Car tuning or modification is a phenomenon that begins as soon as a production car is launched. At that time, some local mechanics or owners began to customize their cars according to usage. And finally, tuning a car isn’t just about fixing the car; it’s a process that fans love. The feeling of building something and working long hours to fix the little things made us feel more connected to the vehicle. It became more like a sport for us.
Manufacturers most often keep the performance of their vehicles under tuned. And the biggest reason is for engine durability and emission control. Things like catalytic converters, small air boxes, rev limiters, etc., are necessary, but they make the vehicle underperform, which we unfortunately hate. So there’s the tuning part. We removed everything that hindered the engine’s potential, and we replaced a lot of OEM parts to encourage more ponies.
However, seeing this trend, manufacturers started offering cars with engines that were durable but with performance potential so that enthusiasts could test their skills and in some cases even make them better than the manufacturers. So that, wade throughtend to pay attention to the sport of tuning this new car and deliver a fantastic and powerful car that is ready to handle the increased power and aero. There are many cars suitable for tuners, mostly from Japan or Germany. But today, we have a list of 10 American Ford vehicles born to perfect.
10 Ford SVT-Lightning
Ford introduced the SVT F-150 Lightning in 1993 as a direct competitor to the Chevy 454 SS. The second generation comes with a supercharged 5.2 liter Triton V8 engine that produces 360 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. It can do 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds!
The engine is much more capable than its stock state. For example, the supercharger only produces a maximum boost of 8 PSI. So, these mini trucks tend to get more horsepower. This is why fans love the second generation SVT Lightning.
9 Ford Taurus
Many of us often overlook the Ford Taurus because we think of it as just a family sedan. But oh boy, you’re missing out on a gem. The Ford Taurus SHO will blow your mind once you get behind the wheel. The sixth-generation Taurus SHO is equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.
Check out this Livernois video where Dan Millen demonstrates the EcoBoost Taurus SHO producing over 600 horsepower. It provides a glimpse into the capabilities of this tiny motor.
8 Ford Torino
The Ford Torino, which was offered from 1968 to 1976, faced the fate of many other cars at that time due to the oil crisis. Models after 1971 receive limited power access from the motor due to government restrictions. The 1970 model Ford Torino came with a large selection of engines, but the best was Ford’s own 385 series 7.0 liter V8 producing 375 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque!
Models after 1972 received an untuned version of the engine that produced only about 220 horsepower, leaving enormous room for improvement. This untuned engine can sustain a large power boost due to an over-engineered block.
7 Ford SVT Cobra Terminator
Almost every Mustang has had an upgrade, and the 2003 Mustang SVT Cobra – Terminator SVT, is no different. It features a supercharged 4.6-liter DOHC V8 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is much more capable and can easily get around 100 ponies just by making minor adjustments. Replacing a larger supercharger can increase the engine’s power output by almost double the stock amount if you want to make a serious upgrade.
6 Ford Fiesta ST
The Ford Fiesta ST is undoubtedly one of the best hot hatches you can buy. Many see this as a regular hatchback, but gearheads love this little thing for its tuner-friendly nature.
It comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces just 197 horsepower and 202 lb-ft of torque. But don’t get me wrong with the results; The Fiesta is much more capable. Check out this stage 4 tuned Fiesta ST which makes 363 horses at the rear wheel! Crazy right?
5 Ford RS200 Evolution
Yes, the legendary RS200 holds the record for the fastest acceleration car for 12 years! So we can’t miss this one in the list. This four-wheel-drive rally monster comes with a 2.1-liter Cosworth four-cylinder engine that produces 600 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
Ford only made 24 examples of the RS200 Evolution, which makes it a collectible.
One of the craziest representations of how capable the RS200 Evo is by Liam Doran for the Pikes Peak which makes nearly 900 horsepower. The Ford RS200 is a legendary car built to enter the Group B rally that we can’t miss to add to this list. It is one of the most iconic cars ever made by Ford.
4 Ford Bronco
Ford Bronco is a car that can be taken anywhere. It may or may not be a way. He can try hard whatever the so-called obstacles in front of him. And to do that, it packs a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 330 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. While other engine options are available for the Bronco, the 2.7-liter V6 motor is the most attractive option.
It can easily reach over 100 horsepower with a slight upgrade. Hennessey Performance is offering an upgraded Bronco, which they call the Velociraptor 400 Bronco, which makes 400 horsepower and 503 lb-ft of torque.
3 Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 truck series is our all-time favorite. They are extremely reliable, good off-roading, and have excellent towing capabilities. However, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost drivetrain makes around 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.
A simple tone can easily add 70-100 ponies and 50-70 lb-ft of torque, demonstrating the true potential of this powerful motor! Many people have done mods that reach peak power of 700+ horsepower. That’s what we call a killer.
2 Ford Focus RS
The hot-hatch every fan wants. The Ford Focus RS has always been in our hearts because of its rally car DNA. It handles great, is compact and fun to drive, and has endless tuning potential.
The standard Focus RS packs a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that produces 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. However, one famous figure, Ken Block, has a Focus RS with a 2.0 liter motor that produces over 600 horsepower! Look!
1 Ford Mustang GT
Another Mustang on the list, but this one is the 2018 Mustang GT which packs a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that makes 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Plus, it gets a six-speed manual transmission. However, you should not ignore the automatic version either.
This pony car is always at the top of any head tuner’s list. And there are many reasons why we love it so much. It’s a NA engine, so plugging in a turbo will give you a giant number. Many guides are available online to push your Mustang to the limit.