As Ford preps for the all-new 2015 Mustang’s appearance, it’s giving the 2014 model one last hurrah in the Japanese market with this 2014 ‘Stang GT "The Black.” This isn’t the first time Japan has gotten its own special edition Mustang in murdered-out form, but this will surely be the most special, as Ford is only producing 40 examples.
Making this pony car unique are bespoke 19-inch black wheels, a unique black interior package, the glass roof package, and of course, a black exterior paint scheme. Further details include brightly machined faces on the wheels with the glossy black finish giving contrast from the wheel pockets. White stitching on the black leather seats and atop the dashboard also gives a nice contrast.
Ford’s popular glass roof makes its appearance here too, while preventing 90 percent of infrared rays and 96 percent of ultraviolet rays from entering the cockpit. Such a feature might come in rather handy while thundering through the land of the rising sun.
Speaking of thunder, plenty of it will be had with the 5.0-liter singing into the dual exhaust pipes. A healthy 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque turn the rear wheels bolted to the Mustang’s soon-gone live rear axle. The Black holds an MSRP of 5.05 million Japanese Yen, which is $49,252 at the current conversion rates.
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Since its inception midway through the 1964 model year, the “original” pony car, the Ford Mustang, has remained an America-only model. The last Ford overseas we recall seeing was the four-cylinder 1967 ‘Stang from Tokyo Drift, and we almost cried at the sight of that monstrosity of ricer meets muscle. There are now rumors floating around – mostly sparked by our friends at Popular Hot Rodding – that the Mustang is heading overseas.
We are all well aware of the fact that the Mustang is being redesigned for the 2015 model year. Apparently, a part of the releasing of the Mustang in Europe is that this redesign is turning the beloved Mustang into a car that meets the European Union pedestrian safety regulations. According to Popular Hot Rodding, this means that a redesign rivaling the Mustang II may be afoot, which is being dubbed the “Mustang III.”
This is a scary moment for Ford and it really needs to tread carefully, as the Mustang II nearly killed off the Mustang name altogether. It was to a point that the Ford Probe – yeah, remember that thing – was slated to be the replacement for the Mustang. Fortunately, the Mustang pulled through and is now thriving as a muscle car again.
This Euro-inspired redesign comes on the heels of the U.S. government possibly raising the average fuel economy requirements to an astronomical 56.2 mpg by 2025. This doesn’t mean that the Mustang needs to hit 56 mpg, but that the average of all Ford vehicles sold must be at least 56.2 mpg by 2025. This also puts the V-8 Mustangs that Ford has worked so hard on lately on the chopping block during this redesign.
Could this mean the return of a turbocharged four-cylinder to the Mustang lineup, or maybe even a transplantation of the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engine from the Taurus to the Mustang? It very well could, and that could spell disaster for the Mustang. Ford definitely needs to tread carefully with this redesign, or we could end up with the Mustang II all over again.
The American automaker Ford recently sent their Formula Drift driver Vaughn Gittin Jr over to the land of the rising sun along with a 2010 Ford Mustang packed with all sorts of goodies from the Ford Racing Parts catalog in order for the only American to win a round of D1 competition to get a better feel for the origins of the sport while at the same time showing all of the drifting enthusiasts in Japan just what an American car can do.
J.R. explains that drifting at the Ebisu circuit is one of those things that he has been dreaming of ever since he began getting his car sideways; Ebisu is one of those infamous circuits in Japan, built by Team Orange founder Nobushige Kumakubo into the side of a privately owned mountain Ebisu is the ultimate destination for drifting enthusiasts from around the world.
Thanks to the blue oval, Gitten’s dreams are coming true.
Vaughn was scheduled to arrive just in time to watch some of the D1 professionals perform in front of Option’s cameras and even make an appearance while they shot footage for an upcoming episode of the video magazine. Despite a little inclement weather everything went off without a hitch, not even rain and bald tires could keep J.R. away from having the time of his life.
Falken drifter and Ford factory driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. recently made a trip across the Pacific with a purpose built 2010 Mustang in order to fulfill a longtime dream, drift in Japan. JR is the only American driver to win a D1 event, and because of this he is in league all his own. Follow Vaughn and his new ride as they travel Japan in search of sports roots; watch as he gets a taste for the togue, drifts the docks of Osaka and attends his first real Japanese drift day.
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