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Jan 29

Here’s what it’s like to drive the very first Ford Mustang cop car

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Cop cars are cool. Ford Mustang cop cars are even cooler. That's why Road and Track scribe Zach Bowman sought out the very first Mustang SSP for a must-read feature.

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Here's what it's like to drive the very first Ford Mustang cop car originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nov 17

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a track-day weapon with 500+ hp [w/video]

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Ford promises more than 500 horsepower and a torque peak above 400 lb-ft.

The wait is finally over. After months of spy shots, rumor and innuendo, Ford has officially pulled the wraps off its new Shelby GT350. Judging by the spec sheet and the promises being made - especially that the Shelby GT350 will be "an all-day track car that's also street legal" - the wait appears to have been worth it.

First things first: The new Shelby GT350 will launch with a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 engine that uses a flat-plane crankshaft, a first for a production V8 from Ford. (Read more about what makes a flat-plane crankshaft different here). We don't have confirmed information on power levels, other than a promise of "more than 500 horsepower" and "a torque peak above 400" pound-feet. Ford further says the engine will be a "high-revving" V8, though no actual redline is revealed. A six-speed manual gearbox and Torsen limited-slip differential will be standard, while an engine oil cooler and transmission cooler will be available as part of a Track Pack.

Ford has stiffened the GT350's chassis even more than the standard Mustang GT, which is already the stiffest in the company's history, with an injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. Those bits, coupled with a wider front track and recalibrated spring rates and bushings, plus a lowered ride height, will pay handling dividends. But we're more excited by Ford's first use of MagneRide dampers, which continually adjust to match road conditions and driver demands.

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Nov 05

2015 Ford Mustang invades SEMA, led by King Cobra

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2015 Ford Mustang CustomsFord showcased more than a dozen customized 2015 Mustangs at its sprawling 20,000-square foot display this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center as the iconic pony car's 50th anniversary celebration continued at the SEMA Show.

While Mustangs are always a hot commodity at SEMA, the new generation brought increased attention from the aftermarket, as builders like Galpin Auto Sports, Richard Petty's Garage and Vaughn Gittin Jr. offered their takes on the new 'Stang.

The extensive display included a range of Mustangs from mild to wild, with everything from a 600-plus horsepower King Cobra pictured at the top, to paint-and-wheel packages. The new regal Cobra, which we spied early in our SEMA adventure this year, may not be the replacement for the Cobra Jet as we speculated, but it does seem to point the way forward for the next iteration of a supreme Ford dragster. Fat drag slicks out back make it's reason for being abundantly clear, and for tells us that modded car is good for a 10.97-second quarter-mile run.

The Mustang's 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine was also of particular interest this year. One tuner, called Full-Race Motorsports, amped the power from the engine's stock 310-hp rating to more than 500 hp in a kit dubbed the "FreakoBoost."

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2015 Ford Mustang invades SEMA, led by King Cobra originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 05 Nov 2014 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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