Outlaw package lets new Mustangs run wild

Larry Edsall
Special to The Detroit News

So you saved some money buying the V-6 or EcoBoosted four-cylinder version of Ford’s new 2015 Mustang and have some cash leftover to do some customization.

Or maybe you opted for the all-out performance of the V-8-powered GT version and still can afford to make your car go even faster and with a more aggressive look.

Either way, Classic Design Concepts of Wixom offers its Outlaw-brand components for your new Mustang. Depending on your wallet, you can do a full modification now or piece by piece as finances permit.

The standard Outlaw package includes upper and lower performance grilles (with or without the galloping pony emblem), front chin spoiler, side rocker panels with integrated rear-brake cooling ports, rear decklid spoiler, high-mount roof spoiler for the coupe or light bar for the convertible, door sill plates and graphics package, and 20-inch flow-form forged wheels — with three designs options, and with reflective graphic inserts for “dramatic night effect.” Oh, and you can choose the color for those inserts to really set your car apart after dark.

“While the 2015 Ford Mustang is a striking car right out of the box, we grasped the opportunity to improve its performance with a custom styling package that integrates with the factory front and rear fascias,” George Huisman, CDC founder and president, was quoted in a news release announcing the Outlaw package.

“Our functional design mimics the front factory ducts to direct air to the rear brakes. Not only does this visually tie the front and rear of the car together, the rockers will help keep the brakes cooler,” he added.

We’ve been test-driving CDC’s own Outlaw #004 (cars with the full package are sequentially numbered with a dash plaque and are recorded in an official Outlaw registry). Our test car, an EcoBoost coupe, also was outfitted with optional components including Nitto Invo tires and engine tuning by Livernois Motorsports Performance that adds 56 horsepower and 87 pound-feet of torque if you use 93-octane gasoline.

Other available options include Ford Racing axle shafts, Wilwood brakes, Steeda lowering springs, a performance exhaust system, locally produced Alea leather interior accents, Kicker audio components and ,if your Mustang is a GT, a Ford Racing supercharger.

The #004 got lots of looks as we drove. We’d previously driven the new Mustang and already liked the EcoBoost turbocharged four-banger, which is fully capable of breaking any speed limit you might want to challenge. But it’s even more fun with the Livernois tune. And even with the extra power, we averaged nearly 27.1 miles per gallon on a four-day drive from Wixom to Toledo and then up to Gladwin and finally back to Wixom by way of Port Huron.

This is the first car we’ve driven with Nitto tires, and their low profile and grip let you put the engine’s power to the pavement.

To our eye, the body components enhance the Mustang’s design without even approaching gaudy. They get your car noticed without having to go all big-wing Fast and Furious.

Another good thing: According to CDC, its components use factory attachment points and therefore can be installed quickly. Speaking of factory, CDC has been around since 1990 and not only does its own aftermarket products, but produces OEM components for the automakers.

We like the way the package gives the car a lowered appearance without scraping pavement. The front chin spoiler isn’t so low that it rubs the pavement as you pull out of a driveway or parking lot.

We also like that you can buy the components one at a time or have the entire package installed (CDC will do the installation, or there are other shops in Metro Detroit listed on the CDC website). You can get the base Outlaw package for your new Mustang for $3,500 to $4,000.

Or, if your budget demands a slower approach, the front chin spoiler retails for $349, as does the rear decklid spoiler. The aero rockers are $525. The Livernois tune is $785. The CDC-designed, Rota-produced wheels run about $2,200 for a set of four.

For information, visit www.classicdesignconcepts.com.

Larry Edsall is a Phoenix-based freelance writer. You can reach him at ledsall@cox.net.