Michael Johnson
Associate Editor, 5.0 Mustangs & Super Fords
October 1, 2008
Photos By: Steve Turner

Most reading this weren't even thought of in 1970, but if you're a seasoned Mustang enthusiast it doesn't matter your age...you know about the original Twister Special sold through Kansas City area Ford dealers. Since the Midwest is synonymous with twisters and tornadoes, this marriage of car and deadly weather trait was a natural back in 1970. For 2008, R&A Motorsports [(866) 409-3542; www.r-amotorsports.com] has unleashed a new Twister Special, available from any Ford dealer. If you're in the FBI's witness protection plan, or simply don't like being noticed, you might as well stop reading.

Driving this car will get people's attention, and not just because of the color, but also the Twister nomenclature. No one I talked to about the car had a clue about the Twister's history. And that ranges from my uncle who was around in 1970 to the convenience store clerk, to my lovely girlfriend Debbie whose first car was a '65 Mustang coupe. Oh well, those instances gave me a chance to wow people with my Mustang intelligence. Of those three people, the convenience store clerk was the only one who seemed impressed by what I had to say. However, like myself, my Uncle Brad and Debbie were caught in the moment when taking in the current Twister. My Uncle liked it because it reminded him of Mustangs back in the day (On a Wednesday, no doubt), which lead to him reminiscing about the '72 Camaro he owned when he was younger. I remember that car, too of course, but his Camaro wouldn't even come close to being equal to the Grabber orange '08 Twister Special. It had a 307 in it, but I digress. Even the original Twister Special would be looking up after getting knocked to the canvas by the '08 version.

The '08 Twister Special I drove, even though it had a 5R55S 5-speed automatic, was a blast to drive. The EF-3 version I was able to twist brought with it 4.10 gears, shorty headers, high-flow cats, a modified throttle body, front/rear sway bars, and high-performance springs, shocks and struts. I am a stick-shift guy so to think I really loved this car means I must be getting old. However, if I can eat a Subway foot long sub, talk to my kids on the phone, and drive a car at the same time; life can't get much better. But with the Glassback roof, it does in fact get better. The Glassback roof is simply awesome. Kids and adults alike love it. Why Mustangs weren't available with this option sooner I don't know, but I'm glad it's here now.

Speaking of which, the '08 Twister Special is here now, but with only 96 Twister Specials being built (Same number as the '70 model) good luck finding one. If you are lucky enough to get one though, and you still want to outrun the paparazzi, you better step up to the EF-4 or EF-5 version, the latter package including a Bible. See R&A's Web site and you'll find out why.