American car specialist Clive Sutton has created a new track-focused version of the UK’s most powerful car. Ford Mustang.
Called the CS850R, the modified Mustang packs a colossal 847 hp and received a complete makeover both inside and outside.
It follows the Sutton CS850GT, launched last year to meet demand for a right-hand drive response to the Shelby GT500.
Double up on the ponies
The CS850R uses a 5.0 liter V8 engine with a custom Whipple compressor. With an XForce exhaust system and a new intercooler, that nearly doubles the standard Mustang’s 454 hp power output.
A six-speed manual transmission handles the 665 lb-ft of torque, aided by a CS850R-specific Torsen differential. The final drive ratio has been lowered to make acceleration even more aggressive.
the standard MagneRide suspension was replaced with new Pro Active shocks. Improved springs and anti-roll bars, along with detailed adjustments to the Mustang’s alignment, improve its cornering ability.
Performance DBA brakes are hidden behind 20-inch Vossen wheels.
A large carbon footprint (fiber)
Sutton took inspiration from the Shelby GT500 for styling the CS850R. This includes a carbon fiber hood, deeper front splitter and upgraded LED headlights. These can be adjusted via a Bluetooth app to change their color.
More carbon fiber is used for the side sills, boot lid, rear bumper and diffuser. Customers can specify a larger fixed rear wing, also in carbon fiber.
The interior is dominated by a set of Recaro bucket seats, finished in a combination of leather and Alcantara. Red stitching is used throughout the cabin, including the black Alcantara headliner.
Carbon fiber trim covers the dash, with a red billet start button fitted for good measure.
Big power, big price
We previously tested the (slightly) less powerful Clive Sutton’s CS800 Mustang. Our Tim Pitt said, “With stiff suspension and slightly vague steering, the CS800 isn’t a paragon of balance, but neither is it just an unrebuilt drag racer.”
With the wealth of chassis upgrades made to the CS850R, expect it to be a much sharper track tool.
Prices start at £121,000, with several options for further customization on top. Shoppers can also use Sutton’s new online configurator to design their dream Mustang – then submit it for a build quote.
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