New 2018 Ford Mustang GT won’t wake the neighborhood

As much as we all love the sound of a burly V8 cracking and spitting to life after a cold start, not everyone in this world shares our sentiments. Even enthusiasts can be undone by a noisy car at the early hours of the morning. Ford has come up with a solution on the new 2018 Mustang GT. Its so-called “Good Neighbor Mode” allows owners to start their cars at a relatively sedate noise level. This should help prevent any noise complaint calls to local constabularies.

The optional mode works like any active exhaust system. When you select Quiet Mode or Quiet Start, a set of baffles in the exhaust system close, dropping the sound to about 72 decibels. Ford says that’s about 10 decibels less than the standard Mustang GT. A lot of cars offer similar systems, though the Mustang has a bit of a party trick: scheduled quiet hours. For example, an owner can set the exhaust to automatically switch to quiet mode from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Switching to and scheduling Quiet Mode is just like changing to any of the other exhaust modes. Cars with the 4-inch screen can find the mode in the settings menu. Those that opt for the upgraded 12-inch digital instrument cluster find the setting in the pony menu. Once you’re out on the open road, you can simply switch it back to Sport mode like any blue-blooded American.

[Source: Autoblog]

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Shelby’s widebody Mustang is a concept, but its Super Snake F-150 is production bound

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Though Shelby already offers a Super Snake version of the current Mustang, the company clearly wanted more. Specifically, it wanted more width. The result is a new Super Snake concept with a wide body kit, and apparently it’s the first Shelby-designed concept in over 10 years. You would be forgiven for at first mistaking it for a normal Super Snake, as the spoilers, diffuser, and side skirts are very similar, but the fenders have been significantly pushed out, and the correspondingly wide wheels fitted underneath. The rear wheels are 12.5 inches wide, and the front wheels are 11. These modifications increase the track by 4 inches at the rear, and 2.5 inches at the front.

The Super Snake concept receives various other expected upgrades. The Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 has a supercharger that allows it to make about 750 horsepower. Fully adjustable coilover suspension is found at each corner along with larger brakes. The front discs are 16 inches in diameter with 6-piston calipers, and the rears are 14 inches with 4-piston calipers. But if you want a widebody Super Snake of your own, you’re out of luck, since it’s only a concept at the moment.

What isn’t a concept is the Super Snake F-150 Shelby. The company will build 150 of the trucks this year. It also has a 750-horsepower supercharged V8 under the hood, and buyers can choose to mate it to a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive drivetrain. And of course, being a Shelby product, it has stripes and flashy bodywork so no one will mistake it for something else. It isn’t cheap, though. You’ll have to shell out $96,880 to take one home. To put that into perspective, just $10,000 more would buy you a new F-150 Raptor and a Shelby GT350 Mustang.

[Source: Autoblog]

Mustang history on the block: Car 00002 is up for auction

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A historic Ford – the first Mustang hardtop to get a VIN, 5F07U100002 – is headed for auction at Mecum’s Indianapolis sale in May.

“Firsts” are somewhat hard to pin down with early Mustangs because the record-keeping was shoddy during the first few months of pre-production, and Ford didn’t assign VINs in order. There were plenty of preproduction cars, so we can’t know that 00002 was or wasn’t the first Mustang hardtop, full stop. But it was the first hardtop given a VIN.

Car 00001, a convertible, meanwhile, is in the Ford museum. As for the first Mustang sold to a paying customer, that one still belongs to a lucky lady in Illinois. As Gail Brown told Forbes: “I was the coolest teacher in the school that year.”

Car 00002 is not the Mustang configuration any of us today might have chosen – it has a 105-horsepower, 170-cubic-inch six-cylinder and a three-speed, has 13-inch wheels and is Caspian Blue with a blue interior. But its owner, Bob Fria, has unearthed a lot of interesting history about it and ultimately became an authority on early Mustangs and wrote a book, Mustang Genius: The Creation of the Pony Car.

[Source: Autoblog]

Zero to 60 Designs creates a fusion of Ford GT and Mustang

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This car, which Zero to 60 Designs has produced for this year’s SEMA show, is called the GTT, for Gran Turismo Tribute. It takes some of the most iconic design cues of the Ford GT supercar and incorporates them into the Mustang. Whether these two great designs look great together is up to the beholder, but it’s worth noting that the company claims to have designed and built it in just six weeks. Impressive.

Zero to 60 Designs also made sure to give the GTT some added performance to back up its supercar-inspired looks. The 5.0-liter Coyote V8 gets a supercharger from ProCharger, Magnaflow dual exhaust, and an ECU tune from SCT Performance. These modifications are claimed to be good for over 800 horsepower. The company also upgraded the car’s handling and braking abilities with Eibach Pro-Street-S suspension, Brembo brakes and Pirelli P-Zero tires.

For people that do like the look of this package, we have good news: Zero to 60 Designs plans to offer a limited run of GTTs to the public. The company expects to start production in early 2017, and it will have pricing available by Christmas. It could make for a good consolation prize for someone that missed out on a GT in the first round of applications. Or it could be a fun matching daily for someone that did snag a new GT.

[Source: Autoblog]

There’s a beautiful ’66 Ford Mustang under all this dust

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Some automobiles look good with a little bit of dirt on them—namely rat rods, lifted trucks, and rally cars. But even pony cars can look delightful under a coating of the silty stuff, and that’s exactly how this aged ’66 Ford Mustang presents.

According to its owner, it has been cooped up in a garage for the past 14 years, waiting on an engine rebuild that would never come. Now it’s up for sale on eBay, with its 200ci straight-six in non-running state, and it begs the question—what would you do? Would you restore it, or would you give this Mustang the V8 it never had? For Mustang fans, that answer might take some serious soul searching.

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1966 arrived as the Mustang’s sophomore year, and like a band with a hit record… it didn’t change its game much, apart from minor mods like an updated grille, different side trim, revised side scoops, and a new instrument cluster. Beneath the hood you still found the same glorious engine options; at the low end, the 200ci six-cylinder pumping out 120 horsepower, followed by two different tunes of the 289ci V8, and culminating in the racy HiPo “K-code” V8 providing 271 ponies of twisting power. What a lusty thing that was.

This ’66 Ford Mustang came fitted with the six-cylinder base engine, though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The six didn’t have near as much power as its bigger brothers, but it was light and provided nimble handling. In this instance, it swats through the gears of its Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission.

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Of interesting note, and as pointed out over on Barnfinds, this ’66 would appear to be one of the rarer “bench seat” cars. In 1966, front bucket seats came standard on all Ford Mustang, however convertibles and hardtops (such as this) could be optioned up with a “full-width” front seat, which featured a wide armrest that could either be flipped down or up to create more room. Period literature claims it was only available with four different interior color schemes.

So what do you think, Internets? Go for power with the V8, or keep it accurate with the straight-six?

This article by Zach Doell originally appeared on Boldride.

Ford Mustang Mach 1 spotted with serious-looking aero

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The first three tiers of Ford’s Mustang lineup offer even performance increases from V6, to EcoBoost, to GT. But there’s a big gap between the GT and Shelby GT350, and we think the car you see above is meant to fill it. According to some spy intel, this is our first look at the reborn Mustang Mach 1.

The thinking is that Ford will boost its 5.0-liter V8 beyond the GT’s 435 horsepower for the Mach 1, quite possibly something in the neighborhood of the Camaro 1LE’s 455 hp. Backing up this argument is a quad-tipped exhaust that looks borrowed from the GT350 and would likely help the Coyote V8 breathe better to make some more power. If you’d like to hear what that sounds like, there’s a good video below. It also looks as though Ford harvested the Torsen rear diff and staggered 19-inch-tire setup from the GT Performance Package. The front wheels on this mule come from the Performance Pack, although we aren’t sure of the source of those rear alloys.

[Source: Autoblog]