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2013 Shelby Focus ST Quick Drive

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When Shelby American President John Luft stopped by Motor Trend headquarters and offered us a quick drive in the production version of the all-new 2013 Shelby Focus ST sporting the complete Shelby kit, we couldn’t say no. Our tester came in Oxford White with the Azure Blue Shelby Competition graphics package – just one of the three graphics package, which also includes Checkered Flag Splash and Shelby Traditional stripes – as well as the optional ...

Kia Readying GTI-, Focus ST-Fighting Pro_cee’d GT Hot Hatch

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At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Kia took the wraps off its new Pro_cee’d, a two-door rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, and Opel Astra. Now, the automaker is working on a hotter version to do battle with the Golf GTI, Focus ST, and Astra OPC. Not much has been revealed about the Pro_cee’d GT – all Kia is telling us so far is that it will be powered by a turbocharged version ...

Shelby GT500-Based Shelby 1000 S/C Has 1200 HP

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Shelby American says that 40 to 50 customers purchased its 2012 Shelby 1000 S/C muscle car, which made 1100 horsepower. If you’d like to embarrass those people, we’d recommend opening your checkbook and buying this, the 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C. Why? Simple — it makes 1200 horsepower. You might recall that the last Shelby 1000 made 950 horsepower in street-legal form, but Shelby says that every one of its buyers opted instead for the Shelby 1000 ...

On the Road Again in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible on Epic Drives

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What better way to experience the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500′s intoxicating exhaust note than hitting the open road in the convertible version? Technical director Frank Markus did just that on the latest episode of Epic Drives, driving the drop-top Mustang across the Mohawk Trail. Markus’ drive with his 662-hp mount starts out in Lowell, Massachusetts at the house Jack Kerouac once called his home. Then Markus hops in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible to hit ...

Hot Rod Unlimited Puts 2013 Ford Mustang SEMA Car Through Its Paces

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Sometimes when we’re presented with show cars or one-offs, we’re given the caveat to treat them with kid gloves. But Mickey Thompson gave no such special care instructions to Hot Rod when it gave them the keys to its 2013 Ford Mustang GT show car. And Hot Rod’s Jesse Kiser happily obliged by taking the car to the 2013 Run to the Coast event in Irvine, California, just following one of the weekly Cars and ...

Thread of the Day: Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE or Ford Mustang GT Track Pack? W/Poll

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Few automakers have had a rivalry as polarizing as the one between the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, and in a new Motor Trend comparison test we cover the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE and the 2013 Ford Mustang GT Track Pack. In our latest comparison, both muscle cars are based on entry-level V-8 models with standard horsepower ratings and manual transmissions, but upgraded with some track-friendly components. The Mustang GT Track Pack adds a shorter ...

Auto Painting 101: Mercury Grand Marquis Gets a Respray on Wide Open Throttle

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What do you do with a 10-year-old car with parking lot scars? Take it to a professional body shop for a complete repaint. On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, host Jessi Lang takes video production manager Brett Adkins’ 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, aka the “Grampsmobile,” to Duran’s Quality Painting for a new look. After chatting with the owner about some of his past projects, Lang gets her hands dirty with dent removal and some sanding. ...

Thread of the Day: What Five Vehicles Would Fill Your 1970s-Era Dream Garage?

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While the 1970s may be considered by some to be the automotive dark ages, there are still plenty of desirable models from that time period — from the last of the muscle cars to lightweight Japanese sports cars, and European exotics to large American personal luxury coupes. That means that in today’s fantasy garage question, you’re free to include any car you want – just as long as the model-year’s third digit is a seven. Motor ...

We Hear: Plans for Ford Sub-Mustang Coupe in Europe Put on Hold

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The idea of a sub-Mustang sports coupe from Ford sounds enticing, but if the latest rumor from Autocar is to be believed, Ford of Europe has just put on pause the development of such a model. Most likely with the European automotive market’s troubles in mind, a sub-Mustang Ford sports coupe that could potentially have come to the U.S. at some point — you never know — has been shelved. Based on one of Ford’s existing ...

2013 Ford Focus ST Goes up Against VW Golf R, Subaru BRZ on Head 2 Head

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On this week’s episode of Head 2 Head, associate road test editor Carlos Lago hits the track to see if the new 2013 Ford Focus ST has what it takes to challenge the direct descendant of the original hot hatch, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R. Lago starts out by comparing how the Focus ST and Golf R stack up in the canyons. The front-drive Focus ST clearly has the most boy-racer appeal of the two, with ...