Richard Petty to Build 500 'King' Ford Mustangs for 2017
Over the last two years, NASCAR legend Richard Petty has turned his focus from restoring vintage and historic race cars to turning-up the performance of Ford’s latest pony car icon—the sixth-generation Mustang. Thus far, the heroic results have yielded a few hundred “King Edition” Ford Mustangs, sporting big horsepower figures and styling attitude, but for 2017 Petty is aiming even higher. This week, Petty’s Garage has announced it will built 500 King Edition pony cars for the 2017 model year, including an all-new 825 horsepower Mustang. Better hold onto your hat. A rarer 43 cars (reminiscent of Petty’s historic racing number) will be styled in a unique silver color scheme in celebration of the North Carolinian’s 80th birthday in July 2017. All told, four different King Edition models are up for grabs with the cheapest going for just $35,000. RELATED: Hennessey Celebrates 25 Years with 800-HP Mustang
Petty’s Garage hasn’t revealed all of the specifications about its new entry-level model, but has said it will feature the same styling of its contemporaries, minus the hard-hitting supercharger. A new King EcoBoost model also joins the four-car lineup for 2017, boasting a race spoiler, center-exit exhaust, and the brand’s signature styling, as well as an unmentioned jump in horsepower.
Petty’s “King” and “King Premier” supercharged V8 models continue into 2017, with the former generating 670 horsepower and an optional upgrade unlocking 727 horsepower, while the latter summons up a titanic 825 ponies. A slew of other suspension, wheel, interior, and braking components are also included in the packages.
Surprisingly, the King Editions still carry a full Ford warranty and can be purchased directly through your local Ford dealership, though the outrageously powerful King Premier features a third-party warranty of three years or 36,000 miles.
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