AM’s Stock 2011 GT Runs 13.0’s! Check Out the Video

We recently took possession of our 2011 Mustang GT 5.0L Automatic. There may or may not have been excited giggling as we poured out of our offices to catch a glimpse, but we’re not at liberty to say! Our first impression: this car begs to be pushed to its limits. Small styling changes in the interior are completely overshadowed by the massively impressive upgrade under the hood.

Most of us remember the original 5.0L 302. When Ford released it, it was under-designed and under-powered, and there weren’t any real aftermarket performance parts available at first release. Thankfully, that won’t be the case this time around. The biggest names in aftermarket Mustang parts are developing sweet performance upgrades, and we’re working right alongside them. Our vendors are working with us exclusively to test parts, as well as research fitment and performance. We’re going to be building our GT the same way any enthusiast does—right here, in our garage. Along the way, we’ll be showing you more coverage of our mod strategy and giving you examples of real world numbers, both on the dyno and on the asphalt.

Needless to say, we can’t let a car sit for long. Within hours of delivery of our 2011, we were all thinking of one thing – Maple Grove Raceway. We broke it in as quickly as possible (the hardest 2 days ever!), and high-tailed it to the track this past Friday afternoon for some baseline testing. We were pleased with the times, considering we ran it at the track in its bone-stock condition. Our team laid down some impressive numbers out of the GT, with consistent times of 13.034 at 109mph and 13.022 at 110mph. Check out the awesome video below to see the team flying down the track!

Guess How Long to Live in it and Win a New 2011 Stang!

Live in it to Win - Guess the Time contest

Here’s a new, fun contest from AmericanMuscle: How long do you think someone can sit in a new Mustang and outlast three cabin mates in order to win that Mustang? Maybe weeks and weeks. Honestly, the twisted minds in AM’s contest department don’t care about that. What we want to know is how long it takes a person to get fed up with the others in the car, quit the contest, and leave the car. Now that takes guts.

Make a guess – but you only get one – and submit it via the form below. If your entry is the winner, you’ll receive a nice front end appearance prize consisting of new headlights, a billet grille, and chin spoiler for your own Mustang.

Details follow below…

Why Should I Use Nitrous?

The Glory of Giggle Gas Explained

Question: I’ve heard that NOS is the easiest way to boost power, I wanted to know if that was true and how nitrous actually works.

Answer: Great question!  You can learn a lot “through the grapevine” but it’s always important to do your research.  Nitrous is considered to be the cheapest power-adder available, but it’s important to understand how it changes your car’s performance before you go all gas-happy…

The Great Grille Debate – Vote Now!

A small adjustment can make a huge difference in the way something looks. Changing out your grille is the same principle–a minor adjustment makes a big difference in the overall look and style of your Mustang. You can make your Mustang sleeker, darker, meaner, or sexier with a relatively small amount of work. Not every look appeals to every person though, so we’d like to know which grilles are your personal favorites. Below are some of our most popular grilles, listed by generation and ready for your vote. Don’t see the grille you like best for one of the body styles? Leave a comment to let us know what your favorite is.

2010

Black Retro Billet Grille
Polished Billet Grille
Polished Billet Grille
Polished  Pony DeleteBillet Grille
Polished Pony Delete Billet Grille

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Register for AmericanMuscle’s 2010 Car Show!

2010 AmericanMuscle Car Show

If you were at last year’s AmericanMuscle car show, you know just how awesome it was. You also know how quickly the lot filled with more than 150 Mustangs. This year’s show will be even bigger and better than last year’s, and we’re giving you the opportunity to register early to make sure you can get in on all the action.

How to Register:

  1. Go to this page and purchase your registration for only $20.
  2. Within 1-2 days, you’ll get an email asking you for more registration information.
  3. Follow the link in the e-mail and fill out your registration info.
  4. On September 11, 2010 (or 9/18 if it rains on the 11th), come on down to Kimberton Firehouse and hang out with tons of Mustang lovers and the AM crew.

Show Features and Details:

This year, we have space for 500 Mustangs, so you can bring your whole car club! We’ll be parking cars as they come in, so make sure you arrive with the folks you want to be parked with. The show will be held at the Kimberton Firehouse, and we’ll be  handing out free raffle tickets for thousands of dollars worth of prizes. We’ll be handing out awards like Best of Show and Best Specialty Class. You can meet the awesome folks who work at AM, and check out the hot AM girls, too. And if that’s not reason enough to come out, all proceeds from the show will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, AM’s official corporate charity. Last year, we raised $9,365 and we’re aiming to be able to donate even more this year.

Mustangs of the Stars: Celebrity Rides

We all love our Mustangs. But for most of us, that’s where any commonality that we may have with the glitterati ends. Still, imagine this: You’re sitting at a traffic light. A tricked out Mustang pulls up next to your own street king, and you glance over. Would you give the “let’s go” nod to one of these fine rides – and the driver behind the wheel?

Sammy Hagar

There are those of us of a certain age who crank up the volume and put a bit more pressure on the accelerator when rocker Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive (55)” comes blasting through the speakers. Apparently, Sammy still can’t drive 55. In fact, the speedometer on his GCM-R fastback Mustang doesn’t even have numbers on the dial until 55 MPH. And it’s all smoke and watching his tail lights disappear from there. Check out this video of Hagar’s thoroughly bad-to-the-bone California street ride.

My Mustang Fotofix: MustangForums.com Contest Edition

It’s always fun to scour the AmericanMuscle archives or the Internet for material for the Fotofix, but we love to feature pictures that are a little more personal and a little less anonymous. So, members of MustangForums.com were challenged to submit the best picture possible of their Mustang. Below are eight of the best pictures those members had to offer. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some gorgeous home-grown ‘Stangs.

Burnouts may not be good for your tires, but they sure are good for the soul.

Top 10 Mustang Events of 2010

Do you need something to do on your weekends? Do you need to spend more time talking Mustangs with fellow enthusiasts? Or, do you just feel the need to see if you can add a few more trophies to your collection? Friend, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Mustang events of 2010, so you can find a place to mingle with other Mustang owners, test your track time, or show off your ‘Stang.

Number 10. 29th Annual Mustangs & All Ford Show in Grand Rapids, MI. — June 12th, hosted by the West Michigan Mustang Club. The show is open to any Ford-powered vehicle, and features awards for the top 20 Fords.

Number 9. 29th Annual Chester County Car Show in Kimberton, Pa. — May 30th, hosted by the Valley Forge Mustang club in Kimberton, PA. The show will feature People’s Choice awards for the top 3 Mustangs in each class, plus a President’s Choice award.

Number 8. 31st Annual Mustang & Ford Auto Show & Swap Meet in West Des Moines, IA. — June 6th, hosted by the Mustang Club of Central Iowa. Go for the Mustangs and the 38 popular vote classes, stay for the swap meet (private sales and commercial vendors) and the for-sale corral.

Tuner Turmoil


Question: “What do I need to know about tuners?”

Answer:

I can’t get an easy question this week, can I?  This question isn’t so much difficult as it is very broad – and there is a lot you should know about Mustang tuners before purchasing one for your Stang.  A tuner is a device that reprograms your car’s computer to produce the best performance results, with or without modifications.  A chip or tuner is mandatory if you want to tune your car.  While a chip/tuner cannot fix mechanical problems, it can improve horsepower, torque, and yes – even fuel economy.

Chip vs. Tuner

Imange Courtesy of wolfperformance.com

The most noticeable difference between a performance chip and a tuner is the method of use.  A chip installs directly onto the car’s computer and has a selector switch that allows you to change tunes “on the fly”.  Chips can hold up to 4 tunes and are recommended for pre-OBD II (1988-1995) vehicles.  The SCT 4-Bank Eliminator Chip that we offer is not like the pre-programmed chips you see elsewhere on the internet (like eBay for example); if you do not order tunes with the chip it will arrive blank, with no programming whatsoever.  While they don’t possess the DTC-reading feature like the flash tuners, they are still eligible for the “Free Tunes for Life” program; however they must be mailed back to us to have new tunes installed.

NMRA At Atco: Sun, Fun, and Mustangs Rockin’

What a weekend for AmericanMuscle and Mustang aficionados in the Philadelphia metro area! The NMRA brought its third race weekend of the season to Atco Raceway, in southern New Jersey, and the weather could not have been more perfect: sunny, mid-70’s, and an SPF-40 kind of day (the sunburned bodies in the office on Monday were too numerous to mention). It was a Mustang lover’s dream.

AM’s two sponsored NMRA drivers, Tim Matherly and Bart Tobener, arrived from Georgia ready to tear up the ¼ mile track with the best drivers in their respective classes. Tim’s 2010 modular Mustang runs in the Real Street class, and Bart’s Fox Body notchback Mustang has been eating up strips in the EFI Renegade class. In addition to Tim and Bart, AmericanMuscle had two of our own, Brick Spurio and Karen Baum, running in the True Street brackets.