Michael Johnson Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
April 8, 2011
Photos By: 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords Staff

We're always wary of the King of the Street competition hitting a plateau. After each year's competition, we think there's no possible way it can be better the next year, but somehow Mustang guys always step up and impress us with new cars every year. Last year, we reached several milestones we originally thought unreachable. We had our first 1,000hp car and our first 9-second KOTS competitor. Better yet, different cars conquered those plateaus. In short, last year's event was a tough act to follow.

Fortunately for us, 5.0&SF readers once again dug deep to build several Mustangs capable of equaling and surpassing the performances of the prior year's KOTS competition. I know--we shouldn't be surprised, but each year we wonder how it could possibly get any better. It's lucky our forecasting skills are as reliable as your local weatherman's.

While the competition's basic structure remained the same, we had to shake a few things up. First off, we had a new sponsor in AmericanMuscle.com. You have to know AM is one of the largest suppliers of Mustang parts and pieces on the planet, ascending to this stature in a short period of time. We can't thank the company enough for joining in on the fun.

Because we no longer had a tire sponsor, competitors were able to run any tire they wanted as long it was DOT-approved. Plus, they had to run that chosen tire-and-wheel combination for the duration of the event. Because of this, we were able to see how different tire compounds and brand names would work within the competition.

We also relocated our dyno segment to the scene of the original crime. We held the first King of the Street competition in its entirety at Holley Performance Products; this time around, we returned to Holley for the dyno portion of the competition.

Holley really stepped up and made the dyno segment an event by itself. Besides hosting the dyno portion, Holley reps took competitors on a tour of its facilities to give an up-close look at the daily goings-on inside a performance conglomerate. They even fed the entire motley bunch a pizza lunch.

Holley's in-house Dynojet served as the perfect match for our KOTS cars. In years past, the competition has been plagued by tire spin. Thankfully, Holley's big-roller Dynojet was able to harness the enormous power laid down by our competitors.

So enough about the ins and outs of the competition--let's get down to the business of ranking this year's competitors.

Horse Sense: Is there a changing of the KOTS guard? The KOTS competition has been dominated by '03-'04 Cobras, but as you can see by the latest edition, the S197 Shelby GT500 is poised to put the Terminators out to pasture. Who's going to answer the call for next year?

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