What is it?
The Sutton CS700 is a Ford Mustang V8 taken into a higher and altogether sillier performance dimension by London-based independent supercar dealer Clive Sutton’s new tuning offshoot, Sutton Bespoke.
It’s for anyone whose response to driving the standard 410bhp Mustang V8 is, “yes, it’s lovely – but could you do me one with about twice as much grunt?” Ford of Britain doesn’t cater to that particular niche, having no plans to import the current Shelby GT350 or the GT350R to these shores. And as long as that continues to be the case, the way is open for tuners like Sutton Bespoke to make and sell extra-special Mustangs to anyone who wants one.
It could be argued, of course, that the CS700 takes the Mustang’s pace beyond the reach of even the 526bhp GT350R. A twin-screw-type supercharger (sourced from the superbly named Whipple Industries of Fresno, California) takes the peak outputs of the Ford’s 5.0-litre cross-plane-crankshaft V8 to an improbable-sounding 700bhp and 674lb ft. The power and torque comes also thanks in part to a new quad exhaust system, a larger throttle body and an enlarged carbon fibre induction plenum.
If that engine conversion is all you want, Sutton Bespoke will provide it for less than £14,000 over and above the price of your car. But to get the CS700 in the ‘lower than a snake’s belt-buckle’ full effect you see in our photos, you’ll need to shell out a further £5500 for KW ‘V1’ lowered coil-over suspension and painted 20in alloy wheels. And then another £9400 for the carbon fibre rockers, spoiler, bonnet, rear quarterlight covers and interior trim, as well as the ‘decorative’ air scoops just aft of the passenger doors.