Ford to release limited edition 727-horsepower Mustangs

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Your move, Dodge.

Ford Motor Co. will release an extremely limited number of special-edition Mustang GTs that get up to 727 horsepower — 20 more than Dodge’s popular Hellcat Charger and Challenger sports cars.

The Dearborn automaker partnered with NASCAR legend Richard Petty to create three Mustang GT King Edition pony cars. Only 300 — 243 King models, 43 King Premier models and 14 King Premier convertibles — will be built. The Mustangs will range from $67,495 to $90,495 and customers can now order them through their local Ford dealerships.

“I’ve always liked the look of the Mustang, and the 2016 model gives us a great base car to work with,” Petty said in a statement. “These new King edition Mustangs are pretty much the way I’d build my own. They are great fun to drive, and have a signature single exhaust.”

The modified Mustangs use a factory GT as a base model. Petty’s speed shop, Petty’s Garage, added a supercharger to add 235 horsepower to the stock 435-horsepower 5-liter V8. Options for all three editions include different wheel bushings, a coil-over racing suspension and a supercharger upgrade that results in the 727-horsepower total.

Other modifications include a custome engine calibration, a cold-air intake for better breathing and a MagnaFlow exhaust.

The cars also include custom wheels, rear diffusers, shift knob, sill plates, floor mats, embroidered head restraints and rear spoilers. Every model will also be signed by Richard Petty.

The King Premier edition includes different wheels, a brake upgrade kit, a custom leather trimmed interior and a special stripe package.

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