In addition to the many ways a real Ford Mustang can be modified, Ford is now giving fans the opportunity to customize the car’s badge. It has launched a Facebook app called “Personalize Your Pony” and can be visited at this link. It allows you to select from some preset patterns inspired by Shelby, Bullitt, Roush and RTR Vehicles, and then shift and manipulate them within a Mustang logo with a very simple tool. One of the other color settings that lets you play with different pairings of Mustang colors to create a custom design.
Now, the tool is more interesting than a brief five-minute time waster. Whatever design you end up liking the best, you can submit with your name and city. Afterward, you can buy shirts, mugs, phone cases and stickers with the logo. But the coolest product is the actual Mustang badges that feature your design that you can buy for your 2015 and later pony car. But you’ll need to act quickly, because Ford will only make 1,000 of them.
There’s one other nifty aspect to this program. When you submit your design with your name an city, you’re also entered to have that design featured on a billboard. Exactly where wasn’t given except to say that the locations are “major cities across the U.S.”
Seems like there’s an intriguing leak per day over at the Mustang6G forum, which on Monday had posted a photo that seemed to pretty much cinch the existence of a 2018 Bullitt Mustang. Now, the forum has posted what it says are Ford documents and pictures that seem to confirm a supercharged 5.2-liter engine is headed for the 2019 GT500 — no mere Coyote, but the one they call the “Predator.”
Forum member Super Werty posted the first images of this engine, showing the supercharger nestled below the intercooler of the intake manifold.
A document titled “2020 MY North America Vehicle Program – Engine Oil Requirements” has a footnote that indicates the next GT500 engine gets the Eaton-supercharged cross plane version of Ford’s 5.2L engine. We know this because the chart says it will require 5W50 oil.
An image posted in the thread by Mustang6G member dwalker might show the GT500’s brakes, which the forum has previously reported will be massive true two-piece rotors that are larger than those on the GT350. Spy photos have shown 20-inch wheels and massive tires (315s at the rear).
The GT500 could have output in Dodge Demon territory, with potentially over 800 horsepower, and may have a dual clutch transmission derived from the Ford GT’s seven-speed.
Ford Mustang lovers can find plenty of Mustang watches out there; Ford sells two on its merchandise site, Amazon returns a page of search results for the same. Yet only one company that we know of makes Mustang watches from vintage Mustangs: REC Watches, a Danish brand founded by Christian Mygh and Jonathan Kamstrup. The two men forage junkyards the world over, turning pony cars beyond repair into watches with living histories.
REC grinds, polishes, and lacquers each 48-millimeter dial hand-cut from original Mustang sheetmetal. Cues to the provenance of each watch are found throughout: in the VIN number and production year plaque riveted to the face, in the power meter designed to look like a Mustang fuel gauge, in the timekeeping subdial and day indicator mimicking the Mustang speedometer. Every example features a stainless steel case, Miyota automatic movement, a 24-mm calf leather strap, and water resistance to 30 atmospheres — or about 1,000 feet, for Mustang fans who also own submarines.
REC values stories as much as steel, so when the Mygh and Kamstrup find a car they want, they track down previous owners for personal tales and mementos of the Mustang’s history. When someone buys a watch from the REC P-51 collection, it comes with a video exploring a bit of the donor car’s past. Owners can also donate components to make a watch; Vaugh Gittin, Jr. had REC fabricate a timepiece from some of the carbon fiber bodywork on his World Drift Series Ford Mustang RTR.
Watches in the P-51 collection start at $1,495. REC has three other collections, the 901 made from vintage Porsche 911s, The Mark I made of original Mini Coopers, and The Cooper, made of modern Minis. Check out the video above to see how REC does its work.
When a grainy photo surfaced of a Mustang purported to be the next Bullitt edition at a video shoot recently, we were a little skeptical that it was really, truly a new Bullitt Mustang. But the latest image credited to Tony Zaleski Jr. and posted by a user named “Bullitt” at the Mustang6G.com forum seems to all but confirm the special pony car is coming. In these admittedly still grainy images, we can see that this car has a medallion badge at the back with a circle and a word in the middle. This looks very much like the medallion on the 2008 Bullitt, which featured a round crosshair design with the logo from the movie Bullitt. We can’t quite make out the word on this new version, but it’s probably a safe bet it says “Bullitt.”
Another shot of the profile also gives us a clearer look at the new wheels, which feature black centers and polished lips, much like the gunmetal pieces used on the last car. The user also reports the car had Brembo brakes and Recaro seats. The Brembo brakes could be evidence that the new Bullitt will come with the GT Performance Pack as standard equipment, meaning upgraded suspension and the shorter 3.73:1 rear axle ratio. Including this package as standard wouldn’t be surprising, since past Bullitt Mustangs have included suspension and brake upgrades. There’s also a possibility that Fordcould include a small horsepower boost courtesy of a different intake, the precedent being the 2008 model that picked up an extra 15 horsepower thanks to a high-flow intake.
We expect we’ll see something about the Bullitt Mustang as early as the Detroit Auto Show. After all, Ford is shooting video promos of this car, so it must pretty much be ready to go.
Few automotive rivalries are as heated as the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro. For decades, the two cars have faced off, constantly fighting tooth and nail for bragging rights and customer attention. Factory performance packs are nothing new, but the Camaro’s 1LE variants have garnered a lot of praise, more than the basic performance pack on the Ford Mustang. Now, Road & Track is reporting that an even more extensive performance pack may be in the works for the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang.
Road & Track compiled a list of evidence that points toward a more robust performance option. The current Mustang GT Performance Pack includes things like staggered wheels and tires, six-piston Brembo brakes, new front springs, a larger radiator, a limited-slip differential and more. The upgrades to the Camaro 1LE are roughly the same, but somehow Chevyseems to eek out more performance from its parts than Ford has with the Camaro, especially with a car like the ZL1 1LE (internal option codes are sexy).
A new Mustang was spotted wearing a new set of wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, some of the stickiest street tires available. There have also been some leaked order guides that hint at an even greater performance pack. Still, we’ve been burned by leaks before. There’s no comment from Ford on the matter, so we’ll have to wait for the Mustang to hit showrooms before we know any more.
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Ford Performance and Roush announced at SEMA that they have developed a supercharger kit for the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine in the 2018 Mustang and F-150. For the Mustang, the setup is rated at 700 peak horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. That’s a boost of 240 hp over a stock Mustang GT, and an additional 190 pound-feet of torque — and it’s far above the Shelby ratings, too.
For the pickup, it’s 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet — a boost of 245 horsepower and 200 pound-feet over stock.
The blower is designed to work with the 5.0-liter V8’s new port- and direct-injection fuel system. The kit comes with everything needed for installation, including custom performance calibration. It carries a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty when installed by a Ford dealer or authorized technician. Better yet, it doesn’t void the vehicle warranty.
Boost pressure is 12 psi, and the setup requires 93 octane fuel.
“Ford and Roush have teamed up on performance for years on and off the track,” said Doug White, Ford’s global performance-parts manager. “This new supercharger is another great example of our innovation in performance, greatly improving horsepower and torque so people can enjoy two of our most iconic vehicles even more.”
The supercharger kit will be available in early 2018 through Ford dealers, Ford Performance Warehouse Distributors and Roush Performance dealers. Additional information can be found at the Ford Performance website.
Cost was not mentioned in Ford’s announcement, but by comparison a Ford Performance 670-horsepower supercharger kit for 2015-17 Mustangs lists for $7,100.
While we’ve yet to drive the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang GT, news continues to sound more and more promising. Not only does it have more power than the outgoing model, it’s more fuel efficient than before. With the new 10-speed automatic and the GT Performance Pack, the Mustang is good for a sub-4 second 0-60 mph run, quicker than a comparable Chevy Camaro. Still, modern sports cars need to be able to go around turns as well as they do in a straight line. That’s why Ford has announced the GT Performance Pack Level 2. Turns out the rumors were true.
While the standard Performance pack helped the Mustang GT improve lap times, the upgrades were still outshined by the 1LE package available for the Camaro. In our first drive, the Mustang couldn’t quite match the Camaro on track. This Level 2 pack may change that. It comes with all the bits from the standard Performance Pack – Brembo brakes with adjusted ABS tuning, unique stability control tuning, a retuned steering rack, a k-brace, a larger radiator and a Torsen rear differential with 3:73 gearing – plus a number of new parts that should help truly match the Chevy. It’s only available on cars with a manual transmission.
The most obvious visual difference is the slightly lower ride height thanks to MagneRide suspension. The front and rear stabilizer bars as well as the front and rear springs are all significantly stiffer than the standard performance pack. A new front splitter and rear spoiler help improve aero, giving the car more grip than before.
Arguably the biggest aid to improved grip are 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires at all four corners. That super sticky rubber is wrapped around 19×10.5 wheels in the front and 19×11-inch wheels out back – 1.5 inches wider than the standard Performance pack wheels. Those are the same tires that come on the Shelby GT350R, Chevy Corvette Z06 and Mercedes-AMG GT R.
According to Ford, engineers working on the project did so on their own time before bringing their work to management. Parts like the front splitter from the old Boss 302 Laguna Seca were used in development. 3D printing was used to help with rapid prototyping.
No word on pricing has been announced, but expect it to be a significant step up from the $3,995 GT Performance Pack. For reference, the 1LE Performance Package is a $7,000 upgrade on a standard Camaro SS.