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Monday, September 1, 2014

The 15 Fastest Fords of All Time


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There are few other automakers that can match up to the storied history of Ford (NYSE:F).

 Not only was Ford one of the pioneers in auto manufacturing, but the company led the way in terms of large-scale industrialization from its Michigan headquarters through the early years of the 20th century.

 Its founding dates all the way back to 1903, when Henry Ford set up shop in a converted factory and laid the groundwork for one of the greatest American businesses of all time.
Ford is currently one of the biggest car companies in the world, holding different brands and manufacturing centers all across the world.
 The company has been on the forefront of introducing new technology, and recently has made waves with its hybrid and aluminum vehicles that are not only reliable, but incredibly economical.
 Not to mention that Ford is the producer of the longtime American best-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck.
While Ford has definitely carved themselves a niche in the pickup and SUV markets, it has also put some of the world’s most fearsome muscle cars as well. The storied Mustang has seen decades of production, and many different facelifts and variants.

There have also been some attempts at racing cars as well, capable of both incredible speed and power. While Ford really hasn’t sunk a lot of effort into creating sports cars per se, the company has still produced some fearsome machines.

So, what are Ford’s fastest, you ask? We’ve compiled them right here for you, ranked by the quickest time from 0-60 miles per hour, for lack of a better, more encompassing metric.

 Since Ford doesn’t provide testing data on their own, the information and performance stats are from third-party reviews and experiences. Also, third-party modified models, race cars and one-offs were excluded.

Read on to see Ford’s fifteen fastest cars of all time.

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Source: Ford 

15. Focus RS500
Knocking over the first domino on our list is the fastest Ford Focus model to ever to see the pavement. The Focus RS500 is capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in a scant 5.4 seconds, quicker than the ST or the RS.

 The RS500 was produced by Ford’s European wing, and was limited to 500 units; it was powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, producing up to 350 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque.

 Combined with the matte-black finish, the RS500 took compact cars to a new level of cool.

1964 Ford GT40

14. GT40 

For the next entry on the list, we need to take a step back in time, all the way back to the late 1960s. That was when the GT40 ruled the road, and did so in very quick fashion. Taking just 5.3 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour, the GT40 was before its time.

 There were two different versions produced — a racing variant and a street-legal version, both of which saw 124 units produced. The road version could hit a top overall speed of 164 miles per hour, behind the power of 335 horses and 330 pound-feet of torque.

Source: Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images
Source: Bryan Mitchell/Getty Images

13. SVT F-150 Lightning

The lone pickup truck to see the top 15, Ford’s SVT F-150 Lightning was quick enough to outpace the race-inspired GT40. The Lightning made up to 380 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque on its way to a 0-60 run of just 5.2 seconds.

 It could reach a top speed of 142 miles per hour, all the while harnessing the power of a 5.4-liter V8 engine. The Lightning saw a couple of different production runs, with the latest coming during the early 2000s.

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Source: Ford

12. Taurus SHO

The Taurus absolutely lives up to its namesake with the SHO variant, a specialized model built during the 2010 model year that could blast from 0-60 in 5.2 seconds.

 Under the hood, the Taurus SHO possesses a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, along with twin turbochargers that make for improved power and speed. How much power? 365 horses, and 350 pound-feet of torque, to be exact.

 It also could reach a top speed of 133 miles per hour. Not too shabby for a consumer sedan!

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Source: Ford

11. Mustang V6 Premium

Ford’s iconic Mustang pony car has come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and the V6 Premium model lands just on the outside of the top ten fastest Fords ever.

 The V6 Premium was outfitted with exactly what you might expect — a 3.7-liter V6 engine — that could make up to 308 horsepower and 287 lb-ft of torque.

 Although that’s significantly less than its V8-equipped counterparts, this Mustang could still reach 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds.

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Source: Ford

10. Mustang MCA Edition

With icy-blue aesthetics and a cool demeanor, the MCA Edition of the Mustang ties up with the V6 Premium, as both of them having identical 0-60 times of 5.1 seconds.

The MCA Edition stands for ‘Mustang Club of America’, and also like the V6 Premium, it is equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 engine. Horsepower and torque stats are also identical, but where the MCA Edition Mustang truly gets a leg up is in its exclusivity.

 Less than 2,500 of these cars were actually produced, and only 432 of them were convertibles.

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Source: David McNew/Getty Images

9. Mustang Bullitt

It’s hard to top the Mustang Bullitt on the coolness scale. This special edition Mustang GT hit the streets in 2008, after much clamoring by Mustang enthusiasts to see its return following 2005′s Mustang redesign.

The Bullitt gets its name from the 1968 movie starring Steve McQueen, and just like in the movie, it is stripped of badges and spoilers. This variant also received a slight boost in horsepower to 315, and could lay down 325 pound-feet of torque.

The Bullitt could make the dash to 60 miles per hour in five seconds flat, making it appropriately-named.

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8. SVT Mustang Cobra

Boasting a supercharged 4.6-liter V8 engine, Ford really stepped things up a notch when they introduced the SVT Mustang Cobra in 2002. This beast could generate 390 horsepower — along with 390 pound-feet worth of torque — along its way to a 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds. The Cobra featured a number of specialized components, among them the V8 engine, a heat-extraction hood, and several aesthetic enhancements.

Source: FPV Official Facebook Page
Source: FPV Official Facebook Page

7. Ford Falcon FPV GT F 

The Falcon FPV GT F is not a very well-known vehicle here in the States, but it sure is quick — 4.6 seconds from 0-60, thanks to as much as 540 horsepower from its 5.0 liter V8 (on overboost) – the only bummer is that this is an Australian model.

 Not only that, but it will be quite exclusive as well, as Only 550 are planned to be produced, with 50 of those being sold in New Zealand.

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Source: Ford
6. Mustang SVT Cobra R

The SVT Cobra R actually took to the streets in 2000, a few years before the Cobra redesign. The R variant arrived with a little more power and speed as well, with the ability to hit 60 miles per hour from rest in just 4.4 seconds.

 When it debuted, it was actually the fastest factory Mustang of all time, being powered by a 5.4-liter V8 engine that produced 385 horsepower and a matching 385 pound-feet of torque.

 This is also one of the most exclusive Ford vehicles of all time, as a mere 300 red coupes were produced at the turn of the millennium.

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Source: Ford

5. Mustang GT

The Mustang GT is an undeniably fast performance machine, and the California Special edition is at the top of the heap.

 The GT tested out on Motor Trend’s dyno at 435 horsepower and 404 pound-feet of torque, despite the claimed horsepower of 412 and torque of 390. And that was back in 2011.

 As far as quickness is concerned, the GT can rocket to 60 miles per hour in just 4.3 seconds.

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Source: Ford

4. Shelby GT500KR

The ‘KR’ portion in the Shelby GT500KR’s name stands for King of the Road, and it isn’t too far off from being accurate.

 This Shelby GT500 factory-ordained specialization from 2008 makes a worthy run for the crown, using a 5.4-liter V8 engine to blast out 540 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

 A Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack was added onto the standard GT500 model to make this model outfitted for the ‘King of the Road’ title, which allow it to jet to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds.

 Only around 1,000 of these models exist, including the prototypes.

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Source: Ford

3. Mustang Boss 302

What’s better than being ‘King of the Road’? Apparently, it’s being the Boss. The Mustang Boss 302 is able to outdo the King in terms of quickness, with a sub-four second 0-60 time — albeit just barely at 3.97 seconds.

 The Boss is actually less powerful than the preceding vehicle as well, with only 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque being churned out by the 5.0-liter V8 engine.

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2. Shelby GT500

Taking the crown for the fastest Mustang is the Shelby GT500 with a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. There are faster Mustang variants that have been modified, but for pure, unadulterated speed out of the factory, this is the top-notch model.

Boasting a 5.8-liter supercharged aluminum V8 engine, the GT500 kicks out a startling 662 horsepower, along with 631 pound-feet of torque. To date, that is the most powerful engine in terms of horsepower that has been produced in North America — or so Ford says, but the Corvette Z06 might have something to say about that next year.

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Source: Ford

1. GT

Unequivocally the fastest Ford vehicle to ever hit the streets is the 2005 GT.

 A quick glance might have you thinking you’re staring at a Ferrari, as the GT takes a radically different approach in both engineering and aesthetics than any other Ford model.

 Using a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine, the GT could hit the 0-60 mark in just 3.4 seconds. Along the way, it makes 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.

 A couple thousand GT units were produced and shipped, with the only one in ‘sonic blue’ color, making it the most unique. When it comes to speed, the GT is the reigning king of Ford models.