By on September 29, 2018

Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

We told you about the bargain performance coming out of Ohio’s Lebanon Ford back in 2016. At the time, the dealer offered a base Mustang GT manual fitted with a Roush supercharger, good for a (then) Challenger Hellcat-beating 727 horsepower. Drive it away for $39,995, Ford and Roush warranty in hand, the dealer said. And many did.

The fun hasn’t stopped at Lebanon Ford in the ensuing years. There’s still an available Roush package owners can drop into their existing GTs, and buyers can still tell the dealer to hand over a Roush-ified ‘Stang at new car time. Power now stands at 700 hp. If that’s not enough grunt, a recent addition to the LFP (Lebanon Ford Performance) family is the Hellion —  a Mustang GT that eschews the supercharged lifestyle in favor of a twin-turbo setup capable of generating 800 hp at the crank.

Should owners feel like swapping out the wastegate spring, power levels in the four-figure range become possible. Price? Again, starting at $39,995.

The Hellion, detailed by Motor Authority, first appeared at Lebanon on a limited number of 2018 models. It’s back for 2019, and can be applied after the fact to Mustang GT manuals from either model year.

Like other LFP models, this package begins with a basic 5.0-liter GT. From that starting point, the dealer bolts on a Hellion Power Systems Street Sleeper Twin Turbo System, which uses the factory air box while hiding the turbos beneath the engine. Included in the Street Sweeper package are Turbosmart Comp-Gate 40 wastegates, Turbosmart VEE port bypass valves, a high-flow intercooler, upgraded fuel injectors, and an engine tune from Palm Beach Dyno.

Offering a broader power band than a Roush Mustang, the basic Hellion setup runs 7 pounds of boost. Again, that’s good for 800 hp at the crank. Should buyers choose to leave sanity further in the rear-view, the car’s 5-pound wastegate spring can be swapped for an available 7-pound spring that cranks boost up to 9 or 10 lbs, or close to 1,000 hp. Ominously, the Street Sweeper system is capable of providing 30 to 40 lbs of boost.

You’ll need to spend more money if the basic Hellion leaves you wanting more. Lebanon Ford says the Mustang will surely cry uncle at a higher power level, requiring additional upgrades for greater fuel flow. You’ll also need a beefier pair of half-shafts.

While the promise of 800 hp from a $40k vehicle seems tempting, nervous drivers (who are shopping at LFP, for some reason) should note that a failure originating from Lebanon’s performance add-ons could render your powertrain warranty null and void. If the thought of minimal coverage keeps you up at night, the dealer suggests giving its sales staff a call for further details.

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20 Comments on “Lebanon Ford Still at It, Offers 800 HP Mustang Hellion for a Tick Under 40K...”

  • avatar

    Street Sleeper of Street Sweeper?

    The Street Sweeper was an unreliable repeating shotgun that was eventually banned a couple of decades ago.
    Street Sleeper sounds better, since the Mustang is not modified visually, but it also has a negative connotation.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, but it wasn’t banned because it was a piece of junk – which I could’ve seen.

      It was those ads in the Shotgun News that had a picture of the gun silhouetted against an urban skyline, suggesting a starring role in a Death Wish movie, that angried up the gun-grabbers’ blood.

  • avatar

    You will need a street sweeper to clean up all the chunks of metal that fly out of the crankcase.

    • 0 avatar

      Naw, they hold up pretty good until you start hitting 4 digit power numbers then the smallish bore centers and thin cylinder walls start working against you. Otherwise not too bad since the crank and rods are plenty stout. The crank is forged and the rods are similar or the same as the rods used in the S-197 Boss.

      The only real areas to worry about are the oil pump gears since they are powdered metal and prone to shattering and the crank sproket is the same I belelive but thats mostly a concern for the supercharged cars.

      Since these engines like every other OE powerplant out there has to go 250k without issue they are pretty rugged by Yestertech standards.

      Compare that to the old pushrod 5.0 which was only good for about 450 or so horsepower and around 6500 rpm where the light weight cast iron block would fracture and if you were lucky you might notic the drop in oil pressure before the block grenaded.

      The one that really stands out though is GM’s cast iron LS 5.3 V8. IIRC they hold the record for most power produced with production components. Something like 1200 or 1400 horsepower.

      • 0 avatar

        “Since these engines like every other OE powerplant out there has to go 250k without issue…”

        Is this an actual fact, or an optimistic assumption? Are we talking miles or kilometers?

        • 0 avatar

          It is more or less the current expectation. In our current age you more often hear enthusiasts grousing about all the electronic infotainment bits than the engine.

          When that Hellcat crosses the auction block in 20 years will uConnect still function?

          FWIW Ford was often accused with the Mustang Mod-motors of holding the hp numbers down in the interests of durability.

  • avatar

    Can I get it with the “MyFord” key though?/s

    This is a case where an automatic transmission and a computer programmed to limit torque in some situations would actually be a blessing in disguise to keep from grenading the powertrain.

    I can see the Craigslist ad now:

    “One owner, adult owned, never been passed 1/2 throttle – I SWEAR!”

  • avatar

    With an automatic boost controller, it’s possible to limit boost in lower gears so you can actually get traction.

    This is a bargain, and at 5-7 psi, the Coyote engine should be good to go provided the tuning is on point.

    As long as you keep street tires on it, I don’t think launches should blow up the transmission or the rear end, but the stock clutch will probably need to be replaced right away. In this case, I think offering it on the 10-speed auto would be the smartest play.

    • 0 avatar

      I wondered how you could get 700-800 hp to the ground using only the two rear wheels of a front engine car.

      • 0 avatar

        You can, I do, but it’s tricky. You need to manage the throttle, especially at launch, letting the rear end squat before you put all the power down. Semi slicks help. I’m running all weather tyres because it’s a daily driver and it’s a bit hairy, especially when they are cold. I don’t want to run semi slicks and then get stuck driving in a bad rain storm. But that would definitely help on a dry road.

        There are plenty of FR drag cars with thousands of horsepower and relatively basic rear ends. You can get the power to the road but doing that without compromising street handling is the trick.

    • 0 avatar
      Tele Vision

      You’d want to keep the weak link at the cheapest point, which is the tire. Stock tires would even leave the clutch alone, as long as the driver doesn’t ride it – and with 800HP, why bother? Could the 10-speed handle the power increase? I doubt it.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        This. Friend of mine built a turbo G35 Manual. Big power but he could never get it to hook. Finally went with slicks. It hooked and promptly grenaded the rear axle.

      • 0 avatar

        Looks like the specs on the 10R80 10-speed have its torque capacity at 800Nm, which is about 600 ft-lb. It’s probably good for 10-15% more, but yeah, this system would probably put it right at the limit.

        As far as the clutch goes: I don’t know about the MT-82, but with my 2005 Mustang GT with the TR-3650, the clutch was slipping at about 450 crank HP with a supercharger. The clutch basically had all its meat left, as I drove it pretty mild, and it only had 30k miles on it.

  • avatar

    I’ll sometimes ride my Kawasaki 1400 Concours between my homes in Colorado and Arizona. Open the throttle in 3rd or 4th and it’s like making a warp jump, out along Highway 160 across the reservation. But there’s always Navajo grandmother in her 1970’s pickup truck plodding along at 50mph to force me out of warp drive and back to reality.

    Where exactly am I going to play with a 700, 800 hp car?

    I loved my Toyota MR-2 (1984) precisely because it was underpowered, gutless, but rev’d to 7500 rpms. I could row my way through the gears, the motor boiling, without my speed getting into triple digits. Most fun drive I ever had was in an FX-16 with a similar motor, but FWD, and a rear suspension that allowed drifting every corner from the airport to corporate HQ. (It was a rental)

    My SC-400 with 250 odd horsepower seems pathetically slow these days, even though it cruises at 90mph effortlessly along I-40.

    It just seems to me a lot more fun to drive a slow car fast than a race car slow. Who’s gonna ride those wild horses. And where?

  • avatar

    What a strange thing for a small-town Ford store to be pushing. I guess they found their niche. The only dealer from Lebanon who advertises on TV in Cincinnati is Bill DeLord Cadillac…Bob Pulte Chevrolet, Lebanon Ford and Lebanon Chrysler Jeep Dodge just don’t buy local advertising.

    There’s a Ford store in Indiana, Haag Ford, who pushes raised & modified F150/F250, etc bro-dozers, so I guess these stores in small markets need to differentiate themselves somehow.

  • avatar

    I still think this is awesome.

    I competed in the Lebanon Ford Car show a few weeks ago. There are some pretty impressive stangs.

    The problem, at least in cinci/dayton area is there are a TON of them. In other words, this sounds cool until you see 40 of them lined up next to eachother then it might as well be a mustang GT… haha.

    I hear a lot of them are getting grenaded, but it appears to be 22 year old kids redlining them out of the parking lot and not breaking them in. The older guys who are breaking them in are hitting the drag strips and pushing them after break in without any trouble.

    My gosh though, if you buy an 800 HP Mustang, will you not drag race it with 18 miles on the clock? I know tolerances are a lot better than they used to be, but I swear you know the kids with these stangs not because of the sound of the exhaust, but because you hear the engine ticking a mile away… haha.

    But I do know a number of ADULTS who bought these, and they push them after breakin, and none of them have had trouble. The only trouble ones I’ve seen are literally 18-22 year olds who grenaded them within 500 miles.

  • avatar

    Amazing how little money is required for massive power these days. I guess people still want to go really fast for a short period of time in a straight line. Or at least try to go straight… based on the YouTube videos I’ve seen most these tend to go sideways into ditches almost instantly.

    Hard for me to point fingers, as I now own a C7 Z51. But with only 460 HP the Z06 and ZR1 owners wonder why anyone would want such a under powered and slow car.

  • avatar

    Wonder where they ever came up with the name Hellion?

  • avatar
    Tony Moody

    I read this and immediately think:

    -many people will die
    -what a glorious time to be alive!

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