We thought it was pretty slick when the first-generation S197 Ford Mustang produced just over 300 horsepower right off the dealership lot. That’s a healthy dose of power from a V8 power plant..or at least we once thought it was. Now, what if we told you the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 is set to produce the same amount of power? It’s true. The sixer of tomorrow that will be in the Ford Mustang for 2011 is rated at a substantial 305 horsepower and also boasts a miserly fuel consumption ratio of about 30 miles per gallon (highway). Amazing! In addition to the increase in horsepower and efficiency, the once “entry level” V6 coupe also gets a wider selection of upgrade options from the Ford bubble sheets. The Mustang V6 Performance Package from Ford includes a 3.31 rear axle, a firm Mustang GT suspension, warm weather performance tires, electronic stability control, and a strut tower brace. Whew. If the V6 gets this many goodies for the next Ford Mustang iteration, we are definitely excited to see what the Mustang GT and the Shelby GT500 might be the recipients of! Keep reading to get the full scoop in the Press Release from Ford.
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It’s not uncommon to see a Ford Mustang set for duty as a weekend warrior at the track, being tweaked for road racing, or stalking the tree to make a few 1320 passes. What we did find unique about the latest 2010 Unleashed video series installation is that somehow, J.B. Niday managed to turn a new 2010 Ford Mustang into a bona fide rally car. You read it right–a rally car. Serving as the managing director of Rally America, Niday set up the 2010 Mustang GT with a roll cage, racing seats, a rally computer, off-road tires, and a HID light bar in hopes of winning at the Ojibwe Forest Rally in Minnesota. So how well did Niday’s 2010 rally Mustang perform? You’ll have to check out the Press Release and watch the video to find out!
Back in early September, we showed you a video of the 2010 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang making some passes for a test ‘n tune at the Milan Dragway. During the early hours of the 2009 SEMA show this week in Las Vegas, Ford Racing pulled the coverings off the car and made its debut a kosher occurrence. A mere 50 units are going to be produced by [the profitable] Ford Motor Company, so the scramble to get a hold of one of these 2010 CJ Mustang specimens will certainly thin out those with slow reaction times. What’s so great about this car? It’s a total turnkey racer straight from the Ford Racing catalog; it is equipped with a 5.4-liter V8 & a 3.4-liter Whipple supercharger; it is yet another capstone on the fortress of a legendary Ford Racing past. Take a closer look at this winner of a drag-car and check out the full story in the Ford Press Release as well.
There’s no doubt the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) supporters and participants know how to put on a car show. Well, this year, the 2009 SEMA show is going to be no exception. With a plethora of Ford Mustang customizations to be on-hand, every blue-blood is sure to have a skip in his or her step while at the show. Key players such as Steeda, 3dCarbon, Galpin Autosports, and even Vaugh Gittin are going to bring their best-dressed (and performing) Mustangs to Las Vegas to show you just what Ford is made of. Capitalizing the most popular car in the aftermarket industry isn’t just about flipping a dollar; it’s about making the Legend live on. Got tickets to the SEMA show running November 3rd – 6th? If so, awesome. If not, keep reading to get just a small sampling of what you’re going to miss out on seeing firsthand.
With just under two weeks to go until the 2009 SEMA show, Ford decided to tease us all with an excerpt regarding the return of the infamous 5.0-liter Mustang. Word of the 2010 Ford Racing Boss 302R spread fast late this week…and rightly so. This 400hp special edition throwback to the muscle era is a race-inspired pony car well poised to assault the aggregate at any raceway. The Boss 302R will come in its base form with a sticker price of $79,000 while its upgraded sibling, tweaked with a Grand-Am Homologation package, will post a price of $129,000 for those Mustang racers looking to get into the KONI Challenge series. There’s not a plethora of “official” details (let alone imagery) released yet and Ford is being intentionally vague here, but keep reading to check out the official dealership notice sent out to let everyone know what’s coming at SEMA 2009.
A faithful following seems to make a legend all the more enticing and solid. The fans (and freaks) behind the Ford Mustang never cease to amaze us with their stories of adventure, triumph, and awesomeness. One such story on the heartwarming side, is of Joseph Cram (Hot Rod Joe to his friends) and his father, Ralph Cram. They had always longed to take their rebuilt 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe out on the open roads of the USA for a grand father-son event to remember.
Then the economy took an unexpected turn. Joe and his father were forced to part with their beloved ’68 Mustang and left behind a gaping hole in their hearts. Now, 16 years after the prior departure, Joe and Ralph were given the chance to take a road trip from Houston to Detroit to take part in the renowned Woodward Dream Cruise, rolling down the roadways in a 2010 Mustang convertible. Keep reading to check out the Cram’s story, as it’s just one of many epic Mustang chronicles in the series of Ford’s “The 2010 Unleashed” program. More official details and other stories can be read & seen at the2010mustang.com.
In case you’ve been under a rock and missed the news the first time around, the Ford Mustang is set to join the NASCAR racing series in the 2010 season. The 2010 Mustang trimmed out for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will run in at least four races as part of a new car rollout program. Tomorrow, Jack Roush (of Roush Fenway Racing) will officially announce and unveil the 2010 Mustang race car. Not long after the unveiling, a test run by Colin Braun is set to come about on November 2nd at Talladega. Better catch it while you can this fall, because it will be a while before you’ll see it on the track next July at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. There’s more in store behind the car, so be sure to check out fordracing.com for more details.
UPDATE 10/13/09: Check out some slick video footage inside!
The rumors surrounding the next power plant for the Ford Mustang have been rolling about for what seems like nearly a decade. Wait, it has been over five years of non-stop enthusiast & fanatic conjecture! The updated S197 platform got a minor tweak to the 4.6-liter V8 and the 2010 Ford Mustang received a bit more power from the increased tuning and efficiencies laid forth by Ford Motor Company, leaving everyone asking for more. So…what’s next? The Coyote? Boss? EcoBoost? If we had to hedge our bets today, we would likely place some good money on the latter of the aforementioned trio. Back in August, we told you about the renewed focus in advancing the power & efficiency of the current engine collection across the entire fleet, with downsizing displacement and forced induction being the primary method. This Ford technical evolution spurred along by Alan Mulally and the team has certainly got a few people’s interest piqued, to say the least. To help boost some of the excitement surrounding the turbo charged line-up, specifically the EcoBoost V6 engine, Ford has launched a new website to further exhibit the true nature of the new turbocharged powertrain species and just what they are capable of. This comes straight from the vine of Ford’s Communications group, so get in, sit down, and hang on…the ride continues at www.6versus8.com!
Mere months ago, we were excited at the fact Ford would let the Cobra Jet Mustang roll on into 2010 with the new model’s release. Now, we are able to see some testing firsthand via some slick video footage of the 2010 Cobra Jet at a test-n-tune trial. The famous Milan Dragway in Michigan was the host site for the drag session and from what we can tell, the weather was absolutely perfect. A new supercharger (a la Whipple), packing a 3.4-liter punch, is set atop the 5.4-liter V8 power plant in order to bolster up the pony car’s pulling ability beyond that of its predecessor. Also, aside from the Ford photos and this video, we haven’t seen a real good close-up of the car to give it a fan’s eye…perhaps we’ll get the chance to do so at the official debut of the 2010 Cobra Jet Mustang at SEMA this November. Until that happens, we’ll have to be satisfied with this video of the 2010 Cobra Jet roaring down the quarter-mile path.
It’s not every day we get “good” news. It’s not every day we see large corporations truly care about those they serve. It’s far easier for an automotive junkie to remain skeptical in times of new enthusiast cars like the 2010 Ford Mustang & and the 2010 Taurus SHO entering the scene when the skies are black with doom and gloom. Then again, if we step back with a fresh perspective and really approach something with the hope of learning, we might just see there are some people out there sincerely trying (and succeeding) to make a difference.
We stumbled onto a personal reflection about Ford Motor Company and how they were perceived…and how they are perceived now. Take a look and read for yourself.