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2015 Ford MUSTANG Review, Specs, & Pictures
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Ford is celebrating 50 years of Mustang heritage with an all new design for their famed pony that was unveiled in a Dec. 5 press release. From the interior and exterior, to the mechanical aspects, changes have been made to the 2015 Ford Mustang to make the well-known muscle more appealing to markets worldwide.

The most obvious changes can be found on the exterior, where Ford touched-up the car’s design from the front to the back. In the front, the headlights are now swept-back around the corners of the car and appear to be much thinner than in current models. This change is the most obvious and really sets the tone for the redesign.

Its side-profile reveals a design line starting at the roof and continuing to its rear. The line is much straighter than the 2014’s, which has more of a curve to its rear window. Also, the 2014 Mustang’s b-pillar looks to be done away with on the 2015 model, making the side windows and rear passenger windows blend together, without the break of a pillar.

The rear looks to have more of an angle to it, but still features the raked taillights we have become accustomed to. Between the taillights, the Mustang badge is now without the bezel, and sits on it’s own. A mini-diffuser can also be found on the GT model.

Most importantly, the 2015 Ford Mustang features two new mechanical breakthroughs for the American muscle car: independent rear suspension and a turbo-charged engine.

While the 5.0-liter V8, capable of producing (420 hp and & 390 lb-ft of torque,) and 3.7-liter V6, capable of (300 hp and& 270 lb-ft of torque,) engines are still available, Ford has added a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to the options. For those Mustang fanatics who scoff at the idea of an EcoBoost engine in their pretty pony, it should be noted that Ford expects this engine to create 305 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. These figures are right on par with the V6 engine, but the added fuel efficiency is a great plus.

The One argument that has always been against the Mustang is handling. It’s solid live axle at the rear has always been the car’s Achilles heel on the track, even though many praise this method on a straight line. Ford has removed this argument from the conversation by adding new front and rear suspension and, more importantly, a new integral-link independent rear suspension(IRS).

With the new turbo-charged engine and IRS, maybe we will start to see the Mustang on the track and foreign streets more often. What do you think of the redesign? Tell us in the comments below.

Source: Autofluence.com
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2013 Ford GT500 Carroll Shelby Edition Review, Specs, & Pictures
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Carroll Shelby was an automotive legend, this cannot be said enough. In order to honor him, a group called “Friends of Carroll Shelby” have created a one-off tribute car, honoring Carroll Shelby. The group consists of firms such as Ford, Ford Racing, and Shelby American. The car they created is a 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Cobra and it was revealed at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A normal GT500 has 662-hp but thanks to a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger, the tribute Shelby GT500 Cobra pumps out 850-hp. To help with the added power, the engineers widened and enlarged the wheels. They also installed a specially designed hood from Shelby America. What a better way to honor a man who graced us with amazingly powerful cars, than to dedicate a monster of a pony to him. Production information and an official release date are unknown, but Ford is bound to release the info very soon.
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2013 Ford MUSTANG Shelby GT500 Convertible Review, Specs, & Pictures
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Following the introduction of the 2013 coupe, Ford has announced the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible will feature the same exemplary power gains and performance enhancements as its closed-roof counterpart.

This is not the first time that Ford has dropped large power gains on the Mustang faithful. In 2003, Ford’s SVT unit supercharged a cast-iron-block 4.6-liter V-8 to produce 390 hp, 70 more than the previous Cobras. The numbers skyrocketed in 2007 with the introduction of the GT500, which created 110 more hp (for an even 500) via a supercharged 5.4-liter unit based on the same engine as the Ford GT. It upped the ante by 40 hp with the Mustang’s 2010 updates and added another 10 hp in 2011 via some cool Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA) engine lining—also found in the Nissan GT-R. Despite not being the largest gain in the past decade, the upcoming 2013 GT500’s 100 extra hp—for a nearly unbelievable 650—feels by far the most dramatic. If the 2003 gains were designed to outrun the then-defunct Camaro SS, and the 2007 design finally pitted the Mustang against the Corvette, the 2013 redesign now has Ford’s iconic car taking on a slew of more exotic and prestigious competitors.

As we were expecting, the 2013 GT500’s 650 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque have found their way under the hood of the 2013 GT500 Convertible. It comes via a quite large 5.8-liter aluminum-block supercharged V-8! But, it is not all motor muscle. The 2013 Ford GT500 also features optional Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers and a Brembo brake system for large improvements in all-around performance. Equipped with an optional Performance Package, the 2013 GT500 Convertible has lapped the Sebring International Raceway 3.5 seconds faster than the outgoing model.

Other goodies include a carbon-fiber driveshaft, dual-disc clutch design for an increased torque capacity, cross-drilled block and heads, and a launch control system. A Torsen limited-slip differential is available on the optional Performance Package. The launch control system allows the driver to set the desired launch rpm, and any 0–60-mph times can be reviewed on the 4.2-inch infotainment screen via the Track App.

Ford likes providing its customers with options, so it is offering not one, but two new optional packages on the 2013 model. The first is the Performance Package, which includes the SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers, easily accessed with a simple push of a button on the dash. Normal mode gives customers a more comfortable ride over uneven or irregular roads. Sport mode is all about performance and will allow the GT500 to pull over 1.0g of steady cornering grip.

Enthusiastic customers can upgrade their Performance Package even more with an additional Track Package. This option comes with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler, and transmission cooler for further durability while lapping.

Engineers have also improved the aerodynamics of the car to match its new performance. Ford says that the 2013 GT500 offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to that of the 2011/2012 models.

The release of the 650-hp 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 coincides with SVT’s 20th anniversary, and, in honor of this anniversary, a commemorative illuminated sill plate will be used in both coupe and convertible forms of the 2013 Shelby GT500. SVT has produced more than 210,000 cars and trucks during its 20-year history, with more than seven different nameplates that include the Ford GT, Mustang Cobra R, SVT F-150 Lightning, F-150 SVT Raptor, Shelby GT500KR and the soon-to-be-launched Focus ST. All of its projects have been designed and developed under the four SVT attributes: performance, substance, exclusivity, and value. We say the 2013 Ford Mustang GT500 Coupe and Convertible are two of the most notable examples of those principles.

by Benjamin Greene
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2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost Review, Specs, & Pictures
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After driving the 2011 Ford F150 with EcoBoost, we’ve got to say that it’s a pretty good truck for the price. We were really impressed with the truck’s turning radius, which was good when comparing it to other vehicles of its size. The interior is of a high quality and features intuitive controls with nice large dials and plenty of storage room including a deep center console. Below are snippets from Ford’s press release regarding the 2011 Ford F150 EcoBoost:

With its new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2011 Ford F-150 will deliver best-in-class towing capability and torque with outstanding fuel economy.

The key technology built into every EcoBoost engine, including turbocharging and direct fuel injection, is particularly relevant to customers of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine.

This combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection delivers a wealth of low-end torque and maintains it across a broad rpm range, which is key in towing applications. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost truck engine delivers 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 365 horsepower to enable best-in-class towing of 11,300 pounds – more than enough to tow a fully loaded three-horse trailer or 30-foot boat, for example. Plus the EcoBoost truck engine does it all on regular fuel and with outstanding fuel economy.

Up to 90 percent of the EcoBoost truck engine’s peak torque is available from 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm. A typical comparable V8 competitor reaches peak torque at higher engine speeds – around 4,000 rpm – and holds it for a much smaller range.

This EcoBoost truck engine also features twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT, to help save fuel. Ti-VCT provides extremely precise variable – yet independent – control of timing for intake and exhaust valves. Ti-VCT also reduces emissions, especially in situations when the throttle is partially open.

Independent adjustment of intake and exhaust valve timing allows maximum fuel economy at part-throttle, while delivering optimized power in full-throttle situations. An added benefit is improved driveability and responsiveness across the torque curve.

Every Ford truck engine undergoes a tortuous testing program, and the EcoBoost truck engine was no exception.

Three avenues that test and validate engines are computer analysis, laboratory testing and in-vehicle validation. For the 3.5-liter EcoBoost application in the 2011 F-150, that includes:
All the tests together replicate more than 1.6 million miles of customer usage – the harshest-use customer. A customer profile reflecting extreme-use driving style, road types and vehicle usage, including maximum towing and payload situations, was developed to underpin the testing program.

The 2011 F-150 with EcoBoost will be available in early 2011

By Tabitha Foss
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2012 Ford FOCUS Review, Specs, & Pictures
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After a very quick stint in the new 2012 Ford Focus, we’ve got to say that it is a big improvement over last year’s model. Overall, we found the car’s exterior styling to be striking and found the car’s $16,500 base price to be a good bargain for anyone looking to buy a new car that doesn’t want to spend a lot of money. Performance wise, the car accelerates quickly, and it handles quite well. The only negative thing we would have to say is that the overall quality of the interior, seemed a little on the cheap side. Below is a snippet from Ford’s press release regarding the 2012 Focus:

The all-new Ford Focus sets a new standard in the small car segment in North America, offering more technologies and features than many expensive European cars, while delivering up to 40 mpg on the highway.

“Focus brings a desirable combination of dynamic design, outstanding driver engagement, unmatched levels of technology and impressive fuel economy,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas. “The new model should expand Focus appeal to a whole new generation of customers.”

Focus is Ford’s most significant global nameplate. With more than 10 million units sold since launching in 1998, Focus has become a sales leader with consumers worldwide for its blend of outstanding value, comfort, safety, technology and driving dynamics.

Following an unprecedented global development program under the company’s One Ford strategy, the all-new 2012 Focus is set to continue this successful tradition. The new Focus demonstrates how Ford can scale to meet the universal needs of worldwide customers, while fine-tuning to suit regional preferences.

Distinguished by its sleek and sporty design, Focus is packed with more affordable technologies and features than the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla or even larger competitors such as the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. In addition, Focus offers high standards of quality and craftsmanship and class-leading fuel economy, while taking driving dynamics to a new level.

By Tabitha Foss
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2011 Ford MUSTANG Classic Recreations GT500CR Review, Specs, & Pictures
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Classic Recreations is an aftermarket customization company based in Yukon, Oklahoma, that has been building high-performance vehicles for more than 10 years and is responsible for restoring famous old-school Ford Mustang , which we love, with new-school power, which we adore!

The 2011 Classic Recreations Shelby GT500CR 900S model keeps the same appearance as the original 1967 Mustang, but it’s a whole new monster under the hood. Classic Recreations bestowed it with a Shelby 427 V-8 engine coupled with a ProCharger centrifugal supercharger to pump out 770 hp. This power gets to the ground through a Tremec five-speed manual transmission; an automatic transmission is optionally available. The car received a variety of other upgrades including an upgraded exhaust to create a beefy sound; BBK ceramic-coated headers to give the car 14–22 more rear-wheel horsepower; and a coilover suspension, front and rear sway bars, and wider tires help it handle all its power.

According to Classic Recreations, this new GT500 uses authentic Carroll Shelby exterior fiberglass enhancements such as an extended nose to create a more pointed and meaner look. A fiberglass pin-secured hood takes place of the stock steel unit and incorporates a large functional hood scoop. The restoration company also made sure to use Carroll Shelby GT500CR emblems and a Carroll Shelby Le Mans racing gas cap. The available paint combinations are gray/black, red/white, blue/white, black/gray, and yellow/white, as well as custom color options. The color chosen will be complemented by Shelby 427 wheels, sized at 17x8 for the front and 17x11 for the rear, and matched up with Nitto high-performance tires. The Venom brake system includes slotted, cross-drilled, and Shelby/Baer 14-inch two-piece rotors and six-piston calipers for the front and rear.

Interior upgrades include Carroll Shelby’s signature race-style bucket seats, Venom interior badging, and a 200-mph speedometer. There is also an aluminum steering wheel; five-point seatbelts; deluxe 1967 dashboard, door panels, and trim; and Carroll Shelby inscribed center console and floor mats. There are other goodies if you’re willing to cough up the cash. Pricing begins at $199,000.

By Tabitha Foss
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2013 Ford MUSTANG Boss 302 Review, Specs, & Pictures
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The Ford track toy undergoes some cosmetic revisions for 2013 while the rest of the Ford ponycar lineup undergoes larger power gains. The chassis and powertrain were left alone this year and the major changes seem to be mainly cosmetic instead of performance related. The visual differences between the 2013 and 2012 models will be similar to the changes from the 1970 and the 1969 Boss models. The 1969 and 2012 Boss models share a C-shaped side striping and blacked-out hood panels; the 1970 and 2013 Boss models share a reflective hockey-stick-shaped side markings as well as a center strip on the hood.

"Everything we did for 2013 is consistent with and links directly back to our 1970 heritage. The reflective stripes and hockey stick graphic in particular mean something to Mustang enthusiasts," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "Last year, we proved the car had what it takes to perform, and this year we focused on enhancing its eye-catching looks and celebrating its history.”

The Boss 302 will be available in School Bus Yellow. It matches the color on Parnelli Jones’s 1970 Trans-Am championship car, which he drove to victory in the first of five races in the 1970 Trans-Am Series, originally known as the Trans-American Sedan Championship. Other new color options for the Boss 302 include Deep Impact Blue and Gotta Have It Green. Another important change is the loss of the contrasting-colored roof for 2013.

The new Boss receives a revised front and rear trim. This new front end offers a more aggressive design with a more prominent grille, making it very similar looking to the GT500’s front end. The functional hood extractors really set this look off. The Boss Mustang has also received new signature lighting, with standard HID headlamps and LED-surround taillights.

The 2013 Boss Mustang also offers a unique functional design feature in the grille with removable covers in place of the fog lamps. These covers can be removed quite easily with a screwdriver and provide better cooling on hot track days.

The Boss’s rear end features a high-gloss black panel that connects the taillights, which have a smoked appearance that corresponds well with the aggressive front end. Additionally, the side mirrors have LED lamps that project the Mustang pony logo onto the ground when the doors are unlocked.

The Boss 302 received lightweight 19-inch black alloy racing wheels, which are staggered: 9 inches in front, 9.5 inches in the rear. The Pirelli PZero tires carry over from 2012.

Another addition is the Ford SYNC connectivity system, which becomes standard in the 2013 Boss models.

What hasn’t changed about the Boss mustang is its 444-hp 5.0-liter V-8, close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, 3.73-ratio rear, optional Torsen limited-slip differential, higher-rate coil springs at every corner, stiffer suspension bushings, larger diameter rear stabilizer bar, and decent four-piston Brembo brake calipers up front.

The Boss Laguna Seca is a more race-inspired package, taking the track-ready Boss 302 to an even higher level. The 2013 Laguna Seca has new Sterling Gray accents and will be also available in vintage School Bus Yellow and black paint options, complemented by hockey stick stripes and two-tone gray and silver wheels. Gray also sets off the front grille, mirror caps, and rear pedestal spoiler. The package also includes a gray rear cross brace inside.

The current Boss 302, like the original, will only have a two-year run; 2014 will bring a new Mustang to coincide with the car’s 50th anniversary. The 2013 Boss Mustang will go on sale in early 2012!

By Tabitha Foss
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2013 Ford MUSTANG Shelby GT500 Review, Specs, & Pictures
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For 2013, all models of the Mustang have received a mild facelift and updates to their trim, but it is the GT500 that received the most serious of advancements. The new GT500 receives an aluminum, supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 engine that produces 650 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, which is a huge increase compared to 2012 model’s 5.4-liter V-8, which produces only 550 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. For those that would rather not do the math, that’s about 100 more horsepower and 90 more lb-ft of torque than the 2012 model. Ford calls it the most powerful production V-8 in the world, allowing it to reach a top speed of 202 mph. The new GT500 has a total of 12 more horsepower than the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and 70 more horsepower than the upcoming Camaro ZL1! To top things off, the 3,850-pound car somehow stays exempt from the high-gas consumption tax.

This new motor features a high-performance cross-drilled engine block and cylinder heads, which is meant to promote better cooling and relieve unnecessary stress off the motor, allowing the V-8 to produce the additional horsepower being mostly supplied by the new TVS Series 2300 supercharger. The larger supercharger is more efficient, allows more air to flow the engine, and is the main factor in helping produce the 650 hp. Other upgrades include updated camshaft profiles; a new carbon-fiber driveshaft; and an upgraded clutch, transmission, axle, and cooling system.

The six-speed manual transmission is also upgraded and features a 3.31:1 final-drive ratio to be more conducive to the newfound torque. The clutch is a dual-disc design, offering an increased torque and rpm capacity. Almost every gear on the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 was revised to handle the torque and use more of the power in order to make the car more driver-friendly. After considering more than 35 gearing combinations, engineers finally decided on one combination that delivers less torque to the ground to achieve fuel economy targets.

Other factors that improve traction are the Torsen limited-slip differential (available in the optional Performance Package); and the new SVT’s launch control system, which lets drivers set the desired launch rpm. This unique system is integrated with both the engine control and traction control. Another aspect of the improved traction is the six-piston caliper Brembo braking system with larger front and rear rotors.

Engineers have also improved the aerodynamics of the car to help ensure quality performance. Ford says that with the new aerodynamics offers 33 percent more effective aero loading at 160 mph compared to that of the 2011 model.

This vehicle will be offered with Track Apps, which is a computer system that allows drivers to monitor their car’s performance in a variety of ways. Displayed on a 4.2-inch screen in the instrument panel, the system can show ordinary information like vehicle service intervals, fuel economy, etc., but can also show technical gauges for the car’s oil temperature, air-fuel mixture, and transmission temperature. Additionally, another screen allows owners to measure their acceleration and braking performance.

Ford likes providing its customers with options, so they are offering not one, but two new optional packages on the 2013 model. The first is the Performance Package, which includes the SVT-designed Bilstein electronic adjustable dampers, easily accessed with a simple push of a button on the dash. Normal mode gives customers a more comfortable ride over uneven or irregular roads. Sport mode is all about performance and will allow the GT500 to pull over 1.0 g of steady cornering grip. The Torsen limited-slip differential also comes with the Performance Package.

Enthusiastic customers can upgrade their Performance Package even more with an additional Track Package for superior performance. This option comes with an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler, and transmission cooler for further durability.

by Tabitha Foss
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2012 Ford MUSTANG Shelby GT500 Review, Specs, & Pictures
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by Benjamin Greene

Following a number of more dramatic changes for the 2011 Shelby GT500, Ford has unveiled a variety of small tweaks for the 2012 car. The 2012 model benefits from new Recaro chairs and an optional steering system—available on all 2012 Mustangs—that offers three selectable levels of steering effort tuned specifically for the 2012 Shelby GT500. The selectable levels are a part of the electric power-assisted steering introduced in the 2011 car. According to Ford, Sport mode provides the most road feel and the highest level of effort while Comfort mode provides the least effort and feedback. Standard mode stands as a balance between the comfort and sport settings.

The new 2012 Shelby GT500 also offers AppLink, which gives Sync users voice control of apps stored on their smartphones, illuminated dual visor vanity mirrors, and a universal garage door opener.

The biggest changes occurred on the 2011 Shelby GT500, when Ford started using an aluminum block and replaced its cast-iron cylinder liners with a special coating (it shares the Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA) coating with the Nissan GT-R). As a result, the new engine created more power while requiring less fuel. The resulting 550 hp was a 10-hp increase versus the 2010 model, and the EPA-projected 23-mpg highway and 15-mpg city was up from the 22/14 for the 2010 model and kept 2011 GT500 owners from paying a gas-guzzler tax. The engine was also 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, resulting in a better power-to-weight ratio.

Ford also introduced a SVT Performance Package in 2011, complete with new Goodyear tires, lighter wheels, higher rear-axle ratio, and stiffer springs.
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2012 Ford MUSTANG Shelby GT350 Convertible Review, Specs, & Pictures
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by Benjamin Greene

Shelby brought back the GT350 in limited-edition form for 2011 and now it is re-creating the Shelby GT350 Convertible for the 2012 model year. The 2012 Shelby GT350 Convertible will be the first built since 1970. Both the convertible and coupe will share a limited production of 350 total units for 2012 to maintain exclusivity and future collectability.

The Shelby GT350 is a post-title program based on the Ford Mustang. Customers must first purchase a car from their local Ford Dealer and have it delivered to Shelby American for the GT350 treatment. A Ford Mustang GT can be dropped shipped by a Ford dealer to Shelby's Las Vegas facility or a customer can arrange to have a car transported to the factory. Customers can choose between a normally aspirated 430-hp, supercharged 525-hp, or supercharged 624-hp version of the car. A short throw manual shifter is standard although an automatic transmission is optional with the normally aspirated engine. The Shelby GT350 package starts at $26,995.00 (normally aspirated) and $33,995.00 (supercharged), not including the base car.

The year 2012 also marks the debut of new colors for the coupe as well as the convertible GT350. Color combinations include Performance White with blue LeMans stripes, Race Red with white LeMans stripes, and Kona Blue with white LeMans stripes. The convertible will offer a new optional light bar. Other options include a one-piece drive shaft and color-coordinated billet-aluminum engine cap set.
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