Today we’re featuring a 2014 Ford Mustang GT, a veritable feast for the eyes, swathed in a distinctive Pistachio wrap. It has been lovingly maintained, the high-gloss sheen reflecting the original OEM looks of the S197 series. Its heart remains the same, but the subtle mods, and tasteful upgrades are what set it apart, reflecting its owner’s pursuit for individuality, and love for the S197 body lines.
This Mustang GT, doesn’t shout its presence – it purrs, preferring the art of understated elegance. And there’s a reason for this. The Mustang S197 series, of which this stallion is a shining example, has long been celebrated for its authenticity and character. This particular 2014 GT isn’t about flashy, outrageous upgrades or pushing the envelope for the sake of it. It’s about respect for the craft, for the lineage, and for what this model represents in American muscle car history.
About the model
First appearing on the scene in 2010, the S-197 II Mustangs represented a fresh face for Ford. They held onto the design heritage of their predecessors while taking modern performance capabilities to new heights. Under the hood, Ford replaced the outgoing 4.6L engine with a 5.0L Coyote motor, a decision that was met with nods of approval from Mustang aficionados. This engine wasn’t just about output (though its 412 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque weren’t to be sniffed at); it was about reliability, performance, and a promise – the promise of pure, unadulterated muscle car pleasure.
What’s more, the S-197 II models were the last of the Mustang line that catered exclusively to the North American market. They represented a unique blend of old-school American muscle ethos combined with contemporary design and technology. It was a muscle car that could hold its own against its European and Japanese rivals yet never losing sight of its DNA – the quintessential American spirit.
“the S-197 II models were the last of the Mustang line that catered exclusively to the North American market”.
Technically speaking, the 2010-2014 Mustang GT was a potent package straight from the factory. A 6-speed manual transmission, electric power steering replacing the older hydraulic system, and larger brake rotors were some of the features that set it apart. Yet, its brilliance was always in the balance of power, performance, and personality, something our featured Mustang GT owner clearly appreciates.
Featured Mustang GT: A Closer Look
When it comes to the exterior, the first thing that catches your eye is the vibrant Pistachio wrap, a unique shade that sets the tone for this ride’s personality. Coupled with the aggressive Cervini GT500 grille, the GT500 diffuser, and the Wicker Bill, it balances between the striking and the subtle. Not forgetting the Corsa Sport Quad Exhaust, which adds an extra dash of visual flair and that unmistakable Mustang growl.
Suspension-wise, the choice to install SR Lowering Springs has enhanced the car’s stance, giving it a more aggressive look and feel. It doesn’t just improve the aesthetics though; the lower center of gravity means slightly sharper cornering and improved handling.
For the wheels, the owner opted for the 18×10 Apex EC-7 rims shod with 285 tires all around, a choice that perfectly complements the rest of the modifications. The combo provides a superb balance between performance, strength, and weight, resulting in improved road-holding, comfort, and aesthetic appeal.
Under the hood, the performance of this GT remains largely stock, save for a couple of key tweaks. The addition of the McLeod RST Twin Disc and Barton Short Throw Shifter and other subtle adjustments allow the car to capitalize on the strengths of the 5.0L Coyote motor while enhancing its overall drivability.
Specs & Mods:
14’ Mustang GT
- 18×10 Apex ec-7 Rims
- 285/40/18 Tires all around;
- SR Lowering Springs
- McLeod Rst Twin Disc
- Barton Short Throw Shifter
- Corsa Sport Quad Exhaust
- Cervini gt500 Grille
- Wrap Pistachio
- Wicker Bill
- GT500 Diffuser
As we’ve seen, there’s still plenty of love and respect for the S197 II Mustangs, and for good reason. The next generation, the S550, may have introduced a slew of new technologies and an international flavor to the Mustang lineage, but the S197 II models like this 2014 GT retain a certain charm and character that’s not easy to find in other cars.
The blend of performance, style, and heritage, coupled with the potential for personalization, is the secret sauce that keeps these Mustangs in the hearts of muscle car enthusiasts. And let’s not forget, while the S550 may have gone global, the S197 II was a Mustang made for America with the spirit and soul of the muscle car culture.
Watch the progress and find out more about this Mustang GT project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @thatcoyotehowl!
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Automotive journalist and technical writer with more than 10 years of experience. Specialized in aftermarket parts and performance modifications. Loves everything on four wheels and obsessed with modified muscle cars, both classic and modern.