Steeda's 480-hp Q500 Enforcer Mustang hits Europe
Steeda is the largest privately-ownedFord tuning specialist in the world, and over the past 30 years has supplied performance partsand upgrades for vehicles like the Fiesta, Mustang and F-150 truck out of itsheadquarters in Florida. Now the company has outed its first turnkey V8 Mustang forEurope, the Q500 Enforcer.
Based on the standard 5.0-liter V8 Mustang, the Q500 puts out 480-hp (358 kW) and 485 lb-ft (658 Nm) of torque over the standard car's(UK-spec) 410-hp (306 kW) and 390 lb-ft (529 Nm) of torque. This is thanks to a cold air intake, revisedengine mapping, and a performance exhaust.
The Q500 also has a stiffer chassis thanks tofully adjustable suspension with progressive rate springs, solidly-mountedthicker anti-roll bars front and rear, a strut tower brace and upgraded bushesfor the rear suspension subframe. Steeda says that these upgrades contributeto a better turn-in and a reduction in wheel hop and deflection that can affectthe standard car. The company has even fitted its subframe alignment kit toeliminate misalignment that has been reported on some factory cars.
Much of the factory styling has beenretained with only a few exterior modifications. A subtle front splitter derivedfrom Steeda's race Mustang reduces front-end lift at high speed, while a smallducktail rear spoiler has been fitted for rear-end stability.
Optional wheel packages are available,including 20-inch Velgen VMB7's (pictured) and 20-inch Steeda ST-R's. Both optionscome wrapped in Michelin Sport 4S tires as standard or Michelin Sport Cup tires as an option. The stealth-look is thenfinished off with Steeda sill trim finishers, the Q500 name stamped on the sideskirts and a build plate under the bonnet.
Further upgrades are also availablethrough Steeda's catalog, but the launch vehicle has been fitted with an optional fully-adjustable coilover kit that features ride height andcamber settings. A heavy-duty Tremec Magnum XL 6-speed manual with multiplegear ratio options can be specified, as well as heavy-duty aluminum driveshafts, vented disc brakes, an upgraded twin-plate clutch and custom paintedbrake calipers or engine components.
The company's latest offering joins the European range of Steeda's Serialized Vehicles (SSV), alongside the Q750 Streetfighter Mustang, the Q350 Ecoboost Mustang and the Mondeo Sport. The Q500 Enforcer is available for order in the UK from Haynes Ford in Maidestone, Kent for £8,998 (US$12,200) over the basecar's price. A factory warranty is included as well.