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Daimler CEO Names His Four Automotive Icons, Do You Agree With His Picks? 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Mustang, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, mercedes, Mercedes SL, porsche, Porsche-911 on 01 19th, 2018


When Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche unveiled the 2019 G-Class in Detroit last weekend, the executive revealed he only believes there are four "automotive icons" that can withstand the test of time.
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Ford Adds Over 360,000 Vehicles To Takata Airbag Recall 19
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Accidents, Ford, Ford Edge, Ford Expedition, Ford Fusion, Ford Mustang, ford ranger, Lincoln, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln Navigator, Mercury, Mercury Milan, Recalls, Reports on 01 19th, 2018


Ford is recalling even more models equipped with faulty airbag inflators supplied by Takata. The latest action, which is part of the NHTSA's planned expansion, counts a total of 364,523 vehicles, 327,796 of which are in the United States and federalized territories, and 36,727 in Canada.
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Is The Bullitt More Than Just A Slightly Upgraded Mustang GT? 19
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Ford Mustang, Reports on 01 19th, 2018


Looking at the numbers, the special edition 2019 Mustang Bullitt doesn't seem all that different than the V8-powered GT on which it's based.
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Buy This Saleen Mustang, Film Your Own Need For Speed Movie 18
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, Movie Cars, Need for Speed, Saleen, video on 01 18th, 2018


See this here Mustang? Doesn't look stock, does it? That's because it isn't.
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Seal Beach Police Department To Get Saleen S302 Police Mustang 18
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Ford, Ford Mustang, Police, Police Cars, Saleen on 01 18th, 2018


Back in 1990, The Seal Beach Police Department in Seal Beach, Calif. received a special edition Saleen Mustang SB/S for police duty. Nearly 28 years later, the police department is getting a modern version of the tuning company’s high-performance Mustang.
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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coming In 2019 With 700+ HP 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Film, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, Shelby, video on 01 16th, 2018


Ford has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in Detroit, a new Mustang Shelby GT500 is coming to battle the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Described as the “pinnacle of Mustang performance,” the GT500 will be a fast-back coupe that is twice as powerful as the original 1967 model. Ford is keeping detailed specifications under wraps but the automaker confirmed the car is projected to produce more than 700 hp (522 kW).

Power will be provided by a supercharged V8 engine and it will enable the Mustang to become the most powerful street-legal production model Ford has ever produced. The GT500 will even surpass the output of the Ford GT which has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that develops 647 hp (482 kW).

The outrageous performance won’t be limited to the engine as Ford says the Mustang has been “engineered to stand apart on roadways and race tracks.” That’s pretty vague but the company said we can expect “innovative track technologies, performance hardware, plus aggressive and functional track-tuned styling.”

The Mustang Shelby GT500 will be launched next year and an assortment of leaks and rumors have suggested the car will have a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine that is paired to a dual-clutch transmission. We can also expect carbon-ceramic brakes, a speedometer that tops out at 214 mph (344 km/h), and a dedicated Drag Strip mode – among other things.

Ford declined to say when the car will be unveiled but we can expect to learn more about the model in the coming months.

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This Rusty ’69 Mustang Stole The New ’19 Bullitt’s Thunder In Detroit 15
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, Reports, video on 01 15th, 2018


The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt isn’t the fastest or most powerful variant in the Mustang family but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is the history of the Bullitt name and Ford’s decision to revive it with the sixth-gen Mustang.

To celebrate the launch of the new car at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford brought along one of two original Mustangs that were used during the filming of Bullitt starring Steve McQueen.

This car has been in a private collection for nearly 40 years and was the glamour car used in the iconic movie. Unlike the original stunt car which was recently discovered in Mexico and was almost transformed into an Eleanor, this 1968 Mustang Bullitt remains completely original. On the eve of the show, it was revealed to Molly McQueen, the granddaughter of Steve McQueen, for the very first time.

The car is currently owned by Sean Kiernan and will likely remain in his ownership, despite being valued by Hagerty at roughly $4 million.

“Valuing a vehicle that is among the most cherished movie cars of all time is difficult, if not impossible,” says Hagerty CEO, McKeel Hagerty. “It’s ultimately worth what someone will pay for it. Steve McQueen is such an icon in the car world, though, that we expect a lot of interest in owning it, which will increase its price, if in fact the owner sells it. We saw the same thing happen with other iconic TV and movie cars like the original Batmobile, which sold for $4.6M in 2013, and the James Bond Aston Martin DB5, which sold for $4.1M in 2010. It would not be surprising if the Bullitt – were it to come to auction – would be in a similar range.”

To honor the original Mustang from Bullitt, the new 2019MY car is painted in the same shade of Dark Highland Green and receives a number of chrome accents, 19-inch wheels, red Brembo brake calipers, and a bespoke front grille, together with an upgraded 5.0L V8 engine that will deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, and a bespoke exhaust with a signature sound.

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Unveiled With More Power And Signature Exhaust 14
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Videos, new cars, video on 01 14th, 2018


The rumors were true as Ford presented a new generation of its lauded Mustang Bullitt based on the S-550 at the Detroit auto show on Sunday.

Ford fed this 2019 special-edition Mustang a manual transmission, where the gear shifter features a white cue ball knob as a nod to the car that lit up our movie screens 50 years ago.

The new Bullitt is also wearing everything from the Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package, while its upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine pushes down 475 HP and 420 lb-ft (570 Nm) of torque, allowing for a top speed of 163 mph (263 km/h).

Standard equipment includes the leather steering wheel, unique green accent stitching and a 12″ all-digital LCD instrument cluster (identical to the one in the 2018 Mustang), although the Bullitt comes with a unique welcome screen that features an image of the car instead of the pony logo.

“This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” stated Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “As a designer, it’s my favorite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.”

As for why the car sounds the way it does, it’s the standard active valve performance exhaust system with new Black NitroPlate exhaust tips that’s responsible for the signature burble. The Bullitt also has a new Open Air Induction System and a Shelby GT350 intake manifold with 87 mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration.

With color options, you get to choose between Shadow Black or the classic Dark Highland Green (like in the movie). Then there are the subtle chrome accents (around the grille and front windows), 19″ wheels, red-painted Brembo brakes and the bespoke front grille. Put it all together and you’ll find that the 2019 car does a good job paying tribute to the original.

“When making a Bullitt, there are certain things it absolutely must have,” added Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. “It has to have the right attitude, it has to be unique in some way from the Mustang GT, and more than anything, it has to be bad ass.”

Customers are limited to just three factory options, the MagneRide semi-active suspension system, the black leather-trimmed Recaro seats and the Electronics Package, which includes sat-nav, driver memory seats and mirrors, an upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert.

To sum it up, the 475 HP Bullitt Mustang is 8 mph (13 km/h) faster than the 460 HP Mustang GT, has bespoke visuals inside and out and sounds a lot more intimidating.

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Steeda Debuts Performance And Visual Updates For Euro Mustang GT 11
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Mustang, Steeda, tuning on 01 11th, 2018


Renowned Ford specialist Steeda has added the Mustang GT on its tuning list in the European market.

Upgrades include revised engine mapping, increased stabilized flow of cool air, and the addition of a custom exhaust system, which helps the 5.0-liter V8 unit make 480PS (473hp) and 752Nm(555lb-ft) of torque.

Significant changes have been made to the car’s chassis and suspension setup as well, as the range-topping V8 model, baptized Q500 by Steeda, now has thicker adjustable anti-roll bars on both ends, with solid billet ends and mounts. It also gets progressive rate springs, strut tower brace, and upgraded bushes for the independent rear suspension.

The result of all of this is a lowered stance, and improved cornering abilities, without sacrificing the comfort level.

Elsewhere, the pony car features subtle exterior styling that’s said to “tighten” its “iconic lines”, and it includes a discrete front splitter and ducktail spoiler, both of them playing a major role in the Mustang’s improved aerodynamics. These can be complemented by 20-inch rims, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, or Cup derivative for the track-focused variants.

The entire bundle of upgrades costs £8,998 ($12,167) in Britain, is available to order at Ford dealer Haynes of Maindstone, in Kent, and can be specified during build or retrofitted at a later stage.

Steeda offers a range of options as well, such as the coilover kit, heavy-duty Tremec Magnum XL six-speed manual gearbox, upgraded twin-plate clutch, heavy-duty aluminum driveshafts, ventilated discs, and custom paint finishes for the calipers and engine compartment.

Moving forward, the tuner will be focusing its attention on the 2018 Ford Mustang, which arrives in Europe later this year.

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2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt Confirmed For NAIAS Debut 10
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Ford, Ford Mustang, Ford Scoops, Reports, Scoops on 01 10th, 2018


It seems that Ford might be planning a surprise unveiling for the all-new Bullitt Mustang during this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

A source told Autonews that the Bullitt will be unveiled at NAIAS as a 2018 model, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the famous Steve McQueen movie which came out in 1968, featuring an iconic car chase scene.

Despite this rumor, Ford spokesman Mike Levine stated that “We don’t have any Mustang news to share today but we love the interest in America’s favorite muscle car.”

The Bullitt Mustang was also not among the cars previewed by Ford for the media earlier this month, but we’ve know for quite some time that an unveiling would happen sooner rather than later, with leaks springing up as early as February 2017.

Last month, thanks to a Mustang6g forum member, we caught a glimpse of what appeared to be the Dark Highland Green 2018 Bullitt, filming a commercial in Chicago. Meanwhile, earlier in the year, the same car appeared on a board found in a behind-the-scenes video featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Powered by a 5.0-liter Coyote V8, the 2018 Bullitt Mustang will come with an upgraded suspension, five-spoke black and chrome alloys, black tailpipes, red Brembo brakes and Recaro seats. There will also be a faux gas cap with a crosshair on the rear fascia, instead of the ‘GT’ badge.

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Roll Like Sonny & Cher In These Custom Classic Mustangs 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, celebrities, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


Imagine yourself in 1965. You and your significant other are topping the charts and jet-setting around the world to play in front of crowds of fans. You’re so popular that Ford pulls two new Mustang convertibles off the line and has them customized just for you.

That fantasy was the reality for Sonny & Cher, and half a century later, their custom pony cars are coming up for auction.

Created at the dawn of the Mustang’s long run, these drop-tops were fitted with 4.7-liter V8s and three-speed automatic transmissions before being modified by the legendary George Barris – the “King of Kustomizers” and Hollywood’s favorite car guy.

Both received custom paint jobs – Sonny’s in gold, Cher’s in pink – each with 40 layers of lacquer… but that was just the start. The grilles were new, the taillights fitted from the Thunderbird, the door handles mounted flush, and the wheel arches flared like their new owner’s bell-bottom jeans. Those side panels? Yeah, that’s suede – brown on Sonny’s, red on Cher’s. And that’s before we even climb inside.

Barris fitted each individually with antique leather and suede with 3-inch fur carpeting. The seats on Sonny’s were upholstered in bobcat fur, Cher’s in ermine, with gold and hot pink trim to match their respective exteriors.

For the feint of heart these are not, but they’re splendid examples of the pop culture of the time. They’ll be sold as a pair, bundled with “an extensive collection of Sonny & Cher memorabilia,” by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this month, where they’re sure to make some collector very nostalgic for a bygone era.

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Roll Like Sonny & Cher In These Custom Classic Mustangs 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, celebrities, Classics, Ford, Ford Mustang, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


Imagine yourself in 1965. You and your significant other are topping the charts and jet-setting around the world to play in front of crowds of fans. You’re so popular that Ford pulls two new Mustang convertibles off the line and has them customized just for you.

That fantasy was the reality for Sonny & Cher, and half a century later, their custom pony cars are coming up for auction.

Created at the dawn of the Mustang’s long run, these drop-tops were fitted with 4.7-liter V8s and three-speed automatic transmissions before being modified by the legendary George Barris – the “King of Kustomizers” and Hollywood’s favorite car guy.

Both received custom paint jobs – Sonny’s in gold, Cher’s in pink – each with 40 layers of lacquer… but that was just the start. The grilles were new, the taillights fitted from the Thunderbird, the door handles mounted flush, and the wheel arches flared like their new owner’s bell-bottom jeans. Those side panels? Yeah, that’s suede – brown on Sonny’s, red on Cher’s. And that’s before we even climb inside.

Barris fitted each individually with antique leather and suede with 3-inch fur carpeting. The seats on Sonny’s were upholstered in bobcat fur, Cher’s in ermine, with gold and hot pink trim to match their respective exteriors.

For the feint of heart these are not, but they’re splendid examples of the pop culture of the time. They’ll be sold as a pair, bundled with “an extensive collection of Sonny & Cher memorabilia,” by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale this month, where they’re sure to make some collector very nostalgic for a bygone era.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT Matches Lexus LFA In Quarter Mile 9
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Drag-Racing, Ford, Ford Mustang, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


When Ford revealed the figures behind the 2018 Mustang GT, we were shocked to the say the least.

The automaker claimed the pony car, thanks to its 460-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine and new 10-speed automatic transmission, is capable of a sub-four-second zero to 60 mph time. That, as Ford was quick to point out, made the new Mustang with the GT Performance Package quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera.

Ford, though, never provided an official quarter-mile time for the car.

Hot Rod (via Road & Track) got their hands on a 2018 Mustang GT and decided to do some instrument testing at a drag strip in Florida. Without beating around the bush, the outlet managed to clock a time of 11.83 seconds at 119.51 mph. We don’t have to tell you that’s quick, but we will – that’s a quick time.

It’s important to point out that Hot Rod also tested a fully-loaded model with every option box ticked, so it wasn’t some stripped out featherweight. And the outlet didn’t tune the Mustang GT or manipulate it in any way. All Hot Rod did was change the tire pressures – 26 psi for the rears and 45 psi for the fronts – and launched the car at 2,000 rpm using the car’s drag mode.

To put that into perspective, Car and Driver clocked the 2012 Lexus LFA with a quarter mile time of 11.8 seconds at 124 mph. So, the new Mustang with the GT Performance Package is as quick as a bona fide supercar, which is just mind boggling. If the Mustang GT is this quick, we can’t wait to see what the upcoming GT500 that’s rumored to have a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine is capable of on a drag strip.

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2018 Ford Mustang GT Matches Lexus LFA In Quarter Mile 9
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Drag-Racing, Ford, Ford Mustang, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


When Ford revealed the figures behind the 2018 Mustang GT, we were shocked to the say the least.

The automaker claimed the pony car, thanks to its 460-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine and new 10-speed automatic transmission, is capable of a sub-four-second zero to 60 mph time. That, as Ford was quick to point out, made the new Mustang with the GT Performance Package quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera.

Ford, though, never provided an official quarter-mile time for the car.

Hot Rod (via Road & Track) got their hands on a 2018 Mustang GT and decided to do some instrument testing at a drag strip in Florida. Without beating around the bush, the outlet managed to clock a time of 11.83 seconds at 119.51 mph. We don’t have to tell you that’s quick, but we will – that’s a quick time.

It’s important to point out that Hot Rod also tested a fully-loaded model with every option box ticked, so it wasn’t some stripped out featherweight. And the outlet didn’t tune the Mustang GT or manipulate it in any way. All Hot Rod did was change the tire pressures – 26 psi for the rears and 45 psi for the fronts – and launched the car at 2,000 rpm using the car’s drag mode.

To put that into perspective, Car and Driver clocked the 2012 Lexus LFA with a quarter mile time of 11.8 seconds at 124 mph. So, the new Mustang with the GT Performance Package is as quick as a bona fide supercar, which is just mind boggling. If the Mustang GT is this quick, we can’t wait to see what the upcoming GT500 that’s rumored to have a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine is capable of on a drag strip.

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First 2018 Bullitt Mustang Reportedly Heading To Auction On January 19 8
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Ford, Ford Mustang, Reports on 01 8th, 2018


The long-awaited 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt has yet to premiere but it has already emerged that the first production example will be sold by Barrett-Jackson at the company’s Scottsdale auction on January 19, 2018.

Members of the Mustang 6G forums made the revelation after discovering that Lot #3006 is simply dubbed ‘Ford Charity Vehicle’ and features a darkened image of the original Mustang Bullitt. The description then reveals that “Ford Motor Company will auction a special new Ford Mustang” at the event “with 100 per cent of the hammer price benefiting Boys Republic.”

Boys Republic is a private, all-boys school for troubled adolescents in California. Interestingly, Steve McQueen from Bullitt actually attended this school and went on to serve as honorary chairman in 1966 and 1975. Giving the proceeds of the auction to the school will be a perfect way to celebrate the Bullitt legacy.

It is understood that the new Mustang Bullitt will be based around the Mustang GT and therefore continue to use a 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine. While it won’t benefit from any significant performance increases, the styling of the Bullitt will be bespoke and include a dark green paint scheme, five-spoke wheels with chrome and black accents, distinctive badging, and some unique interior elements.

If reports prove accurate, the Mustang Bullitt will be shown to the world at the Detroit Auto Show.

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