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Monday, April 4, 2016

This 820HP Ford Mustang is as American as Bratwurst and Sauerkraut


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According to IHS Automotive, the Mustang was the best selling sports car in the world through the first half of 2015, and that was before they even trotted out right-hand drive variants for the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.

I couldn’t find solid year end figures for global Mustang sales, but an impressive number of pre-orders were lined up in the aforementioned right-hand drive countries, so I think it’s safe to say the Mustang is a hit worldwide. And what happens when a car is a hit? Tuner shops go out and build crazy versions of it, shops like Geiger Cars in Munich, Germany.

The folks at Geiger Cars are well known for their penchant for American muscle, and for spreading the gospel of Motor City, one smokey burnout at a time. Their latest in house creation is an 820-horsepower Mustang that started out as a boring ‘ol 420-horsepower Mustang GT.

 The extra power comes courtesy of a 2.9-liter supercharger, new software, a massive intercooler, and a completely revised engine block. Forged pistons, an upgraded crankshaft, steel lines, and a stainless steel sport exhaust are also part of the equation. I can only imagine the look on peoples faces when they’re ‘bahnstorming’, and all the sudden a Mustang blows past them with ease, it has to be priceless.

What I find most impressive about this build isn’t the increase in power, but rather the restraint Geiger Cars showed when it comes to the appearance of the vehicle. The Mustang crowd isn’t exactly known for keeping things simple, and while everyone is welcome to do as they please with their vehicles, it’s my belief that less is always more, especially when it comes to sports cars.

 If your car is already known for being fast, there’s no reason to tack on a bunch of bits that equate to you driving down the street with a bullhorn yelling “HEY EVERYONE! I CRAVE YOUR ATTENTION! PLEASE GIVE IT TO ME!”. This build isn’t like that.

Geiger chose to forgo any outlandish flaring, or racing stripes, opting instead for a carbon fiber bodykit that adds attitude in all the right ways. Paired with a sport suspension, and 20-inch wheels, the bespoke front lip, rear spoiler, side sills, and rear diffuser give the car an aggressive stance, but don’t look at all tacky.

 There’s not a thing I would change about this car, it’s aesthetically perfect, and has the performance proficiency to back up the look. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be able to say that about a shop built Mustang.