• Mar 8, 2007

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Here's Top Gear's cure for their idiot dyno test that proved nothing. As much as we love Top Gear, their derision of the GT500 for producing a "mere" 447 horespower on a chassis dyno is pure BS. A 10-percent loss through the drivetrain is stellar, yet the spin from our snarky British friends was that it was somehow subpar. Kenne Bell has the antidote, and it's available in several stages of tune, from streetable to antisocial.

Since the GT500 is factory-equipped with a supercharger, the engine internals have been beefed up for boost, and a water to air intercooler is in place. The Kenne Bell system replaces the stock Eaton blower with its trademark Twin Screw system. The throttle body is also upsized to 75 millimeters versus the stock 60, but the rest of the intake tract remains stock. Rounding out the Stage 1 tuning is an ECU flash, and the end result is 606 horsepower at the rear wheels. Take that, Hamster and Clarkson! Changing out a few other intake components and fiddling with the drive pulley's diameter will net you Stage 2 or 3 tuning, delivering up to 692 horsepower on the rollers. Maybe this kit will serve to quiet some of the carping from the Top Gear pundits, but we think they just don't understand muscle cars. It's a different flavor of performance, that's for sure, and the Kenne Bell upgrades add even more spice.

Thanks for the tip, Drew

[Source: Mustang Life]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      OMG - why are so many people so bloody sensitive about everything Top Gear says. Its not like they even gave a bad report on all Mustangs jeez.

      And by the way Ian - here in the UK which is where the Top Gear programme is supposed to be for not the US, the Ford Mustang GT costs £25k similar money Subaru Impreza STi and it was about the same time around the track as the quicker GT500. So the whole better bang for your buck argument doesn't really hold.

      Oh and by the way - TVR is dead in the water anyways - so you'll excuse me for not finding any consolation in two guys from Florida carrying on a strategy of decentralisation for TVR.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is all so childish. Have a look at this :
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhQb2wJVPTg&NR
      • 7 Years Ago
      To whomever says that Clarkson knows Mustangs:

      Go watch the video where clarkson races a mustang with an actual horse, and the roush mustang with an exige.

      Clarkson himself states that he is driving a 300HP mustang gt, when it is CLEARLY the v6. THEN he states that the SHELBY GT500 has the SAME engine as the Mustang GT but with a Supercharger added. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about mustangs knows both those statements were false, and it made it to air.

      The show is entertaining, but I wish they would get their facts straight before they insult. Also I like that they compare it to the lotus exige... That thing is a track monster, but not really in the same category as a mustang. They serve different purposes. The Mustang is meant to be American Muscle, where the Exige is meant to be a track oriented car. Being 6'4 I don't fit in an exige, and I couldn't bring 3 friends of mine and luggage on a roadtrip like I do with my Mustang. It's just they always set American cars up for failure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And despite Clarkson being an Anti-Murkin, Mustang-hating POS, the Stig still drove the car around the track as fast as he could and it got a pretty assy time, FOR SOMETHING WITH 447 HP. A stock WRX beats it with something like 220 HP.



      And then, Clarkson, anti-Murkin POS that he is, said he liked the Roush Mustang better, because, y'know, he hates Fords. So much so that he paid $130k for a lemon of a Ford GT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they dont care about how much power it makes then why did they have that bullshit segment with the gt500 on the dyno
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you watch episode 7 of the previous season where they have Steve Coogan, Clarkson seems to indicate pretty good knowledge of Mustangs. He knows which was in Diamonds are Forever, etc.

      They just decided to take it to the Mustang because they could. They don't really care about accuracy that much on the show, it's about the showiness.

      I'm not real impressed with the GT500. I don't mind the suspension, it's the price that kills me. You're sure paying a lot extra for Ford to slap a blower on a car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The reason the horse won in the American Special was that it had a better driver. The horse would have beaten pretty much anything that was driven too hard into the corners and turned in far too late.

      And that's leaving aside the fact that he was trying to pass off a rental V6 convertible (extra weight, decreased structural rigidity, no rear sway bar, Ford's sub-par traction control) as a V8 (half again the horsepower, rear sway bar, bigger front bar).

      But, meh. If you can't take their dislike of American cars in stride, you shouldn't be watching the show. Besides, they've given good reviews of American cars before: the Z06's run to 170 in (IIRC) fifth, their initial semi-positive review of the Mustang GT, their glowing review of the Ford GT.

      Let's face it, the domestics simply don't make many cars that compete with the Lamborghinis and Ferraris of the world, so we can't expect many superlative-laden reviews from a show dedicated to supercars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Once and for ALL time.

      Manufacturers ALL give HP at the crankshaft. That's why we can compare ratings car to car. NO self respecting PR from any manufacturer wants to state the lower HP at the wheels. Each manufacturer does the same.

      Second it's horses for courses. Ford made the Ford GT as a sophisticated road sports car and that's the ONLY Ford car which TG should compare with notable European sports cars. The Mustang based GT500 is a rorty boulevard runner and fun to drive AND relatively inexpensive pound for pound fun car. Now some after tuners will spend some more of your dollars to put in IRS etc and make it faster on the curves if that's what you want. But for TG to "bitch" that the Ford GT500 isn't comparable with European sportcars and to gabble on about HP at the wheels is meaningless and misses the point.

      You want spohistication and power and handling..then buy a Ford GT.

      You want 4 seats rorty power and endless upgrade abilities and low low price buy one of the endless varieties of Mustang.

      Now what British owned and made manufatcurer has given it's buyers that choice? Not even European manufacturers give that kind of choice and certainly not in these price ranges.


      We should also explain to TG that it's 2 North American guys (from Florida) which are currently working on saving TVR!
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, perhaps this didn't come off, but the title was less a flame and more of an attempt at a play-on-words pun. You know...screw you...twinscrew...
      • 7 Years Ago
      How much? i bet more than a z06....


      http://www.montrealvip.com/
      • 7 Years Ago
      11: Yeah, I saw it too. Mustangs took out porsches, bmw's, nissan 350z's etc,.. at Daytona this year in the hands of professional drivers on a road course so yes, you can make the damn thing handle. If you ever saw a neon take out a viper it must have been because a little old lady was driving the viper, because I watched for years as vipers kicked porsche butt in professional sports car racing. The Viper's ancient and still pretty quick.

      As far as HP numbers, every single manufacturer uses hp at the crank, not just Ford like others have said here, I'd say it's about time Top Gear tell their monkey viewers this.

      Cluckson and Company on Top Gear are just a bunch of bafoons catering to those ignorant homer viewers in the UK that huddle around them in that studio like monkeys. Don't take them seriously or you'll risk ending up brain dead, washed up, and crooked toothed like them. Having said that, they are fun to watch so the formula works.
      • 7 Years Ago
      15: worthless? you can't be serious. If so, where can I get one of these free GT500's?
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