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.
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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!
Back in late July, we saw the latest of the fledgling Saleen Performance Vehicles Mustang specimens, the Saleen 435S. Now, the Saleen Performance crew has teased exhibited the 2010 Saleen S281 Ford Mustang well ahead of the official debut scheduled at the SEMA show this fall in Las Vegas. There’s nothing absolutely watershed about the car’s styling and panache, but there is one silver lining in the cloud cover overhead; the highly-questionable rear of the 2010 Saleen S281 has been touched up quite nicely with a lengthened tail and diffuser-esque rear valance. There isn’t a whole lot out for details right now, so check back with us around SEMA time when we expect the full scoop to be in circulation as result of this Ford Mustang specialty car being on exhibition.
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!
If you’re a Ford Mustang fan in the Southeastern region of the United States, then you have yet another place to stop by and check out for tuning, testing, and customizing. Brothers Performance has officially opened up their brand new 64,000 sq ft facility in Deland, FL, right on Interstate 4. Well placed just minutes from Daytona Beach or Orlando, this new, fully-stocked shop is poised to serve a plethora of Mustang enthusiasts in the region. This new Eastern location compliments their original California shop located in Corona, CA. Expect the same service level from the East-side as you would the West! Check out more details in the Press Release.
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.
By now, we’ve all seen the reports on the recent three-month streak for 2010 Ford Mustang sales and how they stack up to the new Chevrolet Camaro…big whoop. After the novelty wears off, the market will likely wise up once again, as they’ll realize just how high-quality a product the Ford Mustang really is. Despite the recent disparate sales figures, the revamped 2010 Mustang has taken out the competition yet again the modern-day pony car wars. Consumer Reports has rated the new Ford Mustang GT as “Very Good” with a score of 78 points, while the Chevrolet Camaro SS achieved a score of “Very Good”, but only managed to rack up 71 points. The Dodge Challenger R/T skidded by with a “Good” rating and a mere 53 points overall. Now, we all know that numbers and ratings are one thing, but seriously, get out there and drive a new 2010 Mustang, a Camaro SS, and a Challenger and see for yourself: the new Mustang is refined, yet powerful. It’s elegant, yet robust, and can even be considered rude when woken up.
Keep reading to get the Full Monty in the Press Release featuring the Consumer Reports review.
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.