Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
March 1, 2013

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Taunting Cobras

Imagine my surprise today when my father, an avid Porsche enthusiast for 50-plus years, sent me a Car & Driver article, Nov. '12, on the '15 Mustang. (Probably in response to my sending him your article on the 950hp '13 GT500 taunting his Turbo Porsche.) The point being that I feel neglected, relying on my favorite magazine's editorial column for firsthand rumblings in the Ford universe. What's up?

Via email

We certainly do our fair share of sensationalizing when it comes to big horsepower, but when it comes to speculating about future models, I often leave that to my column and clearly state that it's speculation. Everyone knows that theories about the next Mustang, whether they are supported by un-named sources or not, will garner attention for a publication. We hold the Mustang near and dear, so we don't want to take wild guesses about what might or might not happen with the car. We still have a while to go before it is unveiled, so we're going to enjoy the cars we have now.

King of the Six?

I look forward to reading your magazine every month. I really enjoy the King of the Street competition. While reading about the King of the Street cars and prepping for the NMRA Bowling Green event, I had an idea. I pitched it to a handful of my fellow True Street competitors and they thought it sounded interesting.

I drive an '05 Mustang V-6. It is not anything special and is certainly not in a position to be featured in a magazine right now. But my idea involves V-6 Mustangs. I—along with everybody I talked to about it, including those V-8 only types—think it would be enjoyable to both the fans and the readers if you would do a contest similar to the KOTS competition for base engine Mustangs. You could call it Prince of the Street—like a little brother to the King.

For the entrants, anything goes to really wow the judges, except they are limited engine-wise to whatever base engine was used for that year: An '05 would be a 4.0-liter engine, an '11 would be a 3.7-liter, and so on. There are a large number of small-displacement Mustangs that are getting modified these days and some are reaching huge power numbers and are still daily driven. I know the 3.7-liter has a turbo kit in the works that should be impressive. The 4.0-liter has been pushed into the 400s numerous times, and the 3.8-liter can be stroked and has numerous power tricks to make it insane.

I think the winner of the Prince contest would still be deserving of recognition, and I find alot of people are fascinated by my naturally aspirated 4.0-liter. I can only wonder what people would think if they were exposed to 400-plus-horsepower V-6s that are still easy to drive on the street. This could also draw more readers to your magazine—those with base models that have been modified and are harassed by others for not having a V-8.

This would also attract more low-end Mustangs to show for True Street competitions at both NMRA and NMCA events with hopes of having their rides noticed too. At this years NMRA World Finals, I was the only 4.0-liter in the T/S competition, but there were four 3.8-liter Mustangs. This would also boost performance shops' interest in tinkering with base-engined setups. After seeing some of the shop cars in Bowling Green, I'd love to see what guys like Justin Starkey could build for this type of event.

I would love to hear your thoughts on something like this.

Larry Ross
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I do appreciate your passion for the base Mustangs, Larry. Oddly enough, we were discussing possible variations on the KOTS theme over dinner in Bowling Green. However, bringing it all the way down to the V-6 nation might be a bit of a stretch. The latest sixes are certainly potent enough to be interesting, but most six-cylinder Mustangs are sold to those that want the mix of style and economy. For the most part, these owners aren't serial performance modders like the V-8 crowd.

Short Times
Ford Racing showed off a really interesting Cobra Jet CONCEPT at the 2012 SEMA Show. Its power adder of choice certainly hints at the Mustang's future... Immediately before the SEMA show, ProCharger unveiled its new Programmable Ratio supercharger TECHNOLOGY that makes a centrifugal hit like a Roots down low, and still sings at the top end.