Eric English
October 1, 2003
Photos By: E. John Thawley, III

Under the lightweight hood, you'll find what APC thinks may be a strong alternative for a crowd raised on imported four-cylinder buzz saws. Kenny's Garage in Brea, California, installed the Vortech blower and Nitrous Express N20 system, and though the tandem power adders would no doubt turn the normally docile 3.8 into a veritable neck snapper, we figure they would also do some serious snapping of the current factory internals. Those emulating the APC theme would be best off choosing either the blower or the bottle in conjunction with a stock bottom end, yet the over-the-top theme shows what could be done given a bulletproof build. Other than the power adders, the only engine mods include a set of MAC full-length headers, which team with a MAC H-pipe and after-cat system.

One look at the interior of this '02 convert and you'll see it's easily the equal of the wild exterior. APC products abound, including the steering wheel, Speed Glo gauges, pedals, and shift knob, along with a host of custom pieces. Bush Custom Upholstery stitched the suede and leather Recaro seats, while covering the factory dash with the same. Fiberglass guru Gary Bell fabbed the console and stereo enclosure, which is filled with nearly everything imaginable from MA Audio. Multiple amps, subwoofers, and speakers bring the tunes nonstop, and should that ever grow tiresome, there's always the in-dash DVD-preferably viewed from a standstill, thank you very much.

No matter your preference for mild or wild, it's easy to be impressed by APC's dream 'Stang. Yet another take on the most successful ponycar of all time combines newly available products for the masses, with one-off custom work that's worth plenty of oohs and aahs. While it's not everything to everybody, APC's '02 V-6 is clearly an interesting alternative for those with an extroverted personality. Want to be seen? Your show pony awaits.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine And Drivetrain
Block Stock
Displacement 3.8
Crank Stock
Rods Stock
Pistons Stock
Heads Stock
Camshaft Stock
Intake Stock
Throttle Body Stock
Mass Air Stock
Fuel System Stock w T-Rex booster pump
Exhaust MAC long-tube headers, H-pipe, and after-cat system
Power Adder Vortech S-Trim, NX Direct-Port System
Transmission Stock w/B&M shifter
Rearend Stock

Electronics
Engine Management Stock
Ignition Stock
Gauges APC Speed Glo and Inferno

Suspension And Chassis
Front Suspension
K-Member Stock
Struts Stock
Springs Hotchkis
Brakes Stainless Steel Brakes Force 10
Wheels Maido GR5 three-piece
Tires Pirelli 245/35-20
Rear Suspension
Traction Device Hotchkis upper and lower control arms
Shocks Stock
Springs Hotchkis
Brakes Stainless Steel Brakes
Wheels Maido GR5 three-piece
Tires Pirelli 285/35-20