From the Factory: Unmodded
This is my 2006 Mustang. I bought it after a test drive at the dealership. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CAR! I hated to get rid of my truck, but I've wanted a damned sports car for quite some time, now. I've had the 4-banger/gas-saver(89 Accord LX), the family car(96 Lumina Sedan), the 4x4(97 F-150 Ext. Cab 4x4 XLT); hell, my ex had a sports car. I said to myself, 'This is B.S.!' When do I get my sports car, right? Well, look no further as I have given myself on hell of a present. I've been around Mustangs for quite some time as my brother has two and a bunch of guys I work with have 'em. I had to have one and this one really suited me.
Okay, enough about the history, let's get to the damn car! It is the GT Premium Coupe, and I spared no expense(except for the soft top and $1300 Shaker 1000 system which adds two (?) 10" subs I can install myself for CHEAP)on this thing. I didn't like the convertible as much as it didn't fit my taste in looks. I don't really want to have to worry about replacing a top 3 years down the road or have to baby the hell out of it to make it last, either. It also adds weight to the car, as I am to understand, and changes some of the handling characteristics of the car in general since you don't have the pillars from the hard top. Yeah, it'd be cool in the summer with the top down, but the sun's pretty harsh on me as it is. I spend the summer with a sunburn, so the hell with that. I went with the leather interior, bucket seats, 6-way power driver's seat with power lumbar, dark charcoal grey(or is it gray?), aluminum trim, Shaker 500/6-speaker audio system which has the in-dash 6-CD MP3 compatible changer, added in a Visor satellite radio receiver for Sirius radio, customizable color guage cluster(you can change it to a multitude of colors with a press of a couple buttons along with some preset colors; kinda cool, huh?), and active anti-theft system.
As far as the power goes, it's an aluminum block, cast aluminum head 4.6L V-8(281 cu. in. displacement)making 300 hp @ 5750 rpm, and 320 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm(this is at the flywheel, which is the normal rating from the manufacturer unless specifically stated as "rear wheel horsepower(rwhp) or rear wheel torque(rwtq))." I didn't "puss-out" for that auto and went for the TR-3650 5-speed tranny. It'll give you minor whiplash if you drive it hard from new; I did it, and my neck was killing me after driving it all weekend when I bought it. Hey, I had to see what she'd do! The autoshifters aren't too bad from when I tested it; they've improved it a bit and a little computer tuning could have it shifting pretty good, too. Anywho, it's EPA rated for 17 city/25 highway mpg. I've seen 20 mpg even at 100-130! So I'm told, heh. If you granny-shift it, you can get about 19-21 in city, and 26-28 on the highway at 50-75 mph. Not too bad for a sports car, if I do say so. It has a sensor that calculates MPG on the gauge cluster and tells you what you're getting. Other display items include a dual-display mode to display 2-3 things at a time and include average mph, trip, odometer, and a bar graph display of efficiency. The rear-end seems to have a locker and Ford's putting those "solid axle" rears in them now. It's weird to me, as it doesn't chirp in sharp, slow turns, but will spin both at take-off if you want it to. I'm told this is inefficient for traction on the drag strip, though. The traction control system isn't near as limiting as the last setup on the '02-04s. I test drove an '03 GT one time and the TCS made it drive like a V6. This one will let it even spin a little, but it maintains control of the vehicle pretty damn well. It becomes only slightly a problem in hard shifts, as it limits the throttle upon shift and causes a lunging motion back and forth of the car as the throttle is on and off. I've had it a little sideways, but the TCS kept it from getting the back all the way around. If you turn it off, though, you can get it to spin all you want. I've already been through my rear tires since the stockers are garbage straight-ling/wet performance tires. I'm figuring out what's going to make it hook better with the new set. It has 3.55 cogs in the rear-end. Ford Racing also makes those performance packages for it too, so you can always upgrade to 4.10's. Anyway, the wheels I chose were the polish/painted 17"-ers. I liked how they fit the car, though the tires will end up costing more in the long run than say, 15-16"-ers. I liked the wheels, as they remind me of the Torquethrust IIs. Gorgeous. Screw the 'pimp-rims.' That's just not what this thing's all about. They come with P235/55ZR17 Pirelli P-Zero Nero meat mounted on them. Pretty grippy tire new, might I add. It depends on how psychotic you drive, though. I like the "balls to the wall" technique. I TRY to behave around other drivers, though. You never know when the guy next to you has a kid in the car, and I couldn't live with an accident like that. The way I see it, it's your responsibility if you want to get squirrelly in your car, but don't endanger other people to do it. Back roads where there is NO traffic if you must, but you also have to answer to the law if they catch you, too. Take 'er to the strip! Back to the car, though. The exhaust is stainless and dual all the way back with H-pipe installed. The exhaust stock has that classic, mildly-throaty, gurgling Mustang sound to it. I'll probably leave it the hell alone, but I know Ford Racing has a couple packages out now for it. The intake has the long-deserved cross-runner design with some high-temp plastic, as I've been seeing on a lot of cars lately. Hey, it works, right? It looks like the intake on the new LS2 motor GM is putting out now. I think the LS1s have had something like it for quite some time now. You should see the sway bar under the front; it's MASSIVE. I guess that helps with the control of the car. There are also 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. Let me tell you, when you have a new car, it seems that EVERYONE wants to total it. I have stood on those brakes a couple nights after I got it and they saved me rear-ending an Explorer, who wanted to stop in the middle of the road to turn instead of using the f%$@#*! turning lane provided. Granted, I was going a LITTLE fast, but a stretched limo was in the left lane and I could go NOWHERE! I almost stopped, but had to squeeze between them (don't know how I did it, either). Some people (actually a lot of them) in Florida are MORONS. They need to get their heads out of their butts; really. Okay, more pics and enough of my blabbing. ENJOY!!!