2018 Ford Mustang
The sixth-generation pony gets its first upgrade, drops V-6 engine
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in late 2013 for the 2015 model year as the company’s most advanced pony car yet. Not only redesigned inside and out, the new Mustang also gained an independent rear suspension, a first for the muscle car since its inception in 1964. The new generation also marked the return of the four-cylinder ’Stang, with Ford adding a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost to the usual V-6 and V-8 engine lineup. In early 2017, the sixth-generation Mustang received its mid-cycle update. Although initial rumors and spy shots didn’t suggest a major upgrade, the Mustang showed up with quite a few changes inside and out.
A new front fascia makes the 2015 model seem old, while the cabin boasts significant improvements in the tech department. More upgrades were operated under the hood, where Ford added a new automatic transmission and dropped the entry-level engine. The two remaining units gained power increases. The chassis also received its fair share of upgrades to make the 2018 Mustang the sportiest pony car Ford has built to date. Obviously, these changes were designed to bring the Mustang up to date compared to the new-generation Camaro. Naturally, the facelift will also trickle down to the higher performance versions of the current Mustang, including the Shelby GT350. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the newest ’Stang in town.
Update 7/27/2017: Ford has finally announced prices for the 2018 Ford Mustang, and to our surprise, it’s still one hell of a deal. Check out the prices section below to learn all about it!
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Shelby To Produce Limited Continuation of the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Super Snake
Back in the late ‘60s, Shelby built the GT500 Super Snake as a record-setting beast of a machine, but unfortunately, it never made it to full production status. Now, the American performance company is correcting that with a continuation run of the high-performance muscle car classic.
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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 To Get Dual-Clutch Transmission?
For good or ill, the Ford Mustang is traditionally seen as a rather old school approach to going fast. After all, the Blue Oval just gave its most famous muscle car an independent rear suspension back in 2014, a full fifty years after the model first hit the production line. Indeed, the times they are a’changing, and now, it’s looking like the Mustang might change even more with the addition of a new DCT gearbox.
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Video of the Day: Hawaii Volcano Lava Eats a Ford Mustang
Hawaii is under fire right now... well, parts of it anyway, as Mother Nature does her best to remind us of just how powerful she can be. Obviously, there’s nothing fun about this for the folks living in close proximity to an erupting volcano, but it does give us the opportunity to see a Ford Mustang swallowed up like it’s nothing.
Of course, there’s a couple of questions to be asked here. First, that’s a very long road, so why is that Mustang parked right in the path of the lava? Couldn’t somebody have moved it? Well, they probably could have, but something tells us this was a good chance to get a small insurance payout. Maybe? Just a little? After all, that Mustang could have been anywhere else on the street and been just fine. If that’s not the case, someone just happens to have some really bad luck. Either way, watch the time-lapse video and see this Mustang die a fiery death.
2018 Roush JackHammer Mustang
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang gained a comprehensive facelift for the 2018 model year, and the update also injected a bit more power into the 5.0-liter V-8. But if 460 horsepower still isn’t enough for you and you simply can’t wait for the Shelby GT500 model in 2020, there are plenty of shops to choose from if you want to supercharge your pony. Roush is one of them, and its new JackHammer package will put more than 700 horsepower under your gas pedal.
Based on the latest Mustang GT, the JackHammer package is pretty much a Stage 3 update with some extra features. As usual, you get the sportier appearance with black body inserts, a range of stripe and hockey stick graphics, and a handful of bespoke features inside the cabin. Under the hood, there’s a brand-new supercharged atop the 5.0-liter V-8 and plenty of oomph to take the fastback to the drag strip. Let’s find out more about that below.
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2020 Ford Mach1
The Mach 1 name has always been associated with performance, but up until now, it was associated with a higher-performance version of the Mustang Coupe. The name first came to be back in 1969 when the Mach 1 Mustang was born. It was used again in the early 2000s as a send-off for the fourth-gen Mustang. All of this happened before the SUV and crossover craze, however, and now – thanks to the overwhelming demand for SUVs and crossovers – Ford is resurrecting the Mach1 name yet again, but this time it will be a high-riding standalone performance model. It will at least be based on the Mustang, though, but will be all-electric. We’ve seen a short teaser of the Mach 1 performance crossover, but details are excessively scant for now. So, we took a little bit of creative freedom, threw it in a blender, and are now showcasing a rendering that depicts what we think the Mach1 crossover will look like. Keep reading to learn more about it.
The Ford Mustang EcoBoost Sounds as mean as the Shelby GT350 with the Active Exhaust System
One of the cool things about owning a V-8-powered Mustang is that it has an aggressive, unmistakable exhaust note. The Shelby GT350 set a new standard in 2015 thanks to Ford’s active exhaust system. At first available only with the GT350, the racy exhaust eventually found its way into the Mustang GT too. Come 2018 and FoMoCo finally made the active exhaust system available for the EcoBoost model as well.
Thanks to the Success of the EcoBoost Mustang the 2020 Ford Mustang Will Go Hybrid
When you talk about muscle cars, they generally portray the I’m-sexy-and-I-know-it attitude. Same goes for the Mustang. The car is a legend in its own right and is still going strong at 54. Despite its age, the Mustang has become the world’s best-selling sports car for the third year in a row. Is this because of Mustang’s legacy? Or is it because of a smart-play by Ford? Read on to know more.
The 2020 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang Just Might Get a Six-Speed Manual After All!
With a few teasers and at least a couple of prototypes spotted on public roads, it’s no longer a mystery that a brand-new Shelby GT500 is underway. However, official information about the drivetrain is still slim beyond the rumors. Word has it that the new Shelby GT500 will hit the road with a twin-turbo V-8 under the hood mated to a dual-clutch transmission for extremely fast shifts and sprints to 60 mph, but new spy shots suggest that the muscle car may also get a manual transmission.
Want a Real, 1969 - 1970 Ford Boss 302, Boss 429, or Mach 1 Mustang? You Can Get a Fully Licensed Model Thanks to Classic Recreations
If you missed out on owning a 1969-1970 BOSS 302, a 1969-1970 BOSS 429, and a 1969-1970 Mach 1 Mustang, you’re about to be blessed with manna from heaven. Ford has announced a licensing program with noted coachbuilder Classic Restorations to build turn-key versions of the three aforementioned classic muscle cars. Each of the models will be built to the specifications of each customer using Ford’s newest chassis and drivetrain technology, as well as the automaker’s licensed reproduction parts.
Ford Considering AWD and All-Electric Powertrain for the Next-Gen Mustang
The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic cars ever build and there are many reasons for that. The innovative approach in the 1960s, the performance, the sales success, and its legacy on the race track have all contributed to the legend. But the nameplate also went through drastic changes. The second-gen model is now hated for turning the muscle car into a mundane compact, while the fourth-gen Mustang was this close to becoming a front-wheel drive car. The modern Mustang is again a symbol that brings together performance and affordability, but the nameplate is in for major changes in the near future. We already know that the pony will get a hybrid drivetrain in 2019, but it seems that Ford is considering offering the Mustang with all-wheel drive and as an EV.
The EV version is reportedly scheduled to arrive with the next-generation model. With the current-gen pony set to get a hybrid for the 2020 model year, it’s safe to assume that the seventh-gen Mustang won’t be here sooner than 2022. The same goes for the all-wheel-drive system, which won’t make it into the Mustang until Ford redesigns the car from the ground up.
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Ford Mustang to Enter NASCAR Cup Series for the first time in 2019
It’s finally happening! After competing for eight years in the Xfinity Series, the Ford Mustang is finally joining the Cup Series, the top tier of NASCAR. The Mustang will replace the Fusion, which the company has been racing in the premier series since 2006.
"We’re combining America’s favorite sports car with America’s top stock car racing series," said Mark Rushbrook, global director at Ford Performance Motorsports. "Mustang always has been about affordable performance, which can be traced to innovations we’ve made competing in racing, like NASCAR. Mustang is a perfect fit for our racing heritage today and tomorrow."
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Ford Performance: The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet Comes with More Displacement; Poised as Fastest Factory Mustang Ever Built
Half a century ago, Ford unleashed the very first Mustang Cobra Jet, quickly capturing the hearts of straight-line Blue Oval enthusiasts with its impressive prowess in the quarter-mile sprint. Now, Ford is celebrating that history with a new limited-run racer model that brings the heat in a big way.
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Ford Mustang Bullitt Pricing Announced; Is it worth the Premium?
Revived after a nine-year absence, the Ford Mustang Bullitt based on the sixth-generation pony car arrived just in time to celebrate 50 years since the iconic "Bullitt" movie was launched. It’s been two months since the coupe that pays tribute to Steve McQueen’s green fastback was launched at the Detroit Auto Show and Ford finally announced pricing information. Specifically, the Mustang Bullitt retails from $46,595, not including the $900 destination and delivery charge. That’s a $7,405 premium over the GT Premium model it is based on.
Ford Launches Need For Green Paint For 2019 Mustang
If you’re among those disappointed that Ford didn’t offer any green colors for the Mustang in recent years, then I have good news for you. For 2019, you’ll be able to order the pony car in Need For Green. A brand-new color for the nameplate, Need For Green is a rich, deep shade of green that reminds me of the golden era of muscle cars. It’s not as exotic as the Grabber Green of the early 1970s or as in-your-face as the Gotta Have It Green of the 2010s, but it jumps at you and gives the sixth-generation Mustang a vibrant look. And the name is more than appropriate, as Mustang hasn’t offered a green option since 2014. Sure, we had Guard, a dusty grey with a touch of green in 2015 and 2016, but not a high impact color.
Ford Brings Back the "California Special" with Rev Matching and B&O Audio System
A few months after dusting off the “Bullitt” name, Ford is once again in a throwback mood. This time, the Blue Oval is bringing back the “California Special” name for the 2019 Ford Mustang. The nod to the late 60’s special edition couldn’t have come at a better time, either. The original Mustang California edition came out in 1968. It’s no surprise, then, that 50 years later, the California name is bringing brought back with a modern twist.
Ford Mustang Bullitt Roars into Geneva for European Debut
The latest Ford Mustang Bullitt broke cover with a big bang at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show back in January. Far from surprising given that it’s one of the most iconic versions of the pony car and that the last Bullitt was sold all the way back in 2009. The fact that it had quite a few cool features over the standard Mustang GT made things even better. Somewhat surprisingly, the new Mustang Bullitt is going to Europe, having just made its official debut on the Old Continent at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The "Bullitt" movie was never as big in Europe as in the U.S., but I guess that Steve McQueen gained more notoriety over the years on the other side of the pond too.
Ford Lets You Customize the Mustang’s Emblem Through Facebook
The Ford Mustang is about as iconic as a car can get – and its galloping steed badge embodies the car’s persona. We’ll Ford is letting Facebook users customize their own Mustang badge with colors, shapes, and any combination of therein on the automaker’s Mustang Facebook fan page.
For most people, the experience is a creative one that ends in a sharable design that will undoubtedly spur grass-roots marketing through social media shares. But for a select 1,000 participants, Ford will transform their design into an actual Mustang emblem that they can then install on their 2015 or newer Ford Mustang.
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Irony: Man Named "Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller" Arrested for Driving Without a License
If we told you that there’s a man in Arkansas named Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, would you believe us? Better yet, would you believe that Miller was arrested by local authorities last week for three motor vehicle-related charges? As unlikely and ridiculous as this sounds, it also happens to be true. All of it. There really is an Arkansas man with the name Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller, and he really did get arrested for driving without a license, not wearing a seatbelt while driving, and lacking proof of liability insurance.
It doesn’t get any better than this, doesn’t it? I suppose it’s not a good thing because his name is making the news for all the wrong reasons, but the fact that his name is what it is — Shelby Mustang GT500 — is glorious. Unfortunately, Miller’s brazen attitude towards the law is hampering his good name. According to The Smoking Gun, his bond was set at $450, and he has a court date set for March 8.
Unfortunately, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller is far from a straight arrow. Before this arrest, he already ran afoul of the law numerous times in the past, including another arrest in 2014 after he allegedly got into a fight at a local sports bar, returning later with a hatchet under his shirt, presumably to do some damage with it. He was eventually arrested on charges of public intoxication, weapons charges, and probation violation.
Judging by the plethora of police reports he has incurred over the years, it does seem that “Mustang GT500” is, in fact, his middle name. What’s unclear is whether he got his name from his parents when he was born or whether he decided to string them all together later on with the purpose of eventually finding himself in the news. If it’s the latter, then we salute you, Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller for a job well done. You made the news for all the wrong reasons, but your name will live in on infamy, or at least until we find someone named “Chevrolet COPO Camaro Sanders.”
Five Sports Cars To Consider In 2018
Now that we’re knee-deep into the 2018 calendar year, it’s a great time to look ahead and think about all the great opportunities just over the horizon. Naturally, we here at TopSpeed are practically frothing at the mouth at the thought of all the great sports cars expected to drop over the course of the next 365 days. As such, we’ve assembled five of them right here for your collective amusement. Give the list a looksee, and make sure to let us know about the sports car you’re most excited about in the comments below.
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Ford Study: Driving a Sports Car is Better than Kissing
If you thought kissing, shopping, and watching Game of Thrones gives you the chills, a study conducted by Ford revealed that none of those activities compare to driving a sports car. The preliminary research showed that driving a sports car on a daily basis ranks as one of the best ways to boost a person’s sense of enjoyment, wellbeing, and emotional fulfillment. Riding a roller-coaster emerged as the only activity that surpassed driving a sports car in the study.
First-Production Ford Mustang Bullitt Sells for $300,000
It has only been a week since Ford debuted the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, but a week was all the special edition ‘Stang needed to make a splash. The first-production Mustang Bullitt was a featured item at the Barrett-Jackson auction, where it fetched a top price of $300,000.
Is The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Headed For a Chicago Debut?
With only a month between them, the turnaround time between the Detroit Motor Show and the Chicago Auto Show is usually quick. Just as soon as Detroit ends, the buzz surrounding Chicago begins. This is especially true for a company like Ford, which appears to have an important model that’s scheduled to make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Apparently, show organizers mistakenly published lists of vehicles that will be on display in the Windy City, and one of those models is the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
Arguably one of the most iconic Mustang of all time, the Bullitt returns into showrooms five decades after the original car helped make the best chase seen in movie history. It was 1968 when Steve McQueen drove a Mustang GT390 Fastback like there was no tomorrow on the streets of San Francisco in the "Bullitt" movie, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in October 2018. To mark the event, Ford prepared a new iteration of the Mustang Bullitt for the first time since 2009. The car was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show alongside the original version, and it’s the most menacing Bullitt ever made.
Set to go on sale in the summer of 2018, the new Mustang Bullitt walks in the footsteps of its predecessors. It’s based on the Mustang GT, it features a host of unique features inside and out, and it has a subtle appearance. But under the skin, the Bullitt packs a bit more oomph than the GT and delivers better performance. If Steve McQueen was still around, I’m sure he would’ve taken one home and maybe even use it for a sequel to the iconic movie. But unfortunately Steve is no more, so we’ll have to settle for the cool, Bullitt-inspired commercial Ford made for the car. Check it out below.
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The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Custom Exterior Done Right
Back in 1968, the movie classic Bullitt hit the silver screen, wowing audiences with an almost 11-minute car chase through the streets of San Francisco. Bullitt snagged the Academy Award for Best Film Editing in 1969, no doubt thanks to its raucous automotive battle between Steve McQueen’s green Ford Mustang and the baddies’ black Dodge Charger. Now, five decades later, the Blue Oval is resurrecting memories of the famous Bullitt Mustang with this custom special edition.
Now, normally we aren’t the biggest fans of special edition vehicles. They tend to over-promise and under-deliver, and rarely look all that great. The 2019 Bullitt is different. We love how this thing looks. In a world where wings and extra body pieces run rampant, the Bullitt keeps a style that’s clean and mean. And green.
Dropping cover at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show alongside the original ’60s Mustang that provided the inspiration for its creation, we think the 2019 Bullitt Mustang is a custom exterior that’s done right – it brings history and prestige, faultlessly paying homage to the Steve McQueen hero car, while still keeping it all firmly rooted in 2018. It comes with nothing extraneous, enhancing what’s already there, rather than simply tacking on extra “stuff.” Read on for the details.
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Ford Teases Mach 1 Electric… SUV?
Ford is on a quest to have 40 electrified vehicles by 2022 to meet the demand for fuel efficiency and receded local emissions. One of these vehicles will be a crossover with a fully electric drivetrain. Sounds great, right? Well, not so fast. This crossover will be “Mustang inspired” and be named the Mach 1.
As you should know, the Mach 1 name dates back to 1969 as a performance package on the Mustang. The Mach 1 package added an upgraded suspension, several appearance upgrades, and several V-8 engine options. The package continued through 1978 until Ford resurrected the name in 2003 and 2004 as a send-off for the fourth-generation Mustang. But regardless of year or body style, the Mach 1 name was synonymous with performance.
As for the “Mustang Inspired” thing, Ford hasn’t divulged what this inspiration will look like. The crossover could have a similar face or taillight cues as the Mustang, or maybe even a similar dashboard design.
One thing is for sure; the Mach 1 will be built on a separate platform from the Mustang due to its electric drivetrain and battery pack. That confirmation comes from Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair in a conversation with Jalopnik.
But regardless of how Mustang-inspired this crossover is, it will still be a high-riding wagon with five doors. Why Ford thinks it’s a smart idea to brand an all-new electric crossover with such an iconic name rich with muscle car heritage is beyond me. It would be like Chevrolet making a Camaro-inspired electric crossover and calling it the Z/28 or Dodge building one inspired by the Viper and naming it the SRT-10.
Names mean things; they carry weight and history. More importantly, vehicle names are engrained into customers’ psyche and elicit connotations of worth, performance, capability, and cultural significance. I’m all for Ford building an electric crossover. It would probably sell extremely well. But, Ford should reconsider slapping such an iconic nameplate onto an unrelated vehicle that doesn’t even hail from the same vehicle category.
What’s in a Name? The History Behind The "Bullitt" Name
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show just opened, and a bombshell has already been dropped. The source of the bombshell? Ford and the new Mustang Bullitt, a special edition version of the iconic muscle car that’s named after the 1968 Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt. The history behind Ford’s use of the Bullitt name only dates back to 2001 when Ford partnered with Warner Bro. to offer a special version of its GT Mustang as a tribute to the 1968 390 fastback model driven by McQueen. Including the version that we’re currently drooling over, Ford has only used the Bullitt name on a special edition Mustang three times. It’s one of the rarest Mustang SEs you’ll see, and it’s association with the King of Cool himself elevates it as one of the most desirable ‘Stangs to hit the market in recent years.
OG 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt Shows Up Alongside 2019 Mustang Bullitt; Gets Inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register
The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt turned a lot of heads when it debuted at the North American International Auto Show. Turns out, it wasn’t the only Mustang Bullitt in attendance because it was joined by none other than the same 1968 Ford Mustang 390 Fastback that was used in the Steve McQueen movie of the same name. The ’68 Stang’s presence in Detroit wasn’t just for provenance; it was there to get inducted by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register, becoming the 21st car to get bestowed with the honor.
It Didn’t Come To The Detroit Auto Show, But Ford Is Working On A Shelby GT500: Video
The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is now in full swing, bringing with it a glut of fresh metal hot off the presses. This is Motor City, hometown to the Big Three and birthplace of the greatest American muscle cars to ever hit pavement. All of which makes it the perfect venue to drop the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as the Blue Oval decided to keep its new ultimate pony under wraps, save for the the above-featured one-minute video. Better than nothin’, though.
Composed of a series of close-cropped detail shots, the video gives us a look at the brake and wheel package, exhaust, front splitter, rear spoiler, hood louvers, side skirts, and headlights. All in all, it’s looking like the usual factory-tuned Mustang badassery, and according to Ford, the machine has the specs to match.
“With more than 700 horsepower projected, the supercharged V8 Mustang Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever, and twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model.”
Look for it to make a splashdown sometime next year.
New Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Mean and Green in Detroit
Rumored to make a comeback for many years now, the Ford Mustang Bullitt returns in its third iteration at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Based on the facelifted version of the sixth-generation Mustang, the new Bullitt arrives just in time for the movies’ 50th anniversary. Launched almost a half-century after Steve McQueen created the coolest car chase in movie history, the new Bullitt came to Cobo Center alongside the original car from 1968.
Showcased in a metallic dark green color that mimics the shade of the original model, the new Bullitt follows in the footsteps of its fourth- and fifth-generation-based predecessor, sporting an understated look, a number of exclusive features, and a retuned drivetrain. On the outside, it gets subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, a unique black grille, and the obligatory Torque Thrust wheels, this time around in 19-inch size. A set of red Brembo calipers completes the look, but it also gets the aerodynamic extras that come with the Performance Package. Color options are limited to the classic Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black.
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New Bullitt Mustang to Be Unveiled Next Week
Rumors of a new Bullitt Mustang based on the sixth-generation pony have flying around for a couple of years now, but Ford has yet to confirm such a model. However, various spy shots confirmed its existence since late December. Now, the folks over at the Mustang6G forums have discovered proof that the brand-new Bullitt Mustang is scheduled to break cover next week. Interestingly enough, the unveiling might not take place at the Detroit Auto Show. Instead, the new Bullitt could be revealed at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction on January 19.
Survey: Ford Mustang, Tesla Top List Of Most Desirable Cars of Average Americans
A recent survey conducted by marketing agency Digital Third Coast and automotive products company Golden Eagle revealed the average car tastes of most Americans. The survey had some predictable results, most notably the Ford Mustang staking claim as the often-stated “dream car” among most Americans. Surprisingly, though, Tesla came in second, followed by a Jeep, a Corvette, and a Camaro.
The sample size of the survey is small - only 2,000 Americans participated - relative to the study’s topic, but it did paint a seemingly accurate picture of the car tastes of most Americans. It’s not surprising that baby boomers still long to own a Chevrolet Corvette while Gen-Xer’s are still captivated by the mystique of the Chevrolet Camaro. For their part, millennials identified Tesla as their dream cars, an understandable answer considering that they’re literally coming into adulthood at the same time as Tesla is coming into its own as a legitimate automaker.
The survey also revealed that Tesla has a foothold in the Northwest, Southwest, and Pacific as the dream car among Americans living in those regions. The Mustang is well-represented by folks in the Midwest and Southeast while those living in the Mountain regions surprisingly identified the Range Rover over any kind of Jeep as their dream cars.
Tesla continues to pop up at various times in the survey, but there is a good bit of irony in the revelation that most people who identified themselves as “not knowledgeable” about cars chose the electric car maker as their dream car. It’s likely that they identify Teslas, whether it’s the Model S, Model X, or Model 3, as the cars of the future, in large part because of the company’s status as a pioneer in electrification and autonomous driving technology. These people are less captivated by the mechanical and technical intricacies of a car as they are about the possibility of going to work while the car drives them there autonomously.
On the flip side, those who identified themselves as “car experts” chose the Mustang as their dream car. Hardly a surprise there, either.
Ford Shelby GT500 to Get Ceramic Brakes, Bespoke Drive Modes, and 200+ MPH Top Speed – Could Debut in Detroit
Less than 24 hours ago it was discovered that Ford’s service information included a shot of what appeared to be a supercharged 5.2-liter as part of a wiring diagram. Well, once you dig around, it turns out Ford has already written the book on the GT500, so consider this as confirmation: It’s coming. And, it may be coming sooner than you think. Ford has an off-site event planned just prior to the kick off of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, and the GT500 could very well stretch its wheels in the public eye for the very first time. Want to learn about all of this new information? Keep reading to see it all for yourself.
Supercharged Engine in Ford Wiring Diagrams Could be Proof of a Mustang GT500 with a DCT Transmission!!!
Information leaks seem to be commonplace today, and you couldn’t be blamed if you didn’t know which was worse: Leaks from the auto industry or leaks from the U.S. Government. On the plus side, however, the leaks from the auto industry give us a little glimmer of hope and, in this case, it’s hope that a GT500 isn’t only in the works but so far on its way into production that its engine is showing up in wiring diagrams already. That’s right, the guys over at Mustang6G have stumbled upon a supercharged 5.2-liter engine that’s even sporting the Corba logo right on top. This has to be, without a doubt, the engine for the GT500. You can add that to previous leaks as well, including an image of the cobra-baring intake manifold and an internal document about engine oil requirements.
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Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe you’re just in denial?), demand for crossovers and SUVs continues to consume just about every automotive segment imaginable. Even the well-established performance marques are susceptible to the siren song of profitable jacked-up suspension plus tons of practical rear cargo room, with models like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus upending decades of sports car traditions. But what if we took it a step further? What if we gave eight iconic sports cars the SUV treatment? Welp, Jennings Motor Group did exactly that with the following renderings.
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Do These Leaked Images Prove a New Shelby GT500 Mustang is on the Way?
Up until now, it was largely unknown whether or not there would be a Shelby GT500 or a Bullitt Mustang derived from the sixth-gen Mustang – especially considering the fact that it just went through a major facelift for 2018. Rumors have been flying like pans from a scorned wife, but nothing official. And, there’s still nothing official, but the guys over at Mustang6G forums have posted a couple of intriguing images that point to the GT500 being a near certainty. We’re talking about a supercharger for the 5.2-liter with a Cobra emblem on it and a pair of massive rotors with Brembo calipers. Sure, security over there must suck, but the good news for us is that it looks like a GT500 is in the works. And, it could debut real soon, right next to the new Bullitt Mustang…. Say what? That’s right… two icons could very well make their return with the next few months. Keep reading to learn more.
More Shots of a new Bullitt Mustang Provide Confirmation of its Existence
There’s been a lot of whispers surrounding a potential return of the “Bullitt” name to the Ford Mustang catalog. We first caught wind of this after seeing a window sticker back in October of what looked like a Bullitt-spec ‘Stang. That was followed by photos shared by one of the forum goers at Mustang6G last week of a car that looked eerily like a Bullitt Mustang, right down to the famous Dark Highland Green (DHG body finish. Not content with these sightings, eagle-eyed observers have once again captured a peculiar Mustang on the road, and from the looks of things, this car could very well be the 2018 Ford Bullitt Mustang.
Mustangs Heading to Scrap Get New Life as Luxury Wrist Watches
Christmas is just around the corner, so the holiday shopping craze is effectively in full swing. If you’re still looking for a gift for somebody who happens to love Ford Mustangs, these new timepieces from Rec Watches called the P-51 make for perfect gifts. It may not be a Hublot or a Panerai, but they are unique for one reason: they’re made from salvaged Ford Mustangs.
Was a Next-Gen Ford Mustang Bullitt Caught Playing in Chicago?
One of the Forum goers over at Mustang6g.com was out and about in Chicago when he spotted what could very well be a Bullitt version of the sixth-gen Mustang. Of course, there’s no word from Ford, but its resemblance to the sketch of a Bullitt in a previous promotion video is downright uncanny. It even appears to be wearing the Dark Highland Green (DHG for short) and has those five-spoke wheels with black spokes and chrome accents. You can really make out if the rear window louvers are in place, but if you look just behind the roof line, it does appear as if there’s a little turgidity there that could, perhaps, be window louvers. If not, then maybe this is just a weird coincidence, but what do you think? Keep Reading for a little more
Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist
The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?
Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.
2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group
The Ford Mustang is going to be well-represented at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show, as a total of seven different creations are all set to be in attendance. One of these Mustangs comes to us through the SpeedKore Performance Group, the the Wisconsin-based tuning house that stole the show at last year’s event with a Mustang that was literally covered from head to toe with carbon fiber panels. It was without question one of the most-talked-about cars at the event, so it’s no surprise that SpeedKore’s returning to the scene of one of its greatest triumphs with a new aftermarket interpretation of the iconic pony car.
Truth be told, the tuner’s new program is probably not as memorable as last year’s creations. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because that model literally turned into one of the most significant tuning programs for the Mustang we’ve seen in a while. This year’s version is important in its own right, largely due to the similar approach that SpeedKore adopted, including the prominent use of carbon fiber and the promise of putting focus on the ‘Stang’s classic American roadster heritage. The result is what you’d expect from a company like SpeedKore. It probably won’t be the showstopper that last year’s model was, but it’s certainly capable of stealing the spotlight.
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2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000
It’s been only four three model years since the sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in showrooms, and the pony has already spawned an impressive number of versions wearing the Shelby badge. Although the iconic GT500 has yet to be revived, Ford has already launched the GT350, the Super Snake, GT-H, and GTE, just to name a few. The GT500 may still be a year away, but sixth-gen Mustang, but Shelby just launched yet another performance model. This time around it’s the Shelby 1000, the brand’s most menacing creation in terms of output and straight-line speed.
The Shelby 1000 is closely related to the GT500, as the first model to wear this badge, launched in 2011, was based on the fifth-generation GT500. Offered in both street and 1000 S/C track versions, the first iteration of the car was discontinued in 2012. The 1000 returned in 2013, once again based on the GT500, but now with the 5.8-liter V-8 instead of the old 5.4-liter unit under the hood. Both the street package and the S/C track package were offered. Also available as an upgrade for the GT500, the package was discontinued in 2014, after only two years on the market. The new Shelby 1000 is the first such model based on the sixth-generation Mustang, so everything about it is new compared to previous iterations. Let’s have a closer look at the car in the review below.
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2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2
Unveiled in 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang marked the beginning of a new era for the iconic pony car, one that brought an independent rear suspension for the first time and revived the turbocharged ’Stang after a long hiatus. Revised for 2018, it received a 10-speed transmission, also a first, and a performance package that made the GT version the quickest in history with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of fewer than four seconds. But Ford didn’t stop there, and after just a few months it launched the Performance Pack Level 2 for the range-topping GT model.
Unveiled at the SEMA Show, the place where the world’s most spectacular aftermarket upgrades are introduced to the world, Level 2 is essentially an update to the first Performance Pack. It includes everything that comes with the latter but adds redesigned aero elements front and rear, new tires and wheels, and new suspension parts and settings. The purpose of the Level 2 upgrade is to make the Mustang GT even faster than it already is and turn it into a better competitor for German coupes such as the BMW M4. Also, the Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2 may be a solid proposition to the Porsche 911 Carrera. Which is a big achievement for a pony car. Find our more about that below.
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2018 Ford Mustang RTR
Part of the Ford Mustang’s appeal lies in its ability to be easily customized. We’ve seen so many versions of the ‘Stang over the years, and there are a handful of them that are head and shoulders above the rest, including the Ford Mustang RTR. Created by Ford in partnership with Pro Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr., the Mustang RTR stands tall as one of the sickest interpretations of the iconic muscle car. It’s essentially a Mustang on steroids, accomplished in part because Ford is always looking for ways to improve the car’s status as one of the best pony machines in the market today.
Those of you who are familiar with the RTR badge will know that it’s become somewhat of a tradition for Ford and Gittin Jr. to collaborate on this specific kind of creation. In fact, the past decade has given birth to a good number of Mustang RTRs, ranging from the subtle to the over-the-top. Hard to think of the 2014 Mustang RTR as anything but outlandish, but that’s the whole point on why the RTR badge has become synonymous with Ford’s legendary muscle car. This year, a new version of the Mustang RTR is set to make its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show, and really, where else would it do it? Ford and Gittin Jr.’s aftermarket firm are once again heavily involved in its creation, and the result is nothing short of our expectations. Improved looks, more power, and a seal of approval from one of the best race drifters in the world. This is what awaits us when we get a hold of the latest version of the Mustang RTR.
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2018 Ford Mustang By Tucci Hot Rods
50 years on the market is a long time, and the Mustang is coming up on 53 years as of 2018, the year that the sixth-gen model gets a serious facelift. That facelift brings new looks, updated technology, and more power to one of America’s favorite muscle cars, and now, it’s serving as the basis for at least seven concept cars at the 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The one we’re looking at here is developed by Tucci Hot Rods, and it’s one of the most intensive Mustangs that we’ve ever seen. We’re talking about engine modification, custom exterior work, custom interior work, and a supposed top speed of 200 mph. Whether or not it can really do that remains to be seen, but I’ve seen the modification list, and I have to admit, it’s not that farfetched.
Needless to say, Tucci Hot Rods had to put some serious work into the Mustang to get it to this point. Not that it’s necessarily a slouch. This concept is based on the 2018 GT, so we’re talking about a starting power output of 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque (yes, that’s 25 ponies and 20 pound-feet more than the pre-facelifted model.) At this time, technical specifications are still shrouded in mystery, but we do know what the standard model’s “less-than-four-second” sprint to 60 is probably easily topped by this custom GT. This Mustang will be fully revealed when SEMA kicks off, so until then, let’s talk a little more about what Tucci Hot Rods did to push this Mustang over the top and faster than 200 mph…
2017 Ford Mustang By DRAGG
The Ford Mustang can be customized in a number of different ways and we’re seeing a full lineup of them at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show. One of these cars is this particular Mustang. It may look the part of an actual police car - it even has a push bar, for crying out loud! - but it’s anything but one. What it is though is a custom Guardian-themed police car created by Drag Racing Against Gangs and Graffiti (DRAGG), a non-profit, youth-oriented automotive after-school program that encourages kids to race on the drag strip against actual police officers.
I don’t know if this Mustang can hold its own on a drag strip, but I’m pretty sure it’s not built for that environment either since it’s been described, among other things, as “eco-friendly.” However it’s made out to be, this Mustang does have a bigger purpose than just being a SEMA showpiece. It was created by DRAGG to be a symbol of unity and purpose, to encourage troubled kids to turn their backs on knucklehead environments and focus on being a part of improving their communities together with the local police forces that serve these locations. Visually, it’s one of the most arresting (no pun intended) creations among all the SEMA-bound Mustangs. Purposefully, it’s probably one of the most important customized Mustangs we’ve seen in quite a while.
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2018 Ford Mustang By Roush Performance
The upgraded 2018 Ford Mustang is already in showrooms, and all major tuners are now rolling aftermarket upgrades for both the EcoBoost and GT versions. With the 2017 SEMA Show just around the corner, the updated Mustang also received its fair share of wild concept cars, some of which might make it into production at some point. One such model comes from Roush Performance, a tuning company that has been modifying Mustangs for over two decades now. Finished in a modern take on the classic Grabber Green color, this beefed-up muscle car takes its styling cues from the iconic Mustang Boss 429 of the early 1970s.
Unlike most Roush-modified Mustangs, this green beast sports a custom-built widebody that turns the basic GT into a full-fledged race car. The motorsport-inspired look is backed by carbon-fiber aerodynamic devices, while the interior boasts everything a proper race car needs. From the Recaro racing seats with harnesses to the roll cage and the carbon rear seat delete, this Mustang is ready to hit the track at any given time. Drivetrain updates are also on the table, but information is still limited in this department. We should find out more at the SEMA Show, so stay tuned for updates. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at what we already know about this concept car.
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Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000
Times like this, picking a sports car can get a little tricky, especially when money is no object. The range of options cuts across different segments and if you really want to make an impression, the cost of getting one could run up in the seven figures. But for those who don’t have the proverbial “unli-funds” at their disposal, buying a sports car becomes a little bit more difficult. For one, a large number of options are pulled off of the table because of their costs. Then there’s the prospect of availability.
But there is some good news. Just because money’s tight, doesn’t mean that the market becomes slim pickings. Far from it actually. Just lower those expectations, and you might find themselves having more than enough options to consider. And, since we’re in the business of helping others out, we’ve put up a list of some sweet performance rides that buyers can score for less than $50,000. I’m purposefully leaving out performance hatchbacks out of this list because they’re an entirely different category of their own. So we’re going with coupes and sedans, some of which can go as cheap as $20,000 while others can max out at or near the $50,000. The point is that they’re affordable and can put buyers one step closer to finally scoring that long-awaited performance car purchase.
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