Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers There are many firsts in life, and the lucky are able to make them count. I had never ventured into the English countryside to Lord March’s estate to experience the Goodwood Festival of Speed where vehicles of every age, size, and description see who can get up the Lord’s driveway the fastest or with the most panache.This year I not only witnessed the famous Hill Climb, but I also got to drive it behind the wheel of a 2016 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Despite being a bit bleary-eyed coming right from Heathrow airport after a long flight, it was an adventure to remember.Like everything at Goodwood, there are scheduled times for batches of vehicles to make the climb. They are often changed or delayed, but they bring about some semblance of order at an event that celebrates the automobile in all its forms by inviting them to a giant car show where they can be admired in motion.Our chance to make the climb is part … [Read more...] about On the famous driveway in a powerful, all-wheel-drive Subaru
In 2015, Ford made it easy for Mustang GT owners to lay rubber with the addition of a line-lock to the Track Apps feature. The link-lock enabled drivers to lock the front brakes only for approximately 15 seconds of tire roasting, whether for fun or for better drag strip performance. And today, Ford announces the line-lock feature will become available on all 2018 Mustangs, including the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, 5.0 GT and the Shelby GT350.“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”According to Ford, line-lock is a track-exclusive feature available with either the 10-speed SelectShift® automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Schaller added, “On models equipped … [Read more...] about Burnouts To Come: 2018 EcoBoost Mustang Gets Line Lock
Here’s some good news: Apparently, the next-generation Accord will come with a variant of the boosted-up two-liter four-cylinder that is currently winning friends and influencing dealer markup in the Civic Type-R. Better news: There will be a six-speed manual transmission available with that engine. It’s not the best possible 2018 Accord news–that would be a direct-injected, 350-horsepower variant of the existing V6 combined with a manual transmission and properly-sized brakes in a leather-lined, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink variant of the sedan–but it will do for now. At the very least, it’s a strong repudiation of my argument that the current Accord V6 is the last muscle car. Not that my argument particularly required repudiation, mind you. I was wrong about the Accord V6 being the last muscle car, and I am ready to admit that fact.Mind you, I wasn’t wrong in that way that some of my valued readers said that I was wrong. They all claimed that … [Read more...] about The Only Way to Save Automotive Enthusiasm Is to Create the Cheap Performance Crossover
Autoweek in review is where we bring you the biggest stories in the car world that you might have missed this week. Whether you were actually getting some work done or you stepped away from your computer for a moment, here's your chance to catch up and have something cool to talk about over the weekend. Ferrari 812 Superfast first drive: $308K and worth every penny Flying home from driving Ferrari’s 812 Superfast, I tried to maintain my composure, some semblance of journalistic objectivity -- don’t want to sound too nerdy/giddy. That’s not ... Mercedes tells dealers A-Class headed to the U.S. After years of back and forth over whether American luxury consumers were ready for the A-class small car, Mercedes- Benz will finally bring an A-class sedan to the U.S. in … [Read more...] about Autoweek in review: Everything you missed June 19-23
Forget the birds, bees, and flowers. The surest signs that spring has come to Detroit are pothole-patching crews descending on the asphalt like ants on a jelly sandwich, immediate complaints about the Tigers’ deficient bullpen, and Inline Tube throwing open its doors to help kick off the car show season. For the latest gathering, Mother Nature decided to cooperate for a change, showering participants with wall- to-wall sunshine, which drew the biggest crowed we’ve ever seen at the open house.It has been about 22 years since brothers John and James Kryta founded Inline Tube. Frustrated at the lack of suitable replacement brake lines for their restoration projects, they started bending their own, and a business was born. The company’s range of tubing components and countless other restoration parts expands continuously as John and James seek out and fill product holes to make resto work easier and more authentic.Today they are pushing nearly 30,000 part numbers, and … [Read more...] about The Muscle Cars on Display at the 2017 Inline Tube Open House
Since STREET RODDER magazine began the growth in the availability of hobby-related products has been phenomenal. Back when the magazine began we were all grateful when disc brake kits and wiring harnesses appeared, a little surprised when reproduction frames and new steel bodies came on the scene, but the availability of high-performance crate motors could have been the biggest shock of all. Suddenly engines with the latest factory technology and offering amazing performance and in many cases they were covered by a warranty—we were in the age of 1-800-horsepower.One of the most sophisticated crate engines available is Ford’s Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing), or as it’s better known, the Coyote. A truly modern, all-aluminum four-valve DOHC V-8, the Ford Performance 2015-2017 5.0L Coyote crate engine delivers 435 hp at 6,500 rpm and 400 ft-lb of torque at 4,250 rpm on premium fuel—all this in a package that tips the scales at 445 pounds.While a … [Read more...] about Ford Performance Introduces The Coyote Power Module
Finding a junkyard that still has old cars in it is getting harder and harder. I know of a handful that have disappeared within the past few years. That doesn’t mean they’re all gone, though. I was fortunate enough that a gentleman gave me a tip about a yard in Michigan that still had a ton of cool muscle cars, even though I didn’t realize it at the time.I was in Detroit for a week doing some work, and I had a day free to do anything I wanted. I did what I always do: I looked to The Map. If you haven’t seen or heard of The Map before, it is a web-based map that allows me to pin items onto it. Every lead, story, and tip I get goes on The Map for a future adventure. Some call it a treasure map; I just call it The Map. I looked over The Map to see what I had not hit yet. I saw a variety of interesting leads north of Detroit, so that’s where I headed.Sadly, most of the spots were either closed, full of newer cars, or had cars that were crushed. But there was … [Read more...] about Michigan Junkyard Turns Up Some Buried Muscle Car Treasure
Forget the birds, bees, and flowers. The surest signs that spring has come to Detroit are pothole-patching crews descending on the asphalt like ants on a jelly sandwich, immediate complaints about the Tigers’ deficient bullpen, and Inline Tube throwing open its doors to help kick off the car show season. For the latest gathering, Mother Nature decided to cooperate for a change, showering participants with wall- to-wall sunshine, which drew the biggest crowed we’ve ever seen at the open house.It has been about 22 years since brothers John and James Kryta founded Inline Tube. Frustrated at the lack of suitable replacement brake lines for their restoration projects, they started bending their own, and a business was born. The company’s range of tubing components and countless other restoration parts expands continuously as John and James seek out and fill product holes to make resto work easier and more authentic.Today they are pushing nearly 30,000 part numbers, and … [Read more...] about Sunshine & Muscle Cars Dominate Inline Tube 2017 Open House
The final months of any classic truck project can feel like forever. The work is practically done, but not completely done. Rod Parsons was especially eager to get his truck finished. His girlfriend, Laura Donat, was having a blast with her deep blue 1941 Willys pickup, making the rounds of the 2016 show circuit and bringing home some nice awards, including a Street Rodder Top 100 win and a finalist pick for Goodguys Truck of the Year-Early. Meanwhile, Rod’s 1967 Chevy C10—two years in the works—was still in the shop, inches away from completion.Rod has built and owned classic cars and trucks his whole life, from street rods to muscle cars and custom trucks. From Laura’s Willys to his very rare 1969 Z/28 Camaro that got some local notice when Reggie Jackson came to Ripley, West Virginia, to buy it. For all the impressive rides he’s owned, he says he always wanted to build “the right one.”The “right one” turned up at The Project Shop … [Read more...] about Is This The Most Powerful 1967 Chevy C10?
Ford’s fabulous dual overhead cam Ti-VCT “Coyote” V-8 is easily the best V-8 engine the company has ever done in its more than 100-year history. Introduced in 2011 and launched in the Mustang GT, the all-new Coyote engine has proven a smashing success as both original equipment and a crate engine for just about anything imaginable.The Coyote’s roots can be traced directly to the Ford family of Modular overhead cam V-8s introduced in 1991. In 2007, Ford engineers and product planners looked at what they liked about the Modular engines and what they didn’t like. For one thing the Modular engine had reached the limitations of its design and how much power could be made. It had reached its ceiling in terms of power. Ford’s objective was to downsize the Modular and build a bulletproof monster mash of a dual overhead cam V-8. It birthed the Ti-VCT Coyote.Although the Modular engines have been popular swaps for a variety of vintage Fords, the Coyote has … [Read more...] about Ford’s Most Powerful and Successful V-8 Ever is Ripe for the Picking for your Classic Truck Project
1 photo Jun 17, 2017 The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed is set to kick off on June 29. With this year's theme being 'Peaks of Performance – Motorsport's Game-Changers', a lot of high-octane, high-speed fun can be expected; there's even a car making its world debut. Here's a look at what can be expected at the upcoming event: McLaren 570S Spider McLaren's mid-engined Sports Series supercar gets a drop-top makeover to produce the new Spider, which will make its … [Read more...] about 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed preview
Back in January, Ford unveiled a mid-cycle refresh for the Mustang. The most significant update—besides the controversial new looks—are the availability of MagneRide magnetorheological adaptive dampers, which were previously available only on the Shelby GT350. Now, it seems the 2018 Mustang GT is getting a much higher redline as well. A forum post on Mustang6g.com sprang up earlier this month full of pictures from a photo shoot of the newly refreshed Mustang, and while most of the shots show the outside of the cars, one interior picture of a yellow GT seems to reveal a 7500-rpm redline. Mustang6g.com If that picture is accurate, it means a 500-rpm jump from the 2015-2017 Mustang GT models, but still shy of the 8250-rpm redline from the flat-plane crank-equipped GT350. It should also be noted that on Ford's 2018 Mustang website, a 7500-rpm redline is shown on a screenshot of the new electronic … [Read more...] about The 2018 Ford Mustang GT Will Apparently Have a 7500-RPM Redline
The 2018 Mustang GT’s gauge cluster has been caught on camera by a Mustang6g.com forum member, and it appears to be sporting a significantly higher redline in the 7,500-rpm range. Last year’s 5.0-liter Mustang redlined at 7,000 rpm, while the GT350 takes it to an astronomical 8,250 rpm.It looks like Ford is bringing the normal 5.0-liter V8 a step closer to its bigger, louder brother by wringing more revs out of the engine. Ford announced it would be making its GT more potent for the 2018 refresh awhile back, presumably to outdo the 455-hp Camaro SS. This extra power comes via the addition of direct injection in combination with port injection, a GT350 style intake and a new exhaust system. While it’s no flat-plane crank screamer, the additional American horsepower, plus the new 10-speed automatic transmission coming for 2018, should produce quicker acceleration times. … [Read more...] about 2018 Mustang GT: New 7,500-rpm redline spied?
Confirmation last month that the Ford GT will compete next year at the Le Mans 24 Hours enabled company chiefs to tell the whole story about the development of their new supercar for the first time. Ford has confirmed the specifications of its road-going GT. Click here for more. With news of the GT's competition intent top secret until mid-June, the men charged with developing the car had previously been unable to emphasise just how extreme and driver-focused the road-going version will be. With news of the race and road projects out in the open, however, Ford's top brass have lifted the lid on how the two cars are intertwined from a development perspective. At Le Mans, Autocar sat down with Mark Fields (president and chief executive of Ford Motor Company), Raj Nair (chief technical officer) and Jim Farley (president of Ford in Europe, Middle East and Africa) to get the full story on the GT's gestation. Why is Ford returning to GT racing? Ford is undeniably proud of its endurance … [Read more...] about How the new Ford GT was developed for both road and race track
What Kind of Idiot Mods His Car the Day He Gets It? A Smart One The longer you wait to modify or upgrade your car, the more it costs. More From Avoidable Contact 20 articles The End of a Watercooled Love Affair The $4,000 Car That All the Millionaires Love Dodge Caravan: The Pickup Truck America Needs? I still remember the day that everybody in my college dorm got a credit card. Maybe I misremember the day, because I seem to recall that the cards just showed up in our mailboxes. That might not be quite correct. It might be that we all got preapproval notices and then we all sent away for our cards, which arrived at pretty much the same time. Most of the fellows in my hall immediately maxed-out their limits on beer and pizza. There was a delirious couple of weeks where you could just walk from door to door and get a free meal at all times of the day and night. I took advantage of every extra slice, because I had different plans for my $200 … [Read more...] about What Kind of Idiot Mods His Car the Day He Gets It? A Smart One
LONG BEACH, California - Dense clouds of tire smoke and feverish electronica recently wafted over Long Beach after the party that is Formula Drift invaded the city's grand prix circuit. Now, the skies are clear, Skrillex's heavy bass drops are a thing of the past, and a salty breeze carries the sounds of Indy cars through the stands. But our attention isn't on the nail-biting race between Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Rather, it's on the keys to the 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Stage 2, beckoning us to kick its clutch and do what its creator intended: atomize tires. Mustang aficionados might not recognize the RTR nameplate. A recent addition to Ford's catalogue, RTR is the brainchild of Ford Performance's professional drifter, Vaughn Gittin Jr. According to RTR's mission statement, the Mustang RTR "was built from the ground up to compliment the Ford Mustang lifestyle with modern aggressive styling and street tested, track-proven performance characteristics." Few … [Read more...] about 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Stage 2 Review | Automobile Magazine
With the new facelifted Ford Mustang on the horizon, there is a new range-topping GT500 variant in the works. The origin of the upcoming GT500's engine is still unconfirmed, though initial reports suggest it could be a twin-turbocharged bent eight producing up to 800 hp. Dodge Challenger Demon aside, the upcoming GT500 is set to wade into horsepower battle against the likes of the 707 hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat and perennial GM rival, Chevrolet with its 650 hp Camaro ZL1 1LE. Compared to the Camaro ZL1 1LE, the GT500 mule here appears to sport a more conservative aero kit, at least with its lack of rear wing. Given the 2018 Mustang has made its debut with its mid-lifecycles revisions, at least some of these can be expected to feature on the Mustang GT500 when it is officially unveiled. Wheel designs can't be gleaned from the development unit here with its covered wheels, though that may point towards another development; possibly uprated, carbon-ceramic brakes. There's some rather … [Read more...] about SPIED: 2019 Ford Mustang GT500 – twin-turbo V8?
Ford has finally launched the Mustang GT in India, at Rs. 65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It will be imported as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) from the company's manufacturing plant in Michigan, USA. The Mustang in India gets a 5.0-litre V8 engine that churns out 395 BHP and 515 Nm of torque. The top speed has been electronically limited to 250 km/h. Ford has detuned the engine to suit Indian requirements, and run on the 91 octane fuel available in the country. In the international market, the same engine develops 435 BHP and 542 Nm of torque. Moreover, the Indian-spec Mustang GT gets only a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. There is no manual gearbox on offer. Power from the engine goes to the rear axle. Additionally, the Mustang GT offers four driving modes - Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet. The latest-gen Mustang also gets a new independent rear suspension, revised intake manifold, new cylinder heads, and a new valvetrain. On the outside, the Mustang gets a … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang GT launched in India at Rs. 65 lakh
Formula Drift champ Vaughn Gittin Jr. didn't grow up lusting after the Mustangs that have since made him famous. Instead, like so many budding car enthusiasts of a certain young age, long before he could drive, he worshipped the Lamborghini Countach displayed on his bedroom wall. A poster of it hung in a place of votive honor. That Countach lust lasted all the way through to one transformative event. "I drove one," he said. Never drive your heroes. After that, you'd think muscle cars would be a natural for Gittin, whose dad was a car salesman. "He would always bring home cool cars." A lot of those were Chevys, including Camaros. But even then, he didn't switch to rear-drive American enthusiasm right away. Gittin Jr. came of age at the time of the Import Scene, when Honda Civics and other sport compact cars ruled (see the highly realistic "The Fast and the Furious"). The early drifter's favorite car was the front-engine, rear-drive Nissan 240SX. That's what Gittin used in his formative … [Read more...] about RTR Mustang Spec 2 first drive: Ready to rock, indeed
What It Is: The Shelby GT500, soon to become the most powerful Mustang in Ford's pony-car stable. The nameplate isn't new, but it hasn't terrorized Chevrolets and Dodges since the previous generation departed after 2014. Why It Matters: Chevrolet recently trotted out the 650-hp Camaro ZL1, while the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (you know, the 707-hp one) is in its third year on sale. There's also that not insignificant, although narrowly focused, 840-hp Challenger SRT Demon. In this power cabal, Ford and its Mustang have been conspicuously absent. Platform: Whereas the less powerful Mustang Shelby GT350 gallops into the 2018 model year without the updated styling worn by the rest of the Mustang lineup, the GT500 most definitely will inherit the new look. It also will expand on those visuals with a generally steroidal makeover, including air intakes that-were they not covered with grilles-just might be capable of sucking in whole geese. Visible in these spy photos are the … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Spied Inching Closer to Production – Future Cars