As the crisp morning dew settles on the West Virginia hills, our hearts are set racing by the sight of a strikingly imposing blue beast, a modded 2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.0. This magnificent machine is more than a mere spectacle; it’s a pure testament to the relentless pursuit of vehicular excellence. The glossy blue finish, combined with the adrenaline-charged roar, is the stuff of car lovers’ dreams.
While MuscleCarDNA.com has seen its fair share of modified Mustang GTs, this one packs a real punch under its sculpted hood, boasting a Paxton 2200SL Supercharger, paired perfectly with a Power By The Hour Performance (PBH) Built 6r80 transmission. This duo manages to unleash a mind-numbing 622 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, turning this Mustang into a full-blown stallion.
The world of superchargers can be overwhelming, but the Paxton 2200SL simplifies it all, promising high-end efficiency and maximum power gains. Utilizing a centrifugal design, this supercharger offers a linear power curve for predictable, reliable boost at all RPM ranges. This isn’t just about going fast; it’s about sustaining that speed with unwavering confidence and the kind of stability that makes the driver feel they’re harnessing a beast, not trying to tame one.
About the Model
Since its inception, the Ford Mustang has been a flagbearer of American muscle, carrying with it a heritage steeped in power and prestige. With the advent of the S550 platform in 2015, Ford took a leap into the future, delivering a more refined and modernized muscle car that stands head and shoulders above its competition. Car and Driver exclaimed that the Mustang S550 “has graduated with honors from muscle car to sports coupe.” This praise stems from the model’s well-balanced nature and its perfect harmony of raw power and refined handling.
“The Mustang S550 has graduated with honors from muscle car to sports coupe”. – Car & Driver.
Diving deeper into its technical prowess, the Mustang S550 features an independent rear suspension – a first for the Mustang line. The automotive press noted that this update “puts the Mustang in territory previously held by the best high-performance coupes from European and Japanese manufacturers, and then some.” The base model alone is a powerhouse, packing a 5.0-liter V8 that churns out 435 horsepower, making it a force to be reckoned with right off the factory floor.
“The S550 Mustang has become a favorite among car modification enthusiasts, thanks to its highly customizable platform”.
Its blend of power, refinement, and modern comforts provides the perfect canvas for gearheads to create their personalized high-performance muscle car masterpiece.
Feature Car: The Blue 2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.0
Delving into the specifics of this West Virginia Wonder, the heart of its performance enhancements lies in the supercharger. The Paxton 2200SL, along with the robust PBH Built 6r80 transmission, pushes power to the rear wheels with breathtaking efficiency. The engine’s growl is amplified by Stainless Works 1 7/8 Long Tube Headers, an MBRP catless H Pipe, and Corsa Xtreme cat-back, creating an exhaust note that reverberates through the mountains like a primal roar.
Equally impressive, the Mustang is riding on a cloud, courtesy of an Air Lift Performance 3P suspension. It’s all about that coveted stance and handling finesse. The body roll is nearly eliminated, and the ride height adjustability allows for an extra degree of customization.
The wheels add another level of visual and performance flair. The owner has opted for fully custom GMR GS-5 wheels with step lip built by @ji0_, wrapped in Lexani LX-Twenty rubber, which provide the perfect blend of looks and grip. They perfectly complement the overall aesthetic while ensuring that all that power is effectively transferred to the pavement.
On the outside, this Mustang is dressed to impress. Cervinis Cobra R Hood, a Stalker Spoiler, and an I5 Autohaus GT500 Front Bumper are just some of the tasteful modifications that make this Mustang stand out. The Street Aero side skirts and diffuser add a touch of aggressive character, while the 2018 style clear taillights and the gloss black roof wrap give it a modern edge.
Inside, it’s a concert on wheels, equipped with dual 12″ 2,400 Watt Skar SDR Series Subwoofers. The tinted windows provide a sense of exclusivity, further enhancing the car’s aura.
Specs & Mods
- GMR GS-5 w/step lip built by @ji0_
- Fronts: 20×10 +34 wrapped in 255/35r20 Lexani LX-Twenty tires
- Rears: 20×11 +54 wrapped in 285/35r20 Lexani LX-Twenty tires
- Fully Polished
- Air Lift Performance 3P
- Paxton 2200SL Supercharger
- 50mm TiAL Q Blow Off Valve
- Power By The Hour Performance (PBH) Built 6r80 transmission
- FTI Torque Converter
- Made 622hp/538tq on 93 Pump Gas on the Dyno
- Stainless Works 1 7/8 Long Tube Headers
- MBRP catless H Pipe
- Corsa Xtremes
- Dual 12″ 2,400 Watt Skar SDR Series Subwoofers/Amp
- Cervinis Cobra R Hood
- Cervinis Stalker Spoiler
- I5 Autohaus GT500 Front Bumper
- Street Aero Cross Faded Side Skirts
- Street Aero Diffuser
- S550 Euros – 2018 Style Clear Taillights
- G2 Caliper Paint
- Roof wrapped in Gloss Black by Drexel Auto Styling
- 40% Windshield
- 20% Sides and Back
In conclusion, this 2017 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 showcases what’s truly possible when passion meets innovation. It’s a testament to the car enthusiast’s spirit – forever chasing performance, style, and the unique sense of joy that comes from driving a muscle car that’s been crafted with love, sweat, and gear oil. This West Virginia beast has truly earned its stripes, roaring onto the scene as a shining example of the enduring allure of the American muscle car.
Watch the progress and find out more about this Ford Mustang S550 project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @maxwell_5oh!
Photography by 📸: Drexel Auto Styling
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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.