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Sutton Bespoke's take on the Ford Mustang is the CS800, which has more power than its name suggests and plenty of attitude to go with it
Matt Prior
20 December 2019

What is it?

A regular Ford Mustang is a relaxed, amiable, gently burbling companion, even in 5.0-litre V8 form. This CS800, from British importer and tuner Sutton Bespoke, takes such a regular Mustang and introduces the noise and aggression of a slasher movie to it.

We’ve driven Sutton’s Mustangs before, but this one?builds on the latest-generation Mustang that was?recently facelifted. You can pick and choose from the bits you like and, cleverly,?Sutton even offers a configurator to make life as easy as when choosing any other new car. Our test car had a lot of options fitted to it.

The most important is a large Whipple supercharger that's mounted high in the engine’s vee and necessitates?a taller bonnet; combined with throttle bodies and high flow injectors, the headline number is ‘up to 825hp’, which we’ll call a round 800bhp for these purposes to match the CS800 name. A few here and there won’t matter.

There is a full active exhaust with Bluetooth control (you can make it?automatically?go quiet near your house or workplace, for example), lots of carbon fibre, some re-trimming inside and a suspension drop that employs bigger wheels but still uses Ford’s adaptive Magneride dampers.

The short of it is that you can pop into Sutton’s with your own Mustang and hand over a few quid for a modest number of bits. Or you can spend six figures?on a brand new car with all the whistles (also giving?you access to finance, which?people tend to use). As tested, this bright orange car is £105,670.

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What's it like?

What you get?is a ferociously fast car that revs to 7500rpm but, in wintry conditions, is not one you can take to that part of the rev band very often. Doesn’t much matter – below that figure, even well below that figure, the supercharger screams away, the ‘zorst bangs out some aggressive noises and the CS800 makes the kind of effortless progress that can only come with an excess of power like this.

In the right place, if you want, it’ll spin up the rear wheels for the odd giggle – the traction control’s quite liberal. Sutton has fitted a short throw gearshift?which is wonderfully snappy and precise. Heavier than usual, but no worse for it.

The steering’s weighty by the standards of a lot of modern cars, and the ride pretty focused, but not harsh. It’s less of a grand tourer than the?standard Mustang, a bit more of a sports car, but only to an extent – it’s still a big car. well, it’s a muscle car, so of course it is. And while the handling has that lovely front-engine, rear drive balance about it, that’s the thing to remember – you’re moving lots of angry hardware. I rather liked that about it.

The interior changes freshen up an otherwise fairly ordinary cabin. The carbon fibre in here is really nicely finished, as are the re-trimmed seats. I could live without all of the steering wheel trim – but y’know, you choose to or not to, so that’s all fine. And I have quite a soft spot for the cue-ball gearknob.

Should I buy one?

The CS800 is the kind of car for which star ratings aren’t designed, and for which it’s quite hard to make a serious, objective case. For some of you it’ll be a five star car. For others, you’d have literally anything else. For me, sometimes only it would do.

As time goes by, the more I like cars like the CS800. Whether that’s because I’m getting less reasonable or because everyday cars are getting less interesting I’m not sure. But in the CS800, the Mustang’s been given an ultra-aggressive new attitude that I found strangely compelling.

Sutton CS800 Mustang specification

Where: Surry Price:?from £63,000 (£105,000 as tested)?Engine:?V8, 4951cc, supercharged, petrol?Power:?800bhp Torque:?640lb ft?Gearbox:?6-spd manual?Kerb weight:?1720kg?0-62mph:?4.0sec (est)?Top speed:?180mph (est)?Economy:?20.9mpg CO2 tax band:?299g/km / 40%?Rivals:?BMW M8, Dodge Challenger Hellcat

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jde

20 December 2019

The Mustang is not a muscle car, it's a pony car.

20 December 2019

?Lots of horses under that bonnet, needs a lot of room, and the body kit on it makes it look Lamborghini wide, and it sounds too cheap to me?

22 December 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

?Lots of horses under that bonnet, needs a lot of room, and the body kit on it makes it look Lamborghini wide, and it sounds too cheap to me?

Eh?

20 December 2019
Glorious.

20 December 2019

0-60 in 4.0 secs is very quick, but with 800bhp I would've expected to be quite a bit quicker. Also, that bonnet design doesn't do much for the car's styling.

21 December 2019
Overdrive wrote:

0-60 in 4.0 secs is very quick, but with 800bhp I would've expected to be quite a bit quicker. Also, that bonnet design doesn't do much for the car's styling.

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180 is too little for you, huh?

First try to hit that 4 second 0-60, with the 640 rwd torques and liberal TC, I bet you will be in a ditch right off the bat. Mate.

21 December 2019
NoPasaran wrote:

Overdrive wrote:

0-60 in 4.0 secs is very quick, but with 800bhp I would've expected to be quite a bit quicker. Also, that bonnet design doesn't do much for the car's styling.

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180 is too little for you, huh?

First try to hit that 4 second 0-60, with the 640 rwd torques and liberal TC, I bet you will be in a ditch right off the bat. Mate.

Well, that's me told!

21 December 2019
Overdrive wrote:

0-60 in 4.0 secs is very quick, but with 800bhp I would've expected to be quite a bit quicker. Also, that bonnet design doesn't do much for the car's styling.

... that means high percentage of weight up front, low percentage of weight over the driven wheels -- resulting in traction problems. The launch is clearly traction limited.?

28 December 2019
Einarbb wrote:

Overdrive wrote:

0-60 in 4.0 secs is very quick, but with 800bhp I would've expected to be quite a bit quicker. Also, that bonnet design doesn't do much for the car's styling.

... that means high percentage of weight up front, low percentage of weight over the driven wheels -- resulting in traction problems. The launch is clearly traction limited.?

Maybe so, but the M4, AMG C 63 and Guilia Quardrofoglio have the same layout, weigh more or less about the same, but can do 0-60 about the same time, despite having 300bhp less power - actually the M4 has 350bhp less power!

21 December 2019

With a car like this with excess horsepower, it's really just a measure of tyre performance, road surface friction, the car's weight distribution, the effectiveness of the traction control? and limited slip differential (and, not least if it's a manual driver skill). Plus, of course the quoted figure is a 0 to 62mph time - which would equate to 0 to 60mph figure of about 3.85 seconds in this case.

As I say it's a rather meaningless figure, just as it is with most cars like this...

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