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  1. Madlock

    Madlock New Member Established Member

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    About 1,650 units into the 2014 build campaign so far, Black on Black far and away continues to be the most popular color combination with almost 1/4 of all cars so configured and about 35% of all cars being Black with other stripe combinations (being Delete, Red and White in order of popularity).

    But the REAL surprise for 2014 is the resurgence of Sterling Gray Metallic which, after having taken a brief recent one-year hiatus, is now neck and neck with Ruby Red as the second most popular color with less than 10 units' difference and accounting for about 13% of all cars made so far after SGM would tend to comprise between 5% and 7% of previous years' cars (when offered), usually combining with Ingot Silver Metallic to account for about 10% overall.

    RRM is a terrific color, but never underestimate Ford's desire to exploit the extra margin which is HUGELY profitable on a per-car basis and red being a readily embraced GT500 color in ways a GHIG could and would NEVER be. But SGM continues to be the real surprise from prior years with Eleanor apparently being VERY en vogue. Somebody should check the current baby name list.

    Race Red, which has usually occupied the slot just behind whatever dark blue shade Ford may be using (i.e. Kona, Sonic, Deep Impact), has taken a notable hit from RRM's popularity. White remains a pretty consistent and popular choice relative to prior years (usually just behind the total red(s) and dark blue, as does Ingot Silver and Grabber Blue which each never seem to climb much higher than 4-5%.

    The big DOWNWARD shift is in Deep Impact Blue which would traditionally be a lock for number two. It's now a solid fifth, accounting for just about 10% so far.

    Stripe-wise, across all colors, Black remains the far-and-away leader with almost 50% of cars bearing them. A FAR distant second is Performance White with fewer than 25% of cars, Stripe Delete at slightly MORE than 10%, and Medium Red outpacing Sonic Blue by a hair with about 9% and 7% respectively.

    '14 Coupes again remain hugely popular versus traditional ratios to Convertibles at they did in '13, with about 5:1 versus 3:1 from 2010 through 2012, which only makes sense given the 5.8's Convertible's continued speed restriction to the same as the 5.4 and being a disproportionately much less aggressive car versus the Coupe. Personally, were I in the market for JUST a '13/'14 Convertible, I wouldn't bother with the Performance Package which will tend to go unexploited for the most part and just enjoy it for the fun-to-drive ballsy drop-top tourer it can be so well by being configured as comfortable as possible - but that's just me editorializing. As usual, Canada continues to receive a disproportionate number of Convertibles - as it tends to do every year. Go figger.

    Otherwise, as far as Coupes go the far-and-away most popular option combination is fully-loaded minus the Glass Roof. Such configurations with and without the Car Cover account for more than more than 30% of all Coupes so far. The next most popular configuration drops the Shaker Subwoofer and accounts for about 8%. Only about 4% of all cars are fully-loaded (with or without the car cover) with barely more than 50 such cars in existence. From there, individual configurations quickly drop to the 0-2% range with more than half of all cars being configured in feature combinations comprising fewer than 1.5% of the overall each and about 1 in 3 cars being uniquely configured enough to comprise less than 1%.

    If you want a coupe with JUST a Shaker Sub or a Glass Roof but no Car Cover, only one such car may exist, and it may not be the color you want. (Though most such cars are retail orders made for individual buyers anyway). But just to give an example, about 6% cars are absolutely one-of-a-kind configurations optionwise. About 8% exist in two-or-fewer form (and may be of different colors). About 11% of all cars exist in three-or-fewer form and about 20% of all cars consist of option combinations that exist in numbers of 5 or fewer (again, with the possibility of being different colors).

    So, that's how the 2014 GT500 population is shaping up about 1/3 (I'm guessing) into the 2014 campaign. Hope it's some interesting trivia.
     
  2. GOTSVT?

    GOTSVT? Propolis Established Member

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    Nice read
     
  3. Tob

    Tob Salut! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    What percentage of the 14's are coming with either Recaro's or the Perf Package?
     
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    nix5o New Member Established Member

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    Bravo. Thanks for the update
     
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    muauto New Member Established Member

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    Nice job.
     
  6. usmotox

    usmotox Living the Dream! Established Member

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    Enjoy the info thanks :)
     
  7. Fordfourlife

    Fordfourlife New Member Established Member

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    Thanks for the update!
     
  8. VRYALT3R3D

    VRYALT3R3D Active Member Established Member

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    Great read! Do you have any info on Canadian spec GT500s?
     
  9. huggytree

    huggytree New Member Established Member

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    the mustang is a tiny car.....Black butches it up a bit

    the whole 'black' look is very popular everywhere.....all new performance edition cars come with 'black' rims now.....Chrysler has special 'black' editions of every car

    i think the metallic flake in the blacks has helped hide some of the swirling and made black more popular....its a nice look, but i wouldnt want to deal with its downsides
     
  10. Chris!

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    Dealers LOVE to order all black loaded up cars for stock...:for whatever reason


    Great read Madlock good to see you around, it appears my silver/blue 14 coupe will be a low take-rate car
     
  11. lethal

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    Hrm, I just was ready to change my order to Grey with blue stripes from DIB with Black. I wanted something a little more unique. I'm torn. What do you guys think which is the better combo? I'm doing everything but the TP/S1000/cover. Will the stripes look silly with the glass roof if I go with blue stripes? Are the blue accents on the seats too much?

    I need to firm up my decision.
     
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    Hey Madlock, They've started a thread over at the GT500 forum looking for you! You'de better respond before they schedule a funeral.
     
  13. Ky GT500

    Ky GT500 New Member Established Member

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    Great read!! Looks like I'm in the resurgence trend for Sterling Grey. It's a personal favorite of mine, really didn't consider any other color when ordering. :coolman:
     
  14. Husky44

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    Madlock,

    Good to see you back, and with a great post! Had been wondering where you were off to. How about some details on the vert your sig says you ordered?
     
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  15. Lethalchem

    Lethalchem Sigmund Frod Established Member

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    Nooooo...leave us SGM owners in the minority! lol

    Madlock, is there any way to look at 2013 combination build numbers? We've all seen the sheet where it breaks down the numbers to a single attribute, like it showed my car to be 1 of 71 with a glass roof, or 1 of 47 with the base package wheels, but is there a way to see what my car is with a glass roof AND a shaker pro AND base package?
     
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    jay38372 New Member Established Member

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    I'm with lethal, leave us sgm guys in the minority.
     
  17. Snoopy49

    Snoopy49 Active Member Established Member

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    Madlock,
    I'm glad to see you are still around. I enjoy reading most of your posts.
     
  18. Husky44

    Husky44 New Member Established Member

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    I see what you did there...:poke:
     
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    Turbo mach1 New Member Established Member

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    Interesting read. I wonder how rare my car will be silver blue stripe loaded with glass roof?
     
  20. Sonic605hp

    Sonic605hp Make America Great Again Established Member

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    Really surprised to hear DIB is 5th especially after seeing it in person. It's like SB - the purple tint. When I buy one it will no doubt be DIB.
     
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