Leaked: 2015 Mustang GT350 Confirmed

Ford has been teasing the public with a mystery 2015 Mustang, but now we have confirmation of the next generation of SVT Mustangs! Ford has been hard at work doing R&D on the S550 SVT halo car, with videos of it appearing on the Nurburgring and driving around Michigan, but we now have confirmation on the nameplate of the model; it will be the Mustang GT350! That’s right folks, the GT350 badge is coming to the next generation of Mustang!

Their was a lot of ambiguity as to what exactly the S550 Mustang SVT model would be called; various news outlets and forums threw around different ideas such as Mach 1, Cobra, GT500, Boss, and more, but the one that kept popping up in every thread was GT350. The GT350 badge was finally confirmed in a leaked info sheet showing different fender emblems, including the new 5.0 emblem. The code under the GT350 badge that reads, “16098B” is Ford’s in-house code for fender emblems. Worth noting is how the “GT350″ is written in Shelby style font, which does not come as a surprise to most people.

Evidence of the GT350

In addition to the recently leaked fender emblem sheet from Ford, there have also been other confirmations that a SVT GT350 is on the way. The most reliable of these is a screen capture that was posted to a forum of a Dealer Promo orderDealer promo screen of GT350 sheet. Someone from a Ford dealership posted an image that shows the available promotional content they could order (pictures, pamphlets, etc.) for various vehicles with a “Shelby GT350″ being listed as one of those vehicles. Between the dealer promo sheet and the GT350 badges being leaked, we can expect the return of the legendary Ford track-prepped Pony.

Is Shelby building the S550 GT350?

In the past, specifically with the GT500, Ford built the Shelby GT500. Shelby only licensed the name and badge to Ford, and Shelby’s involvement with the GT500 ended there. With the S197 model of the GT350 it was the exact opposite situation. Ford provided Shelby with the Mustangs, while Shelby did everything else thus making the S197 GT350 a Shelby American car, not a Ford car. This meant that you could only buy a S197 GT350 from Shelby American licensed Ford Dealers.

For the 2015 – 2016 Mustang GT350 it looks like the previous situation is going to be flipped. Ford will now be offering the S550 GT350 and Shelby will be licensing the badge and name to Ford. There has been various speculation that the GT500 moniker will return to Shelby American and that Shelby will offer the GT500 similar to how they offered the S197 GT350. The reasoning is that Ford has never offered two SVT Mustangs. They have offered two SVT vehicles, but one of which has always been a truck and the other a Mustang/Focus. This theory does give credibility to the rumor of their being a Shelby GT500 with more power than the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

2015 – 2016 Mustang GT350 Specs

With Ford bringing back the track oriented Z/28 killer that is the Mustang GT350, we are all dying to see the window sticker and performance specs. Ford has been very secretive with the GT350 making sure that little to no information gets out. With that said, when you have a company with as many employees as Ford has and something as juicy as the GT350, information can not help but to seep out.

Road & Track predicted the GT350

Road & Track has predicted the announcement of the GT350 and that there would be no more GT500 for the S550 platform from Ford. So far, they have been spot on with their information on the next generation of Mustang details. With that said, by taking the information Road & Track has reported on and merging that with all the information we have gotten from various Ford-insiders, we can begin to paint a pretty reliable picture of what we can expect.

While the public waits for confirmation from Ford, the unanimously reported 5.2L coyote based “Voodoo engine” is the unifying idea across all demographics. With mention of the 5.2L engine also comes mention of a flat-plane crankshaft, which would be needed for the reported 8k redline and high 500 HP figures that are expected of the GT350. Interior spy shots of the GT350 hint at the MT-82 transmission backing up the power, not the fan-favorite Tremec Magnum XL.

There is also expected to be two different GT350 models released; a base GT350 and a track ready GT350R. Similar to the Boss 302 and the Boss 302 Laguna Seca, the GT350R is expected to be a much more stripped down Mustang, that is set to carve up the track. Like the Laguna Seca Boss, the GT350R would be a no frills version of its base option, giving enthusiasts the ultimate performance machine!

GT350 with the badge

What is the Mustang GT350 release date?

As of yet, there is no officially confirmed release date for the GT350, but we have been tipped off that we can expect the GT350 to be revealed on September 19th at the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. While it won’t be competing in the race, it will be the first the public can see the GT350; a January reveal date is expected for the consumer version of the Shelby GT350.

Are you excited for the return of the GT350? Or are you disappointed it is not a GT500?

2015 Ford Mustang production starts in Flat Rock

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2015 Ford Mustang Production

Today's the day, Ford fans. Production has officially commenced on the sixth-generation 2015 Mustang at the company's Flat Rock, MI factory. As production ramps up, sales should kick off in the coming months.

The production news isn't just a big deal for American fans. With the new Mustang getting a bespoke right-hand-drive variant, the pony car's worldwide availability has swollen to include 120 different countries, including its home nation.

"Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon," Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, said in a statement. "Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience - one unlike any other."

Ford's Flat Rock facility has built the Mustang since the fifth-generation car debuted in 2005. For the 2015 model, the facility was subject to a massive $555-million investment that saw it add a new flexible body shop among other enhancements. Alongside the Mustang, Ford also builds its Fusion sedan.

"What an honor it is for the hardworking and dedicated UAW Local 3000 workers of Flat Rock Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Mustang," Jimmy Settles, a UAW vice president, said. "I don't think there is any place in the world where this vehicle is not known. To build it right here in Michigan is something to be proud of."

Take a look below for the full press release from Ford, and then check out the gallery of the new Mustang rolling down the production line.

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TX officer allegedly lets 140-mph street racer go with a warning [w/poll]

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Mustang and Texas Police

Being pulled over by the police is one of the most nerve-racking situations that a driver can go through, and it's even worse when you know that the officer has you dead to rights for speeding well over the posted limit. In this video, the driver of a heavily modified Ford Mustang with a claimed 966 horsepower at the rear wheels could have easily lost his ride for doing triple-digit speeds and street racing, but a friendly Texas police officer appears to send him on his way with a simple warning.

What's more, the driver in question wasn't just speeding - his Mustang was the camera car for a bunch of rolling street races in the wee hours of the morning on a Texas highway. The driver was more than willing to mix it up in the action, too. Eventually the cops catch on and pick the 'Stang to pull over, but not before the Ford owner runs a claimed 140 mph. With only audio to go on after the car is pulled over, the police officer seems incredibly nonchalant about catching someone who was so brazenly breaking the law. Incredibly, the patrolman actually tells the driver that he's seen everyone racing tonight but ignored them. With traffic picking up, the cop says that it's time to "cut it out" and go home for the night. As far as this video shows, that was the end of it.

Warning: There is explicit, not-safe-for-work language in the video below.

What do you think, should the officer have let the motorist go with just a warning, or was he being too generous? Let us know in the poll below and in Comments.

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2015 Mustang Drifting an Autocross Event

Watch this 2015 Mustang GT drift around this autocross track! We have little information as to what the circumstances of this event are, but what we do know is that this 2015 Mustang GT carved up this autocross track like it was nothing. The S550 transitional cornering is too much to handle, especially for that Dodge Challenger barely making it through the one turn at the 30 second mark.

What do you think of this video compared to the one we have seen of the GT350 on the Nurburgring?

Official #am2014 Car Show Recap

The 2014 AmericanMuscle Car Show was a major success with a lot of amazing Mustangs and amazing people! This year we had more Mustangs than ever before at the show, more giveaways, and more charity than we could have ever expected. The AmericanMuscle Car Show was a monumental success this year; we raised $35,503.02 for the Special Olympics charity. The Red Mustang Registry deserves a special shout out for donating $4,300 of that total to the Special Olympics as well.

The day of the show itself was a perfect one between the weather, the 10,000+ people, and the excitement to take part in the Mustang Heritage. When arriving upon Mohnton, Pennsylvania, Mustangs where feeding in from all the surrounding roadways to the Maple Grove Raceway. The lopey-idle of large cams, deafening revs from long tube headers, and the sound of boost building filled the air from morning until evening; Mustangs as far as the eye could see decorated the lush green landscape all around the raceway.The final count was at 2,600 Mustangs in the show and more in the parking lot.

Mustang fans of all ages and affiliations communed at Maple Grove to share their interest and passion for the Ford Mustang, which consequently attracted Mustangs from all different eras, areas, and purposes to congregate on the show field. Some high-profile Mustang celebrities such as Vaughn Gittin Jr, Chip Foose, and Brett Wagner were present at the car show as well, engaging fans in conversation and signing autographs. There was a lot that happened at #am2014 and below are some of the highlights of the memorable day.

Vaughn Gittin Jr and the RTR

Professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. was in attendance of the show with his RTR team. Vaughn signed autographs and talked to fans for hours, while his line of Mustangs were on display. One of the most exciting highlights of the show was the 2015 Mustang RTR reveal. The public was able to see, for the first time ever, the 2015 RTR rendering; needless to say the #2015RTR got a lot of people talking and built up even more hype for the 2015 Mustang. The 2015 RTR will be a continuation of the highly successful and unique RTR line that is the brain-child of Vaughn himself. Vaughn’s pick of the car show was Rob Rabon’s 2011 bagged, blown, and dipped GT, which has won twice now.

Chip Foose and Project MMD

One of the big name guests at the AmericanMuscle Car Show was car personality and hot rodding legend, Chip Foose. Chip signed autographs at the Magnaflow booth for hours, staying past the show closing to sign autographs for fans. Chip announced the winner of Project MMD; 19 year old Zachary Villareal from Alice, Texas was the lucky winner of our 2014 GT SEMA show car. Zachary was over-whelmed with the news that he was the winner of Project MMD and could not have been more excited to receive the keys from Chip Foose.

After Chip handed the keys over to Zachary and he had the chance to sit in his new Mustang, it finally set in that he was taking that car home. Chip has a special announcement of his own; he is going to be building the next SEMA Mustang with the MMD team, that will be given away at next year’s AmericanMuscle Car Show.

Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner

The host of the hit show Pass Time and many other car shows, Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner, was at the AmericanMuscle Car Show as one of the hosts. AmericanMuscle’s video host, Justin Dugan, and Brett Wagner walked around at the show and hosted many of the events for the day. The “Big Schwag” really brought a true sense of automotive enthusiasm to the show with his love for Mustangs and helped to raise the level of excitement at the show.

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Tattoo Booth

One of the incredibly unique attractions at #am2014 was the tattoo booth on premises. Fans of AmericanMuscle could pick out a tattoo design of their choice and get a free tattoo done right there at the show. Before the morning was over all of the time slots had been filled up to have tattoos done. Many Mustang owners and enthusiasts left the AmericanMuscle Show with some fresh ink.

Revving, Burnout, and Dyno Competition

What would a Mustang show be without a combination of exercising the exhaust, the tires, and the engine? #am2014 held three competitions: a Roush sponsored burnout competition, a BBK Sponsored revving competition, and a BAMA sponsored dyno competition. The burnout contest brought a wide-range of competition and a lot of white smoke pouring-off of rubber. The main highlights from the burnout contest were a 2011 – 2014 Mustang GT doing a massive burnout, yet over-heating and catching fire, and a Push Rod 5.0 swapped New Edge Mustang drift car doing a massive burnout with a figure 8 thrown into the middle of the burnout. Needless to say, the New Edge Drift car took home the prize.

The BBK Revving competition was hosted by Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner and saw a range of Mustangs from Fox Bodies to new coyote S197s. The Big Schwag brought his trademark personality to the competition, making the growling and screaming coming from the different exhaust setups that much more enjoyable. Taking home the prize was 2011 – 2014 coyote which sounded fierce. Something about those 4 valve engines just sounds so good.

The Bama Performance Dyno competition had everyone overwhelmed with power; every car that went on the rollers put down huge numbers that would smack down any Camaro. Once again, the coyote engine was out in force and taking awards. A 2014 GT with a massive turbo threw down a baffling 926 HP while spinning on the dyno. That is an insane amount of power to begin with, yet it is not even an accurate number since it was spinning on the rollers.

ll in all, it was an incredibly memorable day with cars, events, and announcements that will have the Mustang community talking until our next car show. We would like to thank not only our sponsors but also our loyal customers who helped to make the car show what it was.

What were your favorite moments of #am2014?