No matter how we look at almost five decades of Mustangs, there have always been the Stangs that we would love to own and drive. Sometimes when we’re working in the garage, taking a shower, or pushing a lawnmower, they come to mind. Other times, it feels like a long-lost romantic encounter. No matter how we see them, they are constantly prime examples of what’s so great about Ford Mustangs.
2007 Mustang GT California Special
Continuing its extremely popular line of throwback Mustangs, Ford commended the 1968 California Special that had a small run with assistance from Shelby. The 2007 version was a GT Premium updated with the California Special Package 54C.
A typical 300 hp and 320 lb-feet of torque sent the Stang from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, with its quarter-mile jog taking 13.8 seconds at 103 miles per hour, according to Car & Driver. Ford continued making this version until the 2011 version.
First 1964 ¼ Ford Mustang 289
OK, so this isn’t an official version, but the first Ford Mustang is what began it all. Particularly, it was Mustangs equipped with the 289 V8 that actually caught the eye of the people. With V8 sound and power in a comparatively small body, the Mustang was quick, agile and, needless to say, magnificent.
2011 Mustang V6 Premium
Once the 2007 V6 Mustang started challenging classic GT versions with a quarter mile run near 15 seconds, it was clear Ford had some serious performance plans for the base engine version. In the 2011 V6 Premium, Ford produced an engine delivering 305 hp and 280 lb-feet of torque, able to go from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds according to Motor Trend evaluations. It ran the quarter mile in 13.7 seconds at 102.0 miles per hour.
Ford Mustang Mach 1
No, this Mustang couldn’t really reach speeds of Mach 1, but like the challenging name alludes, this is one really fast Stang. First introduced in 1969, the Mach 1 was a functionality alternative of the Mustang. It came with three powerful V8 engines, and an absurd 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet.
1971 would find the launch of the second Mach 1 that once again could be had with a threesome of V8 engines. The Mach 1 trim would continue through the whole run of the Mustang II and unfortunately in 1975 came with a V6 engine (which oddly was its best sales year).
2008 Mustang Bullitt
In 2008 after the devotees of Steve McQueen and retro Mustangs, convinced Ford of the need for another Bullitt version, the 2008 Mustang Bullitt was launched. This time, there was a lot more force under the hood to believe that 1960s trendy on every journey. The 2008 Bullitt packed 325 lb-feet of torque and a 24-valve V8 capable of 315 hp. That result took the car from 0-60 in 5.0 seconds, finishing a quarter mile in about 13.7 seconds at 102.7 miles per hour.
Ford Shelby Mustang GT500
In 1967, Shelby added another type of Mustang to the business’s Transam prepared GT350. Called the GT500, the new Shelby Mustang sported a V8 that is 428-cubic inch and some other external upgrades as good as several mechanical improvements. As more power was required, there was also King of the Road- Shelby Mustang GT500KR- that came with the higher functionality 428 Cobra Jet V8.
2011 GT California Special
With a new appearance and a fierce new DOHC V8 engine with a capacity of 390 lb-feet of torque and 412 hp, the 2011 GT California Special was one of the fastest Mustangs ever made.
Like the versions sharing exactly the same engine, this model ran the 0-60 sprint in 4.3 seconds and covered the quarter mile run in about 12.8 seconds at 110.8 miles per hour. The normal GT Premium versions delivered the same unexpected functionality with no limited edition price tag.
Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R
From 1993 until 2004, the maximum functionality Mustangs had the SVT Cobra badge. Featuring better management extra power and an increased driving experience, the Cobras were a step above routine V8 Mustangs. But although more performance was required, there were a few special edition track-prepared Cobra R versions.
In 1993, the first Cobra R arrived. Utilizing the Cobra’s 235 horse power, 5.0-liter V8 engine, the R received larger brakes, upgraded shocks, bigger wheels and extra cooling. Unnecessary for the track racing, the AC, back seat and stereo were all removed to conserve weight.
2012 Mustang Boss 302
Ford wasn’t done with its efficacious range of throwback Mustangs. The Boss 302 was launched in 2012 with a 5.0-liter V8 capable of 444 hp and 380 lb-feet of torque. It took its cited weight of over 3600 pounds and flew from 0-60 in 3.97 seconds, racing the quarter mile in approximately 12.3 seconds and at 115.8 miles per hour. It was definitely what Boss Stang fans had been waiting for, one that Motor Trend praised as the best Stang ever made.
Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
Just a year after the Mustang was launched, Shelby and Ford created a raw, path-centered variation of the automobile. Utilizing the Mustang’s V8 289-cubic inches, the power plant was tweaked to create a wholesome 306 hp. In 1965, the Shelby just came in white and had no back seats. Ford Shelby Mustang GT 350 was destined for Tran’s Am racing and a few models were created for track racing. The GT350 lived on until 1970, but none were as racing ready as the original 1965 version. [td_smart_list_end]