More than most other cars, the Ford Mustang is a symbol of masculinity. Few would argue that the quintessential pony car still is strong on power and somewhat low on sophistication. That’s part of its appeal. But that’s changed some in the High Gear Mustang that Ford brought to Las Vegas. The company held a design contest called SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women, and High Gear here was the winner.
High Gear, styled by Ford designer Jennifer Seely, was chosen in an online poll over the competing proposals. Ford says that High Gear is “inspired by international products in categories such as jewelry, couture clothing, and architecture.” Eight weeks after the results of the vote were in, the ladies-only team led the project to completion.
The one-off is based on a 2013 Mustang GT coupe with a 5.0-liter V-8 and a six-speed manual transmission. Thanks to an Edelbrock supercharger and a Magnaflow exhaust system, High Gear is significantly more powerful than your standard GT—although Ford wouldn’t say by how much. The chassis has been modified with components from H&R and Whiteline USA, and the car stands on 20-inch Forgeline wheels. The ladies’ sense of practicality is underscored by the fact that the 50 or so aftermarket components used for this one-off are entirely street-legal.
But the women put emphasis not only on practicality, but also on fashion and style. Some of the most striking elements include rose-gold, satin-finish wheels, and rose-gold accents on the headlights and grille. The finish recalls the recent Range Rover Evoque by Victoria Beckham, a limited-edition model that’s littered with rose-gold decor.
This Mustang’s interior is characterized by suede and quilted leather and—you guessed it—a vast number of rose-gold accents. It will be auctioned off on eBay after the SEMA show, with the proceeds going to the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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The Mustang joins an illustrious of vehicles designed by or for women—ranging from the 1974 Matra Simca Bagheera, penned by fashion designer André Courrèges, to the Volvo YCC, a concept designed by a group of women with their own specific needs in mind. The YCC car was equipped with an engine featuring an oil-change interval of more than 30,000 miles. Don’t try that in this Mustang, ladies. Read full story »