2015 Four Mustangs – The Bad, And The Meaner. The Brutal And The Ferocious
The time has finally come, We’ve all waited for that very moment. And the 2015 Mustang First drive already took place. Even though the EcoBoost was the curve ball thrown at critics and the word on the street is unanimously satisfactory. Everyone seems to understand the Ford marketing agenda and a need-to-factor-in the all new 2.3 Ecoboost. There are no more hanging breaths: expectations have been met. Bravo to Ford.
Needless to say, whatever critics says about the all-new 2015 Mustang. What really matters to Ford is the Mustang customer who places their wad of cash on the table before that accountant. Finally the time has come for them as well and they have started taking their “first” 2015 Mustang deliveries stateside.
Furthermore time has come for the reputed tuners show their muscle as well. They are the first in line after market tuners providing the not only the warranties but are also there to give a boost to the Mustang far out reaching programs. Today there are four 2015/2016 Mustangs launched raising the game. Each is unique and is ahead of the game as per their intent. Rearview Mirror has collated all Four Mustangs in this post.
So lets start with Hennessey first and see what the Texan ranger brought to the table.
Hennessey 717 HP Supercharged 2015 Ford Mustang
Hellcat and Z06, be very afraid. Because when that 2015 Mustang 5.0L with the Hennessey script on its decklid sidles up next to you at the stoplight, it might very well be packing 717 supercharged horsepower. Dig the spurs in, pilgrim, and she’ll bolt to 60 mph in a scant 3.6 seconds. Keep your foot down, and the pressurized Coyote 5.0-liter 4-cammer will blaze to a white-hot 11.2-second quarter mile at 131 mph. It’s ponycar meets supercar. That’s the disclaimer written on the Hennessey website!
“We’re very excited about the 2015 Ford Mustang and so are our performance-minded clients,” said John Hennessey. “Our HPE700 Supercharged upgrade will elevate this Motown Missile’s performance to rival some of the fastest European sports cars. We can’t wait to share our specially tuned Mustang with the world!”
“This thing is uncaged, absolutely nuts,” says Hennessey partner Don Goldman. ”We’re thrilled to offer a 2015 Mustang that will outperform some of the fastest cars currently offered, at a lower price point.”
Key to that 717 bhp (and the HPE700’s deep well of torque, 632 lb-ft at 4400 RPM) is the Roots-type high-helix supercharger packing 7.25 psi of boost. Helping the Coyote V8 breathe more deeply is a high-flow throttle body and stainless-steel exhaust system. Upgraded injectors and fuel pump help feed the V8, under command of Hennessey’s proprietary engine management calibration.
Just 500 units of the HPE700 will be produced for the 2015 Mustang model year. Pricing starts at $59,500 USD including the base 2015 5.0L Mustang GT. But greater personalization and performance can be had by adding options such as CarbonAero carbon-fiber bodywork (front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser and rear lip spoiler), 20-in. Hennessey H10 wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2 tires, and a Brembo brake package with 15.1-in. Front rotors. As a package, they give the Mustang improved downforce, cornering and braking to keep pace with the colossal supercharged power.
New 2015 Hennessey Mustangs can be ordered through any of AutoNation’s 37 Ford dealerships across America. However, don’t waste time in contemplating too much. Chances are by the time you walk in any on that dealership they probably be gone. As the 2015 HPE700 inventory is only limited to 500 units. Still, you can find solace in another 500 units of HPE600 belting out formidable 620 bhp @ 6,600 RPM and 595 lb-ft torque @ 4,400 RPM good for spine tingling performance. A high-performance upgrade for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost-powered Mustang is also under development.
Roush, A well know aftermarket quality components/ supercharger provider based on racing and hot rod experiences. Roush has set his vision to deliver a fusion of performance and standout styling package and value. It’s a different route, it’s like going out in an evening with a designer looks-to-kill attitude. Hence, by adding $4,495 you’ll get a Roush Mustang RS on a base Ford Mustang V6-3.7L, delivering the same Ford factory 300hp and 280lb-ft of torque. Striking styling package includes 2015 ROUSH Fascia, front grilles, chin splitter, decklid blackout panel and badging, and more. There are also a wide variety of optional components available with the 2015 ROUSH RS, including the all-new ROUSH hood scoop, side graphics, 20-Inch wheels and ultra high performance tires to name a few.
Then comes Roush Stage1 Mustang. Again, this one is based on 2.3l Ecoboost with same factory 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft. of torque, unchanged. But this starts at $5,895. This in addition to RS Mustangs provides the 2015 ROUSH Mustang Exhaust System with Quad Tips. Including side rocker graphics, 20-inch wheels with ultra high performance tires, hood graphics, instrument gauge cluster, body side scoops, and the innovative Activ8™ Performance Exhaust Featuring Apptiv™ Technology. The range is broad spectrum based upon the price.
Last one is offcourse based on the Mustang GT with 5.0, V8. Once again Factory performance figures remain unchanged. Starting at $8,495, converts your new Mustang with an all-new racing inspired front fascia and rear wing, high flow upper and lower front grilles, “ROUSH” badging and graphics, a newly-designed ROUSH wheel with ultra high performance Cooper RS3 tires.
Another well know Ford aficionado, founded in 1984, Corona, California. Saleen Autosport is formed and introduced the first Saleen Mustang featuring aerodynamics, suspension, tires, wheels, and interior modifications.
“This past July we released a first look of our 2015 Saleen 302 Mustang and the response was resounding,” stated Steve Saleen, CEO, Saleen Automotive. “With the finalization of the all new Mustang model drawing near, we are working hard to bring the next vehicle in the Saleen lineup to life.”
“This is a very exciting time for the Mustang community as this is the first all-new model since 2005,” added Saleen. “As we approach an official unveiling later this year, we are thrilled to release the features and specifications for the 2015 Saleen 302 Mustang. Along with these features and specs, we are releasing a new profile view rendering to give an enhanced perspective on the new model.”
The base S302 “White label” is powered by the Mustang GT’s naturally aspirated 302-cubic-inch V-8, worked to produce 450 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, up from factory stock specs of 435 hp and 400 lb-ft. However the meaner “Yellow Label” and the ferocious “Black Label” packs a supercharger that raises output to 640 hp and 565 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions will be offered: a six-speed manual paired to a choice of 3.31:1, 3.55, or 3.73 rear ends or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and either 3.15:1 or 3.55 final drives. Standard on all models will be a limited-slip differential.
The Saleen in-house “Series S4” high-performance suspension that includes specific front and rear springs, a fully adjustable coil-over suspension is optional. Also optional are slotted and cross-drilled brake rotors measuring 15.0 in up front (up from 13.9 and 13.0 on the Mustang GT) clamped by six-and four-piston calipers, respectively. A 20-inch wheels are standard, while 19-in Minilite-inspired wheels are optional, all measuring 10-inches wide in rears, and 9.0 inches wide in front.
The 2015 S302 Mustang comes with an initial promise fee of a $2,015 will reserve bespoke car complete with Saleen VIN number. Not a bad start considering the upgraded engine & independent rear suspension, the new car promises to be the highest performance Saleen Mustang yet!
Ford SVT GT 350
Carroll Shelby is not long gone. I bet the ghost still resides there, inspiring the SVT engineers to unleash a track beast (Ford’s answer to Chevrolet Camaro Z/28). At this point in time the final name (Shelby or just SVT moniker) is not confirm but what is known that Ford is doing extensive hot lapping rounds at the Nurburgring along side with a possible GT350R. This time Ford has got everything from the IRS and the platform S550 as a fantastic fresh start. According to Car And Driver, Mustang GT 350 with visible quad exhausts will pack a modified version of Coyote 5.0 V8. A 5.2l featuring a flat – plane-crank V8 that may rings to all the way 8000 Rpm! expected to produce in excess of 500Hp.
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