Noted California-based tuner is bringing the heat at the SEMA Auto Show

Galvin Auto Sports is returning to the SEMA Auto Show with a new toy to showcase to the masses. The tuner’s new car-of-interest is a heavily decked-out Ford Mustang GT with enough kits and packages to make Jeremy Clarkson’s head explode. One look at this Galpin-tuned Ford Mustang GT and you might even mistake it for a Decepticon with its colors and all. Fortunately, it has no plans for world domination because, from the way it looks and presumably runs, this tuned Mustang GT will settle for being one of the stars of SEMA.

Exterior

2018 Ford Mustang GT by Galpin Auto Sports
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To the shock of absolutely no one, Galpin Auto Sports’ new Ford Mustang GT program doesn’t have to do anything to grab your attention. There’s no reason it should, too, especially when you consider its predominantly black body paint that’s interrupted by a custom GAS purple paint scheme that makes it look like it’s ready to throw down against any car that gets in its way. Seriously, of the five 2018 SEMA-bound custom Mustangs that Ford just announced, the Galpin ‘Stang has the most provocative appearance.

Obviously, aesthetics is just one part of the equation.

A custom wide-body kit is also responsible for the Galpin Mustang’s sinister appearance.

The ground effects kit comes with a front splitter, side skirts, slats, a rear diffuser, and most prominently, a pedestal rear wing. These components serve as aesthetic and functional upgrades. You can’t have a Mustang that looks as menacing as this creation and risk compromising its performance capabilities. That’s not the Galpin way, and it certainly isn’t the case here, either.

The exterior upgrades on this Mustang conclude with a new set of custom-painted, 20-inch 1221 Apex 2.0-style wheels wrapped in Toyo R888-R Proxes tires measuring 305/35/ZR-20 the whole way.

Interior

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Note: Standard Ford Mustang pictured here.

The interior of Galpin’s Ford Mustang GT is a perfect example of quality over quantity.

According to the tuner, the only upgrades in the ‘Stang’s interior are custom seat inserts that match the “exterior paint scheme.”

It’s a vague description, sure, but in the absence of any photos of the interior, we’re going to let our imaginations run on this one. If the interior, specifically the seats, is going to get the same black treatment with the purple graphics, we’re not opposed to seeing how that turns out.

Other than the seat inserts, it appears that we’re not getting the kind of extensive interior upgrades that we’re used to from Galpin Auto Sports. Then again, if the seat inserts look as cool as we think they are, the absence of other upgrades shouldn’t be a problem. Like we said, quality over quantity.

Drivetrain

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If you’re disappointed about the absence of meaningful upgrades in the interior, you should be happy to know that Galpin Auto Sports made up for it with an extensive engine upgrade program with most of the parts sourced from Ford Performance and Roush Performance.

There are actually some similarities between Galpin’s program and that of CJ Pony Parts as both tuners used a supercharger from Roush Performance on the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine and then supplementing that upgrade with a cat-back exhaust from Ford Performance.

The tuner also installed a new driveshaft and half-shafts — also from Ford Performance — presumably to improve the delivery of torque to the proper channels.

If that’s the case, we can assume that the Galpin-tuned Ford Mustang GT has more than standard V-8 engine’s output of 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. The tuner didn’t announce the power figures, but don’t be surprised if this purple demon is packing power on the level of the 700-horsepower CJ Pony Parts-tuned Mustang.

The chassis and suspension upgrades on this Mustang add weight to that belief, too. The new spring, shocks, and sway bars are the kind of upgrades you make when you want your ‘Stang to establish a track-focused identity. Throw in the fixed brake calipers from the Shelby GT350R, and you’re looking at a Mustang that’s tuned to impress on a race track.

Conclusion

2018 Ford Mustang GT by Galpin Auto Sports
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This is a quintessential Galpin Auto Sports program. It wows you with its appearance — that black on purple exterior look is bananas awesome — and then surprises you even more with what it’s fully capable of. It’s a pity that neither Ford nor Galpin divulged the power figures of this tuned muscle car, but that shouldn’t matter in the long run considering the company we’re dealing with here.

Galvin Auto Sports is an aftermarket institution. It’s developed some of the most insane tuning programs in recent years, and from the looks of it, the California-based company isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Not that it should because it does look like it’s still in top form.

  • Leave it
    • Not everyone likes Galpin’s style
    • Won’t be expensive if you decide to build one
    • More interior upgrades wouldn’t hurt

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang.

Faster Five: More Mustang Muscle for SEMA
Top tuners are at it again cranking up America’s favorite sports car even more for the 2018 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show, showcasing why Mustang is one of the world’s most customized vehicles. Having grown into an all-around global sports car, these five tuned Mustangs will see all performance ingredients enhance to help Mustang fans make a statement on nearly any track or street they choose.

With more than 50 vehicles on exhibit, Ford will feature the largest original equipment manufacturer display at SEMA. And don’t miss the interactive experience from Ford Out Front, offering attendees a ride in a Ford performance vehicle on a closed course and chances to meet racing personalities across various series.

Galpin Auto Sports takes Mustang GT to the track with its wide-body inspired road racer

This Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) build boasts an aggressive yet sleek road racing inspired wide body design, with additional downforce measures incorporated into the front splitter, side rockers, and rear diffuser. The team included the very best Ford Performance parts to up the street cred with big horsepower and a full track-focused suspension.

Base vehicle

2018 Mustang GT fastback
5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine
6-speed manual transmission
Powertrain

Ford Performance/Roush supercharger
Ford Performance cat-back exhaust
Ford Performance short-throw shifter
Ford Performance driveshaft, half-shafts
Chassis

Ford Performance springs, shocks and sway bars
Ford Performance Shelby GT350R fixed caliper brakes
Wheels and tires

Custom-painted 1221 Apex 2.0-style wheels
Toyo Proxes tires, R888-R 305/35/ZR-20
Exterior

GAS custom domestic tuner market wide-body kit full ground effects kit including splitter, side skirt and slats, rear slat and diffuser
Pedestal wing
Custom GAS paint scheme
Interior

Custom seat inserts to match exterior paint scheme

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