This 1969 Mustang Boss 429 continuation car makes 815 hp

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Classic Recreations, the custom fabricators from Oklahoma, has rolled into SEMA in Las Vegas with a continuation 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 that features a custom-built crate engine making 815 horsepower.

Swathed in monochromatic “Vengeance Black” paint, the racing pony car was built from an original 1969 Mustang body and restored to factory condition. It’s the first vehicle released under Classic’s new license with Ford, which also permits it to offer continuation versions of the 1969-1970 Boss 302 and Mach 1 Mustangs. The Boss 429 was born when Ford, eyeing intense NASCAR competition from Chrysler, developed a new 429 cubic-inch, 375-hp V8 for the Mustang. Fordbuilt fewer than 900 of them for the 1969 model year and just under 500 for 1970, the only two years they were built.

“The Boss 429 is one of the coolest and rarest Mustangs ever produced, but they have gotten so valuable that most owners won’t drive them,” Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel said in a statement. “This offers people the chance to own an incredibly rare car that they can actually drive, and with modern chassis and engine tech, these cars will actually be faster and easier to drive than the original.”

This continuation version brings a 546 cubic-inch (8.9-liter) mated to a Tremec manual transmission. It also features an updated valve train, electronic fuel injection and engine management systems. There’s also a four-link rear suspension and front tubular upper and lower control arms with adjustable coilovers and oversized sway bars for stability at high speeds. It’s also been fitted with stainless steel performance mufflers and long tube headers to accentuate the aggressive sound and allow the engine to breathe.

Elsewhere, the Boss 429 gets Michelin Pilot Sport tires mounted to all-new forged aluminum 18-inch wheels made by American Racing and zinc-washed rotors mated to six-piston front and four-piston rear brake calipers. There’s also a tilt column and complete rack-and-pinion steering conversion. There are also Kicker Audio speakers, a custom console, aluminum steering wheel and factory Boss 429 200-mph gauges.

The custom conversion Boss 429 starts at $209,000.

[Source: Autoblog]

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Quick Spin Review | It’s my Halloween costume

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My car is my Halloween costume this year. I’m going as Steve McQueen.

To be sure, the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt exists because of a 50-year-old movie and the car it made famous. Or, perhaps more accurately today, the car that keeps it famous. Much like “Smokey and the Bandit” or “The Dukes of Hazard,” the enduring allure of an automotive star has helped keep alive the memory of a film (or TV show) that likely would’ve faded from the collective consciousness.

Yet, even though I’m definitely not immune to owning a car specifically because it was featured in a film, my deep desire for the Mustang Bullitt has absolutely nothing to do with its role in the film “Bullitt” or its connection to Steve McQueen. I have never actually seen the movie, nor any movie starring the man. (To tar and feather me, please contact my personal assistant).

Nope, it could be called the Mustang Terms of Endearment and I’d still be seeking a way to find $50,000 to put one permanently in my driveway. In short: It’s the perfect Mustang.

It has the right engine: a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with the GT350’s intake manifold and ECU borrowed to produce an extra 20 horsepower for a grand total of 480. The EcoBoost four-cylinder was not invited. It has the right number of pedals: three, with the accompanying box of six tightly packed gears pleasingly selected by a shifter topped by a special-to-the-Bullitt white cueball. It has the right exhaust: the Mustang’s otherwise optional Active Valve Performance Exhaust system that’s incredibly characterful, incredibly loud and incredibly awesome. The neighbors may disagree.

It has the right collection of other mechanical upgrades: The GT Performance package is standard, including unique chassis tuning, extra structural reinforcements, a Torsen diff and six-piston Brembo brakes with red calipers for the Bullitt. This particular one had the right suspension: the $1,695 MagneRide option that so impressed during my time in the Mustang EcoBoost and that should really be made standard in the Bullitt.

Visually, the perfection continues. It has the right amount of stripes and rear wings: zero. It has the right wheels: 19 inches with an outer alloy ring encasing five black torque-thrust-style spokes. It has the right paint color: Dark Highland Green, which you can only get on the Bullitt and is the only color you should get on the Bullitt. Black is available, but then green is still the correct answer. It’s also carried inside to the similarly hued accent stitching on the dash, doors and seats. The latter can be optional Recaro bucket seats, which definitely provide more lateral support, but if you’re tall like me (6-foot-3), their six-way manual adjustment may not provide as much under-leg support as the standard eight-way power seats.

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Now, do I miss the Mustang emblem in the grille? A bit. Do I need the Bullitt badging on the tail, steering wheel and dash? Probably not. Would Steve McQueen find the horse lasers offensive? Certainly. Nothing is truly perfect.

Yet, the Bullitt is still as close as you can get to perfection in the realm of Mustangs. Hell, the realm of cars, as far as I’m concerned. It is bad-ass and eye-catching, yet tasteful and unpretentious. It is thrilling and rewarding when driven with exuberance, yet shockingly comfortable (thanks MagneRide) and easy to operate (thanks easy clutch and rev-match downshifting) when driven with mundanity. Like every Mustang, it’s a long-hood, short-deck, two-door coupe of retro-inspired, all-American, timeless brilliance.

And so it’s my Halloween costume this year. Sadly, however, much as I ceased to be a U.S.S. Defiant crew member on Nov. 1 of 2017, my days as McQueen will come to an end tomorrow when a man comes to swap my beloved Bullitt with what I’m sure is a perfectly pleasant Subaru Forester. It won’t be easy. If only Halloween was every day.

[Source: Autoblog]

2019 Ford Series 1 Mustang RTR arrives with Vaughn Gittin Jr. drift car looks

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Ford is offering a limited-edition Mustang for 2019 called the Series 1 Mustang RTR. Built as a collaboration with Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR team, the car consists mostly of aesthetic modifications to a Performance Pack 1-equipped Mustang GT or EcoBoost.

The one big performance enhancement it does get, though, is a Ford Performance suspension with adjustable sway bars. When you see Gittin Jr., it’s normally in a Mustang sliding sideways, so that’s why this Mustang gets the adjustable suspension. You can set it up to best suit track time, drifting, drag strip runs or normal road driving. It’s compatible with both the standard shocks and MagneRide suspension option. A 19-inch wheel package finishes the running gear changes.

To set it apart from your run-of-the-mill Mustangs, the Series 1 changes up the front end design with an RTR grille, lighting and graphics package. An aero package is highlighted by a spoiler with an RTR gurney flap. Of course, there are plenty of RTR badges throughout, and you get a serialized dash plaque for authenticity. There will only be 500 Series 1 Mustang RTRs made for the 2019 model year.

This whole package will be treated as a dealer installed option, and comes with the normal Ford warranty for the Mustang. It’s slated to be available at dealerships in early 2019 for the time being. Chances are that buying this won’t turn you into a drifter like Gittin Jr., but you can get a Mustang with some of the looks now.

[Source: Autoblog]

Roush supercharges the Mustang to 710 horsepower

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Roush is readying its most powerful Mustang offering to date. Starting Saturday, Sept. 1, customers can pre-order the 2019 Roush Stage 3 Mustang, complete with 710 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque.

The RS3 Mustang utilizes a new “Phase 1” TVS R2650 supercharger, which is based on Eaton’s R2650 rotating assembly and improved with a new front inlet. Compared to the previous, 2015-introduced car and its R2300 blower, the Mustang can coax an extra 40 horsepower from its 5.0-liter Coyote engine thanks to the improved supercharger. Just as a reminder, a stock Mustang GT has 460 horsepower; the Stage 3 gives the car 250 extra ponies. That’s about a Focus ST’sworth.

The Roush RS3 setup also includes suspension improvements such as new performance coilovers, and the car can also be specified with three-way adjustable ones. Combine with new 20-inch cast aluminum wheels shod with 275/35R20 tires, and the RS3 reportedly reaches 1.07g on the skidpad. There’s the R8 aero kit to help distinguish the RS3 from other souped-up Mustangs, and the car also gets a sport interior package. Roush also offers an optional active exhaust package, which can be adjusted via smartphone or tablet app.

On top of the price of a stock 5.0-liter Mustang, the RS3 package will start from $22,925, and it’ll be backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. We would probably also budget for some extra rear tires. The official launch date is Oct. 10, but pre-orders start Sept. 1.

Howling Coyote: Ford Mustang, F-150 getting 700-hp supercharger

Mustang and F-150 owners: How does 640 to 700 horsepower sound? Watch this video.

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.

[Source: Autoblog]

2019 Mustang Bullitt orders open as Ford reveals price and horsepower

Ford has opened order books for the 2019 Mustang Bullitt and confirmed final output for the commemorative-edition GT fastback at 480 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Ford also confirms starting pricing, which is $47,495, including a $900 destination and delivery fee. Deliveries are expected in late summer.

Ford had previously said the 5.0-liter V8 would make “at least” 475 hp, so the final figure makes good on that and offers 20 more ponies than the 2018 Mustang GT, thanks to a Shelby GT350 intake manifold, 87-mm throttle body and engine tuning. It also boasts a top speed of 163 miles per hour, unchanged from previous projections but an 8 mph improvement over the standard Mustang GT.

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By now, you probably are well-versed in the background story behind this car, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 film “Bullitt” and the battered 1968 Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in it. And you probably recall that Ford showed the 2019 version and the 1968 stunt car from the film side-by-side at the Detroit Auto Show in January. It’s basically impossible to top the coolness of the original, but the 2019 version did make Autoblog’s list of NAIAS faves.

It adds several features that were previously options on the Mustang GT, including active exhaust, a performance package that includes red Brembo front brakes, suspension and chassis upgrades and a limited-slip differential, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. It even gets an increasingly rare manual transmission (there’s no automatic option), complete with a white cueball knob shifter. A black NitroPlate quad-tip exhaust is standard.

Customers will be able to choose between shadow black and the classic dark highland green, as shown in Detroit. Badging is limited to the faux gas-cap Bullitt logo centered on the rear. The starting price compares with a $35,190 starting MSRP for the 2018 Mustang GT.

[Source: Autoblog]

OFFICIAL 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is ready for the drag strip

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Ford has just unveiled the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet drag car to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary, and it’s mean-looking. It’s also fast. As previously reported, it features a bigger-displacement version of the Mustang GT’s Coyote engine at 5.2 liters. On top of it is a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger, and power is sent rearward to a Ford 9-inch solid axle. Ford claims it can do the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range at 150 mph or more.

Supporting this classic drag car setup are a variety of components that should make it a serious racer. The live axle is suspended by a four-link suspension with panhard bars and an anti-roll bar. It also has adjustable coilover shocks. Custom branded wheels and “low-drag disc brakes” are fitted to each corner. Inside, the driver sits in FIA-certified racing seats and is protected by an NHRA-approved roll cage.

The 2018 Cobra Jet has a bigger engine and faster claimed times than its 2016 predecessor. As such, it’s not surprising Ford is charging more for this model. Whereas the 2016 had an MSRP just under $100,000, the new model will go for $130,000. That may seem like a lot of money for a Mustang that is meant only for straight lines, but there will only be 68 of them (in honor of the original model’s 1968 debut), it’s an anniversary model, and it is a legitimate race car. If you’re cool with the price, you can order one up in either Race Red or Oxford White, and either color can be had with optional 50th anniversary graphics. If you’re not cool with the price, well, the regular Mustang GT is also pretty fun at the drag strip, and it costs a fraction of the Cobra Jet’s price.

[Source: Autoblog]