22 maio 2007

Road Test: 2007 Roush 427-R

Road Test: 2007 Roush 427-R

Author: Drew Phillips

Photography: Drew Phillips

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A road test of the supercharged 2007 Roush 427-R Mustang
It takes a lot to stay on top of a competitive industry, but Roush Performance has managed to do just that. Despite the flood of aftermarket parts for the Ford Mustang in the last several years, the Detroit-based manufacturing company has maintained a leadership position in the industry with no less than seven Roush Mustang variants available for purchase at dealerships, as well as a wide range of performance parts for Mustangs ’99 and up. Previously, the Stage 3 Mustang has been the top model, with 415 horsepower, complete body kit, and upgrades to the suspension, brakes and more. For 2007 Roush has introduced a new top dog with the 427-R, the most powerful production Roush Mustang at the time of its introduction (since taken over by the 430 horsepower limited edition BlackJack Mustang). Based on the Stage 3, the 427-R follows the “less is better” philosophy with more than $5,500 worth of core components left off the standard features list found on the Stage 3. Roush describes the 427-R as “slightly less in content but includes 100 percent of the fun factor.”

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On first impression, the 427-R actually has a much cleaner design than the Stage 3. The Roush Body Kit leaves out the side skirts and rear fascia, creating a much trimmer look. The front fascia and Roush Raer Wing help maintain an aggressive appearance, which is only enhanced by the hockey stick stripes running across the front fender. The stripes might be too showy for some people, but Roush did an excellent job integrating them into the design of the car. The use of the 427 fender badge is questionable, mostly because that generally denotes the displacement of what’s underneath the hood. Other drivers would pull up at stoplights and ask if it had a 427, only to receive the sheepish response that it was a “mere” supercharged 4.6-liter V8. Still, the 427-R is by far the best looking Mustang that Roush offers. Inside, the 427-R offers identical equipment as the Stage 3, although all of it is optional. Leaving out these options definitely makes for a less expensive purchase price, but the interior bits help make the car feel like a complete Mustang package rather than just a Mustang with some aftermarket parts in it.

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Each of the options adds to the comfort or unique look of the car, and it’s hard to imagine too many people leaving them off the car. The Roush Leather Seats ($1,725) were comfortable and supportive, while the white faced gauges ($390) and Roush Carbon Fiber Trim Kit ($350) look fantastic. However, the best part of the interior is the Roush Short Throw Shifter sourced from Hurst. The white ball knob (black is also offered) and steel shifter arm not only look great, but it provides a much more accurate and shorter throw. Selecting a gear requires a little more effort, although the result is an improvement in precision and overall feel. Moving through the gears is a rewarding and fun experience, and shifting changes from a requirement to perhaps the most enjoyable experience driving the car. Fortunately, the 427-R goes through the rpm range fast enough to require frequent gear shifts. The Roush ROUSHcharger Supercharger Kit found on the Stage 3 pushes the horsepower out to 415 horsepower and 385 lb-ft torque, and the addition of an off-road exhaust system working with new specially tuned programming bumps up horsepower another twelve to the magical 427 number. This is good enough to hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, and the quarter mile passes by in 13.3 seconds at 108 mph. Acceleration is brisk, but it’s not the kick-in-the-pants type of acceleration that you might expect from a 400+ horsepower car. Compared to a GT500 or any other Mustangs with an aftermarket supercharger, the 427-R just doesn’t have the same grunt. A set of 3.73 gears would do wonders for the car and would keep the car in its powerband more often.

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What the 427-R lacks in accelerative gusto, it makes up in handling. The Roush Suspension Kit provides for razor sharp steering via upgraded front struts, rear shocks, front and rear springs and sway bars, and jounce bumpers. It’s somewhat stiffer than the stock setup, but much more direct. The 427-R goes exactly where you want it to go, reacting quickly and accurately to every steering input. The 18-inch wheels and Cooper Zeon 2XS 275/40ZR18 tires offered plenty of grip and a compliant ride. In the braking department, Roush offers their 14-inch front brake upgrade as an option. Our test car disappointingly retained the stock setup, although we weren’t in a situation that exceeded its capabilities. However, with 427 horsepower on tap, any track-goers will want to check the $2,699 option. At a base price of $42,039, the 427-R is priced similarly to the Shelby GT500 at MSRP, and although the Roush can’t compete in the horsepower war, it shifts better, handles better, looks better, and has more personality than the Shelby. Even at our car’s as-tested price of $45,264, it’s much cheaper than the going rate of a Shelby or a supercharged Saleen Mustang. Overall, Roush put together an impressive package with the 427-R, with attractive visual upgrades combined with balanced performance from the engine and suspension.

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang rear driving shot

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang side driving shot

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang front 3/4 shot

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang rear 3/4 shot

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang front 3/4 shot

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang rear 3/4 shot

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang front view

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang rear view

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang side view

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang rear 3/4 shot

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang

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2007 Roush 427-R Mustang

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The supercharged 4.6-liter V8 produces 427 horsepower

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The Roushcharger supercharger helps the V8 produce 427 horsepower

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427-R Stripe Kit and Roushcharger

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Each engine features a build engine plaque signed by the engine builder

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Roush 427-R build number plaque

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The Roush 427-R interior features sport seats, dash trim kit, gauges, and short throw shifter

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The Roush 427-R interior features sport seats, dash trim kit, gauges, and short throw shifter

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The short throw shifter was an improvement over the stock shifter

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Door sill plates enhanced the look of the car

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The Roush white face gauges help create a unique feel to the car

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The short throw shifter was an improvement over the stock shifter

20 maio 2007

Cruzeiro no Caribe para os amantes do Ford Mustang

Os amantes do Ford Mustang têm uma oportunidade maravilhosa de realizar um cruzeiro a bordo do navio “Carnival Valor” da “Carnival Cruise Lines” que é um dos navios maiores e modernos da frota. Este cruzeiro de 7 dias será realizado em fevereiro 2008, e terá eventos exclusivos, competições, e prêmios para os amantes do Mustang.

Durante o cruzeiro existirão os seminários abaixo relacionados:

  • Kevin Marti – publisher of Marti report
  • Arley Whitsell – past president of the Mustang Club of America
  • Arnold Marks – owner of Mustangs Etc. restoration shop
  • Larry Jewett – editor of Mustang Enthusiast magazine
  • Mark Fletcher – collector car appraiser
  • Ed Terwilliger – detailing and reconditioning instructor/consultant
  • Rich Truesdell – editorial director of Automotive Traveler magazine

Além a tudo que o navio “Carnival Valor” tem que a oferecer, você apreciará muitos outros eventos exclusivos do Mustang que serão anunciados durante seu cruzeiro inclusive o champanhe e os chocolates de boas-vindas, seminários, pequenos almoços especiais e competições com prêmios.

Esta será uma oportunidade perfeita para amantes do Ford Mustang compartilhar informações e histórias.

O itinerário do cruzeiro compreende os portos tropicais de Nassau, St. Thomas e de St. Maarten.

Preços:

CATEGORY 1A - INSIDE CABIN: (SINGLE OCCUP) $802.09

CATEGORY 4A - INSIDE CABIN with lower beds: $607.09 (p.p. dbl)

CATEGORY 8A - BALCONY CABIN with sitting area: $897.09 (p.p. dbl)

CATEGORY 11 - SUITE with larger sitting area and balcony: $1497.09 (p.p. dbl)

CATEGORY 12 - DELUXE SUITE (the best accommodation on board): $2,097.09 (p.p. dbl)

CATEGORY 6A - OCEAN VIEW CABIN with sitting area: $727.09 (p.p. dbl)

CATEGORY 6B - OCEAN VIEW CABIN with sitting area: $767.09 (p.p. dbl)

Maiores Informações e reservas:

Jan Holloway or Arthur Meltz at Travelink Services at: 800-454-3737 (U.S. only) or 407-896-8587.

Este cruzeiro deve ser reservado com os serviços da Travelink somente para que você faça parte das atividades do Mustang. As reservas feitas por meio de outros agentes de viagem não serão aceitas.

Taxa de pagamento para todos os eventos confidenciais do Mustang será de $100.00 por participante. Esta taxa cobrirá todos os seminários, competições, e das reuniões informais acontecerão durante todo o cruzeiro. A taxa de reserva deve ser paga a “Travelink/Mustang Cruise Escrow Account.” Esta taxa é deve ser paga até Novembro de 2007.

Fonte

Navio “Carnival Valor”

Site da “Carnival Cruise Lines”

09 maio 2007

Perfume Mustang

Talk about badge engineering. Aramis and Designer Fragrances, a division of Estee Lauder, has partnered with Ford to "bring the Mustang man to life." How? With a cologne spray, of course.

The same fragrance design house that has created for Donna Karan, Missoni, and Coach, has "engineered" a scent that is -- wait for it -- "bold, daring, and legendary." This, apparently, accurately describes the average Mustang owner, as well. A few more attributes you must have to comfortably wear this cologne: you must be "strong," "confident," "driven," "with an innate masculinity that does not go unnoticed." And you're "a guy's guy, yet... both modern and authentic." With great cologne, comes great responsibility.

So now that you know what you're getting into, here is the breakdown: the bold is lavender, ginger, and lemon; the daring is pipe tobacco and cedarwood; and the legendary is amber, fir basalm, and patchouli. Doesn't exactly sound like the scent that Bullitt would have been reaching for, but what do we know? The exterior packaging is a graphite metal reusable collector's tin, and prices for the range of cologne and after shave will begin at $20. It launches in July. And if current Mustang trends hold, it will launch again a month later with red racing stripes.

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02 maio 2007

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01 maio 2007

Mustang Steeda GT500

Performance modifications made to the vehicle include:

Engine:

* Steeda GT500 Pro-Flow Cold Air Intake - Product Link

* Steeda /SCT Performance ECU Tune - Product Link

* Steeda Upper Supercharger Pully - Product Link

Exhaust:

* Steeda Axle-Back Stainless Steel System - Product Link

Brakes:

* Steeda 13" Rear Brake upgrade Kit - Product Link

* Steeda 14" Slotted Front Rotors and upgraded pads - Product Link

Drivetrain:

* Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter - Product Link

Suspension:

* Steeda Coilover Suspension System - Product Link

* Steeda Performance Alignment

* Steeda Billet Rear Lower Control Arms - Product Link

* Steeda Lower Control Arm Relocation Brackets - Product Link

* Steeda Adjustable Panhard Bar - Product Link

* Steeda Double Adjustable 3rd Link - Product Link

* Steeda Competition Front Swaybar - Product Link

* Steeda Billet Swaybar Mount Kit - Product Link

* Steeda Competition Rear Swaybar - Product Link

* Steeda X5 Balljoints - Product Link

* Steeda Bumpsteer Kit - Product Link

At an upgrade price of $13,995, the Steeda GT500 – simply the best performing and most exclusive GT500 available. Contact your local Steeda authorized dealer, call Steeda directly at 954-960-0774, or visit www.steeda.com for more information.

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