Eric English
August 1, 2007
Photos By: E. John Thawley, III

Backing up the visual statement is a drivetrain worthy of due respect. Bash disassembled the factory 4.6, throwing in an Eagle-based bottom end that works out to just shy of an even 5.0 liters. JE pistons team with ported and polished Three-Valve Ford castings from Competitive Edge Racing heads, resulting in a blower-friendly 8.6:1 squeeze. Likewise intended for boost are the custom bumpsticks from Comp Cams, making the most of the nearly 20 psi being delivered at full song by the intercooler ProCharger D-1SC. Fuel requirements are sufficed by twin Ford GT pumps, Aeromotive lines and rails, 60-lb/hr injectors, and MSD's 2350 fuel-pump booster. VMP Tuning got the call to dial the whole thing in once completed, and the SCT-based tune is reported to churn out a shade more than 600 hp, as measured on the chassis dyno at Superior Automotive in Anaheim, California.

Catching the brunt of all this grunt is a D&D-built T56 six-speed, operated with help from an Exedy twin-disc clutch and steel flywheel. A one-piece aluminum driveshaft puts it all to the 8.8-inch rear, set up with a Detroit True Trac diff, 3.73 gears, and Moser 31-spline axles. At the time of our photo shoot, the stock Mustang four-wheel discs still sufficed, though augmented with zinc-washed and cross-drilled rotors. We suspect that may change in the future, assuming the car's huge power is pushed toward the limit. Compared to what has been done on the GT to this point, any brake revisions would be considered an easy job. Much further from stock is the H&R-sourced suspension, including the company's coilovers at all four corners, along with front and rear sway bars.

What's a hot car these days without a hot interior? Well, it would clearly be substandard, and Bash wasn't going to put that on display at the SEMA show. Separating itself from other Mustangs, this '07 was treated to custom leather-covered Sparco Milano buckets, matching hides for the rear seat and door panel inserts, color-keyed console and dash, and custom Bash logo lighting in the interior void left by the deleted quarter-windows. Let's not forget the booming sound system by Boulevard Customs. It's built with Eclipse gear, including an AVX5000 flip-screen head unit, component interior speakers, and trunk-mounted dual 10-inch aluminum subwoofers in a custom enclosure-each sub powered by it's own 500-watt amp. Suffice to say, it's loud.

Steve Bash tells us this particular car is destined for marketing duty for The Cannery Casino, as well as hot street action in Vegas. It's a car that certainly won't be overlooked whatever the venue, nor will other Bash Performance cars currently in the works. Among them is an all-aluminum Boss 429-powered vintage fastback. If S197s are your thing, and this particular example hits a home run in your eyes, you now know who to call to get the party started-parts and pieces or the full-meal deal.

5.0 Tech Specs
Engine And Drivetrain
Block Stock
Displacement 297ci
Crank Eagle 3.75-in, forged
Rods Eagle H-beam
Pistons JE 8.6:1, forged
Cylinder Heads Ported and polished by Herb Yancer, Competitive Edge Racing heads
Cams Comp Cams custom
Intake Manifold Stock w/Bash Performance carbon-fiber cover
Throttle Body Stock
Mass Air Stock w/DiabloSport MAFia
Power Adder ProCharger D-1SC w/three-core race intercooler, 20 psi
Fuel System Dual Ford GT pumps, Aeromotive fuel rails/lines, FRPP 60-lb/hr injectors, MSD fuel pump booster
Exhaust Bassani long-tube headers, Bash Performance 2 1/2-in stainless side-exit after-cat
Transmission D&D-modified T56 six-speed, Exedy twin-disc clutch and steel flywheel
Rearend Ford 8.8 w/3.73 gears, Detroit True Trac diff, Moser 31-spline axles

Engine Management Stock w/SCT custom tune by VMP Tuning
Ignition Stock
Gauges Stock

Suspension And Chassis
Front Suspension
K-member Stock
Control Arms Stock
Struts H&R coilovers
Springs H&R coilovers
Brakes Stock w/cross-drilled/zinc-washed rotors
Wheels H&R Wheels Axis GT-R 20x9-in
Tires BFGoodrich G-Force 255/30-20
Rear Suspension
Shocks H&R coilovers
Springs H&R coilovers
Control Arms Stock
Panhard Bar Stock
Sway Bar H&R
Brakes Stock w/cross-drilled/zinc-washed rotors
Wheels Axis GT-R 20x1011/42-in
Tires BFGoodrich G-Force 285/30-20