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Ford teams up with Petty for special Mustangs

Few drivers cast as long a shadow on the American racing scene as Richard Petty. Now the King's own tuning division has teamed up with Ford for a series of modified Mustangs. They're based on the 2016 Ford Mustang GT, and will be made available in three stages.

The modifications start under the hood, with the addition of a Ford performance supercharger to the 5.0-liter V8 that drives output up by 235 horsepower for a total of 670. Along with forced induction and engine calibration, the enhancements include a new cold-air intake and MagnaFlow center-exit exhaust. Also included are new halfshafts, adjustable sway bars front and rear, and an upgraded rear axle. The rolling stock has been upgraded with 20-inch wheels and Continental Extreme Performance rubber. Throw in upgraded trim inside and out and it's a compelling package for fans of Ford performance, but that's not the extent of it.

Step up to the King Premier edition and you get a different set of wheels, upgraded brakes, and a leather interior. But the most compelling options are available as extras on either model, including a coil-over suspension and an even more powerful supercharger to drive output up to a whopping 727 horsepower.

If you like what you see, you'll likely have to act fast to put one in your pit lane. Ford and Petty's Garage will only offer 243 examples of the King edition, 43 of the King Premier, and 14 King Premier convertibles. Pricing starts at a suitably royal $67,495 for the base model and $90,495 for the King Premier. Sold through participating dealers, they all come with a full three-year, 36,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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