The latest exhibit from Jay Leno's Garage is certainly going to divide opinions.
Nothing says V8 American muscle like the original Ford Mustang. It represents the golden era of muscle cars in the 1960s, but this 1965 Mustang featured in the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage couldn't be any further from stock. After 10,000 painstaking hours and nine months of hard work, the original Mustang Coupe was transformed into a ferocious Fastback that produces, wait for it, 1,000 horsepower. Aptly, it's called the 'Vicious.'
First revealed at last year's SEMA show, the polarizing pony is the work of Jason Pecikonis and his team at Timeless Kustoms. It probably isn't much consolation to traditionalists who won't appreciate such treatment to a classic, but it's technically still fitted with a Ford V8 motor.
Specifically, the Vicious has been fitted with a Ford Coyote 5.1 liter V8 engine derived from a modern-day Mustang, unlike a previous controversial Mustang featured on the show with a Camaro engine which prompted a flurry of furious comments. Attached to the compound-boosted Coyote are two 68 mm turbochargers along with a Magnussen 2.3 liter supercharger to generate 1,000 horsepower through six-speed sequential transmission. The build quality is impeccable, but the Vicious certainly can't be described as lightweight: its all-steel exterior means it weighs 3,450 lbs. The interior is equally unsubtle.
Literally everything is red, and we mean everything, including the pedals, steering wheel and shifting paddles which is harsh on the eyes. The only exception is the black digital dash and switches. Sadly, Leno doesn't take the Vicious out for a spin, but the video goes into some detail about the extensive transformation. Even if you're a classic Mustang conservationist, you have to appreciate the painstaking passion that went into this project.