The Ford Mustang just became the world’s best-selling sports car. Crazy, I know. With its introduction into the world market in 2016, Ford has seen a giant growth in sales, with 15,000 going to Europe alone. So it’s only fitting that we start to see some non-American shops offer upgrade packages. One said shop is Schropp Tuning based out of Germany. It may be their first take at a performance Mustang, but by no means should it go overlooked.
While we are overly accustomed to Mustang tuners like Shelby and RTR here in the states, it’s not something you see all that often across the pond. Schropp Tuning is the shop that braved the odds and came out on top. Peter Schropp has a long history in the automotive world, working for many major brands throughout Europe. Yet in 2003 he decided enough was enough and to try his hand at performance tuning cars. From then the Schropp shop has had steady growth, with this particular Mustang being the best yet.
In stock trim, the Coyote 5.0 V-8 found in the Mustang GT is more than enough engine to get anyone of us into some serious trouble. Yet Schropp didn’t want to end things there, instead electing to bring the mighty V-8 up to a blistering 600hp. Calling their newest creation the SF600, Schropp fitted the Mustang with a supercharger and an ECU re-map to hit their big horsepower goal. Already impressive, and Schropp isn’t even done yet.
Now you may be thinking, 600hp!? That’s more than the GT350R. Which you would be correct about. Yet there was no real incentive for Schropp Tuning to just stop there, they are Germans after all, which means they only know how to do things 110%. So by adding a little R at the end of SF600, the Mustang goes from my little pony to horse of the apocalypse in a mad dash. The SF600R Mustang comes with the same supercharger as before but has now gone through a truly extensive modification process.
The entire block has now been re-worked to better handle this new found power. The 5-liter V-8 has been re-sleeved with low compression pistons and fully forged connecting rods and crank. At this point the ECU becomes even more modified, receiving appropriate fuel, spark and boost curves to bring peak power all the way up to 807horse and 700ft-lbs of torque. Holy mother of Mustangs. That is more than the Super Snake, which is highly regarded as the king of custom Mustangs.
Schropp Tuning wanted the SF600R to sound every bit as mean as it was fast, giving the Mustang a set of HJS 200-cell free flow sport catalytic converters, and 76-mm diameter exhaust pipes all attached to a custom set of headers. To keep all of this new found speed under control Schropp extensively modified the body and suspension. KW V3 coilovers come as a no-brainer, while a set of 21-inch alloy wheels make a bold statement that this Mustang is anything but stock.
For body work, the SF600R gets more than just visual modifications, although some are extremely controversial. The front splitter and open grill allow for better air flow around the body, while the FM05R rear wing gives the rear end more stability at speeds a stock Mustang could only dream of. Where things go a little haywire is obviously in the paint department. Not sure what the scene is currently like in Germany, but this Mustang looks like it just fell out of the original Fast and the Furious era. The cheesy graphics do however grab your attention by the throat and hold it long enough for you to quickly realize this is no ricer, this is a properly built car. I prefer a more subtle approach, but I must give Schropp props for letting his style fly high.
It’s nice to see a monstrous Mustang coming out from around the world, instead of in our own country all the time. For me, it is a little weird seeing a Euro plate on an American-born sports car, but it’s rewarding to know that we now have a presence overseas. If it weren’t for that silly graphics job it very well could compete for the ultimate Mustang award. Until then we will just marvel at the massive power it produces and not how it looks.