Ford cars performance Specialist Steeda has unveiled its first turnkey V8 Mustang for the European market. Derived from the 5.0 V8 model, the Q500 Enforcer, part of Steeda’s SSV range of tuned Fords, is a practical and usable sports car that offers noticeable improvements in performance, chassis design and styling over the standard Mustang.
Designed to appeal to buyers seeking genuine performance gains many of the changes are found under the Mustang’s skin. By combining a bespoke cold air intake system to increase and stabilize the flow of cool incoming air, revised engine mapping to provide instant throttle response and a custom exhaust that releases the V8 soundtrack that enthusiasts crave, the Q500 develops 480bhp, up from the standard car’s 410bhp and 485lb/ft. of torque (increase of over 70lb/ft).
Significant changes have also been made to the Mustang’s chassis and suspension set up. The Q500 boasts adjustable suspension and chassis upgrades to sharpen responsiveness, comprising bespoke thicker front and rear adjustable anti-roll bars that feature solid billet ends and mounts, Steeda’s own progressive rate springs, strut tower brace and upgraded bushes for the Mustang’s independent rear suspension sub-frame. The result is a lowered stance designed to offer the comfort of the factory car with improved turn-in, a much more planted rear end and a noticeable reduction in wheel hop and deflection that can affect the standard Mustang.
The Q500 also features Steeda’s sub frame alignment kit to eliminate misalignment caused by a difference in bolt and hole size that has been reported on some factory cars. Optional wheel packages come in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, fitted as standard or Cup derivative. or 20-inch Velgen VMB7 wheels with Michelin all around (265/35/20 and 295/35/20). Standard Mustang wheel and tyre combination of 19-inch are also available.
Ford Mustang Q500 Enforcer Mustang design
Options for this special Mustang are; Steeda Coilover Kit and a height-adjustable front coil over setup including camber adjustable top mounts and a rear spring and damper setup with a height adjustable spring seat, as well as a heavy-duty Tremec Magnum XL six-speed manual, an upgraded twin plate clutch, heavy-duty aluminium driveshafts, vented brake discs and custom paint finishes for brake calipers and under the bonnet.
Priced at 8,998 pounds over the base GT vehicle, the Q500 Enforcer is available in the U.K.