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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:
When it goes on sale this month, the package won’t beat the legendary Shelby GT500, but it will boosts performance to 565 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque — well beyond the Boss 302.
Stacking the Mustang up to that level is no easy task. Roush achieves the venerable feat by installing a supercharger capable of high speeds to deliver significantly increased power.
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.
Ford officially announced its 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet at the 2011 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Florida, ready to roll into NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock classes and start dominating. The 2013 Cobra Jet will be limited to just 50 units and orders can be placed at a local Ford dealer where it’ll be first come, first serve.
Production of the Cobra Jets won’t begin until June of 2012 and Ford anticipates to start delivering vehicles by mid-summer of that year. It has an approximate MSRP of $86,000 with the naturally aspirated option while the supercharged variant will run $93,000. Additional options and pricing won’t be announced until the beginning of next year in January.
But what we do know about the race car is that both will be powered by Ford’s 5.0L TiVCT powerplant, with the naturally aspirated one featuring a Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high lift cams and low-drag accessory drive while the supercharged version sports a 2.9L Whipple supercharger mated to a 5.0L with CNC port-matched manifold and heads and a proprietary 10-rib supercharger drive system for high RPM use without the need of a belt.
Ford also improved the chassis on the 2013 Cobra Jet with lightweight body modifications helping give it better weight distribution and while electric power steering provides better drivability without parasitic horsepower loss. On the inside, a new roll cage was designed to optimize safety and chassis rigidity. Minor tweaks include a new brake pedal ratio for more modulation and stopping power while the rear suspension’s geometry has been tweaked to deliver faster and more consistent 60-foot times.
Unfortunately no horsepower figures were announced with the release of the vehicle at PRI.
Ford is also allowing its fans to vote for the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet (classic white, silver or black) at fordracing.com with voting ending on December 31st, 2011.
GALLERY: 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
[Source: Mustangs Daily]
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.