The Mustang has always been synonymous with Ford Performance. However, despite that recognition, many of the Mustangs produced weren’t exactly fire-breathing machines. Indeed, some of them had nice but not overly exciting performances. Not all Mustangs were fire-breathing machines; most were just cruisers with owners who wanted the looks and bragging rights because they had a V8-powered model.
However, for those who wanted more, there was always a real beast of a car, the Mustang, that could truly gallop. These ponycars were equipped with high-performance engines, suspensions, and brakes to match, and also produced in limited quantities. Today, we’ll talk discuss those cars, the super-fast Mustangs that punched well above their weight. Check out the greatest performance Mustangs of all time here.
Ford Mustang 289 HiPo
Although the Mustang looked sporty and cool, it shared modest underpinnings with the economy Falcon. Its engine lineup at the time included mild versions of inline-six and smaller V8s. The power output was nothing special and performance was somewhat below expectations (via CJ Pony Parts).
Ford responded with an exciting engine called the K-Code. The K-Code was the 289 V8 but with a milder, more street-friendly tune and 271 hp, which was more than enough for the performance the Mustang fans asked for. Introduced in 1965 and available until 1967, the 289 HiPo was the first Mustang that ran as well as it looked, especially if you ordered it in a gorgeous Fastback body style.