Dream Customs India put on a 2009 Hyundai Accent in a Mustang dress, which looks a bit like Ford’s muscle car if you squint
We’ve all dreamed of being in an American road movie at one point or another, but most of us don’t have a classic Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger lying around. What if you had something more humble, like a Hyundai Accent? Well, with a little work, your Korean econobox could look like something with a lot more appeal to the big screen.
Now we are sure that Dream Customs India put a lot of hard work in there, and we don’t want to be too mean, but it doesn’t take long to realize that this isn’t a real “Stang”. Around the front end, in particular, everything looks a bit unusual. The front overhang seems too long and the light and grille combo is more Lancia than Ford. At least it has the quadruple headlights that were fitted to the ’69 Mustangs.
We also suspect that the windshield and wheelbase aren’t quite as Ford intended, but most of these replicas fail to be a carbon copy of the car they idolize. Even the impressive McLaren F1 replica that we recently talked about had a few things that weren’t quite right.
Inside, part of the interior of the Accent has been wisely replaced. The dashboard design and diamond upholstery is clearly not a product of Hyundai’s parts basket, but there are sections like the center console that get the game going.
If we had a replica of a fast car, we would always be terrified that someone would challenge us in a race. We take the risk of saying there is no Windsor V8 under the hood; it is likely that all the foundations of the Accent are as they left the Hyundai plant in Chennai. The telltale dirt in front of the door indicates that this car is also front-wheel drive.
The second-generation Hyundai Accent was sold in India from 1999 to 2013 and was powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Two versions of the 1.5 were available, offering either 91 hp or 101 hp. However, the less powerful 1969 Mustang V8 produced 210 hp.
Still, it’s a reasonably good effort considering that it was built in a matter of days by a team of just a handful of people. Dream Customs India says this conversion normally takes four months.
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