Beneath the azure expanse of a custom-painted hood, there’s a Ford Mustang like none other. Just one glance, and it’s evident that this particular breed has come a long way from its factory origin, with an impressive array of modifications.
This modified widebody 2006 Ford Mustang S197, boasting a custom air suspension and an intricate labyrinth of performance enhancements, is quite the showstopper. A testament to its owner’s craftsmanship, this gem of automotive artistry is grabbing attention and embracing the potential of the often-overlooked V6 models.
As any car guy knows, the Mustang GT has always been the primary canvas for modification, its V8 powertrain acting as an alluring siren song for speed-seeking enthusiasts. However, with the right modifications even an underdog like V6 can stand shoulder to shoulder with the titans of automotive world, at least when parked at the local car show.
About the the S197
In the bustling universe of muscle cars, the Ford Mustang S197 commands a unique respect. Introduced in 2005, this iteration celebrates the quintessential Mustang design cues while offering modern day comfort and performance. Often, in the rush for raw power, the V6 versions of these iconic vehicles are neglected, but as any true gearhead would concur, the V6 Mustangs, particularly the S197, possess their own charm.
“Yes, the V6 variant of the S197 doesn’t boast the hefty horsepower of its V8 brother, but let’s not forget that it still delivers 210 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque in the stock form, which is pretty good for the curb weight of 3,373 lbs. Plus you these numbers can be further improved with the right performance modifications”.
The S197’s aerodynamic profile and spacious under-the-hood real estate make it a ripe candidate for modification. Its V6 engine, though sometimes disregarded due to its lower output, boasts a remarkable balance between performance and efficiency, presenting an intriguing challenge to those brave enough to exploit its potential.
The V6 Mustang Custom Build
When it comes to performance, this Mustang V6 has something to talk about. The stage 3 racing clutch and performance air intake work in harmony to optimize power delivery and engine breathing. An additional throttle body spacer, coupled with a straight piped exhaust and HotLicks flame thrower, gives the car an aggressive, throaty sound, reminiscent of its V8 counterparts. The engine tune and MGW short throw shifter add the finishing touches, ensuring the car performs at peak levels with razor-sharp precision.
Of course, a modified Mustang isn’t just about what’s under the hood. The suspension on this beauty has been given an overhaul with Raceland coilovers converted to bags using a C2B conversion kit, all managed by Airlift 3p, allowing the car to sit low and menacing on the tarmac, a nod to the stance culture.
“Of course, a modified Mustang isn’t just about what’s under the hood”.
Square Wheel Setup
The wheels on this beast are a sight to behold: 18×11 MST Suzuka rims with 10mm offset and 6.4 backspacing, wrapped in 295/35/18 tires. These provide not just an aggressive look, but also a sturdy and reliable grip for those heart-pounding moments of acceleration.
Wide Body & Custom Aero
From an exterior standpoint, the Mustang’s one-of-a-kind blue paint job coupled with a Trufiber Widebody kit makes it a true blue spectacle. Add the Brandon66polar Rear Diffuser, custom wickerbill spoiler, APR front splitter, and Cervinis Ram Air hood, and you have a look that demands attention. The homemade side skirt splitters and custom Paranoid_Customs turn signals and infinity fog halos add the final flourishes to this customized beauty.
“From an exterior standpoint, the Mustang’s one-of-a-kind blue paint job coupled with a Trufiber Widebody kit makes it a true blue spectacle”.
Inside, the car boasts an NRG quick-release steering wheel and custom Dyna Performance interior that exude a bespoke luxury feel. The Dynavin stereo with Kenwood Audio system keeps the beats flowing, while custom interior lighting sets the mood, all controlled by an Anarchy Motive custom weighted shift knob for an exquisite blend of form and function.
2006 Ford Mustang S197 V6 Mods & Upgrades
- Stage 3 racing clutch
- Performance Air Intake
- Throttle body spacer
- Engine Tune
- Straight piped exhaust
- HotLicks flame thrower
- MGW short throw shifter
- N2MD WotBox
- One of a kind custom blue paint
- Trufiber Widebody kit (Stock body is cut to fit the body kit which widens the car 2.5in in the rear and 1.5in in the front)
- Brandon66polar Rear Diffuser and custom wickerbill spoiler
- APR front splitter
- Cervinis Ram Air hood
- Homemade side skirt splitters
- Custom Paranoid_Customs turn signals and infinity fog halos
- NRG quick Release steering wheel
- Custom Dyna Performance interior
- Custom interior lighting
- Anarchy Motive custom weighted shift knob
- Dynavin stereo with Kenwood Audio system
- Raceland Coilovers Converted to Bags using C2B conversion kit
- Airlift 3p management
- MST Suzuka 18×11 Rims (10mm offset, 6.4 Backspacing)
- 295/35/18 Tires (All around)
Far from being relegated to the sidelines, the V6 Mustang, with a little bit of creativity and dedication, can hold its own in the realm of modified muscle cars, showing that there is a place for more than just the V8s on this stage. The pursuit of horsepower should not be the sole determinant of a car’s worth or desirability, for it’s the love, effort, and creativity injected into every modification that truly defines a car’s character. And in the world of custom-built muscle cars, this Mustang V6 is a champion in its own right.
“This widebody 2006 Ford Mustang V6 S197 is embracing the modification potential of every V6 Mustang, and shows what results can be achieved when the focus is balanced between performance and aesthetics”.
Watch the progress and find out more about this Ford Mustang S197 project by visiting the Instagram profile of the owner: @skythes197!
Photography by 📸: @a5productions
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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.