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AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection
This week’s subject for Five Point Inspection is the 2013 Ford Mustang, equipped with the 3.7L V6 and performance package. Like a car review written in jot note form, we detail five particular attributes of a vehicle to highlight those we like and those we don’t like.
Here’s our Five-Point Inspection:
Imagine winning a 2013 Boss 302 Mustang Laguna Seca in a raffle and only paying $10 for your ticket. It will be possible on August 18.
Here are the facts: the Ford Mustang will continue into the future and there will be a Shelby GT500 version available with the redesign. Beyond that, details are foggier than a seasoned weatherman’s report.
Still, we know that the Mustang hasn’t been selling well recently. In fact, it’s been out-sold by the Chevrolet Camaro for two years running. Speculating far into a car’s future is difficult if not downright silly, but people probably wouldn’t have predicted such a fall from grace.
To celebrate fifty years since the first Shelby Mustang was introduced, the Shelby 1000 stays true to its performance roots and takes the current GT500 to a whole new level. Starting with the 650 hp GT500, the team at Shelby took the 5.4 liter V8 and stripped it right down to the block. New rods, crank shaft and pistons were then fitted to the motor, as well as upgrading the cooling and exhaust systems and adding a new supercharger.
To control all that new power, the brakes get a six piston setup in the front and four in the back, as well as new struts, sway bars and bushings for the suspension. To top it all off the body gets a nice aerodynamics kit meant to embrace a ‘stealth’ look.
John Luft, the president of Shelby American said, “He (Carol Shelby) challenged the Shelby American team to develop the Shelby 1000 and wanted to unveil this amazing new Shelby at the New York Auto Show celebrating 50 years since he unveiled the very first Shelby Cobra that changed the face of high performance. We will have that very car, Cobra #1 (CSX2000) along with Shelby 1000 on display in our Shelby American booth in New York.”
The car will be offered in two different forms, the street legal 950 hp Shelby 1000, and the track oriented Shelby S/C edition which is rated at over 1100 hp.
A limited run of Shelby 1000s will be built, and after all is said and done will cost roughly $200,000.
Watch AutoGuide’s live coverage of the 2012 New York Auto Show for more info.
[Source: Mustangs Daily]
Lost fans might be a little disappointed in the new Alcatraz TV show, but it appears that the season finale will have a lot more excitement to it.
Back in 1968, the movie Bullitt featured Steve McQueen in an infamous chase scene piloting a Ford Mustang. Arguably the most iconic car chase scene in film history, many have used it as the benchmark for directing and producing their own chase scenes in movies and television shows. Now, Alcatraz will take its best stab at it, starrting a 2013 Mustang.
The show was recently caught filming on the streets of San Francisco, Calif. with stunt driver Jack Gill admitting that they’re doing their best job to not only “recreate every single shot,” but to also add their own twist to it with “a lot of sliding around the corners, a lot of getting close to things.” Even better, director Jack Bender said they filmed some of the scenes on the same streets as the chase in Bullitt.
The season finale of Alcatraz with the chase scene will air on March 26.
[Source: Mustangs Daily]
Ford will be running a new Mustang commercial at this weekends upcoming Daytona 500, though the ad is already available online.
The company says that most Mustang purchases stem from the car’s exterior looks and the options available for customization. Giving individual color choice, style, and engine options is the new Mustang ad’s theme.
As the car cruises, it changes form based on whoever happens to be ogling it at that moment, becoming whatever that person desires.
The spot does take a weird turn near then end, when a little girl in a tutu gets a glance. Rather than her wanting a bright pink fluffy version, she would rather have a blacked out GT500. She also looks a little, um, different in the reflection. Maybe you understand where Ford is going with that one, but we sure don’t. Weird…
Which Mustang fits your fancy? Let us know in the comments section below.
Check out the ad after the jump.
Heading to this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, Arizona auction is a one-of-a-kind prototype NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford Mustang. A custom-built prototype that never saw any track time at all – it has zero miles – it’ll come with a custom-built Roush Racing engine that only has dyno time on it.
There’s no reserve on this race car that has a Tremec four-speed transmission mated to the custom Roush 351 V8 powerplant. The exterior is a nice dark blue, contrasted by white racing stripes and the entire package looks ready to rock on the track.
GALLERY: 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford Mustang
We’ve been hearing rumors about improvements to Ford‘s current Mustang for the 2013 model year, now the Blue Oval has officially given us the scoop.
Perhaps the most obvious update is a revised front fascia which adopts a more Shelby G500 appearance, largely due to a different style of lower valance and intakes. There’s also an LED headlight option and on GT models a new hood with functional air extractors.
The previous black lower rocker panel extensions are now body colored, while the triple tailights out back are now LED units, in keeping with current industry trends, plus a high gloss rear panel in between them, inspired by the Boss 302. Other exterior features include side mirrors with LED ”pony” logos that illuminate when you open the doors, new exterior colors (in the shape of Gotta Have It Green and Deep Impact Blue), plus newly styled 17, 18 and 19 inch wheel options.
Other changes on the 2013 Mustang include the availability of genuine Recaro seats on V6 and GT models, plus a SelectShift feature on cars equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission. A Track Pack option is offered on manual gearbox equipped GTs, which includes Brembo brakes, a 3.73:1 rear axle ratio and Torsen diff, along with a Track Apps display in the instrument panel which provides performance data and statistics.
For some time, rumors claimed that the 2013 model would boast a slight increase in horsepower and on the GT, the 5.0-liter quad cam ”Coyote” V8 is rated at 420 horsepower, though still falls a bit short of the Camaro SS with 426 horsepower ( when equipped with a manual gearbox).
In addition the limited production Boss 302 returns for ’13 offered in a new exterior color (School Bus Yellow), along with a set of reflective “hockey stick” side stripes, a dead ringer for those found on the ’70 Mustang of the same name. Removable front foglamps should prove a boon for track enthusiasts, aiding brake cooling during extended hot lap sessions.
The 2013 Mustang will make it’s official debut at the LA Auto Show this week; stay tuned for further information.
There’s nothing like logging into our Facebook page and seeing it littered with Ford Mustang badges. That’s because Ford is turning to its Facebook page and some good ‘ol viral marketing to promote the unveiling of the new 2013 Mustang.
Ford has released four blurry images of the 2013 Mustang on its Facebook page and has promised to un-blur each one for every 5,000 people who “Share” a special Mustang badge.
Obviously it’s been working quite well for Ford, since by the time we caught a glimpse of this they had already unveiled one image with over 5,700. Now it’s our turn to do our part and hopefully you’ll do yours too, so that we can see the 2013 Mustang that much sooner.
Among the buzz already surrounding the 2013 Mustang, Ford has announced that the specialized Cobra Jet drag version will be part of the lineup. However, like the more mainstream variants, it will feature a number of updates. The 5.4 quad cam V8 will return, in either naturally aspirated or supercharged forms, but joining it on the options list is a version of the 5.0 ‘Coyote’ engine, found in the current Mustang GT.
The reason for this, according to Ford Racing’s Jesse Kershaw, is that it will allow the ’13 CJ to compete in a wider variety of NHRA sanctioned events than previous versions of this car.
Other changes on the 2013 model include revisions to the CJ’s suspension, steering, even the roll cage design and seats in an effort to balance improved capability while minimizing mass. “We’re looking at ways to cost-effectively take weight out of the Cobra Jet,” said Kershaw “and are also paying close attention to the final price. Based on our research we know where the car needs to be performance and price wise.”
The 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet is slated to make it’s debut at this year’s Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show, which runs from December 1-3 at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida, with production likely to begin sometime next year.
[Source: Mustangs Daily]
Although a major re-design of Ford‘s pony car is scheduled for 2014, possibly as a ’15 model, the Blue Oval isn’t letting weeds grow beneath the current car. For 2013, it’s promising a few changes, including styling updates and a bump in power on GT models.
Most rumors seem to agree that regular Mustangs, both base and GT will adopt some cues from the Shelby GT500, including a more aggressive front fascia with a larger upper grille and revised below bumper inlet. In addition, the trapezoidal taillight treatment will give way to something less angular, with lenses that run straight across the back panel instead of being angled.
As for mechanical improvements, although both the 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8s will remain, the latter is rumored to be receiving a boost in power, to around 425 hp, in order to help put it on equal footing with the Camaro SS.
Some sources also say that the supercharged Shelby will crank out as much as 620 horsepower. The 2013 Mustangs are slated to make their debut at this year’s LA Auto Show in November.
[Source: Mustangs Daily]