Steeda’s 2015 Mustang is a real-world representative for The SEMA Show
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Steeda Autosports
Over the years we have been around plenty of Steedafied Mustangs. From the pushrod SN-95s to the Coyote S197s, these cars always had a common theme. They were capable performers, but livable drivers. In other words, they worked well on the track, but retained a high level of streetability.
It looks as though that trend is set to continue into the S550 era. While plenty of companies were getting wild with their 2015 Mustang builds for SEMA, Steeda stayed the course with its theme of building a real-world performer. The company’s packages are built both as turnkey cars and as parts breeding test beds.
In the case of the cars, Steeda follows this mission statement: “The Steeda Autosports Q-Series line of performance Mustangs are ready and eager to take on any challenge. With a full complement of strategic modifications, these exclusive performance bred vehicles elevate the iconic Mustang to a completely new level of power, precision and driving exhilaration,” says the company. “Realizing that power means nothing without control, the engineers at Steeda have incorporated precision-engineered suspension and chassis modifications that keep the driver in command and deliver a level of performance that make them an unbeatable combination on the street, racetrack, or drag strip.”
That development is still in its early stages with this 2015, but you can see that Steeda is following that path with its S550 program. The company hit the track as soon as they took delivery of this car and began developing the parts that made it on this car. This isn’t a car that is just built for The SEMA Show, but it is the basis of the Steeda car and parts programs.
“The 2015 Steeda Mustang for SEMA features adjustable front and rear sway bars with our new suspension spring technology in addition to our short-throw shifter,” Steeda President Dario Orlando enthused. “More 2015 Mustangs are equipped with Steeda suspension at SEMA than any other brand!”
Known for its suspension upgrades, Steeda clearly put a lot into the development of its first round of S550 tweaks. Of particular significance are those new adjustable sway bars for the 2015 Mustang.
“We were able to improve ride quality with exceptional cornering ability with a new spring technology only available through Steeda for the 2015 Mustang. Our Steeda sway bars provide increased roll stiffness and handle flatter in the turns,” Dario explained. “The adjustable front sway bar has an adjustment range between 18- to 53-percent increase in stiffness over the Performance Pack bars. The rear adjustable sway bar has an adjustment range between 30- to 65-percent increase in stiffness over the Performance Pack bars. You can adjust our Steeda sway bars to your driving preference.”
Of course, this Steeda Mustang is still in the early stages of development as it heads off to fly the flag at The SEMA Show next week. We expected to see a full complement of Steeda parts for the new platform, and they will steadily roll out of the company’s production facilities.
“Future plans include new rear adjustable control arms, coil-over kits, front control arms, rear axle support braces, Tri-Ax shifters, etc,” Dario explained. “New parts will be added to the 2015 section of our site as we complete product development and move into production.”
The Mod List
Engine & Drivetrain
• Steeda ProFlow Cold Air Intake (No Tune Required)
Chassis & Suspension
• Steeda Adjustable Front Sway Bar
• Steeda Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
• Steeda Lowering Springs (1-inch all around)
• Steeda Brake Rotors with Six-Piston Calipers
• Black, 20-inch Steeda ST-R Wheels and Nitto NT05 Tires
• Steeda Functional Rear Wing with Billet Winglets
• Custom-Painted Hood and Hood Vents
• Custom-Painted Color-Matched Side Rockers
• Custom-Painted Color-Matched Rear Valance