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Hennessey celebrates 10,000 cars with 808-hp Mustang

by Ronan Glon

The tuner has delivered 6.5 million horsepower since 1991.

It's celebration time for American tuner Hennessey. The Texas-based company founded in 1991 has built its 10,000th vehicle. It's commemorating the occasion with a cake for its employees and a special 2019 Mustang named Heritage Edition.

The model draws inspiration from the Ford GT Heritage Edition. Only offered in race red with white graphics, it receives a carbon fiber body kit that adds a splitter up front and specific side skirts. Hennessey also added a spoiler on the trunk lid and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped by Michelin tires. The interior modifications are minor and largely limited to embroidered front headrests.

It's what under the hood that counts. Hennessey supercharged the Mustang GT's 5.0-liter V8 engine to bump its output to 808 horsepower at 7,200 rpm (up from 460) and 677 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. It now takes 3.3 seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop and goes on to a top speed of over 200 mph.

Buyers can choose either a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. Either way, the Ford-approved conversion comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty.

Hennessey will build 19 examples of the Heritage Edition Mustang. Each one will receive a numbered plaque on the dashboard and in the engine bay in addition to a certificate of authenticity. Pricing starts at $89,950 before buyers pile on options, like upsized Brembo brakes, and the tuner invites interested parties to get in touch.

Hennessey ended its press release with two fun facts: since 1991, the average horsepower rating of a car leaving its workshop stands at 650. It has delivered 6.5 million horsepower over the past 27 years.