So you’re heading for something new and fast. Than you could not have picked a better year to do it. Here are the most rated performance cars, and what’s even better, all of them are under $100.000. You may not agree with this list, since many of the factors that were taken into consideration had more or less to do with actual performance. I mean, what can you do with a car that goes 400 km/h if you can put only yourself in it? No, here were integrated factors like practicality or vehicle history, price, awards an of course, performance.
One of the greatest performance cars that ever came out of America is the Chevrolet Corvette. The need for more speed and power were the factors that influenced the creation of this great series. Nowadays the Corvette is the head of the Chevrolet lineup and for good reason: it is currently the most powerful Corvette ever made. The ZR1 is the only one on this list that exceeds $100.000 its purchase price being of $111.100. Powered up by a supercharged version of the LS9 model, the ZR1 produces a tire burning 620 horse power and because of the carbon fiber and aluminum body it carries itself around quite easily even at high speed. Top gear’s own Jeremy Clarkson rated this car as the 2009 top performance car.
Next in line is the 2011 Nissan GT-R R35. This one is probably the best car to ever leave the shores of Japan. The Nissan has a four wheel drive and a twin turbo engine with 6 cylinders that powers it up to about 485 horse power. It can reach a top speed of 193 mph and has the Corvette beaten at acceleration: 3.2 second on a 0 to 60 mph run. It is a worthy predecessor to the fabled Nissan Skyline. This oriental beauty can be yours for $84.000.
2011 Ford Mustang
Do I even need to introduce the 2011 Ford Mustang? This massive turbocharged true to the word “muscle car” can reach 60 miles in under 4.5 seconds, while developing a massive 305 hp from the newly improved V6 engine which is smaller lighter, and more efficient, not needing more than 3.7 liter capacity to send this car flying. All the improvements under the hood make this car simply hot, there’s no other way around it. Turn on the engine just to hear it rumble underneath its body and to think that it can be yours for only $23.000.
The embodiment of quality, luxury and performance can be found in the new 2011 BMW M3. It’s basically a 3-series but with a ton of upgrades in engine, coming up with turbine modifications, air flow control regulation, a considerable increase in stability due to the new suspension upgrades and new design. It produces a throttling 414 hp from a V8 4.0 liter engine that’s silent as a mouse and silky smooth which in the same times make it pretty heavy, weighing nothing less than 3650 lbs. If you want to go fast and see the road stretching behind you when the kids are not in the car, than the BMW M3 is the perfect pick, if you have $60.000 that is.
And finally the 2011 Subaru Impreza STi. Being a product of the famous Subaru Technica International which has been leading World Rally Championship development since the ‘80s. After the company developed more and grew, they decided that they want accessible fast cars similar to the Impreza WRX. Therefore they have made the STi. You can have it for $35.000
The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is already flying off the shelves of the famed American tuning company, but for those that demand even more power, Shelby decided to unveiled the 2011 versions of its famed Super Snake package.
The 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake packs a variety of upgrades over the outgoing model. Anthracite wheels, white stripes and a new type of hood scoop are all present, but the biggest change was made to the 5.0-liter V8 engine, which received new superchargers
You can order the Super Snake in three flavors, either a 660 HP, a 750 HP or a whopping 800 HP, which promises to be the fastest Mustang on the block.
Only 1,000 Shelby GT500 Super Snake packages will be offered, each costing around $30,000, without including the price of a new 2011 Ford Mustang GT.
While General Motors or Chrysler have been licking their wounds in 2010, after being bailed out last year, Ford looks like it was never better. The Blue Oval released new models left and right, including the 2011 Mustang, the refreshed 2011 Edge, the all-new 2011 Fiesta or the new 2011 Explorer.
During the launch of these new products, the company also announced that it will shut down the Mercury brand, in order to focus on the upmarket Lincoln, which also received its fair share of new models, like the 2011 MKX or the new MKZ hybrid.
For 2011 though, things are going to slow down, according to Ford America chief Mark Fields. He revealed that the company will shift its focus from launching new or refreshed models, in order to consolidate its products and shave off debt.
This also includes the often talked about One Ford initiative that will ensure almost all the products will be based on global platforms, in order to minimize development costs.
Still, even if Ford will be taking its foot off the gas, GM and Chrysler are expected to put the pedal to the metal, in order to one-up the Blue Oval and get some of their credibility back. The end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 are definitely going to be fun!
Traditional Ford Mustang tuner Shelby has begun polling customers about what other types of tuned and upgraded models they might like to see in the future.
Among the options listed we see a monster Shelby GT500 (pictured above), based on the last generation performance model (2007-2009). This ugpraded muscle car would get a special variable twin-turbo system on the 5.4-liter V8 which will take output as high as 1,000 HP, all sent to the rear wheels. As you can imagine, upgraded suspension, a new wide body kit and plenty of other upgrades are also included. Sadly, the estimated price of $100,000, without the cost of a stock Shelby GT500, is a bit of a downer.
Luckily, Shelby is also considering a tuned version of the Mustang V6, presumably badged as a GTS model. The main upgrades will be made to the insides, including a revised suspension, braking system and a new exhaust. The exterior will also be treated with a special body kit. Pricing for the Shelby Mustang V6 GTS package is a bit more plausible, ranging from $9,000 to $12,000.
There are also two other concepts, based on the 2011 Mustang GT, which include most of the upgrades already revealed for the GTS. Still, those that want extra power from their GT can already choose from superchargers made by Ford Racing or Roush Performance.
2011 Ford Mustang owners have definitely been on the receiving end of quite a lot of aftermarket tuning options, but most of them were targeted at the top V8 version.
Now, Ford dealerships will begin to offer the already announced DUB tuning package, for the Mustang V6.
For those who forgot, the DUB package includes a Roush Performance body kit, a Ford Racing hood, complete with dedicated scoop, lowered suspension, improved transmission, a new grille, special vinyls for the outside of the car and a set of 20-inch TIS wheels. On the inside, expect DUB badges to decorate the seats.
The DUB package for the 2011 Ford Mustang V6 will be available for $3,599, plus $100 shipping charges.
Source: Galpin Ford via Autoblog
New 2011 Ford Mustang GT owners definitely have a lot of choices if they want to squeeze more power out of the already capable 5.0-liter V8 engine.
We’ve already seen Ford Racing offer up its own supercharger treatment, capable of taking the Mustang’s output to an impressive 624 HP, and now traditional Ford tuner Roush Performance has also presented its own offer.
The ROUSHcharger system for the Mustang 5.0 V8 boasts a TVS2300 supercharger, as well special equipment to make it get along with the powerful engine. An output of up to 550 HP and 470 lb-ft of torque can be achieved.
Roush currently offers 90-days warranty for the parts in the system, which costs $5,999. A full Roush Performance supercharger program will follow later this fall with complete warranty.
The 2011 Ford Mustang really impressed a lot of people thanks to its new 5.0-liter V8 engine, capable of an impressive 412 HP.
But what if you want more power but don’t want to buy the performance versions already revealed up until now, the Ford Shelby GT500 or the Ford Mustang Boss 302? Then you should pay a visit to Ford Racing, which has just revealed a new supercharger package for the 5.0-liter V8.
The package includes a Whipple supercharger, an intercooler and upgraded fuel injectors. It’s available in three versions, depending on your own power desire and skill. First, you can get an upgrade to 525 HP and 470 lb-ft, and also a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty, if you get the supercharger installed in an authorized Ford/Lincoln dealership. Those who want more power can get the second version, which boosts output to 624 HP and 536 lb-ft, but with no warranty. Last but not least, for proper gearheads, you can just buy the components and fit them to your Mustang’s engine on your own, for whatever power rating you want.
The first stage starts at $7,199, the second starts at $7,499 while the last one is just $6,499.
It was previewed by a track-only race car and rumored heavily a few weeks ago, but the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 has now been formally unveiled.
The Boss is back and Blue Oval muscle car fans will be certainly pleased with what it’s packing under the hood. Power comes from an upgraded version of the new 5.0-liter V8, capable of 440 HP with 380 lb-ft of torque. A lot of upgrades were added, including ones from the track-only Boss 302R. We have a short-throw shifter, new suspension, upgraded brakes and a new clutch.
The result of these new parts and the extensive fine tuning from Ford? The muscle car is faster than a BMW M3 Coupe around the Laguna Seca track.
As you can imagine, the Boss 302 certainly looks the part, with special paint jobs available, including Competition Orange, Performance White, Kona Blue Metallic, Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Metallic and Race Red. Special decals reminiscent of the old 1969 Boss Mustang are also available.
In honor of the Boss’ revival, a special Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition will be made, boasting unique exterior as well as a retuned chassis, stiffer body and improved aerodynamics.
Pricing has yet to be revealed, but you can enjoy the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 both in the photo gallery below and after the jump in a video released by the Blue Oval.
Photo Gallery: 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302
The 2011 Ford Mustang definitely impressed a lot of people at the beginning of the year, especially with its new 5.0-liter V8, capable of 412 HP in the GT version.
Afterwards, the Blue Oval revealed the track-only Ford Boss 302R Mustang, which has already been seeing race duty during the 2010 season. As you can imagine the revived Boss name sparked a lot of rumors, concerning a road-legal Boss Mustang.
Now, according to the announcers from a recent Grand-Am race, the actual 2011 Ford Boss Mustang might be unveiled in the middle of August, more specifically on August 13th. The unveil will take place at the Laguna Seca track, and be a part of the Pebble Beach week.
According to the announcers, the Boss Mustang will pack an upgraded 5.0-liter V8, capable of around 430 HP, and with a price tag of just $30,000. Besides the improved output, the Boss Mustang will also feature plenty of racing-spec features from Multimatic, the motorsport company responsible for the Boss 302R.
So, are you excited about this upgraded muscle car? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
A few weeks ago, we revealed to you the first sketches of a mighty impressive one-off customization project: the 2011 Ford Mustang SR-71 Blackbird.
As its name suggested, the tuned Mustang borrowed styling cues from the iconic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, and was set to be auctioned off at the EAA AirVenture event, to benefit the Young Eagles program.
The car was thoroughly customized by two of the biggest players in the business, Shelby and Roush Performance, together with Ford Racing. The result was a badder and more powerful Mustang, thanks to a new Whipple supercharger and other performance parts.
The whole package definitely struck a chord with AirVenture visitors, as the car sold for an impressive $375,000. In case you’re not the lucky guy or gal who got their hands on this unique Mustang, you can at least admire it in the photos above.
If you like your Ford Mustang models to come with a bit of customization, then you certainly know of the biggest names in the business, Shelby and Roush.
Given their rivalry, the two companies haven’t exactly seen eye to eye over the years, but now, for a special charity project, both Caroll Shelby and Jack Roush have teamed up to build a unique ‘Stang model.
The 2011 Ford Mustang GT SR-71 Blackbird, as its name suggests, started out as a regular Mustang GT, but was customized with elements borrowed from the iconic SR-71 Blackbird airplane.
Among the modifications made to the model, we find things like a black and gray matte exterior paint job, special SVT wheels, a roll cage, as well as a Ford Racing supercharger coupled with a new high-flow exhaust system. On the inside, the sports Recaro seats boast the signature of both Shelby and Roush.
This unique Ford Mustang will be auctioned off at the EAA AirVenture, benefiting the Young Eagles charity program. It will be showcased on July 27 in the Ford hangar of the AirVenture, and sold on July 29 to the highest bidder.
Source: Roush and Shelby via Autoblog
Ford has just announced that the top of the Mustang range, the 2011 Shelby GT500, will see its production limited to just 5,500 units.
The measure, according to the Blue Oval, is to maintain exclusivity. In order to bust speculation about low sales, Ford also revealed that over 3,300 orders have been received.
Better yet, it seems that people who want the 550 HP Shelby GT500 want it with a lot of options. Statistics from Ford point out that three times as many coupes have been ordered with the $1,995 glass roof option than regular ones. Also, people are ordering the $3,995 performance package like crazy, with more than 68% of new Shelby GT500 models being equipped with it.
In case you’re thinking about getting your own performance Mustang, then you should know that the Shelby GT500 starts from $49,495, without any option. Also, you might want to hurry up, as the remaining muscle cars are definitely going to sell like hot cakes.
One of the most iconic muscle cars in America, the Ford Mustang, is getting ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014, so for traditional Mustang tuner Shelby, it’s never too early to start thinking about that special occasion.
In a recent interview with MotorTrend, Shelby American’s current CEO, John Luft, said that the company is working closely with the Blue Oval to release something extremely special, not just a Mustang with a few badges on it.
According to the exec, tuning legend and founder of the company, Caroll Shelby, has been spending some time at the Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters of Ford, in order to really straighten out the celebrations for the ‘Stang’s half century birthday.
Until then though, Luft also hinted that track-ready ‘R’ models might be resurrected, seeing as how the 2011 Mustang is moving beyond its muscle car, drag-ready image, to a more balanced, racing persona. If you want to celebrate the Mustang’s birthday early, don’t forget that the 2011 Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 are already up for sale.
Ford scored a major win a few months ago, when the EPA clocked the fuel average on the new 2011 Mustang V6 version at 31 mpg. This made the muscle car be the first 300+ HP (305 HP to be exact) model to achieve such an average.
Now, a team of Ford engineers took the 3.7-liter V6-powered ‘Stang at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, to see if it can do 1,000 laps on the 0.533-mile course with just one tank of gas.
The Mustang didn’t disappoint, and actually managed, at an average speed of 43.9 mph, to do 1,457 laps in 17 hours and 40 minutes. The end figures were: 776.5 miles driven with a fantastic average of 48.5 mpg.
*ahem*Hybrid Prius says what?*ahem*
Hit the jump to see two videos of the 1,000 lap challenge achieved by the 2011 Ford Mustang V6.
The 2011 Ford Mustang has certainly become extremely popular ever since it was announced that it will be packing improved engines, including a new 5.0-liter V8.
Now, in order to satisfy those who want even more power squeezed from the Blue Oval muscle car, Ford has partnered with Formula Drift’s Vaughn Gittin Jr. for a special RTR performance package for the ’11 ‘Stang.
Don’t go thinking that these are just cosmetic improvements, as besides the special 19-inch RTR wheels, wrapped in Falken FK452 performance tires, you’ll be getting an improved suspension system, that lowers the Mustang by 1.5 inches, a larger rear sway bar, as well as cross-drilled brake rotors.
The 5.0-liter V8 engine hasn’t seen big improvements, but thanks to a new K&N air filter, a Ford Racing ECU remap and a revised exhaust system, 9 more HP were added, taking the total to 421 HP.
The visual impact of the 2011 Ford Mustang RTR is augmented by a new front splitter, an aluminum spoiler plus special graphics. For the inside, RTR badges were added.
The cost for the Vaughn Gittin Jr.-approved RTR package for the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 V8? Just $7,895. A version for the V6 ‘Stang is also in the works, but won’t appear anytime soon.
Check out this tuned 2011 Ford Mustang in a video after the jump.