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German tuning company, Velocity, has always been a fan of American muscle cars and they’ve made quite a reputation as one of the up-and-coming tuners on the other side of the pond. At the 2011 Essen Motor Show , Velocity will be on hand to live up to these expectations with their latest tuning project, one that involves Ford’s very own Mustang GT .

Dubbed the Velocity Edition, this returned Mustang has been given a pretty unique and distinctive individualization program that features a plethora of customizations. The first thing you’ll notice is the new vented hood, as well as a new trunk lid that appears to have been made using high-quality carbon. Other prominent additions on the Mustang GT include new KW coilovers that allow for precise setting of the ride height and adjustable for rebound and compression, a new set of 22" Giovanni ’Martuni’ wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires, and finally, a new and bigger set of brake discs to ensure shorter braking distances for the American muscle car.

At the heart of Velocity’s program for the Mustang is the engine modification, significantly bumping up the output of the muscle car. By installing a new Roush compressor unit, Velocity was able to drive up the output of the car’s 5.0-liter V8 engine from 412 horsepower all the way up to 519 horsepower. On top of that, the tuning company also installed a new muffler unit, a new shifter lever, and an improved digital gear display.

Taking everything into consideration, the Mustang GT Velocity Edition comes at a price tag of €74,999, which is around $100,900 based on current exchange rates.

Some people really do have a twisted sense of imagination, don’t they?

We really don’t have any idea how somebody can dress up a Ford Cargo truck using the iconic Shelby Mustang as in inspiration. The people behind this piece of work, which was on display at the 2011 Fenatran Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, apparently thought that it would be a fantastic idea to do just that.

So, against seemingly every fiber of sense known to man, they went and dressed up this Cargo 1932 with an orange paint finish and matching black stripes as an ode to the Shelby Mustang. Imagine all the brain cells that were roasted during this build. Of course, a creation like this features more than just a sketchy color scheme; it also needs a special new body kit - check - a dressed up interior - check - and a new suspension set-up - check. Heck, even the rear of the truck was designed to look exactly like the rear of a Shelby!

Speaking of the interior, the people behind this Shelby-inspired Ford Cargo saw fit to add black decoration materials on the interior, as well as a new set of sports seats and a sports steering wheel.

Behind all the questions surrounding Optimus Prime’s bastard cousin of a truck, here’s one thing we do know: When Carroll Shelby started his line of special Mustangs, this wasn’t what he had in mind.

Launched in 2011, the Ford Escape has shortly become America’s best-selling SUV. For the 2013 model year, Ford has raised the bar even higher with the debut of an all-new model that features 11 new exclusive features and an improved fuel economy. The new Escape made its world debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and will be sold worldwide starting in 2012.

"We call our all-new Ford Escape the ‘Smarter Utility Vehicle’ because it offers the strengths that customers today really value – fuel economy, versatility and new technology that makes driving and living with the vehicle easier and more fun – all wrapped in a sleek, more modern design," said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Devel Devel opment. ’Ford understands that more people every year are looking at vehicles like Escape, and we want to give them even more reasons to buy."

Initially, Ford will offer the Escape with three four-cylinder gasoline engines, with the 1.6- and 2.0-liter options boasting of EcoBoost technology. A hybrid variant has yet to be announced.

UPDATE 01/26/11: There’s no doubt that the Ford Escape has quickly become one of the most popular models in Ford’s fleet. So it isn’t all that surprising that the 2013 Escape is quickly ascending the ranks of some of the hottest buys you can make. If you’re already in the process of doing so, you can hop over to the Ford website and tinker with the newly-released online configurator for the Escape. If you’re still on the fence, then the configurator may be all you need to make the jump.

Hit the jump for details on the 2013 Ford Escape.

A refreshed Ford Flex is coming to the Los Angeles Auto Show , except that its "refreshed looks" don’t do much in the way of improved aesthetics. Sure, it’s different, especially the front fascia, but it still looks a little weird and takes a design cue from, of all things, the Range Rover .

Peculiar looks notwithstanding, the 2013 Ford Flex does have some good qualities, particularly the impressive engine line-up and the bevy of safety and technological features that no other crossover in its market can compete with.

If there ever was a Ford model that fits the description of ’polarizing,’ it’s the Flex. Some people will find the quirky look endearing while others will probably just opt for something else. But whatever you may think of the new Ford crossover, you can’t deny that it’s an attention-grabber, for better or worse.

Find out more about the 2013 Ford Flex after the jump.

The "Fallen and Wounded Soldiers" Ford Mustang GT by Webasto is a special muscle car that was the result of a collaboration among some of the world’s foremost Mustang tuners. But more importantly, this Mustang was born to raise awareness and money for The Fallen and Wounded Soldier’s Fund (FWSF), a non-profit organization focused on helping service members with medical costs, transportation, and other financial assistance.

In building this special edition Mustang, Webasto sought the help of some of the best tuners around, and knowing the nature of this build, a lot of companies answered Webasto’s call.

There were a number of new styling touches done when building and re-touching the exterior of the Mustang, including the addition of a new front fascia and grille from Roush; new side rockers and a rear lower fascia from 3d Carbon; a Hollandia 322L spoiler sunroof, hood struts, and new paint from MRT; a custom Fallen & Wounded Soldier graphics on the bonner of the muscle car; and a new set of 20" Modulare Forged, custom 3-piece wheels. Inside, the Mustang was likewise treated to a plethora of modifications beginning with an extensive leather treatment from Katzkin, as well as a new gauge pod from Ford Racing and Auto Meter gauges.

In addition to all the aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications, Webasto also wanted a Mustang with a modified engine set-up. So they took the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 engine and added a Roush supercharger with a JLT cold air intake, a McLeod RXT twin disc clutch, a Barton short throw shifter, an MRT MaxFlow H-pipe & Interceptor axle-back exhaust, and a VMP custom tune. All of these enhancements allowed the Mustang to break open its output from 412 horsepower all the way up to 700 horsepower.

Now that’s an output worthy of our soldiers.

Source: Webasto

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.


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