RE: Steeda unveils 487hp Q500 Enforcer

RE: Steeda unveils 487hp Q500 Enforcer

Thursday 11th January

Steeda unveils 487hp Q500 Enforcer

Performance-orientated Mustang GT upgrade is headed to the UK



When it comes to the modification of American muscle, there are plenty of companies willing to turn your pride and joy into an ostentatious, bajillion horsepower monster. What's harder to find is an outfit to sensibly improve things with real-world relevance. Our hopes are high in this case, though, with Steeda revealing that its latest creation will be making its way across the pond.

Many a petrolhead on this side of the Atlantic won't have heard of Steeda before, but if you're a Ford enthusiast in the US then you'll almost certainly know the name. The world's largest privately-owned Ford performance specialist, it makes parts for everything from the Fiesta to the F-150, its catalogue featuring of over 4,000 ways to fix, fettle and finesse your Ford.


The company has previously extended its reach to these shores, but today's announcement of its first turnkey offering for the European market is a first. Derived from the 5.0 V8 Mustang, the Q500 Enforcer - because 'Murica - is described as "a practical and usable sports car that offers noticeable improvements in performance, chassis design and styling over the standard Mustang."

To that end it features a bespoke cold air intake system, revised engine mapping, and a custom exhaust, freeing an extra 71hp and 70lb ft of torque from the Mustang - for new totals of 487hp and 485lb ft.

Underneath, the Enforcer keeps things under control with thicker adjustable anti-roll bars and Steeda's custom progressive rate springs, strut tower brace and upgraded bushes. The result apparently being a lowered stance and more planted rear end, as well as a noticeable reduction in wheel hop and deflection. Those wheels are 20-inch Velgan VMB7s which, despite being an inch larger, weigh the same as the standard Mustang items - 19-inch options are also available though.


Styling-wise, Steeda says it has gone for a 'factory-plus' appearance with "subtle exterior updates which tighten the Mustang's iconic lines." In true American fashion it's very much business at the front, party at the back, with a new splitter, developed on Steeda's race Mustang, and a ducktail spoiler being the main additions.

Should all that not suffice, there's a wide range of accompanying options tailored for either road or track. These include a Steeda Coilover Kit - adding fully adjustable dampers front and rear - a heavy-duty Tremec Magnum XL six-speed manual - which can be specced with multiple gear ratio options - an upgraded twin plate clutch, heavy-duty aluminium driveshafts, and vented brake discs. All of which can be specified during build or retro-fitted at a later date.

If a conservative power increase and sharper handling sound like appealing prospects, then Ford Haynes of Maidstone is accepting orders of the Q500 Enforcer now. The price for the 'basic' upgrade stands at just under £9,000 - plus the cost of a Mustang GT, obviously - but the sky seems being the limit when it comes to those extras. As to whether that outlay is worth it, the proof will of course be in the driving, something we'll hope to update you on soon.

 

 

 

 

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Murphy16

Original Poster:

204 posts

11 months

Thursday 11th January
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That looks brilliant, minus the Steeda lettering across the back.

FWDRacer

3,511 posts

153 months

Thursday 11th January
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71 more ponies from a re-map, cold air feed and exhaust. Like taking the cork out of shaken pop bottle, that V8 is so undernourished with the OEM manifolding.

I'd like the engine mods in an otherwise standard car, cheers.

British Beef

1,071 posts

94 months

Thursday 11th January
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In USA they offer the Roush supercharger kit for $7700 which offers 727hp - I think I would just go straight for this. As you know once you have 487hp, you will want more.......


https://www.cjponyparts.com/roush-supercharger-kit...

Even if you get the kit for £8k imported that is pretty good for extra 300hp!!

treeroy

231 posts

14 months

Thursday 11th January
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This isn't the first article I've read about a Mustang aftermarket tuner coming to the UK.

What demand is there for these? Who is actually buying these? I read in Top Gear about a 700bhp supercharged Mustang that's being sold for like 60 grand in the UK...

...oh, now I see what demand there might be.

ZX10R NIN

10,465 posts

54 months

Thursday 11th January
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Nice & very subtle.


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kapiteinlangzaam

17,509 posts

162 months

Thursday 11th January
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That has been on a very, very happy Dyno.

Intake + exhaust + remap does not = a genuine 487bhp. Ever.

I run a GT350 cold air intake on mine, a high power tune ( From Lund, the best in the industry) and a cat-back, and it made a very healthy 455bhp on an honest Dyno.

To get 480+bhp out of this gen. Coyote engine you need to be running a full GT350 intake Manifold, as well as aftermarket exhaust manifolds (on a UK RHD, as they are bodged from the factory).

480-500bhp is then possible, however peak power is found much higher up in the rev range, so it's not actually as enjoyable in a DD.

Edited by kapiteinlangzaam on Thursday 11th January 20:51

Yipper

5,964 posts

19 months

Thursday 11th January
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It will just spin its wheels on the spot, like Road Runner. Waste of time.

kapiteinlangzaam

17,509 posts

162 months

Thursday 11th January
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Yipper said:
It will just spin its wheels on the spot, like Road Runner. Waste of time.
Actually it doesn't.

The S550 is very tractable.

ducnick

837 posts

172 months

Thursday 11th January
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Utter bollards. That’s got a steeda tune and a cai on it. The cai actually robs power due to heat soak in the real world.

It’s not running a gt350 manifold , hot cams or long tubes so those power numbers are pie in the sky.

Now the tremec magnum xl is interesting. I would order it standard with that box and quaif diff then do the engine mods and suspension mods properly with non steeda parts in the UK

ducnick

837 posts

172 months

Thursday 11th January
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kapiteinlangzaam said:


480-500bhp is then possible, however peak power is found much higher up in the rev range, so it's not actually as enjoyable in a DD.
Are you regretting the gt350 manifold out of interest? I have one in the garage waiting to go on, but starting to have second thoughts as I’m loving the massive torque hike with my aed tune and rarely take it above 6000 revs

kapiteinlangzaam

17,509 posts

162 months

Thursday 11th January
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ducnick said:
kapiteinlangzaam said:


480-500bhp is then possible, however peak power is found much higher up in the rev range, so it's not actually as enjoyable in a DD.
Are you regretting the gt350 manifold out of interest? I have one in the garage waiting to go on, but starting to have second thoughts as I’m loving the massive torque hike with my aed tune and rarely take it above 6000 revs
I don't have the manifold, only the GT350 CAI .

I'm not bothering with the manifold. Quite a lot of work to fit, and changes the power delivery for the worse.

My next power adder will be a SC.... At some point smile

Kawasicki

5,102 posts

164 months

Friday 12th January
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Yipper said:
It will just spin its wheels on the spot, like Road Runner. Waste of time.
Why would it do that?

bridgdav

4,767 posts

177 months

Friday 12th January
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Yipper said:
It will just spin its wheels on the spot, like Road Runner. Waste of time.
Another sweeping worthless statement from Yipper.

It may very well spin it’s wheels, if the driver wants it to, planting his foot down like a hot hatch Numpty. In the real world of driving however, most drivers use progressive pedal movement to apply power - the Mustang does not have a Binary accelerator.

Gameface

2,433 posts

6 months

Friday 12th January
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Yipper said:
It will just spin its wheels on the spot, like Road Runner. Waste of time.
They've got launch control you berk.

And line lock. Perhaps you don't know the difference.

J4CKO

24,146 posts

129 months

Friday 12th January
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Yipper said:
It will just spin its wheels on the spot, like Road Runner. Waste of time.
It will do, its called "Line Lock" but you can turn that off.

Having driven Mustangs, they arent the undriveable, overpowered lolloping muscle cars of old, they put the power down really quite well and a lot of that is down to the driver, in the wet they are a bit "frisky" but what 400 bhp plus V8 car isnt, they arent any worse than big powered Mercs and BMW's in that respect.

This seems like a sensible upgrade but not sure it needs the comedy macho branding, "Enforcer" makes it sound like a really massive sex toy.


MDMA .

3,907 posts

30 months

Friday 12th January
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Yipper said:
It will just spin its wheels on the spot, like Road Runner. Waste of time.
My MK1 Fiesta Supersport did too. Althought it did have a Peco big bore system on it.