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Neiman Marcus elevates the Ford Mustang to Hellcat status with a 700-hp limited-edition

Fantasy Gifts: 2015 Ford Mustang | Neiman Marcus
Every fall, luxury retailer Neiman Marcus caters to well-heeled gearheads by including an exclusive limited-edition car in its Christmas Book. This year’s model is a hot-rodded version of the Ford Mustang GT Convertible that promises to deliver supercar-like performance.

Power for Neiman Marcus’ custom-built pony car comes from a Mustang GT-sourced 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers over 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque thanks to the addition of a large supercharger. In comparison, the regular-production Mustang GT Convertible leaves the factory with 420 hp and 390 lb-ft. of torque under the hood.

The ragtop can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds — a few tenths of a second slower than the recently-introduced Lamborghini Huracán Spyder — and can reach a track-worthy top speed of 195 mph.

Neiman Marcus’ brochure (erroneously) claims the eight-cylinder is bolted to an automatic transmission that spins all four wheels. This would be a startling configuration considering the Mustang has been rear-wheel drive for the past five decades. And indeed, when contacted by Autoblog, the retailer admitted there is an error in its catalog and the Mustang is rear-wheel drive like its regular-production counterpart.

Outside, the special convertible gets an eye-catching silver, black, and blue paint job, a handful of Neiman Marcus emblems, and a specific body kit that includes a new grille, a deeper front bumper, new side skirts, as well as a trunk-mounted spoiler. However, the most important visual update is the addition of a sporty-looking double-fin tonneau cover and a pair of hoop-like roll bars.

Interior pictures aren’t available yet, though Neiman Marcus’ promotional video reveals the Mustang Convertible has lost its rear bench in its transition to a limited-edition model.

Just 100 examples of the limited-edition Ford Mustang GT Convertible will be built, and they’ll all be sold exclusively through the Neiman Marcus catalog. Each one will retail for $95,000, a lofty sum that includes a two-day driving experience held at Ford’s official racing school.

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