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Ford, Petty target Hellcat with pricey 727-hp Mustang

by Bill Cawthon on

Ford’s gunning for the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and has once again enlisted Richard Petty’s help.

The results is the Petty’s Garage 2016 Mustang GT King edition.

Mr. Petty is most famous for a successful NASCAR career driving Hemi-powered Plymouths and Dodges.


The King Mustang GT, shown as a 2015 model at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA), was popular, so Petty’s Garage will unveil 2016 versions at this year’s show.

Just three hundred cars will be produced. The engine for all the cars is an upgraded 5.0-liter Ford V8 with a Ford Performance supercharger that brings the total horsepower up to 670, an increase from the 2015 model’s 627.  Unlike the Hellcat engine, which has a standard 707 horsepower, it takes an optional supercharger upgrade at extra cost to hit 727.

Other Petty tweaks include engine calibration, a cold-air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust, Ford Performance TrakPak halfshafts, three-way adjustable front and rear sway bars, and a rear axle upgrade. Everything is covered by Ford’s three-year, 36,000-mile warranty.

The King Premier gets different wheels and a custom leather interior, and upgraded brakes with two-piece rotors all around (six-piston calipers on the front and four-piston calipers on the rear.) Both King and King Premier versions include lots of Petty-themed and Petty Blue doodads and trim pieces.

Ford and Petty have announced that prices will start at $67,495 for the King Edition and $90,495 for the King Premier. No prices were announced for the supercharger upgrade or the convertible version.

Those prices compare to $66,670, including destination charges, for a maxed-out Challenger Hellcat with an automatic transmission and nearly every upgrade. A similar Charger Hellcat has a MSRP of $70,670.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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