Debate: Automatic vs. Manual Mustangs – Which is Better?

The manual vs. automatic rivalry rages on and the comparison between the two has never been hotter! Credit Ford for fanning the flames with the awesome 5R55S (2005-2010 Mustang GT) and 6R80 (2011 5.0L Mustang) automatic transmissions as they have gone toe-to-toe on the drag strip with stick-shift equipped Mustangs.

Auto.jpgI admit it, my 2007 Mustang has an automatic transmission and I like it. There, I’ve said it and I am not ashamed one bit! In fact, I am not alone in being impressed with the 5R55S as MM&FF Editor and die-hard stick-shift racer Evan Smith has stated on many equations he likes racing his wife’s auto-equipped ’07 Stang. Another stick-shift-or-die guy is noted NMRA racer and shop owner Justin Burcham and he digs the latest auto cars too. In fact, I’ve even quoted Justin in a magazine article as saying that if he had to own an auto-equipped Mustang it would be one with a 5R55S slush-box.

Is Ford Going to Shut Off Your Mustang’s Engine?

Ford is going to be adding an engine shut-off feature to every single future vehicle produced, including the Mustang. What does this mean for performance enthusiasts? There’s still not enough details, but we do know that when your Mustang comes to a stop, the engine’s going off! The article below says this is an effort to promote fuel economy. When you apply pressure to the gas pedal, the engine will restart and all is well.

Prank Photos: Gift Wrapping the Boss’s Office!

Merry Christmas, Boss!

At AmericanMuscle, the Holidays are full of hard work, professionalism, dedication and… you’re not buying this are you? Okay so every once in a while we gotta have some fun, too! Last night, after the boss decided to head home for the day, a few employees took the privilege of spreading some Holiday cheer. Check out the aftermath:

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Tell me about YOUR best office prank in the comment section below!

GT500 on the Dyno: $60k On Fire!

Everyone has had their share of miserable days (afterall, today IS Monday). I promise you, after watching this video, you really won’t feel that bad about your own problems.

800RWHP gone in a flash, no pun intended! While you want to feel bad for this guy, it was done on a completely stock GT500 bottom end and the owner has been having fun with the car for quite some time. With the addition of a forged bottom end, the owner of Blue Diamond says the car will be back within the next month or so with 1100-1200RWHP!

December’s Ride of the Month

Alex Pappas’s 2006 GT

Alex’s GT started out stock with 8,000 miles on the odometer. Two years later, it has 34,000 miles on it, and Alex has installed an amazing array of parts. He’s done all the work except mounting his Nittos on the MRR GT-1 wheels. The GT sits on Koni Yellow adjustable shocks and struts, GT500 strut mounts, and Eibach lowering springs. A BMR adjustable Mustang panhard bar, billet lower control arms, and LCA relocation brackets contribute to the GT’s mean stance. Alex also installed Steeda adjustable upper control arms and front and rear sway bars.

Is Going Fast in Your Mustang Too Easy?

Mike Galimi's 07 or New 2011?

Hey everyone, this is Mike Galimi and the guys have asked me to post regular blogs about stuff going down in the wild world of Mustangs. Please check back regularly as I will be posting various information, experiences, videos, pictures, and everything cool in our hobby on a regular basis.

Is Going Fast Too Easy?

I think I am ready to part ways with my supercharged 2007 Mustang GT. It runs mid-11s and getting there was far too easy. But I think I am ready to part ways with it in order to make room for a 2011 Mustang GT. The reason is simple, the new 5.0L is even easier to make run 11s, and ultimately 10s, than my supercharged Three-Valve. Not to mention all of the creature comfort upgrades between the two model years. After covering the 2011 Mustang GT for Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords December 2010 issue, I saw how easy it was to run fast.

Since that article hit newsstands, the car has gone a best of 11.90 at 118 and they haven’t even hit with a shot of juice from the Zex kit that’s onboard. The speed is just 1.5 mph shy of where my supercharged Three-Valve car runs. The shop car’s track life is about to get quicker as there are rumors running around the compound that a supercharger is waiting to be bolted on this winter. Once that happens, 10-second times are sure to be reality.

It seems every new Mustang makes achieving certain performance benchmarks that much easier. We went from 14-second stock cars to 13-second ones, and now the 2011 Mustang GT can run 12s with the right driver and weather conditions off the showroom floor. The car was the first 2011 I drove and I loved it, smooth, comfortable and soon to be a 10-second player.

So, is it too easy to go fast? Tell me how you got your car to tear it up at the track…

Want Cash Towards a Supercharger or Suspension?

Vortech Superchargers Rebate

As we speak, you could be cashing a check for as much as $250! It’s the Holiday season, and let’s be honest… who couldn’t use a few hundred bucks in their pocket? There are two companies out there right now trying to give a little back if you’re in the market for Mustang parts this season. If you’re looking for suspension parts or a supercharger – it just got better!

Buy a complete Vortech Supercharging system between 10/01/2010 and 12/31/2010 and get a $250 rebate. That’s all there is to it! After you purchase that sweet new supercharger, simply head over to Vortech Superchargers Rebate information and fill out their $250 Rebate Form. The hardest part is deciding what you want to spend $250 on!

Looking for suspension? How about any new Eibach PRO-KIT performance spring kit or ANTI-ROLL-KIT sway bars –10% rebate? I’ll tell you what – I’ll even ship them ground for free! …what?! 😉

Again, all you have to do is swing by the Eibach Rebate Center after your purchase and fill out their 10% Rebate Form.

So tell me, what’s on your list this Holiday season?

WATCH: NEW 500RWHP Supercharged 2011 Mustang GT!

Check out the Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords 2011 Mustang GT, as they unveiled it early this month at the SEMA Show 2010 in Las Vegas, NV. Their brand new street/strip beast has tons of new parts from, and we’re really excited to help out!

You can see more of this Stang in the upcoming pages of MM&FF Magazine, or stay tuned right here on the AmericanMuscle Blog!

So tell us, what’s your favorite part of the car?

Leave a comment.

VIDEO: SSOTN Drag Race Crash a Close Call for AmericanMuscle

This past weekend was the SSOTN (SuperStallions of the Net) Fall Nationals at Cecil County Dragway in Maryland. Some of the baddest Mustangs on the net showed up to battle head-to-head in perfect track conditions, sunny 65 degree weather! However, AmericanMuscle staff member, Ryan Duncan, got more than he bargained for!