Getting the best out of Mustang is now big business, what with close to 10,000 Stangs delivered by Aussie Ford dealers to date. AMC overviews the major Mustang tuning options.
Plans by Ford to offer a factory fast Roush supercharged Mustang have failed to meet with ADR approval, providing a readymade niche for a growing aftermarket Mustang tuner base. One of those is former Ford Australia hi-po division Tickford, which last fettled Falcons in 2001. The Campbellfield, Victoria outfit returned in 2016 under the ownership of Prodrive Racing Australia and offers a pair of power-up packs, with a third in the works.
There’s the 270 Power Pack, which takes to the EcoBoost four-cylinder with engine computer, intake and exhaust modifications to free kilowatts to the tune of a 270kW total. The 360 Power Pack applies the same thinking to the V8 Mustang GT to deliver a 360kW peak and 585Nm.
An as yet unreleased ultimate, supercharged package will likely be called the 500 Power Pack – named for the kilowatt count – and straps a Roush supercharger to the Coyote V8 to create a weapon.
An exhaust that runs from the original catalytic converter to quad tips is offered for those seeking a soundtrack upgrade (with a mild power increase) and comes with an aero diffuser to complete the rear-end visual effect.
Tickford also offers a logoed, satin-black 20-inch wheel and Dunlop Sport Maxx SP tyre package – with wide 295s at the back – as a standalone upgrade for about $4500 including a tyre pressure monitor system and locking wheel nuts.
Long-time Mustang importer Mustang Motorsport, meanwhile, is the official channel for Shelby performance parts, which it offers individually and in a series of packages. Mustang Motorsport also offers upgrades for earlier privately imported Mustangs.
The Shelby GTE package brings mild engine upgrades that nonetheless elevate the fourcylinber turbo Mustang EcoBoost’s outputs to 250kW and 529Nm and the V8 Mustang GT’s to 340kW and 575Nm. Exterior aesthetic upgrades including the iconic Shelby Le Mans stripes, a short-throw quick gear shifter, a series of suspension tweaks, and tastier exhaust tunes liberated by a Ford Performance/Borla-brand exhaust complete the package.
The 50th Anniversary Super Snake is a more serious proposition for the V8 Mustang GT that’s capable of zero to 100km/h well inside 4.0sec. Blown outputs of 500 and 559kW are possible, with upgraded springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and bushes, and forged alloy wheels cloaking a bigger, Wilwood-brand brake package.
The 559kW option comes with a choice of a Whipple or a Kenne Bell supercharger and brings durability mods to withstand the extreme grunt, including a heavy-duty cooling system upgrade and a stronger one-piece tailshaft, half shafts and wheel studs.
Its Terlingua – named after the Terlingua ranch in Texas, and the late-60s Trans-Am racing team – is said to be limited to five units in Australia. A Whipple-supercharged output in excess of 559kW teams with track-focussed suspension, drivetrain and Brembo brake upgrades, and you get 20-inch Weld wheels in an aggressively styled