- 1 Mighty Performance Studs? Check! Best-Selling Trucks? Check!
- 2 Fastest Ford Cars – The 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
- 3 The 2008 Mustang Bullitt
- 4 The 2016 Ford Focus RS
- 5 The 2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R
- 6 The 2015 Mustang GT
- 7 The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 & GT350R
- 8 Fastest Ford Cars – The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
When we’re asked about the early days of Ford Motors, we instantly think about the good-old Model T. That’s no surprise: that’s the one and only car that single-handedly taught America about riding behind the wheel, not on the back or a horse.
Model T started the revolutionary assembly line that all the manufacturers are using today and were Ford’s best-seller for decades; there were 15 million units produced in total.
However, before this fabulous car, there was the 999, a race-track ready vehicle that Mr. Ford made himself in 1904. Funny, huh? Not a lot of industry giants today can boast a rich, ground-breaking history as the Detroit giant does, but then again, you don’t get the nickname “Giant’ for nothing. Ford has always been one of the leaders in developing new technology.
So, let’s open our Fastest Ford Cars list!
Mighty Performance Studs? Check! Best-Selling Trucks? Check!
And while the company definitely does know not to make, say, pick-up trucks and SUVs the right way (did you know that about 90% of the profit comes from truck sales?), it’s also known for a fine selection of race-track hungry and gorgeous performance cars – legendary ones, I’d say.
The iconic Mustang has been around for 51 years – that’s more than 5 decades! Yep, this car is probably older than any of you guys reading this article (or the dude writing it). That’s why it opens the list of Fastest Ford Cars.
The Mustang has gone through multiple facelifts, redesigns, updates, upgrades, fixes, and check-ups, but the core, the soul of it remains untouched. And that’s the way it should be.
And even though these last couple of decades Ford hasn’t been exactly strong in mighty muscle cars and performance studs (they didn’t even put much effort into it, either), the previous conquests echo to this day, because they’re too damn impressive. Especially when the engineering and marketing teams proved that they can still make billions with trucks and family-friendly SUVs.
So, let’s dive into the historical ocean and talk about the fastest cars Ford has ever made. Obviously, the first models were not even close to, say, the 2015 Mustang (even though some early models could very well outrun even the latest cars), so, it’s more of a gradual list, documented statistics on how the MPH and the 0-to-60 evolved over time, if you know what I mean.
Fastest Ford Cars – The 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt
Everybody knows that the Mustang was released by Ford back in 1964 (in April, to be exact), and the rest is history, as they say. The Mustang’s rise to glory is an amazing thing to watch, but today I want you all to remember the Fairlane Thunderbolt that debuted that same year. It was a street-legal drag vehicle featuring a 427cubic inch V8 engine that was capable of almost as much as 600HP. Back then that was more than impressive.
This exact model was a couple of hundred pounds lighter than a standard-edition Fairlane and it was a real beast on the race-track: this old-fashioned coupe could make the 0 to 60MPH jump in 4.7 seconds! Yep, faster than most contemporary sports cars!
Overall, there were about 100 Thunderbolts made, and so, today a car like that would cost you a fortune.
For example, in 2012 Mecum Auctions sold one for 200K! The Fairlane Thunderbolt was one of the fastest cars in the 60s and it had a pretty great future planned.
Unfortunately, it kinda got lost in Mustang’s glory. Still, 200 thousand dollars a piece? Count me in!
The 2008 Mustang Bullitt
Let’s fast-forward to the 21st century: in 2008 Ford celebrated the 40th anniversary of the most iconic car chase in the history of cinematography by reviving Mr. Steven McQueen’s awesome vehicle in the 21st century. And they did a terrific job: the Bullitt was not just a decent redesign with new paint, new wheels, and a brand-new scary grille.
The engineers did their best with the powertrain too and introduced a unique engine management system, worked on the exhaust, the air intake, the rear end ratios, et cetera, et cetera, all for pushing the redline up +250RPMs; that allowed the Bullitt to jump from zero to 60 miles per hour in 5 seconds sharp, which is 0.2 seconds faster than the GT it was based on.
What can I say – that was an exponential come back and I wish all the legends a comeback like that. So, this model definitely deserves its place in the list of Fastest Ford Cars.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS
What, you never thought a small hatchback could be in the list of fastest cars? It turns out, if the hatchback’s name is Focus RS, it definitely can. This one is a go-getter and with a 0 to 60 miles per hour jump in 4.7 seconds you’ll get lots of fun on the race-track. It comes with an edgy and up-to-date style with a sporty attitude, Recaro seats, all the latest technological features, and, of course, a strong powertrain: the engine is 345 Horses-strong, with 325 pound-feet of torque, AWD (all-wheel drive), a top speed of up to 165MPH and the fancy Drift Mode.
This is the hottest hatchback on the market right now, and, even though it’s not out yet – still have to wait for a little while – I can already name it a mighty contender in the top 10 fastest list.
Besides all that powertrain and interior goodies, the Ford Focus RS can take in 5 passengers and all the groceries you can eat in a week. Oh, and one final thing: it will cost 35-37K. See, a hatchback CAN impress, you just gotta believe in it.
The 2000 SVT Mustang Cobra R
If you’re a fan of Ford then you know that whenever you see that shiny letter “R” next to the car’s name, you know you’re in for a treat. The Cobra R 2000 was a mean grinder and had a strong engine under that hood – a 5.4-lit V8 that was good for 385 Horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque.
With a max speed of 175 miles per hour, the Mustang Cobra R did that zero to 60 in super-quick 4.4 seconds, which made it the fastest Ford car at the beginning of the 21st century.
On the inside, the Cobra was one hell of a luxury ride, with sporty seats, a superb dash-board, and top-quality materials. However, the main feature was, of course, the impressive powertrain. Even today, 15 years later, this baby is one to look out for on the track, and, as there were only 300 units made, you can imagine how expensive it could be on the market. And this segment should be in the Fastest Ford Cars list for sure. So, it’s not only an all-around amazing American muscle car, but it’s also one of the rarest models from the Detroit giant. Remember the Cobra, it’s worth it.
The 2015 Mustang GT
This one is my favorite muscle car from Ford. I bought one for myself recently, and it makes me feel like I’m young again when I cruise down the block or go for a “run” on the race-track.
The 2015 edition was released by the company as a celebration of the model’s 50 years anniversary, and the success was enormous. That’s no surprise, though, because, in all fairness, this handsome fella is not only the most refined and perfected Mustang to date, but it’s also the best investment if you’re looking for a super-strong and masculine muscle car (sorry for the tautology) on a budget.
What you get is a fully independent suspension, a brand-new platform, and a super-stylish design that lets go of the old ways and keeps up with the time-table.
The 5.0-lit V8 is good for 435Horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, with a zero to 60 jump in 4.4 seconds (just like the Cobra) and a top speed of 164 miles per hour. Hands down, if you’re a fan of muscles, this is the dream car for you, period.
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 & GT350R
The Shelby brothers are a big part of Ford’s muscle car legacy and they made a bunch of those. That’s why the Shelby models go to our list of Fastest Ford Cars. The GT350 is the little brother, but it’s packing a super-mighty engine that’s gonna make the competition blush really hard: the 5.2-lit V8 puts out 526HP and 429 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-to-60MPH jump in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 175-177MPH.
With a starting price of 50K, this hustler can easily compete with cars 3 times pricier. In my book, that’s a true American hero right there!
However, if for some strange reason that’s not enough from you, the clever folks at Ford have something better in stores for you: the GT 350R, much like the Cobra R, is the elder brother.
If you think the standard 350 is not the savage you need, then the “R” edition is the best birthday gift for you. However, be ready to let go of simple pleasures like radio, air conditioning and sound-deadening in favor of carbon fiber wheels and combat-ready suspension. HP and lb-ft are the same, but you’ve got a 0.1-second advantage in acceleration.
If you’re a pro racer, you know that makes all the difference in the world. This monster can be yours for 64K large.
Fastest Ford Cars – The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
If the GT350R is the elder brother, the GT500 is the daddy of them all. It’s like a modern-day dinosaur with scary looks and acceleration/top speed that Zoom himself would’ve approved of. It’s not a particularly great pick if you want to fit in those tight European corners, but on the race-track, this one is a king: you’ve got 660HP and 631 lb-ft of torque at your disposal and a top speed of 202MPH.
Folks say Ford is cooking up a next-get GT500 in the nearest future – that’d be awesome, right? Oh, and don’t forget about the upcoming GT 2017 (check out my review) – it’s going to be the fastest car from the Blue Oval brand. Ever.
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