Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
November 3, 2016

The name Richard Petty is synonymous with speed. He’s The King, after all, and the most prolific racer in NASCAR history with 200 wins, 712 top tens, and 123 poles. The lion’s share of those wins didn’t come at the wheel of a Ford, but these days his race team is finally racing for our favorite automaker. Therefore, it only makes sense that Petty’s Garage is now full of wicked cool Mustangs.

We actually photographed this Mustang a few weeks prior to SEMA, but we weren’t able to tell about it until now.

The magic happens thanks to a supercharged 825hp Coyote combination, making sweet music thanks to American Racing Headers long-tubes and a Magnaflow axle-back exhaust.

The car you see here is the 2017 Petty’s Garage King Premier Edition Mustang. The King Premier Mustang is a collaborative effort between Petty’s Garage and paint giant R-M, which is a brand of BASF. Thanks to that partnership, the King Premier Edition features R-M Diamont Grabber blue paint with a silver pearl hue from the Diamont Zyrilliant series.

Aside from the breathtaking paint, the King Premier Edition features Forgeline s3sc 20-inch wheels with Continental tires with a reduced ride height thanks to Petty’s Garage 3-way adjustable coilover shocks and struts. We had an opportunity to drive one of Petty’s Garage Mustangs (They wouldn’t let us off the property with this one), but we can report the Petty’s Garage coilovers, 3-way adjustable sway bars, and wheel hop reduction kit allows the car to handle the curves almost as fast as Richard Petty handled Darlington.

The interior of the King Premier Edition features a Petty’s Garage leather interior with custom embroidered seats and floor mats. As you can see, this particular car is a 6R80 automatic, but you can also get a King Premier Edition with a MT-82 6-speed manual transmission and a Barton shifter.

Responsible for getting up to the speed is an 825hp Coyote combination based on a Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger, an upgraded throttle body, dual cooling fans, American Racing long-tube headers, and a Magnaflow axle-back exhaust. Up to the task of bringing the car to a halt is a set of Petty’s Garage/Wilwood brakes at each corner.

So, you’re probably asking if you can buy this one, or have one built for you. The answer is yes, and yes. Will Cheek, Petty’s Garage Aftermarket & Restoration Sales Manager says this car’s paint scheme was a one-off design destined for R-M’s SEMA booth. The car is owned by Sarasota Ford, and Will says the dealership will either sell the car, or perhaps keep the car.

However, if you want a King Premier Edition Mustang, you can order one, and even if you want one exactly like this one, Will says they can probably make that happen. Regardless, if you want a Mustang fit for a King, Petty’s Garage King Premier Edition is the one for you.

We ran into (Not literally, thankfully) the King Premier Edition at the SEMA show, where the car was sitting pretty in the R-M/BASF booth.