Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
2010's Best Mustangs - 2010 Top 10
MM&FF Takes A Look Back At The Most Influential And Exciting Mustangs Of The Past Year.
Randy Seward '91 Mustang LX
Power and reliability are staples of True Street competition, and few people have gotten a grip on both like Randy Seward, an Orlando native who has no problem driving his 1,000-plus-horsepower '91 LX thousands of miles to compete. Our Aug. 2010 cover car was completely home-built and is capable of ripping off consistent mid-8-second passes. We were lucky enough to tag along as Randy made the trek from Orlando to Commerce, Georgia, for the Nitto Tires NMRA Peach State Nationals. The Calypso Green LX performed flawlessly on the 1,000-mile road trip.
Since the story hit newsstands, Randy has made a few changes to his coupe, and he is looking forward to turning up the boost and dropping his e.t.'s in 2011. With over 480 R&D runs to date, look for some awesome numbers in Bradenton!
Galpin Auto Sports '10 Convertible
Each year, builders go to great lengths to customize cars that showcase the latest and greatest from the performance aftermarket. Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) knows all about custom builds. In 2009, GAS set out to rock the SEMA show with its 2010 convertible Mustang-it succeeded.
This Grabber Blue and black Pony belongs to Steve McCord, the general manager at GAS. Steve's '10 is not like any other Stang running around Southern California. The team at GAS took the then-new Mustang and fabricated a one-off widebody kit, giving this Pony a super-aggressive stance. The front and rear fascias, as well as the front and rear fenders, were handmade and designed to retain the factory body lines, while offering tons of room for wide wheels and tires. Under the hood, the 4.6L Three-Valve has been upgraded with a supercharger system from Ford Racing. Laying down 550 rwhp and 542 lb-ft of torque, this one-off Mustang is one serious show-stopper!
Ford '11 GT500
Refined power is one of the most accurate ways to describe the 2011 GT500, which for us, is arguably the best Mustang ever built. Ford's flagship performance vehicle truly has it all. With 550hp, an amazing amount of handling and comfort, good fuel efficiency, and a sinister look, Ford's Special Vehicle Team is 100-percent dialed in.
The new all-aluminum supercharged 5.4L powerplant, combined with the new electric power steering system, dropped over 120 pounds from the nose, which helped improve real-world performance. Add in the SVT Performance Pack and you're ready to hit the track. The newly-designed Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires give you an incredible level of grip without being overly noisy or harsh. The Brembo brakes give you total confidence in the GT500's ability to come to a stop safely, even though curb weight comes in above 3,800 pounds. Recent tests by our staff showed the GT500 is capable of running 11.80s at 119 mph in bone-stock trim, making it the quickest factory Mustang ever tested on stock tires. That alone puts the GT500 in rare air.
'10 Roush Stage 3
There is something to be said about any car that you can roll off the showroom floor, drive to the track, and run an 11.57 at almost 125 mph. Add sticky DOT-legal tires and 11.40s are yours for the taking. Jack Roush is the brains behind Roush Performance, which manufactures the Roush Performance vehicles. Atop the selection of hopped-up Mustang sits the Roush Stage 3 and the de-contented Stage 3 RH. This 540hp Pony offers a slew of performance enhancements geared at spirited driving and on-track excitement to the few who get to claim ownership.
The 4.6L Three-Valve powerplant is based off the mill from the P-51 Mustangs, which Roush produced in '08 and '09. An R2300 Roushcharger supplies plenty of compressed air to go from mild to wild as soon as you press the loud pedal. With only 100 units produced for 2010, this limited edition is truly something special.