The Ford lineup can provide plenty of excitement. From the power of the F-150 to the off-road performance of the Bronco, there’s something for everyone, even the people who want a little bit of everything. Of course, that includes some high-speed sports cars that will put a smile on your face as you blast down the highways. A Ford fan will be happy to know that there are quite a few Ford models at their nearest car dealership that are known for their quick pace and sleek looks. Here are 5 of Ford’s top hits with drivers who have a need for speed.
#1 – 2022 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
When I was around three or four years old, our neighbor across the street had a red Ford Mustang. I thought it was the coolest looking car in existence, and right then and there, I decided I would get a Mustang when I grew up. Many years later, I’ve gone with more practical options, but I always smile when I see one on the road and remember how captivated I was with Ford’s design, the sound of the engine, and the lightning speed with which the Mustang took to the road.
For 2022, the Shelby GT500 has a supercharged V8 engine and is boasted about by Ford as the brand’s “most powerful road car.” Since the Mustang’s creation over fifty years ago, there have been many iterations of the Shelby, but this latest just might take your breath away. There’s also a limited-production Heritage Edition for those who want the sporty look of traditional Le Mans stripes.
This classic muscle car has been primed to take the spotlight as a racetrack candidate, able to turn corners quickly, speed past competitors, and ensure its driver will make it to the finish line first. Being able to go 180 mph most definitely has its perks.
#2 – Ford RS200
Introduced in 1984, the mid-engine RS200 was never produced in large numbers, but it remains steadfastly in the list of iconic Ford models for those who enjoy racing, the history of vehicle design, or those who have a nostalgic connection to the car. While it was originally designed as a Group B rally car, Ford had to make several road cars in order to homologate the RS200 for entry.
The road cars were ultimately not a successful sell, but those who remember the RS2000 can experience a bit of the magic in another rally-inspired Ford model––the Focus RS. With all-wheel drive and 350 hp, this compact hatch has been described as an incredibly fun, fast drive that goes undercover as a more serious hatchback.
Whether you’re lucky enough to run across the older RS200 or find yourself eyeing a Focus RS, you’ll be able to see that the Ford cars are made for aggressive speed, quick turns, and showing off their unique design. This very special speedster is definitely one of the blasts from the past that deserves to be part of Ford’s future.
#3 – Ford Mustang Bullitt
Another Ford classic that has been given a new lease on life, at least for a few years. Though the new models were only created in 2019 and 2020, the limited editions are worth looking for, as they offer a special experience to the driver who wants to explore the canyons, the plains, or any large stretch of flat land that needs to be filled with the roar of a V8.
The Bullitt is rather subtle compared to some other Ford Mustang models, but don’t let that fool you. Beneath a more somber exterior lies the heart of a true wild mustang, complete with a thirst for adventure and a longing for the outdoors. You’ll want to drive all over the world to put it through its paces and see just what it can handle.
If you’re looking for something understated yet powerful that announces its presence with a low purr, then take a second look at the Bullitt. Its brakes, steering, and gear shift will transport you to a futuristic world of fast cars, precise handling, and an acceleration that will take you from 0 to 60 mph in just over 4 seconds.
#4 – Ford Mustang Boss 302
With a setup that can go from 0 to 100 mph in 10 seconds flat, the revived 2012 Boss 302 means business. The team from Ford redesigned it as part of their desire for a flashy, fast car that would be at home on long stretches of highway, street racing through a city after dark, or being part of a special effects crew. However the Boss 302 is used, it is set up to be a strong, quick, and steady car, bigger than some of the other Mustangs while still being small enough to take those hairpin turns with nary a grumble from the bold, brash engine.
The 4,000 second-generation Boss 302s that were made are still being admired by collectors, track drivers, and amateur enthusiasts alike. Of the 4,000 that were made, under 1,000 of them are the higher trim level Laguna Seca Edition, but even if you aren’t able to locate one of those, you won’t feel like you’re missing much with the standard model.
The Mustang Boss 302 is an incredibly interesting vehicle, both for its components and its overall look and performance. While you probably wouldn’t use the Boss 302 for an everyday vehicle, it’s definitely one that you would enjoy driving on holiday, at a late-night street race, or showing off online via social media. The Boss 302’s insatiable desire for speed is a big part of why this car is so popular, despite being in production for only a single year.
#5 – Ford Mustang GT
With six generations under its belt, the Mustang GT might be the most well-known star of the Ford pony car constellation. It has been a classic ever since it arrived on the scene in the mid-1960s, and many of us have dreamed of getting to drive or ride inside of the GT. Ford has decided that in 2024, the Mustang GT will begin its seventh generation with a new design, though there aren’t many details at this point in terms of how it will look and behave after the redesign. However, we know that it will keep the legendary 5.0L V8 engine.
However the Mustang GT evolves, it won’t have any trouble retaining its loyal fans. The fast as lightning car has not seen its best days yet, and Ford seems to realize how important this model is to many enthusiasts around the world. It will most likely still be popular in the future, as its designers are aware of what it will take to keep the Mustang relevant––breathtaking speed, a smooth internal system, and that classic look will continue to inspire and draw fans through the next century.
If you’re looking for your very own Ford that prides itself on having a real turn of speed, the Ford Mustang GT is popular for a reason, and hopefully, you’ll get the chance to understand why when you get up close and personal at the dealer’s lot.