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30 Performance Fords That Dominated The Auto World

Vukasin HerbezNovember 19, 2020

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9. Ford Falcon GT HO 351

One of the most famous Australian muscle cars was the mighty Ford Falcon GT HO 351 they introduced in 1971. Despite its performance portfolio, it was still a four-door sedan. But, it still came with all the proper muscle car equipment.

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Under the shaker hood was a Ford 351 V8 with a beefed-up suspension and brakes. The power output was 300 HP for the standard version, but Ford offered the Phase II and Phase III options. The car looked the same except that Ford upgraded the mechanicals. Also, in the ultimate Phase III version, the Falcon GT HO produced over 350 HP.

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8. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

For those who want a classic, screamer Mustang with Shelby heritage but modern technology and unbelievable V8 performance, the new GT350R is a perfect choice. Although Ford based the Shelby on the Mustang GT, much of the car’s suspension, design, aero package, and engine was new. However, the biggest single difference was the fantastic Voodoo engine, which has a 5.2-liter displacement, 526 HP, and 429 lb-ft of torque. But the main feature of this high-revving powerplant is the flat-plane crank technology. It allows the powerful V8 to scream to almost 9,000 rpm. It is the same technology exotic car makers like Ferrari use.

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Yet this is the first time a muscle car has had such an advanced engine. Ford’s investment into the Shelby GT350R paid off since the performance produces a mind-boggling 3.9 seconds for 0 to 60 mph. But the numbers don’t do justice to this car. The Shelby GT350R is a pure sports car that delivers fantastic driving dynamics and experience to drivers. It’s much closer to the Porsche GT3 in terms of precision driving and cornering speeds than it is to those humble Mustangs of yesteryear. This car is not only one of the fastest Mustangs ever, but also one of the best sports cars made in recent years.

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7. 2020 Shelby GT500

After all the talk about electric Mustangs, we are finally getting the most powerful, quickest, and most expensive Mustang ever, the mighty and glorious Shelby GT500. We’ve waited a long time for the absolute pinnacle of Mustang performance, and this is it. The 2020 Shelby GT500 has a 5.2-liter supercharged V8, which delivers 760 hp and is designed to go against its main rivals – the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The results are impressive, and GT500 can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and quarter-mile in just 11.0 seconds straight from the box.

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However, even though its numbers are impressive in every way, there is one figure that we find freighting, and that is the price. With over $70k MSRP and over $18k for the optional Carbon Fiber Track Package, the new Shelby GT500 is dangerously close to a staggering $100,000 sticker price. Even though the performance and driving dynamics of the 2020 Shelby GT500 is close to exotic cars, we are not sure that the market is ready for the Mustang with the price of an exotic.

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6. Ford Taurus SHO

Back in the late 1980s, Ford caused a revolution with the introduction of the Taurus. This was the first truly modern American sedan that ditched the heavy ladder-type chassis and big engines. Instead, it went in a different direction with a sleek, aerodynamic body and front-wheel drive. The Taurus was a big seller and the most interesting was the famed SHO version. The Super High Output or SHO was the performance model in the Taurus lineup. It featured a Yamaha-sourced, 3.0-liter, high-revving V6 with 220 HP. This may not sound impressive, but for 1989 it was a lofty figure. Also, performance was outstanding with just 6.7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.

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But on the outside, the Taurus SHO looked like any other regular Taurus. Only the badge on the back revealed its true sports car nature. That was more than 25 years ago, but even today, the modern Ford Taurus SHO is the champion of an understatement. It is also one of the best sleepers you can buy. It has a powerful Ecoboost V6 engine displacing 3.5-liters and delivering 355 HP to all four wheels. The new Taurus SHO can outhandle and outperform many current sports cars. It must be frustrating to lose a race to a Ford sedan that looks like a rental car but flies like an Audi S6.

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5. Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R 2000

The coolest-looking fourth-generation Mustang is undoubtedly the 2000 SVT Cobra R. Again, this is a limited-edition model with the “R” designation. And Ford produced only 300 of them they intended for racing drivers and teams. However, compared to the other regular Mustangs, the Cobra R featured many improvements and enhancements.

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First and foremost was the engine, the 5.4-liter V8 with 385 HP and 385 lb-ft of torque. Second, the body kit with front and rear spoilers and side skirts. Third, stiff suspension and a few chassis modifications. The car was clearly for performance, so the buyers got exactly that when they pressed the gas pedal.

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4. Ford F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lightning is a legendary truck. It wasn’t the first muscle truck, but it was one of the best and extremely well-executed. All that made the first generation, which Ford sold from 1993 to 1995, a true automotive icon. The basic idea was to make a muscle truck using a regular F-150, similar to the Chevrolet 454 SS.

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However, Ford did it with more care and better engineering. Also, they gave the Lightning a lighter and smaller, but equally powerful engine. Under the hood was a 5.8-liter V8 with 240 HP and 340 lb-ft of torque, giving the classic F-150 Lightning respectable performance.

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3. Ford Sierra Cosworth

Introduced in 1985, the Ford Sierra was Ford’s typical family sedan they produced in numerous versions. The car featured rear-wheel drive and an independent rear suspension. However, when Ford decided to contract the Cosworth tuning house for a performance model, a legend was born. Cosworth added a special body kit with spoilers, unique wheels, and colors.

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Under the hood was a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produced 225 HP. It propelled the car to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. For 1985, those were fantastic numbers. Soon, the Sierra Cosworth became one of the hottest Fords at the time. It was also quite successful on the tracks, winning many races.

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2. Ford F-150 Lightning

In 1999 with the new, totally redesigned generation of F-150 trucks came the new Lightning. This time it was much more aggressive and packed much more firepower. Ford installed its 5.4-liter V8 with a supercharger, which was good for 360 HP at first and 380 HP later. This was much more than the previous model and also much more than any truck on the market at the time.

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Also, performance numbers were sublime because the Lightning could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds and top 140 mph. Those figures were more suited to a Porsche 911 than to a regular pickup truck that could haul cargo just like other F-150.

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1. 2020 Ford Mach E

The most controversial Mustang introduced in recent years and probably ever is definitely the Mustang Mach E. Some will even claim that this isn’t the Mustang at all, and Ford calls it “Mustang-inspired.” Yet. it is painfully apparent that it is, in fact, a Mustang, but a very different one. For those who don’t know, Mustang Mach E is an all-electric, performance-oriented, four-door SUV. The Mach E is all that regular Mustang isn’t, and that makes it controversial. However, looking at the interest and pre-orders Ford has collected, the general market seems to be crazy about the new, all-electric Mustang-inspired family SUV. This is probably the first proper Tesla Model 3 fighter there is, and that alone is impressive.

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But one thing is sure; the Mach E is fast like a Mustang needs to be. The base version can get to 60 mph in low 6 seconds, and the top-of-the-line model can do the same in about 3.7 seconds, which is as fast as the 2020 Shelby GT500. Power is ranging from 266 hp to 459 hp, and prices start at around $40,000. The advertised range is between 210 and 250 miles, which isn’t revolutionary, but it is enough for everyday driving.

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