AmericanMuscle’s Top 3 Mustangs At 2018 SEMA Show

Another SEMA Show is in the books and what an exciting week it was for Ford enthusiasts in 2018. The Blue Oval took home three different vehicle of the year awards, one of which was our beloved Ford Mustang. So it came as no surprise the impressive array of modded Mustangs that were on display at the annual event.

In this episode of Hot Lap, AmericanMuscle’s Stephanie Wood takes in all the sights and sounds at this year’s SEMA Show and gives us her pics of the top 3 Mustangs that were on display. And if you happened to be at this year’s show, you know that this was no easy task.

SEMA is basically a whirlwind. It’s exciting to not only see all the builds, but you also get a sense of what is possible with the Mustang. – Stephanie Wood, AmericanMuscle

But before Stephanie was able to find her top 3 picks she first had to navigate through the impressive Ford Out Front display that took center stage right outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. Ford brought out the big guns this year with aftermarket companies like ROUSH Performance and RTR Vehicles debuting some of the hottest new products available for 2019.

“SEMA is basically a whirlwind,” said Stephanie. “It’s exciting to not only to see all the builds, but you also get a sense of what is possible with the Mustang.”

After spending some quality time checking out everything that Ford had on display, it was finally time for Stephanie to pick her top three. Stephanie picked the 2018 Bojix Design Mustang GT for her first pick. The custom Mustang featured a ton of upgrades including a ProCharger Stage 2 supercharger, and a full list of suspension upgrades from Ford Performance.

“Seeing this car online in the pictures and seeing it in person are two totally different things,” Stephanie pointed out. “I love the way it sits and I love what is under the hood.”

2018 Bojix Design Mustang GT

  • 2018 Mustang GT fastback
  • 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • ProCharger Stage 2 supercharger
  • Bojix Design supercar exhaust with Borla mufflers
  • Ford Performance driveshaft loop
  • Ford Performance springs, shocks, and sway bars
  • Ford Performance front and rear hubs with extended wheel studs
  • Two-piece Brembo rotors and fixed calipers
  • Savini SV67 wheels, 20×10-inch front, 20 x 11.5-inch rear
  • Nitto NT05 tires, 305/30R20 front, 315/35R20 rear
  • Air Design front bumper with splitter, rocker panels, and hood vents
  • APR carbon fiber front splitter and drag wing
  • Bojix Design lower front grille edit
  • Custom Bojix PPG paint scheme
  • Ford Performance hood struts and tie-down kit
  • Ford Performance decklid trim panel
  • Recaro Sportster CR black leather seats with black stitching
  • Rear seat delete
  • Kicker Audio with 10-inch Solobaric L7 subwoofer

Stephanie picked the 2018 CGS Motorsports Mustang GT as her number two pick at the 2018 SEMA Show. The 5.0-liter Mustang GT features a ROUSH/Ford Performance supercharger, Ford Performance cat-back exhaust with carbon fiber tips and a massive set of six-piston fixed Brembo calipers with 410mm rotors.

“If you guys know me, you know I love a great wide-body kit, explained Stephanie. “The craftsmanship on this car is just amazing.”

2018 CGS Motorsports Mustang GT

  • 2018 Mustang GT fastback
  • 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • ROUSH/Ford Performance supercharger
  • Ford Performance cat-back exhaust with carbon fiber tips
  • Ford Performance carbon fiber shift knob
  • Ford Performance spring kit and sway bar
  • Six-piston fixed Brembo calipers with 410mm rotors
  • Savini forged wheels, 22×9.5-inch front, 22×13-inch rear
  • Pirelli P-Zero tires, 255/30ZR22 front, 335/35ZR22 rear
  • Custom TS Designs wide-body kit
  • Air Design hood vents and rear spoiler
  • Custom Axalta paint by Andy Meeh of Flying Iron Designs
  • Diode Dynamics LED lighting
  • Rigid undercar LED lighting
  • Napa leather interior by Alea Leather
  • Diode Dynamics LED lighting
For her final pick, Stephanie chose a vehicle that needs little introduction, the 2018 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Mustang. A Whipple Gen 5 3.0-liter supercharger powers this limited production Mustang boosting the 5.2-liter engine and delivers the most power ever produced by a Mustang Cobra Jet. It is fed fresh air from a massive ram-air intake behind the grille and breathes out through a set of specially designed Kooks long-tube headers.

Everything about this car is designed for performance and Stephanie was able to spend some time with Andy Vrenko, Chassis Engineer and Development Driver at Ford Performance to find out more about this vehicle.

“The 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet is equipped with a Racepak digital dash, Racetech FIA-certified racing seats, and an NHRA-certified roll cage,” said Andy. ” In the rear of the car, we have done some Strange Engineering Ultras. All the adjustment points are easily accessible from the bottom of the car.”

AmericanMuscle

2018 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Mustang

  • 50th anniversary badging
  • Drag race-specific coilover suspension
  • Four-link rear suspension
  • NHRA-certified roll cage
  • An optional commemorative 50th-anniversary graphics package
  • Oxford White or Race Red paint
  • Racetech FIA seats
  • Strange Engineering 9-inch solid rear axle
  • Whipple supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8
  • Weld Racing wheels with specially designed 50th anniversary badging
  • Mickey Thompson Tires
We know just how difficult it was to pick the top three at this years SEMA Show, and Stephanie from AmericanMuscle did a great job of not only choosing three worthy vehicles but also breaking down the reasons she decided on each particular build.

For a complete list of aftermarket performance parts for your new Mustang, you can click on the AmericanMuscle official website here.

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About the author

Kelly Getzelman

Kelly is a SoCal car enthusiast and skilled driver. His “get out and drive” obsession began after attending his first high-performance racing school while serving on active duty. Since then, he has attended numerous military and civilian driving schools across the country to help fuel that passion.
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