Enthusiasts First Drive: Classic Recreations’ Ford Mustang GT500CR
Ford likely revealing Bullitt Mustang at Detroit Auto Show
This on top of the likely Barrett-Jackson auction Jan. 19.We reported earlier this week that the Bullitt was likely to appear Jan. 19 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Ford is selling a "special new Ford Mustang" with proceeds to benefit the Boys Republic, a school for troubled teens in Chino Hills, Calif., from which McQueen graduated in 1946 and where he visited throughout his movie career.
LOS ANGELES, California — Jason Engel is a mentalist. Engel, with his preternatural powers of divination, has been able to reach deep into the collective consciousness of gear-heads young and old, and pluck out a fantasy. His chosen apparition is built around a logical deduction of what a brand-new 1967 Shelby GT500 must have felt like. But don't let Engel's powers of persuasion delude you, for his GT500CR is no replica.
Jay Leno Chased By Original Bullitt Mustang While Driving New One
Watch and listen as he gets seat time in both cars. Barely 24 hours after Ford unveiled the new 2019 Mustang Bullitt – not to mention dropping a Bullitt bomb by bringing the original movie car out of hiding – Jay Leno is already taking hot laps in both. Actually, we’re pretty sure those laps occurred some time ago considering the amount of green grass and obvious lack of snow shown in the clip, which was clearly shot at Ford’s proving grounds in Dearborn, Michigan. Being a very rich and famous car guy does have its perks.
Like the car it's built to mimic, Classic Recreations' GT500CR is a brawler through and through. Unlike many other resto-mod muscle cars, though, this one doesn't have a modern powertrain residing in the engine bay. Instead, power comes from a Ford Performance-sourced 427 cubic inch big block V-8. The only difference from the original is fuel injection, which Classic Recreations added for daily drivability.
The powerhouse powertrain is backed up with a beautifully notchy Tremec T5 five-speed manual transmission that sends the full 545-hp to the rear wheels, while braking duties are handled by upgraded bits from Baer; 13-inch discs sit up front, 12-inch ones at rear. Needless to say, there's no traction control other than your foot and the Nitto 315/35/17 NT555G2 rear tires.
I Drove A $169,000 Ford Mustang And My Favorite Part Was Everything
Between the look, sound, and that shifter, this is easily one of the most exciting cars I’ve ever driven. If you’re looking for a shop that does to classic Mustangs kind of what Singer does to older Porsche 911s, this just might be your ticket. Classic Recreations does artful takes on iconic designs with a modest dose of modernization. And not surprisingly, it rules. Hard. (Full disclosure: Classic Recreations’ PR agency contacted me and offered me a chance to drive this vehicle for several hours, but the catch was I had to also drive a VW Golf R with APR mods.
Getting the GT500CR to turn, however, required more than just cosmetic surgery. A hydraulic unit now powers the steering rack, while tubular subframe connecters, a partial roll bar, oversized front and rear anti-roll bars, and coil-over suspension allow the car to handle more like a '17 Mustang than a '67.
The behind-the-wheel experience lulls me into a sort of trance. I'm not shifting gears through orange orchards in one of the many canyon valleys that litter Los Angeles' infrastructure, but pounding through the Tremec's heavy gate as I pass Corvettes, Porsches, and Ferraris at Le Mans—or the SCCA Runoffs—in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It's an intoxicating hallucination, one that has me pushing the car faster through each successive corner. But hucking the GT500CR into corners isn't life-threatening; you don't need Steve McQueen's cojones or Paul Newman's pitch-perfect car control thanks to the modern updates.
Ford is Taking Orders for the 2019 Bullitt
To celebrate the 50 years since the automotive cult-classic movie Bullitt, Ford has announced that it's taking orders for the 2019 Mustang Bullitt. This car isn't just some badges, fancy keys, and different floor mats. In fact, they've removed most of the badging and included some stout performance elements with this special Mustang.The engine shares the intake manifold with the GT350 and breathes a bit easier with an open-air intake and 87mm throttle body. A unique power control module will be added to make all 480 ponies and 420 lb.-ft of torque work to get the car to its 163 mph top speed in a hurry.
Even in the damp and cooler fall weather that accompanied our first foray in the GT500CR, the Nitto tires maintain traction as if they were race-spec rubber, burning up any number of racetracks around the world. Their grip level gave me more self-assurance than likely prudent. I was able to lean on the Baer brakes going into turns to dive the nose of the GT500CR and give the front end more traction, before slowly releasing the brakes mid-corner. With the thin, old-school wooden steering wheel finally straight, noise, and fury can safely emanate from the engine bay.
The Coyote V-8 in today's Mustang GT sounds good—glorious, even, with an aftermarket exhaust fitted—but it lacks a certain fidelity that only a big block V-8 can deliver. Descriptors can only describe the raspy violence so far as it's more about the thundering reverberations that impact your chest and eardrums. There's a certain character to the way the fuel-injected big block behaves that separates it from the car's modern cousins, to how it sends a powerful surge that multiplies the further you bury your right foot into the throttle. While the GT500CR can turn, that engine and its dynamic character will have you searching for straights.
Ford to bring new Mustang to 2019 Cup series
Ford has confirmed that it will introduce the Mustang for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series. It currently runs the Fusion in the top-tier Cup series and it is the oldest make on the grid after Chevrolet introduced its new Camaro for 2018, a year after Toyota brought an updated Camry.There had been speculation throughout the 2018 season that Ford would introduce a new car and its leading teams such as Penske and Wood Brothers had asked for improvements to the current car over the off-season.The Mustang has already competed in the Xfinity series, but will now replace the Fusion in Cup next year.
You'd be hard-pressed to feel uncomfortable in the GT500CR's cabin. The seats, sporty in their bolstering, are comfortable, meaning long trips are a definite possibility. The rest of the interior is well-appointed with leather, wood and aluminum, and a modern audio system that's Bluetooth enabled so you can blast Paul Simon's Kodachrome roaring down the highway in vivid Technicolor. My only gripe with the interior is that the seat itself sits all too high. Without putting the seat into a semi-reclined position, my head scrapes the roof and there's no way in hell I'd be able to wear a helmet for a spirited day at the track.
Parking the GT500CR and handing the key back felt akin to waking up from a dream. Except that Engel's creation remains tangible—and it's better than the original as it's not brought down by primordial technology or engineering. Classic Recreation's $179,000 version more closely supports the reactions to those first pieces of literature, reviews, and videos that molded our nascent car-loving minds.
2018 Roush JackHammer Ford Mustang is a 710-HP Pavement Pounder .
Supercharged 'Stang also gets cosmetic upgradesBased on the Mustang GT, the 2018 Roush JackHammer Mustang comes with a host of special upgrades. It gets a Roush adjustable coil-over suspension, Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires, special badging, and standard gloss black wheels. On the sides, you'll find a hockey stripe design, and buyers can opt for a performance stripe over the hood and top of the car as well.
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