You may remember Lebanon Ford in Ohio. The dealer has made headlines several times already with its affordable, high-powered Ford Mustang builds – builds like this 550-horsepower Mustang EcoBoost for $32,195, or this 1,200-horsepower Hellion twin-turbo Mustang GT for $44,499.
Well, Lebanon Ford is in the news again, offering yet another crazy, modified Ford Mustang for less than should be allowed by law. The dealer’s latest package is based on the just-refreshed 2018 Mustang GT, and leverages a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger kit to produce a claimed 800 horsepower. The price sits at just $39,995, which makes this one of the best bang-for-your-buck propositions we’ve ever seen.
According to Road & Track, the price breaks down like this: the 2018 Ford Mustang GT manual accounts for $31,785 of the sticker – already a bargain – while the Whipple supercharger kit is offered for $8,210 installed. The supercharger and all the associated gear would normally cost $9,000 installed.
That sounds great – and it is – but there are a couple of concerns. First is the fact that you’re likely going to want a factory Performance Pack to go with all that grunt, and that’ll push the price higher than advertised. The regular Performance Pack will add something like $4k to the price of the car, while Performance Pack 2, offered exclusively with manual-equipped cars, will cost you an extra $6,500.
And second, as Road & Track points out, 800 horsepower is a lot to handle whilst rowing your own gears; that level of output might be better suited to the Mustang’s available 10-speed automatic, which costs an extra $1,600 or so.
Still, the fact remains that you can go to an ordinary Midwestern Ford dealer and order a brand-new, turnkey Ford Mustang GT with a blower and 800 horsepower for less than $50k, which is, you know, incredible. The supercharger voids the factory warranty, but Lebanon Ford has thought of that, too; they offer a $995 warranty option, which is money well spent.
Lebanon Ford is now taking orders for these supercharged, 800-horsepower Ford Mustang GTs, and customers should start receiving their cars in mid-March.