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2012 Ford F-450 5.11 Tactical B.E.A.S.T. by Galpin Auto Sports

2012 Ford F-450 5.11 Tactical B.E.A.S.T. by Galpin Auto Sports

If you ever find yourself on the other side of the law with the SWAT hot on your tail, you best hope that this monster of a truck isn’t hot on your tail.

Built by Galpin Auto Sports, this massive F-450 is appropriately called the B.E.A.S.T., or the 5.11 Tactical B.E.A.S.T.

It’s an enormous ride and for our money, one that would make us a little nervous is it were in our rearview mirrors. The truck was built in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department together with military gear manufacturer 5.11 and Sweden Entry Tools (S.E.T.) for the use of law enforcement, fire departments and Special Forces.

To accommodate the uniqueness of this truck, Galpin set out to completely build it from the ground up. The aftermarket company reinforced the chassis to accommodate the increased weight brought about by an easily deployable steel security door, which weighs more than 600 pounds, from the bed of the truck that demonstrates how the tools function.

On top of that, Galpin also added a bevy of new features and components on the exterior, including a matching satin black painted front and rear with Road Armor bumpers. The truck also has integrated high intensity discharge (H.I.D.) front PIAA fog lamps and a 10,000-pound front mounted Warn winch to go with custom water-jet-cut diamond-plate covers and exterior trim accents, front and rear strobe lighting, and a custom fabricated, backlit, side steps with 5.11 and “B.E.A.S.T.” branding.

Inside, the modifications continue with: new dash panels; headliner and console areas wrapped in 5.11’s Flextac and 1050D clothing materials; custom seat inserts reupholstered in 5.11 clothing material; custom painted satin color matched interior trim pieces; integrated DVD headrests in both drivers and passengers seats; custom diamond plate floor mats hand-formed to fit in the foot wells; and a custom flashlight, knife, and accessory pockets all throughout the seating area

The B.E.A.S.T. is then finished with a set of 22-inch custom powder-coated satin-black American Force Classic wheels wrapped in Nitto TerraGrappler tires.

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2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor by Galpin Auto Sports

2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor by Galpin Auto Sports

Galpin Auto Sports has never been bashful about the programs it builds. It doesn’t have reason to because almost everything it rolls out is worthy of attention.

Take for example this one-off Ford F-150 SVT Raptor that was custom built for Pabst Blue Ribbon. This is the kind of work that has earned Galpin the reputation of a fantastic aftermarket company and the number it did on this SVT Raptor certainly attests to that.

Dressed in a Got To Have It Green custom paint, the SVT Raptor is the picture of a monster truck with equally monstrous performance credentials. The look, for one, is all about aggression, highlighted by a new custom black grille, a remote control electric tonneau cover, and a set of 18-inch Method Race 301 Matte Black wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFG Mud Terrain tires. There’s also a suspension-leveling kit that has altered the SVT Raptor’s stance. This is quite a package, right?

Adding to all that is an interior that includes two-tone green stitched suede seats, custom-wrapped suede headliner and pillars, a custom rear seat enclosure, a contrast stitched steering wheel, and painted door panel inserts, console and center dash.

As far as audio is concerned, Galpin installed a JL Audio 10W 3 Subwoofer and HD900/5 Amplifier, Focal 165KRX2 and 130 KR Components and a Rockford Fosgate 3.Sixty.3 Signal Processor, all of which have been put together to provide an incredible sound that will blow your ears away.

Under the hood of the Hulk-like SVT Raptor lies a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that now produces 600 horsepower. This power upgrade owes its thanks to a new Roush Supercharger and a Borla performance exhaust. That’s a massive spike from the 411 horsepower of the standard model.

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2013 Ford Mustang RTR by Vaughn Gittin Jr.

2013 Ford Mustang RTR by Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Back in 2009, racer and drifter extraordinaire Vaughn Gittin Jr. unveiled the Mustang RTR-C, a custom Mustang that came with a carbon fiber body and 550 horsepower hiding under its hood.

Now that the 2013 Ford Mustang has been unveiled, Gittin Jr. is back with the second-generation Mustang RTR. Details behind the project have just been released, and as previously speculated, the muscle car carries a similar design theme to the original carbon fiber-clad model.

What’s new for the 2013 Mustang RTR is that it will be made available on the Mustang V6 with an option to put a supercharger system to drive up the car’s performance credentials a few levels past the standard model to either 525 horsepower or 624 horsepower. In addition, the program also includes an appearance package that includes an RTR chin spoiler; rocker splitters; an RTR rear diffuser; an aluminum RTR rear spoiler; an RTR stripe kit; RTR badging; an RTR rear deck lid applique; and 19" RTR wheels with Falken ultra high performance tires.

"I couldn’t be any more excited with the traction and reception of RTR since its introduction just two short years ago," says Vaughn. "We will continue to push the envelope and give our customers a fun, aggressive-looking car to drive and a family that they are excited to be a part of well into the future. We are just getting the RTR party started!"

The RTR program is expected to be available as a turnkey tuning package, although we certainly hope that it’s going to be far less than the $135,000 price tag of its predecessor.

UPDATE 07/18/2012: This review has been updated with details on the Ford Mustang RTR by Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Check out what comes with the RTR 1 and the RTR 2 Spec packages after the jump!

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1967 Ford Mustang Shelby G.T.500CR Convertible by Classic Recreations

1967 Ford Mustang Shelby G.T.500CR Convertible by Classic Recreations

The late-1960s Shelby G.T.500 was one of the most desirable cars available in its era and has now become one of the rarest mustangs. The rarest G.T.500 of them all is a 1967 convertible model, due to the fact that there was only one example ever made. This example went straight to Carroll Shelby himself and no other examples ever existed.

Well, the folks over at Classic Recreations, who are known for their classic Ford Mustang projects, are now making it possible for you to own a drop top 1967 G.T.500 at a fraction of the price that Shelby’s model would fetch.

Granted, this model is no true G.T.500, but it’ll certainly turn heads, especially once you lay into it and let its engine do the talking. There are two models of this G.T.500 available, the tamer 545 model and the wild 900S model.

So what does this recreation of the single-most rare Shelby Mustang G.T.500 have to offer you, and is it a fair bargain?

Click past the jump to read our full review and see what’s in store with this recreated G.T.500.

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2013 Ford Mustang "Red Tails" Special Edition

2013 Ford Mustang "Red Tails" Special Edition

The annual EAA AirVenture event has been, at least for the past few years, a showcase of sorts for the Ford Mustang.

That’s because every year, a special edition, aviation-themed Mustang is always in attendance, ready to be auctioned off for the benefit of the EAA’s Young Eagles Program. Last, year the "Blue Angels" Mustang was sold for a whopping $400,000 and before that the "SR-71" Mustang fetched $375,000 in 2010 and the "Dearborn Doll" Mustang went for $250,000 back in 2009.

For this year’s event, Ford and tuning shop Creations N’ Chrome are teaming up to present the latest auction-ready, aviation-themed Mustang: the Red Tails.

The “Red Tails” Mustang was designed as a tribute vehicle to the first African American aviators in the United States Army Air Corps, in particular to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. As a way to pay homage to them, Ford specifically chose the Mustang model that carried the VIN #00051 in honor of the P-51 Mustangs the airmen flew in their time.

The Red Tails Mustang will on display from July 23rd to 26th, 2012. On July 26th, the car will head out to the auction block where it will be sold for charity.

Find out more details about the Ford Mustang "Red Tails" Special Edition after the jump

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2012 Ford Mustang Widow Maker by Ultimate Bad Boy

2012 Ford Mustang Widow Maker by Ultimate Bad Boy

We’re not quite sure how appropriate the name of this customized Ford Mustang Shelby really is - Widow Maker? - but hey, if that’s what they want to call it, more power to them.

Curious name notwithstanding, this heavily modified 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the stuff where stallion dreams are made of. Tuned by the spectacular folks over at Ultimate Bad Boy, the American muscle car has been effectively ’roided up - in a good way! - to deliver a staggering 1,100-horsepower output and 850 lb/ft of torque from its 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine.

How exactly did Ultimate Bad Boy accomplish that?

Well, for starters, the US tuner added 1,000cc fuel injectors, twin cooling fans, advanced traction control, and voice control just to spice things up. Ultimate Bad Boy also gave the muscle car a full UBB carbon body kit, a 200-mph speedo, suspension coil-overs, a new set of 19" split alloy rims, Brembo brakes, Recareo seats, a glass roof, laser jammers, and window tint.

For the thrill of being one of the few to own this ridiculous piece of work, Ultimate Bad Boy will make your dreams come true for a princely sum of $135,000, including the car itself. Expected delivery time is around 12 weeks.

Let’s see: $135,000 for a car that has 1,100 angry thoroughbreds under its hood?

Sounds like a deal to us - even if the aforementioned name of the program sounds a little foreboding.

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1955 Ford Thunderbird Pro Touring

1955 Ford Thunderbird Pro Touring

RK Motors Charlotte has become pretty notorious for its Pro Touring models, which are ultra-high-performance versions of classic muscle and sports cars. Not only are they extremely powerful, but RKM also has the restored to a condition that is better than the factory could have ever imagined. Just recently, RKM launched an all-new Pro Touring model in the form of the 1955 Ford Thunderbird Pro Touring.

After the Corvette was a smash hit, Ford decided two years was a long enough wait to build its direct competitor to the Corvette, the Thunderbird. The T-bird and Corvette, however, went to completely different directions over the year. As expected, both vehicles became progressively larger through the `60s and `70s, but the T-bird grew to proportions that no one expected by the time it hit the 1967 model year.

After 1997, Ford decided to axe this growing monster, but released it again in the 2002 model year with styling cues taken from its first generation model. The first generation was arguably the most beautiful for the T-bird and RKM’s model promises to not take away from its classical styling, but rather add to it with modern modifications.

Did RKM hold true to its promise not to completely hack up this first rendition of the T-bird, or did it make this beautiful car just a shell of its former self?

Click past the jump to read our full review and find out.

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2012 Ford Mustang Convertible by Galpin Auto Sports

2012 Ford Mustang Convertible by Galpin Auto Sports

California-based tuner Galpin Auto Sports has produced many tuning programs for the Ford Mustang, including past offerings like the Boss 302-X and the Shelby GT500 Super Snake.

Recently, the folks from Galpin took a stab at building their latest wide body kit for the Mustang, the first one to be done on the Mustang Convertible. If the chrome finish on the Mustang isn’t eye-catching - and really, why wouldn’t it be? - Galpin also fitted their latest aero components, including hand-built steel fenders that stretch the width of the car by nine inches, allowing for enough room for the tuner to fit a new set of Forgiato 3-piece wheels with wide Pirelli tires. In addition to that, GAS also added a new Ford Racing suspension system, a Magnaflow quad-tip exhaust system, Wilwood 14" cross-drilled and slotted brakes on the front and rear, and last but certainly not least, a custom Burgundy and Black leather interior.

The one-off Mustang was built by Galpin Auto Sports for a specific customer who knows a thing or two about collecting some fine muscle cars: Thomas duPont, co-founder of the dupont Registry.

As far as we’re concerned, we just hope that Galpin decides to make this program for the Mustang Convertible more than just a novel one-piece.

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2011 Ford Mustang SPX by Galpin Auto Sports

2011 Ford Mustang SPX by Galpin Auto Sports

Fans of the Ford Mustang itching to get their hands on the latest special edition version of the muscle car will be delighted to know that Galpin Auto Sports, together with SPX Corporation, is building one exclusively for the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in January.

The proceeds of the sale will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Hospital so at the very least, your bids will go to a very worthy cause. But what should really get you going about this special edition Mustang is the number of improvements Galpin did to turn it into an even more powerful piece of muscle.

Inspired by the legendary Mustang Boss 429, this particular Mustang will carry a 5.0-liter V8 engine that has been taken to a whole new level thanks to upgrades that include a Ford Racing supercharger, Comp Cams camshafts, and a Bassani exhaust system. All that has taken the output of the Galpin Mustang to a staggering 700 horsepower.

On top of the massive engine upgrade, the Galpin Mustang will also carry aesthetic improvements, including a Candy Apple Red Pearl PPG paint scheme, a Roush billet aluminum grille, the original 1969 Boss 429 hood, a Boss 302 Laguna Seca rear spoiler, and a set of 21" and 22" Forgiato wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires.

The car is interesting enough on its own merit to have active bidders when it goes under the hammer at Barrett-Jackson, but if you add that all your bids will end up being for a good cause, then you should have no problem shooting for the moon when bidding.

UPDATE 10/20/11: We’ve just learned that the 700-horsepower Mustang by Galpin Auto Sports will be making its world debut at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show ahead of its auction date at Barrett-Jackson next January. Be sure to check out this completely modded Mustang before a lucky bidder drives home with it next year.

UPDATE 12/29/11: After being announced as a prototype back in August, the Mustang SPX is finally ready and waiting for its new customer. For those interested, this car will be available at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January 2011. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: "Cancer affects so many families across America and we’re very excited at the opportunity to utilize our talents to help raise money to fight this terrible disease," said GAS President Beau Boeckmann. "We’re honored SPX chose us as the shop to build this vehicle. Once completed, this car has tremendous potential to raise a lot of money for an organization that benefits a great cause."

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302SX Concept

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302SX Concept

Joining the 2013 Cobra Jet in Ford Racing’s lineup is a one-off road racer concept named the Boss 302SX. The vehicle will be placed between the Boss 302S and the Boss 302R race car and features Ford’s new School Bus Yellow color. The 302SX is just a concept at this point, but when Ford Racing revealed it at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Orlando, Florida, they confirmed that they were "testing the water for feedback."

The 302SX will feature all of the changes previously seen on the 2013 Mustang Boss 302, as well as a lower front splitter and a massive adjustable rear spoiler. Another unique feature are the 1970-style graphics and the vented hood. The interior leans more towards racing with a Recaro HANS Pro Racer seat, an FIA spec 6-point roll cage, a fire suppression system, a data recording system, a 6-point racing harness, and a quick release steering wheel.

Powering Ford’s newest Mustang concept will is a 5.0 liter V8 engine that uses the same intake manifold found on the new Cobra Jet. The engine delivers a total of 500 HP and will be mated to a 6-speed transmission. Since the Mustang concept is not street legal, Ford has also provided it with a chassis prepared especially for the track. It features an adjustable coilover suspension, adjustable front and rear sway bars, tubular rear lower control arms, and adjustable caster/camber plates. The final element is a new set of 18" wheels combined with Brembo brakes at the front and rear.

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2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca 'School Bus Yellow' Edition

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ’School Bus Yellow’ Edition

The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca has had plenty of visits to various auction houses in the past year, including one that was sold in January at Barrett Jackson for $450,000.

Ten months later and another special edition Boss 302 appears to be headed under the hammer, this time at the Ford Motor Company Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan on October 15, 2011. This particular model, nicknamed ’School Bus Yellow’, is a complete one-off edition of the Boss 302 and will be signed by no less than legendary race car driver, Parnelli Jones.

The word is that this particular model could very well be a preview of the 2013 Boss 302, complete with the ’School Bus Yellow’ color scheme and all the corresponding graphics that are similar to that of the 1970 model. Under the hood, this Boss 302 will carry a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 444 horsepower and 380 lb/ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Other features of this special edition Mustang Boss 302 include six-way adjustable Recaro racing seats with "Boss 302" stitched on them and a new gauge pack that measures 0-60 mph times, lateral Gs, and braking performance.

Proceeds from the sale of this one-off Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ’School Bus Yellow’ will benefit the Henry Ford Health Systems so if you’re willing to shell out serious wad for a good cause - and a great prize, at that - you’re going to need to make serious bids for the opportunity.

UPDATE 10/31/2011: The one-off Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca ’School Bus Yellow’ Edition has been auctioned off this past weekend for an impressive $300,000. The car was bought by Sam Pack, president of Pack Automotive Group in Dallas/Fort Worth, and will be displayed at the Pack Automotive Museum next to other very rare Mustangs.

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2005 - 2013 Ford Mustang

2005 - 2013 Ford Mustang

Ask anybody with the right head on their shoulder which American-born car is considered the most popular of them all and there’s a good chance that you’re going to get a consensus answer.

There’s a full roster of them but the Ford Mustang belongs right on top of that list. Born in 1964, the Mustang is the third oldest nameplate in the Ford line-up, having gone strong for the better part of four decades and giving birth to five generation’s worth of outstanding muscle car awesomeness.

The fifth and current generation Mustang was first introduced in 2005, marking the return of the retro style design of the original Mustang from the 60’s. After taking a different approach with the third and fourth generation models, Ford decided to bring back the muscle car’s classic looks, albeit with a more modern iteration.

Combining a stunning "retro-future" look with an impressive choice of powertrains, the Ford Mustang is a four-wheeled thoroughbred that has stood the test of time as a modern-day classic.

Find out more about the 2005-2013 Ford Mustang after the jump.

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2012 Ford Mustang RS3 Hyper-Series by Roush Performance

2012 Ford Mustang RS3 Hyper-Series by Roush Performance

Roush Performance’s Stage 3 (RS3) Upgrade on the Ford Mustang already touts some serious upgrades, including the addition of the 50-state legal TVS 2.3-liter ROUSHcharger system that beefs up the Mustang’s output to 540 horsepower and 465 lb/ft of torque. Now, in an attempt to add more sizzle to an already spicy aftermarket program, Roush Performance has come out with a limited edition set of their RS3 Mustangs called the "Hyper-Series."

The Hyper-Series doesn’t touch on any more performance modifications because the RS3 program already has that covered. What it does offer is a set of four limited edition aesthetic packages, each coming with their own four-color options.

Among the choices being offered in the Hyper-Series palette include "Mat it Mango," "Gas It Green," "Punch It Purple," and "Launch It Lemon." All of the vehicles will only come in 25-piece models serialized as Roush-certified builds for each of the Hyper-Series colors. To give an example, model no.1 for the Mat It Mango series will be designated as "Vehicle #1 of 25 - Mat It Mango."

The primary color of the Hyper-Series is black, which is then complimented by graphic accent stripes of the respective color schemes. This particular color is then applied to the exterior graphics, badges, and rear faux gas cap, as well as on the suede door panels, leather seating, and the shift boot stitching. Two shifter balls are also included, as well as a suede-wrapped steering wheel, and a unique accessories package that includes ROUSH apparel and display items to commemorate their serialized Hyper-Series vehicle.

"The 2012 RS3 Mustang has been a big hit with our customers and enthusiasts because of the 288 graphics and paint color combinations that can be selected," says Gary Jurick, VP and General Manager of ROUSH Performance.

"The Hyper-Series introduces four spectacular and unique graphics and interior colors that provide a customized appearance to the RS3."

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2011 Shelby G.T.350CR by Classic Recreations

2011 Shelby G.T.350CR by Classic Recreations

As their name obviously suggests, Classic Recreations is an American tuning company that specializes in taking the iconic cars of yesteryear and turning them into modern models. Their creations feature the latest in today’s technology mixed in with original and classic looks. The company’s latest project doesn’t deviate from that description as the team over at CR has taken on the task of building the legendary 1965 Shelby G.T.350.

Classic Recreations did plenty of work on the car at their facility in Oklahoma, including a complete restoration work on the car’s body while also outfitting it with today’s technology. It’s a car that will definitely cater to old-school aficionados, as well as modern-day torque twisters. Sure, it won’t come cheap - the base price is $119,000 - but anybody knows there’s a certain price to be paid for speed, power, and nostalgia. The Shelby G.T.350CR has all three of those qualities wrapped in one awesome package.

Find out more about the Shelby G.T.350CR after the jump.

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