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1,000-Horsepower Mustang Is A $55,000 Performance Bargain

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This could be the deal of the decade.

If it's muscle you're looking for, you could do a lot worse than a Ford Mustang. Dearborn offers its pony car with anywhere between 310 horsepower (in the base EcoBoost model) all the way up to 760 (in the new Shelby GT500). But that's still not enough for some, and one dealer is only too glad to cater to those power-hungry pony-car buyers.

That dealer is Lebanon Ford, based not in the Middle Eastern country but in the suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Lebanon Ford has offered some high-powered Mustang upgrades of its own in the past, but this one takes the cake.

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Following its earlier 800-horsepower 'Stang, the Ohio dealer's performance department is now offering a 2020 Ford Mustang GT upgrade called Project M. And it kicks out no less than 1,000 horsepower at the crank. That's a level of output that'd embarrass some hypercars, but you won't have to pay a million bucks to get it. Or even a hundred grand, for that matter. All it'll cost you is $54,995, which is less than you'd have to pay for a new Shelby GT350, let alone the GT500. Heck, you can't even get a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat for that much, and the Redeye costs that much more.

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Project M starts out as a 2020 Ford Mustang GT with the ten-speed automatic, in bare-bones 300a spec with the Level 1 Performance Pack (pictured is the Level 2). To that, Lebanon adds the buyer's choice of a Whipple 3.0 Gen 5 supercharger or D1X Procharger kit and a laundry list of other upgrades. Though it can run on 93-octane gasoline, you'll need to fill it with E85 to get that headline-grabbing output figure out of it. But buyers beware: there's no warranty covering all these modifications. So while Lebanon Ford Performance will do its best to install everything correctly, if something goes wrong, you'll be out of pocket.

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