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ROAD TEST: Ford Mustang FR500 (continued)
ARTICLE BY: John Philips, David Dehurst
February 2000
 
 

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe

Estimated base price: $54,000

Major standard accessories: power steering, windows, seats, and locks;

A/C; cruise control; tilting steering wheel; rear defroster Sound system: JBL AM/FM-stereo radio/CD player, 7 speakers

ENGINE

Type. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . V-8, aluminum block and heads

Bore x stroke. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.70 x 3.54 in, 94.0 x 90.0mm

Displacement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305 cu in, 4997cc

Compression ratio. . . . . . . . . . . . 9.9:1

Engine-control system. . . . . . . . . Ford EEC-V with port fuel injection

Emissions controls. . . . . . 3-way catalytic converter, feedback air-fuel-ratio control, EGR

Valve gear. . chain-driven double overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, hydraulic lifters

Power (SAE net). . . . . . . . . . . . . 415 bhp @ 6800 rpm

Torque (SAE net) . . . . . . . . . . . . 365 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

Redline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7000 rpm

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-speed manual

Final-drive ratio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.10:1, limited slip

DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES

Wheelbase. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106.3 in

Track, F/R. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61.0/60.8 in

Length. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183.5 in

Width. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73.1 in

Height. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52.2 in

Frontal area. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22.9 sq ft

Ground clearance. . . . . . . . . . . . 3.4 in

Curb weight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3587 lb

Weight distribution, F/R. . . . . . . . 50.1/49.9%

Fuel capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.7 gal

Oil capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.0 qt

Water capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.3 qt

CHASSIS/BODY

Type. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . unit construction

Body material. . . . . . . . . .welded steel stampings and carbon fiber

INTERIOR

SAE volume, front seat. . . . . . . . 50 cu ft

rear seat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 cu ft

luggage space. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 cu ft

Front seats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bucket

Restraint systems, front. . . . . . . manual 3-point belts, driver and

passenger airbags

rear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . manual 3-point belts

SUSPENSION

Rear:. . . . . . ind, unequal-length control arms with a toe-control link,

oil springs, anti-roll bar

STEERING

Type. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . rack-and-pinion, power-assisted

Turns lock-to-lock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.4

Turning circle curb-to-curb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38.3 ft

BRAKES

Front:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.0 x 1.3-in vented and cross-drilled disc

Rear:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.0 x 1.1-in vented disc

Power assist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . vacuum with anti-lock control

WHEELS AND TIRES

Wheel size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F: 9.0 x 18 in, R: 10.0 x 18 in

Wheel type. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . cast aluminum

Tires. . . . . . . . . BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KD; F: 265/35ZR-18 93Y, R: 295/35ZR-18 99Y

C/DTEST RESULTS

ACCELERATION Seconds

Zero to 30 mph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.9

40 mph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.6

50 mph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.5

60 mph. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.5

 
 
 
 
 
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