What We Didn’t
Ford got totally wrong with the 2019 Ranger.
Earlier this week we published a list of what we here at SVTP consider to be 5 of the best features of the upcoming 2019 Ford Ranger. However, with the good comes the bad. While this is purely an opinion piece, we believe this list tracks right to the heart of former Ranger owners. Traditionally, Ranger buyers seemed to like their trucks more ‘trucky’ than most other truck buyers. So it stands to reason our list is made up of those burlier features that make a small truck more capable and engaging. Without further adieu, here is SVTP’s list of Five 2019 Ford Ranger Misses.
SVTP Member builds the Mustang SVT didn’t.
For over 20 years SVT built an impress stable of Mustangs, but the one thing they never did was offer one with an automatic transmission. While the reason for that tends to be the sports car tradition, it does leave some buyers out in the cold. Whether it’s a necessity of circumstances (such as an injury) or just a quest for increased drag strip performance, there’s a great many SVT Shelby Mustang GT500 owners who would be thrilled if their 6-Speeds were shifted automatically.
Installing Steeda’s billet Tri-Ax shifter for 2015+ Mustang GTs
By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Steeda Autosports
These days the automatic transmissions work so well that drivers who choose a manual transmission must really love that visceral connection between man and machine. There is nothing quite like the control and feel you get banging through the gears on your own, but more often than not the factory shifters are so dampened and isolated they rob you of some of that fun.
The Right Stuff
Right-hand-drive 2015 Mustangs are headed to the United Kingdom
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
Since January 2,000 customers in the United Kingdom have ordered 2015 Mustangs, and dealers there have ordered additional stock to keep pace with demand. The first of the right-hand-drive S550s meant for UK consumption have rolled off the assembly line at Flat Rock and are headed across the pond, and those will be well-optioned models