The voicemail on my office phone was time stamped at 3:17AM, and the frantic message that followed was left in an almost unintelligible whimper:
“Dude. You are so not gonna to believe this. Check your email first thing in the morning.”
I could hear quiet sobbing in the background. “When my wife finds out about this, I. am. a. dead. man. She’ll have me listing my pony on Craig’s List before the day is out so she can do the down payment on this thing. Don’t ask me where I got this. Dude. I’m so upset I can’t even sleep.” ((click))
My interest piqued, I opened my email, looked at the attached image, and promptly fell out of my office chair. Immediately after picking myself up, I started working the phones. Here’s what I’ve been able to dig up so far:
After nearly two decades of focus groups, demographic research, and secret concept vehicle development, a hand-picked team of top designers and engineers were brought together in early 2004 at an abandoned Flint, Michigan auto plant. The team’s mission: Break the mold on family oriented transportation. They were instructed to spare no expense in development, and informed that they would not see the light of day until the finishing touches on a production-ready prototype were nailed down.
The result? For the soccer mom (or dad) who wants a little kick to their family ride, a new hoss is coming to town: the 2011 WindStang GT.
How many times have you heard one of your buddies lament: “Hey, man, I had a kid coming. I loved my Cobra like I would my own offspring. But cripes, there was just no room for the strollers and toys and…and…I just couldn’t bear the thought of spit up baby formula and animal cracker crumbs in every nook and cranny of the interior. I had to let her go.”
If you’re in this predicament, the 2011 WindStang GT just might be the answer to your prayers.
According to my sources, engineers have merged the best performance aspects of the 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L with the practicality, passenger room, and cargo space of a Windstar minivan. While the four-valve Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V-8 power plant in the new WindStang GT doesn’t quite match the 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. torque of its 2011 Mustang GT bloodline, there’s no question it’s still a beast. When mom’s on the run, she can drop Johnny at his soccer game, then light up the tires and get Mary to ballet practice on time, while using the optional onboard convection oven to get dinner started en route.
Ready for the track? You betcha. The WindStang GT will come standard with a modular exhaust system, so dad can quickly bolt a non-catted x-pipe between the optional shorty headers and polished 304SS catback exhaust system. Bottom line: the WindStang GT will raise some eyebrows at the track on Sunday afternoon, and haul the family back home afterward in street-legal style.
There’s been no official announcement on when the 2011 WindStang GT will be available in showrooms, but a local dealer tells AmericanMuscle that as word creeps out, interest is already high and they’re booking advance orders.
So, to the tortured soul who left me a weeping message in the middle of the night: rest easy, my friend. The WindStang GT promises to deliver the G’s, while at the same time transporting the groceries.