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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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Ford Lets You Customize the Mustang's Emblem Through Facebook

Ford Lets You Customize the Mustang’s Emblem Through Facebook

1,000 participants get their design embossed on a 2015+ grille badge for their Mustang

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

Irony: Man Named "Shelby Mustang GT500 Miller" Arrested for Driving Without a License

He made the news for the wrong reasons, but his name will live on in infamy

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.”

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Five Sports Cars To Consider In 2018

Five Sports Cars To Consider In 2018

Five rides to help you drop the hammer in the new year

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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Video of the Day: 850HP Shelby GT500

Video of the Day: 850HP Shelby GT500

One mean beast playing in the street and it didn’t even hunt down any people in the process

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Ford Study: Driving a Sports Car is Better than Kissing

Ford Study: Driving a Sports Car is Better than Kissing

Makes you want to drive a sports car now, right?

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.

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First-Production Ford Mustang Bullitt Sells for $300,000

First-Production Ford Mustang Bullitt Sells for $300,000

Steve McQueen would be proud

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.

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Is The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Headed For a Chicago Debut?

Is The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Headed For a Chicago Debut?

Leaked listings appear to point to it

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.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Just in time for the Bullitt’s 50th anniversary in 2018

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

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Custom Exterior Done Right

The Blue Oval offers up a special edition dripping with desirability

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 Teases Mach 1 Electric… SUV?

Great concept, terrible naming choice

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.

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What's in a Name? The History Behind The "Bullitt" Name

What’s in a Name? The History Behind The "Bullitt" Name

One of Ford’s most iconic special edition Mustangs is back!

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.

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OG 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt Shows Up Alongside 2019 Mustang Bullitt; Gets Inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register

OG 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt Shows Up Alongside 2019 Mustang Bullitt; Gets Inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register

Iconic movie car is the 21st car to be inducted in the 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.

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It Didn't Come To The Detroit Auto Show, But Ford Is Working On A Shelby GT500: Video

It Didn’t Come To The Detroit Auto Show, But Ford Is Working On A Shelby GT500: Video

Yeah, we saw the Bullitt in Motown, but we want the full Eleanor!

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.

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New Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Mean and Green in Detroit

New Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Mean and Green in Detroit

Ford revives silver screen legend for 50th anniversary

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

New Bullitt Mustang to Be Unveiled Next Week

First unit to be auctioned for charity

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.

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Survey: Ford Mustang, Tesla Top List Of Most Desirable Cars of Average Americans

Survey: Ford Mustang, Tesla Top List Of Most Desirable Cars of Average Americans

Gone are the days when Ferrari and Lamborghini topped lists like this

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.

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Ford Shelby GT500 to Get Ceramic Brakes, Bespoke Drive Modes, and 200+ MPH Top Speed – Could Debut in Detroit

Ford Shelby GT500 to Get Ceramic Brakes, Bespoke Drive Modes, and 200+ MPH Top Speed – Could Debut in Detroit

The moment draws near... are you ready?

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.

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Supercharged Engine in Ford Wiring Diagrams Could be Proof of a Mustang GT500 with a DCT Transmission!!!

Supercharged Engine in Ford Wiring Diagrams Could be Proof of a Mustang GT500 with a DCT Transmission!!!

Somebody over at Ford made a big mistake

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

Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

The tall-riding mash-up continues…

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?

Do These Leaked Images Prove a New Shelby GT500 Mustang is on the Way?

This could mean big news for the Detroit Auto Show!

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.

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More Shots of a new Bullitt Mustang Provide Confirmation of its Existence

More Shots of a new Bullitt Mustang Provide Confirmation of its Existence

It’s coming soon so get ready for your best Steve McQueen impersonation

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.

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Mustangs Heading to Scrap Get New Life as Luxury Wrist Watches

Mustangs Heading to Scrap Get New Life as Luxury Wrist Watches

I’d want one on my wrist

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.

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Was a Next-Gen Ford Mustang Bullitt Caught Playing in Chicago?

Was a Next-Gen Ford Mustang Bullitt Caught Playing in Chicago?

It looks legit, but you can never know about these things

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

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Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like?

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.

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2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group

2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible By Speedkore Performance Group

Last year’s showstopper returns for an encore at SEMA

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

2018 Ford Shelby Mustang 1000

The quickest Shelby in history!

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

2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

Take it up a notch with high-performance upgrades!

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

2018 Ford Mustang RTR

Latest RTR-spec Mustang might be the best one yet

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

2018 Ford Mustang By Tucci Hot Rods

This could be one beastly Mustang

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…

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2017 Ford Mustang By DRAGG

2017 Ford Mustang By DRAGG

Introducing the police cruiser custom job with a purpose behind it

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

2018 Ford Mustang By Roush Performance

Racing gear and 1970s Boss 429 cues!

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

Bargain Buys: Performance Cars That You Can Score For Less Than $50,000

You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy these performance cars

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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2018 Ford Mustang By Air Design

2018 Ford Mustang By Air Design

Tuner’s aero kit for the ’Stang hits all the right buttons

The Ford Mustang is going to be well-represented at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show as a total of seven different versions of the muscle car will be in attendance at the aftermarket show. The large volume isn’t a surprise to regular SEMA attendees. The ‘Stang, after all, is one of the most tuned cars in the business today and a show that celebrates that very sub-section of the industry is going to feature its share of Mustang models.

One of the versions we’ll see at this year’s show comes to us by way of Air Design, a tuning firm that has a long history of dynamic and easy-to-install accessories for models ranging from muscle cars like the Mustang all the way to massive pick-ups like the GMC Sierra. Air Design’s reputation for creating understated yet effective body kits has become its calling card, and we see it on full display with its latest custom creation for the iconic Ford muscle car. It is disappointing, however, that upgrades to the powertrain are limited compared to other Mustangs that we’ll see at the show. You can’t win them all, I guess, though I suppose that Air Design is more willing to show off its expertise than it is willing to try to dip its toes in unchartered waters.

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Video Memo: Ken Block Spotted on Detroit Streets – Gymkhana 10 Could be Underway

Video Memo: Ken Block Spotted on Detroit Streets – Gymkhana 10 Could be Underway

It’s been denied, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true

Everyone loves watching a good Ken Block video, and why shouldn’t you – the man sure can drive. And, just recently, YouTuber Revin caught Block and his 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonigan RTR tearing the hell out of Detroit streets. Who wouldn’t start shaking in their boots and biting their nails hoping it’s for the next Gymkhana – after all cool things do happen in Michigan; Transformers was filmed there not that long ago. But, word has it – thanks to Nate Stoebner, a line producer on the shoot – that the next Hoonigan video would focus on Mustang history and there may not be stunts.

Be that as it may, the streets were shut down, and Block was leaving his classic calling card – smoke – all over the highway in Detroit. Either way, Gymkhana 10 hasn’t even been confirmed, and a local business even reports that Block and the Hoonicorn were there for some other kind of video. Maybe it was a commercial or some kind of promotional video – it doesn’t matter we’re all itching to see it. But for now, check out the quick YouTube video below, then let us know what you think.

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New Tires Could Make Ford Mustang GT as Quick as the BMW M4

New Tires Could Make Ford Mustang GT as Quick as the BMW M4

Sub-four-second 0 to 60 mph sprints!

The summer may be long gone, and you may have already put winter tires on your car, but Ford just decided to launch a new set of summer tires for the Mustang GT. Not exactly the best timing out there, but hey, we’re talking about a set of high-performance Michelin rubber, so I’m not going to complain. Specifically, the V-8-powered Mustang GT is now available with Michelin Sport 4S tires, which will make their mass-market North American debut on the pony car. While these tires aren’t exactly new in Europe, where they’re offered on some performance cars, they have yet to make it to the United States on regular production cars. What’s more, the Mustang GT isn’t getting the usual Pilot Sport 4S, but a custom version made specifically for this model.

Ford says that its engineers took learnings from the Ford GT supercar and the Shelby GT350 Mustang to develop this special tire. Designed with optimal wet and dry grip, increased braking distance, and lateral handling performance in mind, the custom-tuned Pilot Sport 4S features an ultra-reactive tread pattern that adapts continuously to the road, and a hybrid belt of aramid and nylon that ensures optimum transmission of steering input to the road. The hybrid elastomer that forms its outer rib delivers more dry grip to help relieve stress under hard cornering, while the middle and inner rib improve braking.

Sized 275/40-19 for the rear and 255/40-19 for the front, the new tires will also enable the Mustang GT to achieve a sub-four-second sprint from 0 to 60 mph. No figures are available as of this writing, but Ford says that this will be possible only with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission and Drag Mode function. This means that the Mustang GT could be as quick as the BMW M4. It doesn’t get more exciting than this!

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An Old Entry To Neiman Marcus' Christmas Book Will Hit The Auction Block In Vegas Next Month

An Old Entry To Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book Will Hit The Auction Block In Vegas Next Month

The 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible Neiman Marcus Edition is up for grabs

It’s become somewhat of an annual tradition for the auto industry to wait with baited breath to find out which car is making its way into Neiman Marcus’ Christmas Book. We’re going to have to wait a little longer to see who makes it on the catalogue this year, but fret not because if you’re itching to own a previous entry in the Christmas Book, a 2016 Ford Mustang Convertible that was featured in the 2015 edition of the Christmas Book is now on the auction block, lined up to hit the hammer at a Barrett-Jackson event in Las Vegas next month.

The Mustang Convertible’s inclusion to the 2015 Christmas Book was a huge deal, in part because it joined a list of other exotics to have had the privilege to be featured in the holiday catalog. Other cars to have graced the pages of Neiman Marcus’ book include a Jaguar XJL Supercharged, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible, Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, and an Infiniti Q60. Safe to say that the Mustang Convertible is in good company among that roster of models. As far as this particular model is concerned, Barrett-Jackson describes it as one of only four Mustang Neiman Marcus Edition models in existence. It has, among other things, a Neiman Marcus badging includes #004 badge on the dash, Neiman Marcus illuminated door-sill plates, and a framed Certificate of Authenticity. Oh, and it also has just 73 miles tacked onto it so it’s still as good as new.

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Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

Car Throttle Looks At Six Fantastic Facelifts: Video

A nip and tuck never looked so good

As we get deeper and deeper into auto show season (get ready for Tokyo!), we are often reminded of that age-old industry practice known as the facelift. In order to keep older models feeling fresh and new, automakers will often apply an update wherein certain exterior design features get tweaked ever so slightly, thus creating a somewhat different appearance. These design reworks are usually pretty mild – an extra crease here, a larger intake there, you know, that sort of thing. But sometimes, a facelift works some real magic for a car, giving it just the right sort of aesthetic, the sort of style that makes you stand up and shout “Yes! That’s what it’s supposed to look like!” In the above-featured three-and-a-half-minute video, our friends over at Car Throttle highlight six such instances when a facelift was just done right.

Included in the video is the Ford Mustang, the Nissan GT-R, the BMW E46 3-Series, the Jaguar XF, the Peugeot 306, and the Mazda MX-5 2.5. Throughout, Car Throttle points out what’s different in the new model versus the old model, highlighting why it works along the way. Indeed, the art of the facelift is in subtle effectiveness, with tweaks done that result in a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy is the key, boosting what works, and diminishing what doesn’t. We think Car Throttle is on to something here, and as we dive headlong into a fresh batch of revisions and updates for the upcoming model year, it pays well to take note of what a good facelift looks like.

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Does This Leaked Window Sticker Confirm the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt?

Does This Leaked Window Sticker Confirm the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt?

Channel your inner Steve McQueen in this Highland Green ‘Stang

The Internet went ablaze last February when Ford released a behind-the-scenes video of a TV commercial shoot with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that (purposefully?) might have leaked an upcoming iteration of the iconic Mustang Bullitt. Now, fan forum site Mustang6g.com claims an anonymous source gave them a window sticker for a mock build of a 2018 Ford Mustang GT Bullitt. While its authenticity can’t be confirmed, the build sheet seems to have all the right parts needed for a Bullitt-edition Mustang.

For those living under a rock, Ford built two generations of special-edition Bullitt Mustangs to pay homage to the 1968 Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen in the classic cop film Bullitt of that same year. The movie’s greatest feature is a drawn-out car chase between the bad guys in a black 1968 Dodge Charger R/T and the hero, Frank Bullitt, in his Dark Highland Green Mustang GT Fastback. The movie car had a unique appearance, which Ford copied for the 2001-2002 Mustang GT Bullitt edition and again on the 2008-2009 version. The cars all featured Torq-Thrust wheels, removed badges, a plain black grille, and that Highland Green paint, though the special edition models were offered with other dark colors, too. Ford had great success with the Bullitt Mustangs, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see yet another version. As for what the 2018 special edition might hold, check the full photo and description below.

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Climbkhana Is Further Proof That Car Culture Ain't Going Anywhere

Climbkhana Is Further Proof That Car Culture Ain’t Going Anywhere

This is the new normal. So deal with it.

I always get a good chuckle when I hear about how car culture is hitting the skids. Granted, things are changing pretty quickly these days – a looming ban on the internal combustion engine, a greater focus on efficiency, the advent of autonomous technology, a decline in car ownership amongst younger generations… all of it seems to point towards the eventual demise of car culture as we know it, right?

Not in the slightest. What people need to realize is that while things are indeed changing, that transformation doesn’t necessarily predict a downfall of any kind. Regardless of the sales numbers, interest in fast cars that burn gas is as high as it ever was. Sure, machines like that aren’t exactly affordable to the average millennial, but that doesn’t mean interest is in decline.

There are plenty of indicators of this. Just look at motorsport – even though dinosaurs like Formula 1 and NASCAR seem to be going through a rough patch lately, the more modern motorsports (drifting, rallycross, etc.) continue to draw crowds, while amateur events remain a solid past time for those truly committed to the kingdom of speed.

Ken Block’s latest Climbkhana video is a perfect example. This is the tenth installment in the gymkhana series and its accumulated nearly 3 million views on YouTube as of this writing, just a day after posting. And no, there’s nothing in the vid about eking out max mileage or robo chauffeurs. There is, however, a 1,400-horsepower carbon fiber Mustang making more smoke than Cheech and Chong in an Amsterdam coffee shop.

So quit whining about car culture. If anything, it’s just getting better.

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Ken Block Takes On Pikes Peak In Climbkhana: Video

Ken Block Takes On Pikes Peak In Climbkhana: Video

Can meth injection, AWD, and two enormous turbos conquer America’s Mountain?

A little under a year ago, we got a preview of the next big gymkhana video to come from Ford’s slide-happy YouTube star, the one and only Ken Block. Although brief, the vid gave us a glimpse at the revitalized Hoonicorn V2, which keeps the AWD drivetrain and classic carbon fiber Mustang body, but adds an extra 555 horsepower to the mix with two turbochargers and methanol injection. Peak output is now rated an astounding 1,400 ponies, but there’s a reason for that – Block’s latest challenge is Pikes Peak, a deadly 14,000-foot mountain laced with 156 turns laid out in a spaghetti string of switchbacks and chicanes. At this elevation, power levels can drop as much as 30 percent by the time you get to the top, and when the goal is to keep all four on boil, 1,400 horsepower seems about right. Now, we get to see if Block and his custom ‘Stang have what it takes in this 9-minute homage to tire smoke, appropriately dubbed “Climbkhana.”

Anyone familiar with the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will recognize the insanity of shooting a gymkhana video in a location like this. The drop offs are immense, and the high-altitude takes a heavy toll on both man and machine. Nevertheless, Block manages to weave his unique brand of auto-themed entertainment all the same, and we’re happy for that. So click play, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

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Ken Block's Hoonicorn Mustang Highlights New Hoonigan Car Pack For Forza Horizon 3

Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang Highlights New Hoonigan Car Pack For Forza Horizon 3

The pack will also be available in Forza Horizon 7, but not until the game arrives in the fall

By now, it’s probably been established that Ken Block has some of the most desirable cars in the world. We’re not talking about exotics though; we’re talking about his custom drift cars, one of which is the beyond awesome “Hoonicorn” Mustang. The real world offers all of us little possibility of owning the Hoonicorn, but there is now a way for us to get to drive it… in the world of Forza Horizon 3.

Oh, yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Hoonicorn Mustang is now available on Forza Horizon 3 as the crown jewel car of the game’s new Hoonigann Car Pack. Judging by its name, it’s of little surprise that the new pack is made up entirely of cars that are affiliated with the Hoonigan brand, of which Block’s Gymkhana exploits was born from. The pack isn’t all about the 1,400-horsepower Hoonicorn, after all. There’s also the 333-horsepower 1978 Ford Escort RS Rally car that’s also owned by Block. There’s also “Loki,” a 1979 Chevy K5 Blazer that was built and developed by Baldwin Motorsports. Since these cars are defined by their nicknames as much as their capabilities, I should add that a car called “Napalm Nova” – a 1972 Chevy Nova – is also part of the pack, as is “Tri-Five by Fire,” a gasser-style Chevrolet Bel Air and “Twerkstallion,” a 1992 Mazda RX-7.

The cost of the pack is $6.99 and it’s already available. If any of you don’t have Forza Horizon 3, fret not because the pack will also be available on Forza Motorsport 7 when the game hits shelves in a few months.

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2018 Ford Mustang

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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2018 Ford Mustang Goes From 0 to 60 MPH In Under 4 Seconds

2018 Ford Mustang Goes From 0 to 60 MPH In Under 4 Seconds

Ford fans rejoice, and spectators run for your life – the 2018 Ford Mustang is here, and it comes with a fresh look and more power than ever. To start off, the EcoBoost model – the new entry-level model now that the V-6 has been dropped – maintains its 310 horsepower output, but gains an extra 30 pound-feet, bringing it up to 350 pound-feet of torque. The real news, however, is the is that beast of an engine under the hood of the Mustang GT is 5.0-liters of sheer stomach cramping goodness that’s good for 440 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That’s an improvement me of 25 ponies and 20 pound-feet over the 2017 model and enough to make the Porsche 911 Porsche Carrera look like a little bitch with its $94,000 price tag and 4.4-second sprint to 60 mph.

It’s not just the extra power that makes the Mustang so quick, it’s the entire setup, and one could argue that Ford has quite literally found perfection. When you combine the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires that come with the Performance Pack along with that increased output, the new Drag Strip mode and the new 10-speed automatic, you get sheer supremacy. We’re talking about a sprint to 60 mph in “less than four seconds” and, while we don’t know official top speed figures, you can bet the updated GT will get you a little closer to God when you finally start to max out. To get the extra power out of that V-8, Ford added in dual-fuel, high-pressure direction injection and low-pressure port fuel injection. Surely there was some other tuning specifics, but Ford has yet to elaborate. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Keep reading to learn more.

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2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets a New Pony Package

2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets a New Pony Package

The EcoBoost now gets line-lock and a new Pony Package for 2018. Madness i tell you!

The Ford Mustang. It’s one of history’s most iconic muscle cars (and now a modern day crowd-hunting missile) that has seen a total of six generations, several different body styles, and one of the most loyal fanbases out there. It’s had its ups and downs but has been in constant production since March of 1964, with the most recent generation coming to life for the 2015 model year. Since then, the Mustang has been reworked a bit, with a new face for 2018 and a revamp of drivetrain options that will cut out the V-6 altogether. Along with the facelift and change to the drivetrain lineup, it was recently announced that even the EcoBoost Mustang will now come with line-lock, and now Ford is announcing a new “Pony Package” for the EcoBoost model that brings some stand-out aesthetics and the classic pony-in-corral grille that has appeared occasionally since it was displayed on the original concept in the mid-1960s

The last time the pony-in-corral grille was seen was back in 2015 as part of the Mustang’s anniversary package, but this time around as part of the package for the EcoBoost, you’ll also get a few other items that include side stripes on the lower body, tri-bar pony badge on the rear deck, a brightened beltline and window trim for hard tops, and a fresh pair of wheels. Inside, you get some floor mats with an embroidered pony logo to tie the whole package together. So far, there’s no price announced yet, but we should learn more about the price of this package as well as pricing for the 2018 Mustang shortly before it goes on sale in time for Halloween.

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2017 Ford Mustang Tickford Bathurst '77 Special Edition

2017 Ford Mustang Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special Edition

Special edition Mustang celebrates Ford’s famous one-two finish at the Bathurst 1000

Those of you who are familiar with the Mount Panorama race track in Bathurst, Australia will attest to the circuit’s status as one of the world’s greatest race tracks. The 79-year old circuit is home to the Bathurst 1000, one of the most famous endurance races in the world, and was also the site of Ford’s famous one-two finish back in 1977. Forty years after that memorable triumph, Australian Ford tuner Pickford is rolling out a limited run of Ford Mustang GTs called the Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special.

The limited-run set of Mustangs will feature plenty of cosmetic upgrades, but none are more important than its livery to match the race-winning 1977 Falcon XC Hardtops that racers Allan Moffat and Colin Bond drove to victory 40 years ago. If anything, the special edition Mustang pays tribute to the storied ties between Australian motorsports and the Blue Oval. “We wanted to give fans that either witnessed the famous one-two live, or have come to appreciate the supreme effort after the fact, the chance to own a unique vehicle that has been developed in conjunction with the man that made it happen,” Tickford CEO and Prodrive Racing Australia team boss Tim Edwards said.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special.

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2018 Ford Mustang Order Guide Leaked

2018 Ford Mustang Order Guide Leaked

There’s some interesting choices here.

The sixth-generation Mustang is a pretty big deal. It was introduced for 2015 and was the most advanced pony to roll out of Ford’s stable to date. The biggest highlights included the introduction of the EcoBoost four-cylinder – the first four-cylinder to be offered in the ‘Stang for a while – and a new independent rear suspension system, a first since the car was first introduced back in 1964. After just a couple of years on the market, Ford realized it’s EcoBoost drivetrain was a real winner, and eventually dropped the base V-6, leaving just the 310-horsepower EcoBoost and the 435-horsepower Coyote V-8. For 2018, Ford recently announced that the line-lock feature from the GT track package will now come standard across the line, but now we’re finally getting a look at the order guide companion for the first time, and there are quite a few options to talk about.

All told, there are three different packages available for the EcoBoost and GT models: a performance package, a black accent package, and a new Carbon Sport interior package – essentially letting you get a little bit of that supercar feel inside your new pony. But, there’s a lot of little things to cover in this companion guide, so let’s take a closer look at what you can order before you get to the dealer.

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Six of America's Baddest Muscle Machines

Six of America’s Baddest Muscle Machines

Quintessential rides for declaring your independence in 2017

Cue the band, Mr. Copland; today is Independence Day! It’s the day American celebrates her declaration of independence from Britain amid the bloody Revolutionary War, which lasted from 1775 to 1783. Now some 234 years after the battle’s end, America can celebrate something else, too – the laundry list of high-horsepower vehicles that out-class nearly everything on the world’s roads. These cars, trucks, and SUVs represent the best-of-the-best, the most lust-worthy iron ever to transport humans.

These vehicles hail from American brand rich with history. We’ve included only late-model vehicles that represent the peak of their segment, and each will easily outgun nearly anything from outside our borders. Brands like Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge are not only a cornerstone in the automotive industry, they are icons to the American way of life and our never-ending pursuit of happiness. So stand by for 4,295 horsepower of American Freedom!

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Cars We Wish We Could Drive On Independence Day

Cars We Wish We Could Drive On Independence Day

It’s America’s Independence Day – the day we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which ratified that the United States of America was no longer part of the British Empire. I know Brexit jokes are getting a bit old, but America did it before it was cool.

The Fourth of July is also a day for fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, and family reunions. For most of us, it’s also a long weekend spent on the road. We love to travel as much as any of you out there and this is why I put together a short list of cars we wish we could drive on Independence Day. And it’s not about supercars I can’t afford, but iconic vehicles I cannot buy because they don’t make them anymore.

I’m sure some of you would enjoy spending the Independence Day weekend in at least one of the cars in the list below as much as I would, so go ahead and have a closer look at the vehicles that should be revived in the modern era. Also, feel free to add your own cars to the list via the comments box at the bottom. Have a great Fourth of July, drive safe, and in case you had a beer or two, make sure you leave the driving to those that didn’t.

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2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to Come Standard with Line-Lock

2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to Come Standard with Line-Lock

You don’t need a V-8 to smoke out the neighbors anymore

The V-8-powered Ford Mustang GT has come standard with electronic line lock as a part of the track pack since its redesign in 2015, but for 2018, Ford has announced that it will now include that feature on the EcoBoost models as well – effectively giving those who want some EcoBoost love a much easy way of roasting some rubber. For those of you that don’t know, a line lock system, applies pressure to the front brakes only, making it possible for those with a six-speed manual to roast the tires without some impressively difficult footwork, while those with the automatic transmission don’t have to risk burning their transmission fluid or burning up the rear brakes from doing a traditional brake torque. Think of it as an emergency brake for the front wheels.

When Ford introduced the sixth-generation Mustang for the 2015 model year, it was met with enthusiasm from pony car fanboys everywhere. As part of the generational shift, the Mustang grew in width by 1.5 inches, sat 1.4 inches lower, and came with an all-new independent rear suspension system. More important was the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that served as a middle point between the entry-level 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. After just three years on the market, the sixth-gen Mustang was up for a facelift and Ford decided to drop the V-6, leaving just the EcoBoost and the V-8. It’s not surprising considering the EcoBoost delivers 10 more ponies than the V-6 while offering better efficiency. There was no need for a V-6 and consumers knew it. Now limited to two engine options in the standard Mustang, Ford is ensuring both are equally capable at the dragstrip.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Convertibles That Won't Break The Bank

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Convertibles That Won’t Break The Bank

Enjoying unlimited headroom with limited outlay

Well, it’s officially summertime, and that means it’s the right season to get out and enjoy the warm weather. And, if you have the means, that should also include breaking free from the confines of a fixed hardtop roof and enjoying unlimited blue-sky headroom. Unfortunately, getting behind the wheel of a convertible isn’t always the cheapest proposition around, but fear not, because we’ve assembled five of our top picks for going topless without breaking the bank.

Of course, there are plenty of other options out there at this price range, but we decided to cut out the flab and only keep those droptops that you’ll actually want to drive. That means each offers something interesting under the hood, all while maintaining that fun in the sun factor. Of course, no roof means you’ll get a little extra slop in the corners, given the lack of chassis rigidity, but that’s okay – you’ll be enjoying your time in the elements all the same. Let us know which you’d have in the comments!

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2017 Ford Mustang GT P-51 by Roush Performance

2017 Ford Mustang GT P-51 by Roush Performance

Noted ’Stang tuner presents us with the most powerful pre-titled Mustang ever

Roush Performance is no stranger to developing tuning programs for the Ford Mustang. In fact, it’s built a good legacy from it, thanks in part to beauties like the RS3 and Trak Pak kits. This time though, Roush Performance is shaking things up with the P-51, a 727-horsepower behemoth the noted Ford tuner is claiming as the most powerful “re-titled” Mustang creation ever.

It’s hard to disagree with those claims, especially with the added disclaimer of being pre-titled as opposed to most post-titled programs where the output of the P-51 has been exceeded on so many occasions, including some of Roush Performance’s past tuning projects. But the P-51 is coming off the Roush production lot as a brand new Mustang that’s already been fitted with the kit, power upgrades and all. On top of that, it also features extensive aero upgrades on the exterior, a dressed-up interior, and the whole cache of being inspired by the iconic P-51 Mustang fighter planes that played big roles during the second World War. It’s taken a while for Roush Performance to present the full-blown P-51 Mustang after first releasing a sneak peek at the 2106 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas last year. Turns out, the tuner was onto something with this creation and now that it’s out, we can at least say that it was worth the wait.

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2017 Ford Mustang GT By GME Performance

2017 Ford Mustang GT By GME Performance

The Germans are building an impressive menu of tuning programs for America’s most fabled performance car

In the course of its long and storied history, the Ford Mustang has proven itself to be one of the most desirable performance cars in the world. It’s a testament to the car’s appeal that it’s still revered in tuning circles to this day. That’s especially true in a country like Germany, which has no shortage of tuners spread out its own borders. Geiger Cars has been tuning Mustangs for a while now and even lesser-known firms like Schropp Tuning have gotten in on the act. I’m not certain where GME Performance falls in that sphere, but what I do know is that it’s gotten in on the act of building tuning kits for the American pony car. Proof of that lies in this program that squeezes out a Hellcat-level power output of 705 horsepower for the benevolent ‘Stang.

Truth be told, this is not the first time we’ve come across GME Performance. Over the years, it’s developed its share of desirable upgrades, including a 680-horsepower kit for the Chevrolet Corvette C7 and a 620-horsepower program for the ‘Stang’s chief nemesis, the Chevrolet Camaro. It’s even taken a crack at developing a kit for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. The result? 600 ponies and a 0-to-60-mph of just 4.1 seconds. It’s an impressive roster of tuner kits that’s bolstered by this new program for the America’s most prominent performance car. That 700-horsepower output may be the headline-grabbing feature of this program, but there’s more to it than that too. Rest assured GME Performance is one tuner whose name we should start remembering more often now.

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2017 Ford Mustang SF600R By Schropp Tuning

2017 Ford Mustang SF600R By Schropp Tuning

German tuner fills up the ’Stang with power for days

When you’re talking about a European-based tuner that has proven its worth building programs for American muscle cars, the first name that comes to mind is Geiger Cars. There are others, though, that are also worth mentioning, one of which is Schropp Tuning. Also located in Germany, Schropp is still trying to make a name for itself in this segment, and so far it’s done a good job at thanks to programs like the SF600R kit for the all-American Ford Mustang.

The program is actually based on the Mustang GT and questionable appearances aside, the SF600R program is actually very promising from a performance point of view. There are two different engine upgrade programs in total, one of which brings the muscle car’s output up to over 800 horsepower. With that kind of power under its hood, a Schropp-tuned Mustang can do serious damage on a race track. Fortunately, the tuner also complemented the engine kit with other mechanical upgrades, most notably the suspension and brakes. There’s a rather interesting wrap and a number of aerodynamic kits to help round out the menu of offerings that are included in the SF600R program. It’s certainly not the best tuning kit we’ve seen on a Mustang, but for a tuner that isn’t as known in the aftermarket circles as some of its contemporaries, Schropp Tuning’s SF600R kit is a good way for the company to get some attention.

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2018 Saleen Championship Edition Mustang

2018 Saleen Championship Edition Mustang

Celebrating a great achievement with street-legal and track-only cars

Renowned Mustang tuner Saleen hasn’t been doing particularly well in recent years due to financial problems, but it somehow managed to keep most of its nameplates alive and introduce new ones, including a beefed-up Tesla Model S. Now, Saleen is returning to the spotlight with a series of Championship Edition Mustangs that celebrate the Driver, Manufacturer, Team, and Tire SCCA ESCORT Endurance Championships won by the brand’s racing team back in 1987.

Launched in cooperation with General Tire, which was essential to Saleen’s success on the race track in the 1980s, the Championship Edition will break cover by the end of June and will enter production in September 2017. Both road-legal and track-only versions will be built, with the sixth-generation Mustang GT used as a base. Pricing and availability information is still limited, but we’ll be back as soon as we know more.

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2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

Rumored to get a turbocharged V-8 with more than 700 horsepower

Unveiled in December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang introduced not only a new design language but also a brand-new platform that features an independent rear suspension for the first time since the pony was launched half a century ago. It also received an updated engine lineup that included a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and became the first Mustang to be sold worldwide. For 2015, the Blue Oval launched the Shelby GT350, the first performance-oriented version of the new muscle car and now it seems that a GT500 is underway.

Test mules were spotted outside Ford’s Dearborn development facility in Michigan as early as 2016, but 2017 brings an updated version on public roads. Sporting a number of features that are different from those seen on the GT350, this new prototype comes with many hints that we are indeed looking at a more powerful Mustang. The launch date is a mystery as of this writing, but the new GT500 could make its public debut by the end of 2017. If this proves to be true, the nameplate will return after a four-year hiatus, and Ford will finally have a competitor for the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and even the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Updated 05/30/2017: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors, we created a rendering for the upcoming Shelby GT500. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it!

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New Brochure Reveals More Options For 2018 Mustang

New Brochure Reveals More Options For 2018 Mustang

Fancy red and blue interiors?

The facelifted 2018 Ford Mustang was revealed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show but, despite the four months that passed as of May, Ford has yet to release the full specs. Arguably the most import data we’re missing are the outputs of the four-cylinder and V-8 engines, but putting together a final configuration is tough with the spec sheet still a mystery. But, there is some good news for potential customers, as the folks over at the Mustang6G forums managed to obtain a brochure that includes a few interesting details.

On top of confirming that there will be 12 exterior colors, the brochure also unveils the five interior colors, including a couple of rather exotic offerings. Ford also changes a few things in the options department, renaming the 401A package the Premium Plus. The Mustang continues to come with a Performance Package, as well as the Shaker Pro audio system. Unfortunately, it seems that the non-premium models still have the 4.2-inch infotainment screen as standard, which is a major letdown given that some subcompacts come with larger displays.

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