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

The Detroit-based tuning company certainly did a thorough job in modifying this Ford iron, beginning by shortening and notching the frame and dressing it up in their own trademark Mobsteel Black PPG paint. There are also plenty of exterior details done on the truck, including a custom front bumper and grille cut, custom headlights, an F-Series Super Duty bed, custom aluminum tanks courtesy of Aluminum Blanking Company, and a new set of 24" custom Aztec wheels wrapped in Pireli Scorpian tires.

Inside, the Hollow Point F-650 also gets plenty of enhancements, highlighted by a "No Joke" upholstery, 2,600 watts of JL Audio equipment with a pair of 20-inch monitors, and hand-tooled Glock holsters and magazine racks. Apparently, you can’t have enough ammunition with this truck.

Under the hood, Mobsteel and Michigan Caterpillar Diesel took out the F-650’s 6.7-liter engine and replaced it with a new C7 Caterpillar engine and a new Allison six-speed transmission.

At the end of the day, you won’t need to do any double-takes when you see the F-650 "Hollow Point" out on the road. By sheer intimidation alone, it’s already got your attention.

To give the Mustang Boss 302 everything it needs to be a full-fledged racer, Heinz Motorsports gave the muscle car an extensive tuning program that encompasses all breadths of the car’s overall set-up.

The exterior body of the Mustang was treated to a number of body panels from Steeda including the company’s Q-Series functional front fascia, hood, and rear spoiler. In addition to that, the car’s rear fascia was taken care of by 3d Carbon while PPG was responsible for dressing up the Mustang Boss 302 with a Sport Classic Gray finish with all the matching racing decals. Finally, Heins Motorsports gave the Mustang Boss 302 a new set of 18" Forgeline wheels wrapped in Nitto NT01 tires.

The muscle car’s chassis was also given a thorough racing make-over, highlighted by a laundry list of Steeda-sourced equipment, including a biller sway bar mount kit, competition springs, a bumpsteer kit, and Tokico D-Spec adjustable front and rear shocks.

Inside, the Boss 302’s usual interior was taken out in favor of a full on racing set-up, complete with a custom carbon fiber dash and door panels, Sparco Pro-ADV seats with a competition 6-point harness and steering wheel, a Safecraft fire suppression system, an ATL safety fuel cell, and a roll cage that was built to comply with FIA standards and regulations.

Then there’s the engine make-over. Already carrying a powerful 5.0 liter V8 engine that produces 440 horsepower and 380 lb/ft of torque, Heins Motorsports added a custom Borla race exhaust, a Steeda cold air intake, and an Exedy clutch to round out its race-spec overhaul.

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