Let’s be honest, the Ford Mustang GM GT Fastback will never be renowned for its track prowess. Despite a raucous 5.0-litre V8 and ‘sporting heritage’, there are more than a handful of European hot hatches for the same money that will run rings around it on a race track. That, however, is beside the point.
Buying a Mustang isn’t a rational decision. Buying a Mustang is a statement. It tells the world that you could care less about how fast you’re going around a race track – as long as you’re having a tail sliding good time while doing it. And you will be.
With the demise of the Australian built V8 engine, the Ford Mustang captured a once fiercely loyal audience of Aussie muscle car fans. It’s also captured the imagination of buyers who would usually allocate their $60,000 car fund to a sensible, 2.0-litre four-cylinder prestige German sedan or coupe.
From the factory, this 2017 Ford Mustang GM GT Fastback features a 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 306kW of power and 530Nm of torque. Enough to propel the 1701kg coupe to 100km/h in 4.8-seconds in a cloud of smoke and pantomime that would otherwise be reserved for larger, more-expensive German sedans.
This, however, is no stock car. This is a 1 of 1 build by one of Australia’s most acclaimed Mustang dealers – Black Widow. This 900HP Ford Mustang Build features in excess of $50,000 worth of modifications and a slightly lairy paintjob (although, you are driving around with 900 ponies under your right foot, so what’s a bit of colour contrast).
The biggest upgrade obviously occurs under the bonnet. The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 has been fitted with an Edelbrock Eforce Supercharge with a Stage 2 ECU upgrade so that the onboard computer has some idea of what to do with the power. A Borla Exhaust with Kooks Headers means that you won’t go unnoticed even under very mild throttle. Standard wheels have been upgraded to 20 inch Velgen Classic 5 and wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres. Prospective buyers will want to set aside a tyre budget and get to know their local distributor.
With $50,000 worth of upgrades, the 900HP Ford Mustang is justifiably more expensive than the $60,000 base price for a Ford Mustang GM GT Fastback. A 900HP Ford Mustang may not be the most refined or sensible way to spend $89,990, but it could well be the most enjoyable.
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