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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Here’s a Special Edition Mustang You Didn’t Know About



You’ve undoubtedly heard of the GT350. Perhaps encountered a GT500. Gazed at photos of the Mach 1, Cobra, Boss 302, Bullitt, so on and so forth. They’re all iconic incarnations of the world’s most famous pony car. But this is one Mustang you might not be so familiar with. 
Tuned by Roush Performance, this is one of the company’s limited run “Hyper Series” Ford Mustangs built for 2012. Roush equipped only 100 cars in Hyper Series spec, each subcategorized further within a smaller 25 car production run. This ‘Stang is noted to be the first of one of those production runs, and it recently appeared for sale on eBay.


The prompt for the Roush Hyper Series was fairly simple–equip the Mustang with lots of power and give it an appearance that will turn heads. The former of which was handled by the use of a 2.3-liter Roush roots-type supercharger under the hood, which slurps air and cranks the 5.0-liter Ford V8 up to 540 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. That engine package backed up exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox, and is complemented by a lowered Roush performance suspension, exhaust, four-piston brakes, and 20-inch Hyper Black wheels.
The “turning heads” part is handled by the Hyper Series’ aggressive appearance package, which was fragmented into four different color-matched groups, all utilizing a sinister black paint as the base–“Mat It Mango,” “Gas It Green,” “Punch It Purple,” and “Launch It Lemon.” This Mustang is numbered as the first of the Gas It Green cars, and totes subtle front and rear fascia changes, lime green accents and badges on its exterior, green stitching and gauges inside, as well as a bevy of additional Roush elements–a suede-wrapped steering wheel, billet pedals, side skirts. The Hyper Series didn’t return for 2013.


According to the seller, this car has encountered only 4,240 miles in its three years on the road, and the provided invoice interestingly shows that the axle gearing was upgraded to a taller 3.73 ratio. Vroom, vroom.