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Highlights Include Parts From Borla, Toyo, Kicker, And More

Ford Mustang GT

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 may have recently vacuumed up all of the attention from the rest of the iconic muscle car/pony car family, but a few choice builds set to debut at the 2019 SEMA Show will hopefully shine some light on more than just the Shelby. For example, the crew at California Pony Cars chose instead to upgrade this 2019 Ford Mustang GT from back to front, inside and out.

The mighty 5.0L Coyote V8 engine in this 2019 Ford Mustang GT is now affixed with a Ford Performance TVS supercharger, sending things out the back via a cat-back exhaust with black chrome tips by Borla. For the stance, official Ford Performance lowering springs are combined with forged multi-piece 21-inch wheels by Triumph Performance with Toyo Proxes T1R tires, while Baer EradiSpeed 15-inch front and 13-inch rear two-piece rotors keep this Mustang corralled.

For this SEMA 2019 Ford Mustang GT build, California Pony Cars created a custom hood, decklid, side skirts, grille, front chin spoiler, rear diffuser and wing with wicker bill, rear blackout panel, mirror covers, wheel arches, front bumper air duct panels and aluminum splitter kit. LED lighting is courtesy of Diode Dynamics.

On the inside, Ford Performance Recaro leather seats bring the aggressive styling to the cabin, paired with a California Pony Cars carbon fiber center console, dashboard trim kit and window switch plates, CPC armrest covers, door sill plates and coin tray. For maximum sound, a 1,500-watt Kicker Audio system with a 12-inch 1,200-watt subwoofer has been installed. Finally, a LinksWell GEN II 11.8-inch high definition touch screen and Diode Dynamics LED strip accent lighting finish off the interior.

This 2019 Ford Mustang GT is just one of two officially commissioned builds that will be on display at the brand’s massive SEMA display next week. That said, we expect a couple of surprises in store, come Tuesday. And MC&T will be on the scene to cover it all.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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