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2011 Mustang 5.0 Cruises from Motown to Nellyville

Posted: Jan 13, 2010 10:49 a.m.

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star Nelly joined Ford marketing VP Jim Farley to debut the 2011 Ford Mustang 5.0 at the Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday.

For the event, the new pony was tricked-out by DUB Magazine. “Nelly's blinged-out 2011 Mustang GT gets a glossy black exterior and flat-black racing stripes,” explains AutoWeek. “It rides on Pirellis that measure 22 inches front and 24 inches rear.… The car also gets a billet grille, hood scoop, custom head and taillights and Borla exhaust. Inside are leather and suede fittings and a custom audio system.”

Nelly’s custom Mustang GT will be featured on the front cover of his upcoming album.

“The St. Louis native is a car collector, with an impressive collection of luxury cars,” writes the New York Times. “He said he has been waiting for Ford to reproduce the iconic 5.0 engine. When he met with Mr. Farley last year in a visit to the Ford design center, Nelly gave him his feedback.”

He must have liked the idea because last month Ford confirmed that the 2011 Mustang GT will, in fact, feature its legendary 5.0-liter V8 engine -- which is set to produce an impressive 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

A press release issued by Ford quoted Nelly: "I don't care where you grew up, everyone knows the Mustang. At some point, you've had a conversation about a Mustang – and it was probably one about you wanting to get behind the wheel of one. I've always loved the Mustang; the vehicle has power to the point where you can't help but want to hit the pedal. And the newest one? More power, hotter style."

According to the Detroit News, “Nelly's appearance was one of the most attended of the second media day of the auto show, with photographers, reporters and fans alike crowding around the Mustang display and clambering for soundbites and photos after the event.”

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