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Time to Level Up | 2019 Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 Review

Have you ever had the feeling that a car company has been listening to your complaints, and finally builds a car to shut you up? Well that’s pretty much what just got dropped off on my doorstep. What we have here is a Need for Green 2019 Ford Mustang GT with a manual transmission, the Performance Pack Level 2 Suspension, Active Exhaust, Recaros, and not much else. No leather, no navigation, no 30 pounds of power seat motors, no bullshit, and no excuses. This car is what a Mustang is meant to be, simply and smile inducing.

If you guys caught my review of the 2019 Mustang Bullitt a few months ago, you probably remember how much I liked that car. It’s one of the first non-Ford Performance built S550 Mustangs that I’ve really liked. However, the Bullitt leaned a bit more towards ‘Show’ than it did ‘Go’. This PP2 GT is the opposite. It eschews the subtle styling and night-on-the-town class in favor of brashness and corner straightening performance. That’s right, subtlety is not its strong suit. You’ll get that as soon as you see it. Click Here to Continue Reading...
Supreme Capability – SVTP Reviews a 6.7L Powerstroke Equipped 2019 F-250 Limited

We are on the cusp of getting a very significant Mid-Model Refresh of the current Ford Super Duty trucks. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Duty that we recently had the pleasure of driving represents a massive leap forward over the previous generation (whose cab design dated back to the Late-90s). It featured a fully-boxed frame, a brand-new aluminum body (now shared with the F-150), and some beefed up drivetrain components. Needless to say, this new generation of Super Duty is a is lightyears ahead of the previous models in terms of comfort and capability.

That's exactly the experience we recently had in our 2019 Ford F-250 Limited test truck. Ford sort of dropped this one on us out of nowhere. We weren't expecting this one to show up, so we didn't really have the chance to set up some proper towing tests (we'll be saving those for Godzilla and the Gen III 6.7L PSD). However, we did get to do a bit of driving and it's easy to see why Ford's F-Series trucks crush everything else out there. After a week behind the wheel of this 2019 F-250 I was considering trading in my still awesome 2009 Super Duty. The new truck is just that good. Here are a few of my favorite features. Click Here to Continue Reading...
The 2019 Ford Edge ST | The First SUV from Ford Performance???

The 2019 Ford Edge ST is interesting. It is advertised as the first SUV from Ford Performance, and a number of ST and Ford Performance badges are in place to make sure that you don’t forget it. Marketing campaigns play a big part in most new car sales, but they have traditionally been absent from SVT and Ford Performance products. That is certainly not the case with the Edge ST. Ford threw some serious coin behind the TV commercials and web ads for this SUV. So what makes this car different? More on that later.

We didn’t have as much time with the Edge ST as we have had with the past few new Ford’s we’ve reviewed, but we did have enough time to get a good idea what this car is all about. Over all, it’s a decent car. We liked the styling, and feel that it is fairly close in keeping with previous ST vehicles. The new frontend and grill look great. We would have preferred actual exhaust tips (like the Fiesta ST), rather than the faux ones integrated into the rear bumper. The interior is nice, but the reality is “2014 nice.” Click Here to Continue Reading...
Subtle Diesel |The 2019 3.0L Powerstroke F-150 | Ford Delivers Quiet Power

There’s a lot of one-liner descriptions you could give our 2019 F-150 Platinum F-150 test truck equipped with the 3.0L V6 Powerstroke Turbo-Diesel; better late than never, finally, and about damn time all come to mind. Ford truck lovers have been begging for a diesel powered F-150 in the US market for as long as I can remember. Various oil-burning options have been available over the years south-of-the-boarder, but domestic buyers have been left out in the cold until now. Enter the not as new as you think 3.0 Powerstroke, making [email protected] and [email protected] (actual rear wheel numbers in the dyno video below).

The F-150’s new V6 diesel has actually been offered on US shores for a few years in various Land Rover and Jaguar models, and even longer in Europe. Though several changes were made for ½ ton truck market, the little PSD has been known as the Lion V6 since it was introduced in 2004. I don’t really have any experience with the engine in those platforms, but I did get a week with it in the F-150. And I’m here to tell you that taken in its totality, that it’s an impressive little mill. Click Here to Continue Reading...
2019 Transit Connect Cargo - Carry Big Things in a Small Package

So this review is a little out of the ordinary for SVTP, but weird is fun so here we are. A few weeks ago, one of our contacts at Ford called us up and said he had something different for us to try. He happens to know that I've been itching to get my hands on a 2020 Ford Transit Connect with the new 1.5L Diesel engine. While those are quite available to the public just yet, he thought I might enjoy the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van you see here. He was correct.

I have to admit, this little truck was the first panel/cargo van that I ever had the opportunity to spend much time with. I've always been more of a 'truck' guy. The first thing I noticed is that the lack of rear side windows made me change the way I drive. I was accustomed to giving a quick glance over my shoulder to check the blind spots. Well you're not going to be doing that in a panel van. Fortunately, Ford installs really good side view mirrors on the transit connect. Our test van had the standard mirrors and they provided excellent coverage. Optional larger tow mirrors are available as well, so I would expect them to be even better. Click Here to Continue Reading...
Faith in S550 Restored - 2019 Bullitt Mustang Review

I’m not sure how to start this review. Normally I’d have some pithy anecdotes and a couple jokes, probably a jab at Dodge owners, to kick things off. Not this time though. What I have to say about the 2019 Bullitt Mustang is pretty simple. This car restored my faith in new Mustangs. I know that’s a pretty big statement, but it’s true.

You guys probably remember that a few years ago we picked up two 2015 Mustangs. One was an auto GT that received a Whipple blower, full Kooks exhaust, and custom tuning from Livernois Motorsports. The other was a manual EcoBoost with a full Kooks exhaust, Airaid Intake, MGW Shifter, and Livernois tuning. Before those cars we had a 2012 Yellow Blaze GT with a Magnuson blower. I liked all those cars. “Liked” is the key word. I didn’t love any of them. I like to love my cars; and while I only had a week with the 2019 Bullitt Mustang, I can see it being a car I would love... Click Here to Continue Reading...
Raptor Road Trip - What it's like to drive 1,500 Miles in a 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Saying that Ford Performance's F-150 Raptor is a serious off-road capable machine is nearly a cliché at this point. Aside from a minor amount of competition from Ram's Power Wagon, no other factory pickup comes close to matching the Raptor's trail thrashing bona fides. And while The Truck Formerly Known as Dodge is quite impressive; the Raptor can basically perform 90% of its low-speed feats as well, if not better, than it can. However, the Ram can't even come close to matching the Raptor's high-speed performance. None of this is earth shattering news though. We've all seen and read those stories for nearly a decade now. You know what you don't see a lot of people talking about? - What it's like to have a S-Crew Raptor as a daily driver.

A couple weeks ago Ford was kind enough to loan us a nearly new 2019 Ruby Red F-150 Raptor for a week. In that time we decided to stretch its legs a bit and go on a road trip from Myrtle Beach, SC to the NMRA Spring Break Shootout in Bradenton, FL.... Click Here to Continue Reading...
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