The 2015 Ford Mustang is about to premier in showrooms across the United States, and more importantly the showroom here at Mel Hambelton Ford! But the question on everyone’s mind is what will the Mustang tuners do with this new pony car? The three big players in the custom Mustang department; Saleen, Roush and Hennessey have all made news this week by showing off their newest Mustang creations.
As usual all of these Mustangs have seen a visual treatment, each in their own special ways, and two of them added a bunch of muscle under the hood, with all three oufits warrantying their modifications for three years or 36,000 miles.
So lets take a look at these beasts.
2015 ROUSH RS MUSTANG
This is the tamest of the three pony cars and rightfully so as this is the RS (Roush Sport). On this ride the modifications are mostly cosmetic and can be applied to the base 300-hp V-6 Mustang (RS), or the new 310-hp turbocharged four-cylinder model (RS Stage 1), and the lean mean, 435-hp GT (RS Stage 2). Engine outputs do not change by a single horse.
All three of the RS models get new front and rear fascias, high-flow grilles, driving lamps, side sill extensions, a rear spoiler, embroidered floor mats and Roush badges all around. The RS Stage 1 Mustangs also receive a performance exhaust system with quad pipes (one for each cylinder) and the Stage 2 ponies will receive all of the above plus a set of gorgeous five-spoke 20-inch “Quicksilver” wheels and Cooper RS3 performance tires. These wheels can also be ordered on RS and RS Stage 1 cars, along with body-color hood scoops, blackout window scoops, billet aluminum pedals, Roush insignia ball shifters, Roush gauges and Roush plates on all the door sills. Additionally Stage 1 and Stage 2 models can be upgraded to include a reverse sensing system, adjustable coil-over suspension, as well as an “Activ8″ active exhaust system.
Roush hasn’t officially said whether or not there are plans in the work to produce a more monstrous version of the 2015 pony car, but we would be surprised if there wasn’t one in the works.
2015 SALEEN S302 MUSTANG
In case you have been living under a rock, Saleen and Mustangs go together like really fast peanut butter and jelly. This beast is so new that we don’t even have real photos of it yet, just two renderings, although as SEMA draws near that will most likely change. Here’s what we do know:
The base S302 “White label” is going to be powered by the Mustang GT’s 302-cubic-inch V-8, the engine has been reworked to produce 450 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, up from 435 hp and 400 lb-ft. Two additional variations names “Yellow Label” and “Black Label” will add a supercharger into the mix and raise the output to a beastly 640 hp and 565 lb-ft of torque. There will be two transmissions offered: a six speed manual paired with a choice of 3:31, 3:55, or 3:73 rear ends or a six speed automatic with paddle shifters and either 3:15:1 or a 3.55. Limited-slip differential will come standard on all variations.
On the suspension end all S302s will come with its “Series 4″ high performance suspension that includes specific front and rear springs, with a fully adjustable coil-over suspension is optional. Also optional are slotted and cross-drilled brake rotors measuring 15.0 in up front clamped down by six-and four-piston calipers, respectively. 20 inch wheels are standard while 19-in Minilite-inspired wheels are optional (we think its strange too) all measuring 10-inches wide in the back, and 9.0 inches wide in front.
The rendering above shows the Black Label wearing Saleen’s trademark hashmark graphics on the front fender, as well as the huge 20 inch five spoke wheels, a tray like spoiler, and deep side skirts with rear brake cooling intakes. The Black Label model also receives unique front and rear fascias and a hood that features a “red butterfly” air intake. On the inside the S302 White and Yellow Label will have embroidered headrests while the Black Label will receive leather alcantara performance seats. Both variations will receive white-faced gauges, boost and vacuum gauges, embroidered floor mats, Saleen door sill plates, steering wheel badging and a serialized dash plaque. If thats not enough if you order a Black Label model, Steve Saleen will personally sign the dashboard.
2015 HENNESSEY HPE700 MUSTANG GT
Once again this mean machine only exists in renderings at this point. The HPE700 Mustang GT by Hennessey Performance of Sealy, Texas, uses a supercharger, an upgraded throttle body, new fuel injectors, a new fuel pump, and revised exhaust system to push 717 hp and 632 lb-ft of torque out of the Mustangs 302-ci Coyote V-8. With this power plant Hennessey claims the Mustang can go 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and blast past the quarter mile mark in 11.2 seconds at 131 mph.
As usual with Mustangs like this the exterior has been upgraded with HPE badges and a wealth of carbon fiber extras, including a ground-scraping front splitter, ducktail spoiler, and sculpted side sills. Also available are a set of 20-inch 10-spoke Hennessey H10 wheels mounted by Michelin Pilot Super Sport 2 tires, as well as a Brembo brake package. There are also two suspensions in the works, one for street cars, and one track-oriented, both including adjustable coil-over shocks and springs.
So there you have it, three monster machines fixing to roll out, we want to know which would you choose?