Ford Ups the Ante with Special 727-HP “King Edition" Mustangs
Last month, NASCAR legend Richard Petty generated plenty of buzz when he customized a mean 2015 Mustang GT and auctioned it off to charity not once, but twice to the tune of $535,000. Today, “The King” has another wild-styled custom Ford Mustang—in fact he has 300 of them—and if you’re lucky, you can buy one. Meet the 2016 Ford Mustang GT King Edition, the result of cooperation between Ford Performance and Petty’s Garage, the in-house speed shop of Richard Petty. The limited-run Mustangs will come in three different flavors—243 “King” editions, 43 “King Premier” editions, and a scant 14 “King Premier” convertibles. Need one in your life? Petty’s Garage plans to sell the special editions through local Ford dealerships. Better hurry. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at Richard Petty's Custom Mustang GTs
“I’ve always liked the look of the Mustang, and the 2016 model gives us a great base car to work with,” said Richard Petty, in a statement. “These new King edition Mustangs are pretty much the way I’d build my own.”
To start, Petty’s Garage begins with a stock 2016 Ford Mustang GT and adds a Ford Performance supercharger to the 5.0-liter V8 engine. Next comes a cold air intake, custom engine tuning, and a MagnaFlow center-exit exhaust, which equates to 670 horsepower. Need more? The firm offers a “level two” upgrade with a smaller supercharger pulley which nets a screaming 727 horsepower. Heavens above.
It’s not hard to see where Petty’s Garage was aiming with these custom ‘Stangs. In fact, the press release even says “Ford’s pony will be hell for some cats.” Shots fired! Your move Dodge.
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Understandably, the stock Mustang may need a little help wrestling that power to the ground. That's where Ford Performance half shafts, tree-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, and a pumped up rear axle come into play.
Visually things get upgraded to The King's preferences as well, including a custom rear diffuser, shift knob, sill plates, floor mats, headrests, and Petty's signature on a special dash plate. Matte black Petty's Garage 20-inch wheels come standard issue and complement the popping black-and-blue paint job. Six-piston front brakes arrive as an upgrade on the King Premier packages.
Ford says prices start at $67,495 for the King models and a big $90,495 for the rarer King Premier models, though all packages can be equipped with the 727 horsepower supercharger setup. Just want to ogle at them? You can find these tricked-out Richard Petty Mustangs at the 2015 SEMA Show, which kicks off November 3rd.
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