In case there weren’t sufficient causes to go away England behind and to migrate to Australia, some enterprising Strayan pace retailers have one thing which may tip the stability: the supercharged Mustang R-Spec.
Sure, you’ve seen supercharged Mustangs earlier than, however this run of 500 R-Specs has some extent of distinction to the Hennesseys and Shelbys that’ve come earlier than – they’re right-hand drive.
They’re additionally, as we might have talked about already, supercharged. That is because of Herrod Efficiency, which specialises in mild, low-key modifications for Aussie Fords, together with a 2,000bhp Hellion twin-turbo improve for the Mustang GT, marketed as a ‘road sleeper’. Which provides you some indication of what Herrod’s concept of an ‘overt racer’ is perhaps like, however we digress.
For the R-Spec, Ford really joined forces with Herrod (probably as a result of Harrods turned their noses up) to give you a Ford-approved, factory-warrantied Mustang that’d be bought – in restricted numbers, thoughts – in Ford Australia dealerships. So, you’ll be unsurprised to seek out that energy outputs aren’t marketed within the hundreds of horsepower vary.
Actually, energy figures aren’t marketed in any respect but, which is as puzzling an absence as Harold Holt (yeah! Australian references), so we’re left guessing a bit. However we do know that the 5.0-litre Coyote engine can get 700bhp with a 12PSI roots-type blower, which is what the R-Spec makes use of. We additionally know that Ford Australia was 700bhp/590lb ft kits earlier this yr. So we’d hazard a guess at broadly comparable numbers. We’d additionally benefit from the prospect of some very broad, Dukes of Hazzard-style slides within the ensuing automotive, other than the truth that it’s the incorrect make and mannequin totally. However, as ever, we digress.
To rein in no matter quantity of energy these Mustangs will obtain within the Upside Down, the same old make-thing-harder-for-better-performance tick field has been adopted: stiffer, shorter springs and new shocks and adjustable anti-roll bars. Visible cues, just like the lurid paintwork, new wheels, rear spoiler and new entrance valance match the aural cues produced by a brand new consumption and exhaust.
Eager? Nicely, it’s obtainable, early subsequent yr, for about £55,000, plus the grand or so in flights to recover from there. Oh, and the various, many hundreds in rushing tickets that you’ll instantly and inevitably accrue on Australian roads. However hey – even paradise comes at a value.