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Detroit Muscle: 2012 Mustang 5.0 Supercharged Convertible Review

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The bold appearance of ‘The Right Stuff’ Mustang by Detroit Muscle salutes the fabled P51 Mustang fighter airplane from world war II that was piloted in combat by aces such as Chuck Yeager, much like today’s racing drivers will in the upcoming revival of the legendary Trans-Am racing series.

Detroit Muscle’s ‘The Right Stuff’ 2012 Mustang 5.0 convertible mimics the P51’s with its red nose, red tail section, lower tapering red stripe graphics package over their custom silver paint.  Up front and adding a true aggressive look is the custom Ford Racing ‘Laguna Seca’ lower fascia splitter with uprights that keeps the front solidly planted on the pavement at high speeds.

The interior features custom Katzkin leather bucket seats with Detroit Muscle embroidered logo on the seat back, Detroit Muscle logo carpet mats from Designer Mats, and a ‘The Right Stuff’ serial number plague on the right side of the dashboard.

Under the skin is a fully massaged powertrain, suspension and exhaust system.  Detroit Muscle fits a Kenne Bell polished 2.8 liter liquid cooled, twin-screw supercharger with a Kenne Bell Mammoth Intake Manifold and a 4.5 inch chrome Ram Air Inlet Tube.  The kit also includes a Kenne Bell ‘Boost-A-Pump and larger fuel injectors.  The 5.0 liter Ford Coyote Indy V8 engine now generates a ground shaking 700+ horsepower.

To more efficiently exit the hot gases and give out a might growl when mashing your foot on the throttle, Detroit Muscle fits custom JBA headers into a JBA cat-back dual exhaust system.  The new Tremec TR6060 factory installed six-speed manual transmission was left intact since it was built to handle more than 750 horsepower.

With this much horsepower the need for a more extreme suspension upgrade was added and Detroit Muscle chose famous Hotchkis Performance suspension to lower the chassis and add their custom sway bars and custom monotube shock absorbers to lower the center of gravity thus enhancing flatter, quicker and more precise handling when cornering.

The new, larger 5.0 liter equipped brakes were left factory but a set of custom MGP red caliper covers were fitted to add some color to the custom GT Legends 20X9 inch front and 20X10 inch rear alloy wheels.  These custom wheels are wrapped with sticky Toyo 255/35ZR20 front and 295/30ZR20 inch rear Proxes 4 ultra-high-performance tires.

With so much power at your disposal, if Detroit Muscle’s ‘The Right Stuff’ 2012 Mustang convertible had wings it could fly with the legendary P51 Mustangs.



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