Lebanon Ford Still at It, Offers 800 HP Mustang Hellion for a Tick Under 40K
We told you about the bargain performance coming out of Ohio’s Lebanon Ford back in 2016. At the time, the dealer offered a base Mustang GT manual fitted with a Roush supercharger, good for a (then) Challenger Hellcat-beating 727 horsepower. Drive it away for $39,995, Ford and Roush warranty in hand, the dealer said. And many did.
The fun hasn’t stopped at Lebanon Ford in the ensuing years. There’s still an available Roush package owners can drop into their existing GTs, and buyers can still tell the dealer to hand over a Roush-ified ‘Stang at new car time. Power now stands at 700 hp. If that’s not enough grunt, a recent addition to the LFP (Lebanon Ford Performance) family is the Hellion — a Mustang GT that eschews the supercharged lifestyle in favor of a twin-turbo setup capable of generating 800 hp at the crank.
Should owners feel like swapping out the wastegate spring, power levels in the four-figure range become possible. Price? Again, starting at $39,995.
The Hellion, detailed by Motor Authority, first appeared at Lebanon on a limited number of 2018 models. It’s back for 2019, and can be applied after the fact to Mustang GT manuals from either model year.
Like other LFP models, this package begins with a basic 5.0-liter GT. From that starting point, the dealer bolts on a Hellion Power Systems Street Sleeper Twin Turbo System, which uses the factory air box while hiding the turbos beneath the engine. Included in the Street Sweeper package are Turbosmart Comp-Gate 40 wastegates, Turbosmart VEE port bypass valves, a high-flow intercooler, upgraded fuel injectors, and an engine tune from Palm Beach Dyno.
Offering a broader power band than a Roush Mustang, the basic Hellion setup runs 7 pounds of boost. Again, that’s good for 800 hp at the crank. Should buyers choose to leave sanity further in the rear-view, the car’s 5-pound wastegate spring can be swapped for an available 7-pound spring that cranks boost up to 9 or 10 lbs, or close to 1,000 hp. Ominously, the Street Sweeper system is capable of providing 30 to 40 lbs of boost.
You’ll need to spend more money if the basic Hellion leaves you wanting more. Lebanon Ford says the Mustang will surely cry uncle at a higher power level, requiring additional upgrades for greater fuel flow. You’ll also need a beefier pair of half-shafts.
While the promise of 800 hp from a $40k vehicle seems tempting, nervous drivers (who are shopping at LFP, for some reason) should note that a failure originating from Lebanon’s performance add-ons could render your powertrain warranty null and void. If the thought of minimal coverage keeps you up at night, the dealer suggests giving its sales staff a call for further details.
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