2018 Mustang GT Sings the Siren’s Song of the Whipple
Whipple 3.0-supercharged Mustang GT makes the case against waiting for the 2020 Shelby GT500 through its raw power alone.
The 2020 Shelby GT500 is expected to be one fire-breathing Mustang when it finally drops into showrooms, with over 700 horses thundering out of the gate thanks to its supercharged 5.2-liter V8. It’ll also likely have a price tag on par with its peers, the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger SRT Hellcat.
But why wait to have this power when all you need is a 2018 or 2019 Mustang, and a phone call to Mr. Whipple? YouTube channel StangMode makes the case for instant gratification with a visit to Nashville, where a special 2018 Mustang GT resides.
Owned by Lucas Haman, this Mustang GT’s five-liter V8 is augmented by a Whipple 3.0-liter Stage 2 supercharger kit, pushing the pony car’s stock horsepower from 435 ponies to over 730 raging stallions at the wheel from 93 pump gas. Nothing on the Mustang GT hints at the power under the hood, aside from the set of Mickey Thompson ET Street Rs out back to keep the massive power on the road, where it belongs.
After experiencing the Whipple’s siren song on the back roads, Haman hands off the keys of his city-driven Mustang GT to YouTuber Zander13, who had briefly strayed from the herd with a Hellcat before returning in his red 2019 Mustang GT. Zander’s initial impression is that he liked the brutal power of the Whipple, especially as he felt the blood rush to the back of his head “like a jet fighter taking off.”
StangMode says, “Why wait for the Shelby GT500, and spend $70,000 more, maybe more than that, for something that may not be as fast,” as this monster? Zander adds that if one were to buy a Mustang GT with incentives and discounts from the dealership, then spend an additional $8,000 to $10,000 on a Whipple supercharger to raise the GT’s power up to over 900 horses, you’d be ahead of the game than with a GT500. We think this case is closed: wait for a Shelby, or go out now and get a Whipplecharger under your GT.