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Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

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

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