In the ‘60s and ‘70s, “Hurst” was one famous tuning house courtesy of its unique muscle cars. The company has since lost its old glory but is currently attempting to come back into the limelight. The company recently unveiled its latest muscle car dubbed the “Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code”. The automaker has taken the standard Mustang and hooked it up with a supercharger, an array of engine upgrades as well as the company’s unique exterior livery resulting in one lovely coupe. The R-code Mustang denomination is meant to pay tribute to the company’s first-generation muscle car that debuted in 1969.
R-code Mustang Exterior
Kenne Bell took up the standard Mustang and made it more aggressive via adding several Kenne Bell & Hurst add-ons. At the front, the Mustang features a new grille with a “Hurst” badge. The lower intake is also revamped and a gigantic splitter sits below the bumper. The hood is also revised; it sports functional vents above the snout to help cool the “beast” inside. Each side of the hood bears a “Supercharged” emblem. There is also the “Kenne Bell R-Code” lettering above the grille.
On the flanks, the tuning house added aggressive-looking side skirts that feature aero fins. There are numerous Kenne Bell and Hurst logos on the front fenders. On the other hand, the rear is much more intimidating. The Stang carries a huge Daytona-inspired spoiler while its race-inspired diffuser integrates quad exhaust outlets. To show everyone that this is not a regular Stang, the rear also sports Kenne Bell R-Code and Hurst emblems on the trunk-lid. The “Hurst” lettering has replaced the typical “Mustang” lettering between the coupe’s taillights.
What I love the most about this car is the paint work. The Stang sports the unique Hurst paint design that features a golden hood, roof, wing accents and trunk-lid; these are contrasted by white sides making the Mustang one piece of art.
Sliding inside, you will be met by an array of after-market goodies including its bucket seats that are upholstered in black & white Katzkin leather. The leather is contrasted by a stylish topstitching. The seats also sport “Hurst” logos. The floor mats also feature similar “Hurst” logos like the seats while the console lid and door panels feature white leather inserts with a contrasting stitching.
The Stang also features a “Hurst” shifter stick that has reverse lockout. The cabin also features custom door sill plates that also sport ‘R-Code’, ‘Hurst’ and ‘Kenne Bell’ logos. There is also a start/stop button for the engine’s supercharger. Each of the 50 units will feature a number dash plaque.
Engine and performance
The 2017 R-code Mustang beast is motivated by a 5.0 L, Coyote V-8 mill that is connected to a 3.2 L, Kenne Bell supercharger. The supercharger boosts the Mustang’s power to a gigantic 750 horses. This is a huge leap considering the standard Mustang is good for only 435 horses. Details about the R-code Mustang acceleration are yet to be made public but I think the beast takes less than 3.5 seconds to run from a standing position to 60 mph.
In addition to the Supercharger, the engine has also received a host of upgrades including a 4.5-inch cold intake, 168 mm throttle body, and lowered Hurst springs that come in a Gold Hammertone finish. There are also several chassis upgrades.
To ensure all the power translates into massive performance, Kennel Bell has hooked up the R-code Mustang with 20-inch wheels with Nitto high-performance tires. In addition, the vehicle features tire pressure sensors for all wheels and custom 4-wheel alignment. One can opt for custom painted valve covers that are also hand lettered. There is an option for a larger supercharger that sees the power reach a mind-blowing 1,500 hp; this converts your Stang into a “speed monster”.
Price and release date
Well, pricing of the Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang is still a mystery as of this writing. However, the tuning house has already announced that only 50 models will be made. The tuning is made on Mustang GTs from the 2015 -2017 production years. All models will be listed in the Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang registry. Buyers will also get a certificate of authenticity from Kenne Bell.
The R-Code will face rivalry from other after-market tuned models such as the Camaro Callaway SC630 and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Hennessey HPE850.