In the Mustang design and performance world, there isn’t a Mustang that pays more respects to the original 1960s era
pony. The original pony car was doing well amongst its competitors’ thanks to SVT’s effort to conceive the most
insane Cobra ever engineered in the 2003-2004 Terminator Cobra. To revolutionize the Mustang once again as it
captured the world on April 17, 1964, Ford would need to go back to where it all started but intertwine modern
technology and style together. What came to be was the best modern-retro interpretation of the legendary pony car.
Launched in 2005, the S197 featured a sleek fastback profile like the original, long hood, short rear deck, equipped
with power and performance to be formidable with any competition during that time.
Powered by the 3V 4.6L modular V8, the S197 began to lay the groundwork for the return of the Shelby GT500 in 2007,
where Ford and Shelby would unleash the reign of Ford Performance to take over the segment for years to come. Since
then, Steeda has focused on developing the S197 into the most formidable pony to hit the stable by engineering
performance parts, including suspension, power adders, exhaust, short-throw shifters, and chassis bracing. All of
these combined have helped S197 enthusiasts and owners realize the full potential Ford intended to deliver fast,
fun, and freedom!
If you look at all American automotive history, there isn’t a more critical manufacturer than Ford. During the 1960s,
it was the decade of rebellion, motorsports, and innovation. Ford knew they had to take advantage of this quickly,
so in 1964 they launched the nameplate Mustang which they had no idea it would start a phenomenon in an automotive
culture unlike any other. Fast-forward to 2005, America’s pony car was set for a complete refresh of the likes we
haven’t seen since 1995. Debuting in New York, the S197 was built on the premise of bringing old and new together to
create one of the most iconic muscle cars of the 21st century.
During this time, muscle car and Ford enthusiasts were the only ones in the segment to offering a real muscle car to
the market. At the same time, Chevrolet and Dodge didn’t bring back their mainstream muscle cars till 2008 and 2010.
It is no wonder Ford had the advantage as they always have because the competition has been following their lead.
Thanks to Ford, Steeda was at the forefront to create performance parts by being the first company to use a
pre-production vehicle to engineer an entirely new lineup of a performance suspension, power adders, chassis
stiffening, and exhaust to create the most visceral driving experience ever in a Mustang!
If you are ready to build your S197 Mustang to new heights of performance, contact one of our performance specialists
for more information or to order your parts today!