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|Ford Reveals ‘Red Tails’ Edition Mustang GT w/Video||
Ford’s engineers and designers have set out to come up with a one-of-a-kind creation to celebrate and pay tribute to the black Tuskegee Airmen who flew P51 Mustangs and bombers in World War II, aptly known as the Red Tails. Tomorrow, Ford will join an exclusive gathering at the EAA Air Venture in Oshkock, Wisconsin with its customized Red Tails Edition Mustang sporting a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 under the custom painted bonnet pushing over 600 horsepower.
The Red Tails Edition Mustang VIN 00051 will be auctioned off during the Eagles gathering to support the Young Eagles aviation program. Ford believes in paying homage to the historic paramount of the Red Tails as well as young enthusiasts who are given a chance to experience general aviation flying programs.
The special edition Red Tails Mustang not only features over 600 horsepower, but Ford has added Roush rocker panels, 20-inch Forgiato wheels, a SVT quad exhaust system, a GT500 rear diffuser, Boss grill and Boss spoiler. Of course the paint scheme goes along with the original P51 Mustang World War II airplane in addition to the scheme-matched tri-colored seat belts, rear-seat delete with a red X-brace, customized navigation screen graphics, illuminated sill plates and new gauges.
Hit up the video and full press release below for additional information.
Ford ‘Red Tails’ Edition Mustang GT Celebrates Tuskegee Airmen, Supports Education Program for Young Aviators
– One-of-a-kind 2013 Ford Mustang design inspired by World War II squadron of African American P-51 Mustang fighter pilots to be sold at charity auction July 26 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
– Sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization
– Ford auction vehicles have collectively raised more than $1.5 million in recent years to support Young Eagles
– Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
DEARBORN, Mich., July 23, 2012 – The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company have produced a truly unique “Red Tails” edition 2013 Ford Mustang GT. This car will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction July 26 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators.
Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.
“The perseverance and excellence displayed by the Tuskegee Airmen are qualities we also celebrate at Ford,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s board of directors. “With this year’s beautiful ‘Red Tails’ edition Mustang, we’ve captured the recognizable symbols in honor of their important role in our history, and paired it with the innovation our Ford design and engineering teams build into all of our products.
“Through this project,” Ford added, “we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”
The Ford “Red Tails” Mustang GT celebrates and commemorates the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen, comprised of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group, during World War II. This courageous squadron of P-51 Mustang pilots was the United States’ first African American military airmen. Known for the red tails of their planes, the Tuskegee Airmen saw combat in more than 1,500 missions in World War II.
This one-of-a-kind car is secured under VIN 00051 in honor of the P-51 Mustang planes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. The design of the modified 2013 Mustang GT 5.0-liter glass-roof coupe will unify the creative connection of the World War II fighters with a contemporary flair for the serious collector.
The exterior will showcase a unique polished aluminum nonproduction finish paint, accented with Race Red and School Bus Yellow, consistent with the P-51 fighter plane’s red tail cues and the logos and markings of the United States Army Air Corps, 332nd Fighter Group and Squadrons.
Unique interior details of this “Red Tails” Mustang include a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster and rear seat-delete. The car’s Recaro seats will include the embroidered “Red Tails” logo and floor mats embroidered with the 332nd Fighter Group logo. Additional features include a “Red Tails” script in the illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps that project “Red Tails” imagery when the doors open.
With a Ford Racing 2.3-liter twin-screw Whipple supercharger, handling pack, unique side exhaust, performance quad exhaust from SVT, Forgiato 20-inch aftermarket wheels, GT500 Brembo brakes and rear diffuser, the “Red Tails” Mustang will exude power and performance.
Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak led the design and engineering teams that developed the “Red Tails” Mustang.
The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Gathering of Eagles annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young people to become engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.
“Ford is a longtime, committed partner of EAA and AirVenture, bringing value to those who make Oshkosh the pinnacle of their aviation year,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president and CEO. “These specialty vehicles allow EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”
The “Red Tails” edition joins four other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles Auction in recent years, each generating excitement among aviation and automotive enthusiasts alike. Ford vehicles sold at auction during past EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised more than $1.5 million to support Young Eagles.
Other unique vehicles produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles include the Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 “Raptor,” which in 2008 helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record auction contribution of $500,000. In 2009, Ford’s AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang was crafted in honor of World War II aircraft. In 2010, two automotive icons – the late Carroll Shelby, a former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 “Blackbird” Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet. Last year’s “Blue Angels” Mustang celebrated 100 years of United States naval aviation.
During EAA AirVenture, Ford will offer attendees access to the latest advances in automobile technology at the Ford Hangar, as well as many of the industry’s most revered classics at the popular Cruisin’ Legends area on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport. Ford activities include top-tier entertainment and interactive components that will add excitement for the hundreds of thousands of aviation fans in attendance.
To participate in the auction, candidates must prequalify by contacting Elissa Lines in the EAA Development Office, 800.236-1025; or email firstname.lastname@example.org by July 23. Visit www.airventure.org/gathering for more information.
Sponsors supporting the build of the “Red Tails” edition Mustang include 3dCarbon, Creations n’ Chrome, Ford Racing, Forgiato, Kay Graphics, Roush Performance Products and Takata.
To stay connected to all Ford EAA AirVenture news, connect with the Ford EAA AirVenture team on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/FordAirventure or visit http://www.FordAirventure.com.
For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, visit http://www.AirVenture.org.
– Modify a new 2013 Mustang GT 5.0L M/T Glass Roof Coupe.
– Design led by Darrell Behmer, Mustang Chief Designer, and Melvin Betancourt, Design Manager.
– Engineering led by Dave Pericak, Mustang Chief Nameplate Engineer.
– Exterior paint in unique non-production finish and accent treatment with Red Tails cues.
– Interior modifications to include: performance gauges, modified nav screen & instrument clusters, Recaro seats, rear seat delete, X-brace, unique sill plates, unique seat belts, unique seat covering, embroidered Red Tails elements in seats & floor mats.
List of Modifications and add-on components
Super Charger Pack
Suspension Handling Pack
Quad Exhaust System from SVT
Exhaust Pipes – Quad Side
Brembo Brake Package from SVT
Cal Special / Boss Front Valance
2013 Laguna Seca Front Splitter
Boss Grill with Removable lamp covers
Forgiotto 20 Aftermarket Wheels
Rocker Splitters/Molding From Roush
Mirrors -Puddle lamps to project Red Tails
GT 500 Rear Diffuser
Boss Rear Spoiler
Quarter Window Single Vents – 3dCarbon
Boss Steering Wheel
Recaro Seats with Red Tails Logo
Tri-Color Seat belts with Tuskegee Airmen Embroidered
Rear Seat Delete Kit
Faux Gas Cap with 332nd Fighter Group logo
Floor Mats with 332nd Fighter Group logo
Modified Nav Screen – Logos and still images
Push Button Start
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About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.
EAA AirVenture 2012 will feature 10,000 aircraft, including 2,500 show planes, and is expected to attract more than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts from more than 70 countries.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
|High Gear Concept Chosen For SEMA All-Female Build||
To show that women are as capable of designing and building cars as men, Ford teamed up with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) to sponsor the inaugural SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women. Three proposed designs were posted online, and fans got to vote for the concept they’d most like to see built.
In the end, a concept called High Gear, penned by Ford’s Jennifer Seely, won top honors. Seely drew her styling inspiration from categories as diverse as jewelry, couture clothing and architecture, and says the theme carries an international influence as well.
Based on a 2013 Mustang GT (which was donated to the project by Ford), the SEMA build will get a satin black paint scheme, accented by rose-gold wheels, mirror caps and exterior trim. Inside, more rose-gold accents the cabin, which also sports leather trim and quilted black suede seats.
The Mustang will get engine, suspension, drivetrain and audio system upgrades as well, although details on these upgrades are lacking. High Gear will debut at this year’s SEMA show, and it will be auctioned on eBay afterward to raise money for the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.
|Want To Win A 2012 Ford Mustang GT?||
I’ll go ahead and answer that question for you: yes, you really do want to win yourself a new Mustang GT. If you live in the 48 Continental United States, are over 18 and don’t work for one of Ford’s agencies or suppliers, you can register to win a 2012 Mustang GT at Mustang 5.0 Fever, or by entering at select NHRA events throughout the year. One winner will be chosen on December 9, and that lucky person grabs a 2012 Mustang GT plus $5,000 worth of go-fast parts from Ford Racing. You can go ahead and put your name in the hat, but I’ve already got you beat and I’ll be building my parts list from the Ford Racing catalog soon.
I’ve always liked Mustangs, but never enough to actually buy one. They were always cars that I wanted a neighbor or brother-in-law to own; that way, I’d get to borrow the keys on occasion without committing to a purchase. Pre-2011 Mustangs sounded cool and were reasonable fun in a straight line, but no Mustang GT would have been my first choice for a track day car. The 2011 Mustang GT changed all that, and it really is a case of the whole being better than the sum of the parts. The 5.0 liter Coyote V8 pulls like a freight train when you put your foot in it, yet it’s surprisingly docile around town. The car sticks to the road like Charlie Sheen to a crack pipe, and feels a whole lot lighter and better balanced than you expect it to. In fact, I’d take a base Mustang GT over the Shelby GT500 for track day use, since the GT is a better balanced (but admittedly slower) car. In my opinion, it’s the best performance bargain on the market today, which is why I’ll be so stoked when Ford calls me on December 9.
|2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 California Special Edition Review & Test Drive||
‘CALIFORNIA DREAMING IN THE NEW MUSTANG GT’
Ford is finally getting serious with the new Mustang GT. Gone is the two-valve 4.6 liter V8 that pumped out 325hp and in is place is the more powerful and state-of-the-art 5.0 liter thirty-two-valve V8 that generates a whopping 412hp and 390lb.ft. of torque. Who says the horsepower wars are dead. With this high-tech engine and the standard six-speed manual or automatic transmission you get a ‘segment best’ 26mpg on the highway while rocketing out to 60mph in less than five-seconds.
Ford also just released the new GT with the California Special Edition Package that I had the privilege of test driving and photographing.
This unique appearance package gives the new GT more aggressive looks and a more unique and comfortable interior. It consists of a front fascia highlighted with a horizontal slat grille with Pony emblem on the side, a deeper lower air-intake with integral round projector beam foglamps and splitter, a black GT/CS side tape graphic on the doors that gives the car the appearance of movement when parked, side scoops, a pedestal rear spoiler, a unique ‘California Special’ silver rear badge, a diffuser fitted between the dual exhaust tips to better manage the air, and custom 19X8.5 inch machined face, argent painted aluminum wheels with ‘GT’ chiseled on one spoke, and wrapped with Pirelli 245/45ZR19 inch P Zero Nero ultra-high-performance tires.
On the inside are carbon fiber weave ribbed leather bucket seat inserts with GT/CS embossing on the seatbacks, dark carbon fiber weaved leather door inserts, dark carbon fiber weave covering the aluminum plates on the dashboard and around the instrument cluster with a stenciled GT/CS graphic on the right side of the dashboard, and custom GT/CS embroidered floor mats. The price for this exciting and unique package is just $1,995.00 and well worth it for all that you get to make your new 2011 Mustang GT even more aggressive looking, more aerodynamic and more comfortable behind the wheel.
But that is only part of the story-the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT is a fantastic piece of engineering that brings the GT up to ‘world-class’ power and performance while competing against the new Chevy Camaro SS and BMW M3 coupes.
The modern 5.0 liter, four-valve Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V8 engine delivers 412hp at 6,500rpm and 390lb.ft. of torque at 4,250rpm. As a result of the new higher power and torque specs, the new GT has a speedometer now reads 160mph, and the tachometer has a higher 8,000rpm redline.
The all-new aluminum four-valve-per-cylinder heads feature a compact roller-finger follower valvetrain layout leaving more room for high-flow ports for free-breathing performance. Head structure is designed to support higher cylinder head pressures and cross-flow cooling for sustained high-rpm use. Head bolt size is increased from 11 to 12 millimeters to contain the higher combustion pressures. The aluminum block was developed for optimized windage and oil drainback under lateral conditions and high-rpm use, such as a track-day outing for an enthusiast owner.
Increased main bearing bulkhead widths and nodular iron cross-bolted main bearing caps with upsized bolts were also employed to accommodate the significant performance increase. An additional element is the increased capacity and baffling of the deep-sump stamped steel oil pan to enable sustained high-rpm use and offer the convenience of 10,000 mile oil change intervals. Piston-cooling jets also were incorporated for performance-minded drivers and for faster warm-up on cold starts.
Specially designed tubular exhaust headers were developed to maximize exhaust pulse separation and improve flow. Engineers also made sure all of their hard work wasn’t disguised under the hood. Curved intake runners are framed by an acoustic cover sporting the new 5.0 logo, while ‘Powered by Ford’ cam covers crown the tops of the cylinder banks. This effect is perfectly suited for a purpose-build performance machine like the new 5.0 liter V8 engine. It is a real gem, high-revving and smooth as you quickly reach the 8,000rpm redline.
Making the drive even more exciting and fun is the new 6-speed manual transmission with a ‘short-throw’ linkage that gives back a more direct feel of the shifter along with relaxed cruising with the extra top gear. Enthusiasts who choose the 6-speed automatic will be pleasantly surprised to find the advanced 6-speed transmission delivering crisp, quick shifts but I would like Ford to include paddle shifters so you can more easily manual shift up or down with the automatic for more exciting driving experience.
The automatic transmission also features a grade-assist or ‘hill mode’ to improve drive-ability on hilly terrain. This technical innovation uses vehicle input-acceleration pedal position, vehicle speed and brake status-to automatically determine the correct gear ratio while on an incline or decline. Hill mode eliminates sixth gear, extends lower gear operation on uphill climbs and provides additional grade or engine braking for coast-downs.
The standard 3.31 manual, and 3.15 automatic rear axle ratios provide an ideal blend of cruising fuel economy and quick acceleration, aided by the wide ratio spread permitted through the use of six forward speeds in the gearboxes. A standard limited-slip axle helps to distribute the new engine’s power between both rear wheels for maximum traction in all conditions. My test GT model came with the 3.73 rear axle ratio for even quicker acceleration from a standstill that really got my heart pumping faster during launches when I could find the right road to experience the rocket-sled and seatback pinned blast.
The new Electric Power Assist (EPAS) rack & pinion steering system has made a dramatic contribution to the GT’s driving dynamics by delivering quicker on-center steering response, also made possible by the big, strut tower brace over the engine, increased effort at highway speeds and reduced effort required in low-speed parking maneuvers.
Because the belt-driven power steering pump is eliminated, EPAS provides a quieter ride with fewer components drawing engine power. EPAS also enables new technologies that adjust for minor driving annoyances such as ‘Drift-Pull’ compensation that adjust the steering to correct for crosswinds and minor road crowning, while ‘Active Nibble’ control helps eliminate the ‘shimmy’ felt as high speeds when a wheel is out of balance or a brake rotor is warped. Both conditions are alleviated by EPAS independent of driver input, helping ensure Mustang GT delivers a smooth, comfortable driving experience.
The front and rear suspension setups have also been reworked and improved to give you sharper turn-in and a more comfortable ride over poorly paved roads. The enhanced rear lower control arms add stiffness, improve powertrain NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) and sharpen handling. a stiffened rear stabilizer bar also gives better on-center steering. Stabilizer bar diameters, spring rates and gas-charged shock absorbers all have been re-tuned for improved dynamics. Compared to last year’s Mustang GT, you can feel the difference as soon as you steer into a corner at high speed. When you turn the steering wheel it feels like you hit a wall as you easily turn through the curve and exit at higher speeds. The new GT feels more nimble and neutral as you maneuver around slow city traffic, driving on the straight-aways at high speeds and when tackling curving back roads.
The refined front independent suspension setup features reverse-L MacPherson struts, and a larger 34.6mm tubular stabilizer bar. The refined rear 3-link solid axle features coil springs, a Panhard rod and a 24mm solid stabilizer bar. The Mustang GT stays ‘old school’ with the rear suspension geometry but it is continuously refined to handle the more powerful engine. The only ‘blip’ from the rear is when I rode of two different types of road surfaces-pavement and blacktop-did the rear feel a little skittish.
Standard AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control, which complements the all-speed traction control and standard ABS helps keep the car under control in all driving conditions, but you can, of course, shut the system down to more easily slide the rear out when entering a steep curve.
Quickly slowing the new GT down from speed are new, power-assisted, 4-wheel disc brakes with standard ABS. The front vented discs are larger 13.2in. rotors clamped with twin-piston 43mm floating aluminum calipers, and 11.8in. vented rotors clamped with single-piston floating iron calipers.
Like the exterior design and improved powertrain, suspension, steering and brakes, the interior design features world-class design and execution. The one-piece instrument panel design is crafted in seamless soft-touch TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) skin fully encompassing the genuine aluminum-finish panels. Mustang’s chrome-ringed gauges and dual-vane air register vents are precisely crafted and positioned. The instrument panel and console flow as one shape, another strong connection to Mustang heritage.
The sport bucket seats are comfortable and hold you firmly in place with deeply cut side bolsters. The sporty, leather-wrapped/tilting, 3-spoke steering wheel feels perfect in your hands. The leather-wrapped shifter is positioned perfectly for easy reach and use. The center console features dual cupholders and a deep storage bin. There are storage slots in each door bottom to quickly reach need items. All dials, switches and levers are easy to use and within easy reach, plus all are illuminated for safe nighttime travel. The aluminum with rubber insert foot pedals add to the sportiness of the GT and feel great under your feet. The Mustang GT with the California Special Package also gets dual map lamps, variable-intermittent windshield wipers and washers, optional HID headlamps, easy fuel Capless filler, power express windows, power door locks, electronic climate control, remote keyless entry, power 6-way driver’s seat/2-way front passenger seat, thick cut-pile carpeting, signature CS/GT floor mats, split-folding rear seatback, electronic cruise-control, dual vanity mirrors, ambient lighting, Shaker 500 audio system with AM-FM-SIRIUS satellite radio, single CD Player and MP3 connection. The interior is quieter thanks to additional sound-deadening materials on both sides of the instrument panel, and a rear wheel arch liner to reduce noise on gravel or wet surfaces.
Improvements in body stiffness contribute to enhanced driving performance and have a parallel benefit in accident protection. A stiff vehicle structure like that found in the Mustang helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion in an impact. Mustang also uses high-strength steel in its body structure and ultra-high-strength steel in the door intrusion beams for additional side-impact protection. The front structure’s crush zones are computer-designed to absorb energy in a controlled manner and help dissipate it before it can reach the passenger compartment. Additional safety equipment includes the Personal Safety System, which features dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, side-impact, seat-mounted airbags, 3-point seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters.
The optional Ford SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system now includes applications such as Traffic, Directions & Information, 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report.
The new 2011 Mustang GT with the California Special Edition Package makes driving one of the world’s fastest sporty coupes even more fun, exciting and enjoyable than the standard factory GT model with more aggressive looks, better aerodynamics for enhanced stability, and a more comfortable ride when you are just cruising or when you are challenging steeply curving roads.
Price: $32,845.00 Mustang GT Premium plus $1,995.00 California Special Edition
Construction: unitized welded steel body, aluminum powerdome hood
Overall length: 188.1in.
Overall width: 73.9in.
Overall height: 55.8in.
Turning circle: 36.7ft.
SAE passenger volume: 38.3cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 13.4cu.ft.
Fuel tank: 16 gallons
Base curb weight: 3,605lbs. manual/3,653lbs. automatic
Weight distribution: 54/46% f/r
EPS mileage: 17mpg/city, 26mpg/highway manual/18mpg/city, 25mpg/highway automatic
|2011 Roush 5XR Shown||
The 2011 5XR from Roush has been unveiled. The car looks like it has been made based on the Ford Mustang GT, and has an out and out aggressive body – front fascia is new, side skirts have been modified and so has the rear valance. There is also a three piece spoiler on this vehicle – which will be available as a convertible as well as a coupe.
Also featuring on the striking car is a billet grille, a sport suspension with 20-inch wheels that are equipped with Cooper RS3 tires.
The engine is a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 which produces 525 hp (391 kW / 532 PS) and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque. This is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, ensuring rapid acceleration.
Reports say that production will be limited to 150 units; prices will start at $15,390, which is an addition compared to the actual cost of the Mustang.
|Hurst Performance 2010 Mustang GT Convertible Review||
‘THE ULTIMATE COLLECTABLE MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE’
Founded in 1958, Hurst Performance is one of the most recognized and revered names in the automotive performance arena. The Hurst brand has long been synonymous with speed, performance and quality, with an impressive track record of pioneering high-performance products and vehicles for all forms of motorsports and hot-rodding. Hurst was one of the first specialty companies to partner with the OEMs and bring enthusiasts limited edition performance vehicles like the legendary Hurst/Olds.
Hurst unveiled it Performance Series Hurst/Mustang during a press conference at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The car unveiled at SEMA is painted in Hurst’s traditional white and gold with the signature painted Hurst graphics in gloss black with gold stripe details. Styling is tweaked ever so subtly with Hurst’s AIR-SPEED rear spoiler painted in body color and a subtle new front spoiler. Hurst’s unique 20X9in. front, and 20X10in. rear, forged alloy wheels are finished in gold and white and wrapped with BF Goodrich’s latest 245/40ZR20in. KDW performance tires.
The impressive list of performance hardware includes a Roush supercharger/intercooler, cold air intake, Hurst/Wilwood Performance brakes quickly slow the Stang down from speed, a Hurst/Eibach coil-over suspension and sway bars lower the car and enhance handling while a Hurst/Magnaflow stainless steel dual exhaust system lets everyone know your are coming down the road. A legendary Hurst Competition/Plus automatic shifter with a gold-anodized HARD-DRIVE shift handle and Hurst/Katzkin custom white leather interior with perforated seat inserts and Hurst logo embroidery round out the interior.
The Hurst/Mustang PERFORMANCE SERIES muscle cars are available in coupe or convertible with only 50 of each color being built each year.
|2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Review & Test Drive||
“Oh Yeah!” That’s all I need to say after driving the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 for the first time. The iconic pony car, that just about everyone in his or her sane mind recognizes on the road, is better and more powerful than ever for 2011.
Ford did their homework in providing consumers with an uncompromised performance bang for your buck. The war has begun between other cars in the Mustang’s segment sparking conversations, and arguments, among car enthusiasts from all around the world.
The 2011 Ford Mustang GT in our garage reminds you of how enthusiasts saw the pony car back in the 1960’s with the rear spoiler delete ‘clean-look’. The 2011 Mustang GT’s optional big beefy Brembo brakes and 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero rubber screams performance and answers back with a 412hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque 5.0-liter V8. That’s right, the 5.0-liter is back with a vengeance after a 10-year hiatus.
To send all of those raging 412 horses to the solid rear axle is a well-designed 6-speed short shifting manual transmission. The gates were close together with just enough notchyness to perform some nifty shifting when you want to push the Mustang to its limit. A 6-speed automatic is optional but who wants an automatic when you can enjoy the pony car the way it was meant to be?
Put your foot through the floor and the 2011 Mustang GT will outperform a new Chevy Camaro SS and Dodge Challenger SRT-8 with a bright smile on your face. Aside from just performance, the Mustang GT has a lot more to offer such as decent gas mileage for a big 5-liter V8 at 17mpg city and 26hwy. These figures are almost unheard of in such a monstrous V8-powered vehicle.
Now back to the performance stuff that I was discussing earlier. The 2011 Mustang GT in our garage also had a 3.73 rear end that laid the power to the ground propelling our GT to 60mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds. The big 14-inch Brembo brakes up front provided enough clamping power to match the stopping distance of performance cars twice the cost of the Mustang GT. Speaking of costs, Ford has managed to please the consumer with a starting price of $29,646 for the GT while the V6 Mustang with 305hp starts at a low $22,995 with better class-leading gas mileage figures reaching 31mpg.
The interior of the 2011 Mustang GT may be an area where Ford was able shave off some coins from the price. Although the interior is very functional, it still comes off as mediocre. Nevertheless the interior works well and you seem to forget about any downfalls that it has every time you apply your right foot to the right pedal. That just puts a big smile on my face and I seem to even forget that the Mustang even has a stereo, which by the way, is rather disappointing. That can easily be fixed with the upgraded optional entertainment system by way of Ford’s ‘talked-about’ Sync. I was simply able to solve the weak stereo dilemma by rolling down the windows and listing to the growl of the 5.0-liter V8. Oh boy, what a nice sound system the 5.0 is!
A few other things were lacking when it comes to the interior of our test vehicle. A leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls would have been nice but that’s something we can easily live without especially with a few extra bucks in your pocket considering a price of $32,980 for our test car. The cloth seats are well supported and comfy even if the re-tuned suspension is a bit stiff at times.
Outside of the 2011 Mustang GT you will find designs similar to the 60’s Mustangs. There is no way to mistake the new Mustang for anything else. Ford has done a great job modernizing the Mustang with the typical techy gadgets for safety such as traction control and stability control. The taillights even have a modern touch to them with sequential turn-signal LED taillights. Several years ago this was only thought of as an aftermarket modification. Now you get it from the factory. Blind-spot mirrors in the side-view mirror is a nice added touch to the new Mustang helping you see any cars or objects next to you. Someone at Ford is listening to their customers. The front fascia is a carryover from the 2010 model year with integrated classic-looking fog lights in the front grill and the lidded headlights look.
The big 19-inch wheels and Pirelli P-Zero tires are an excellent choice for the GT which signifies to others that this car has something serious under the hood. As if you did not know that there was a big 5.0 liter lurking under the aluminum hood. It says so on the side of the Mustang GT in shinny numbers with a red decimal. Sometimes this is the only dead-giveaway that this Mustang GT has 412hp and not last year’s 318hp. Big difference!
Having driven the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro (upcoming review) and Dodge Challenger SRT-8 6-speed, I can honestly say that the Mustang GT 5.0 has a slight edge over the competition in the performance department. Even though when pushing the 2011 Mustang GT into the turns, it does not give you a since of security having some initial body roll. However coming out of the turn reassures you of its true capabilities.
The spring rate is a good compromise for cornering and for those long stretches on the highway.
As far as value goes, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT is probably the most bang you could get for its price point. Be that it may, other modern American muscle cars can be tuned for relatively low prices to beat the snot out of the 2011 Mustang GT but the Ford Mustang is one of the most modified and aftermarket-sought-after cars around. Not to mention, the 540hp GT500 is a tuners dream car with a warranty. With that being said, Ford has done a remarkable job with the new Mustang GT 5.0 especially in the area of performance. Now if only they would send us a rag-top version so we can pop in our Vanilla Ice CD and feel right at home signing “Rollin, in my 5.0 with my rag-top down so my hair can blow”.
Price: Base GT $29,645 As-Tested $32,980
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: United States
EPA Class: Subcompact Cars
Length: 188.1 in.
Width: 73.9 in.
Height: 55.8 in.
Wheel Base: 107.1 in.
Curb Weight: 3603 lbs.
Gross Weight: 4600 lbs.
Front Head Room: 38.5 in.
Front Hip Room: 53.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 55.3 in.
Rear Head Room: 34.7 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 51.6 in.
Rear Hip Room: 46.8 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 29.8 in.
Luggage Capacity: 13.4 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4
Base Number of Cylinders: 8
Base Engine Size: 5 liters
Base Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 412 hp
Max Horsepower: 6500 rpm
Torque: 390 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4250 rpm
Maximum Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs.
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 33.4 ft.
0-60mph: 4.5 seconds
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 17 mpg / 26 mpg / 21.5mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 272 mi. / 416 mi. / 344 mi.