Ford gives Mustang new look, still with plenty of muscle as it turns 50; plans for global push

  • Article by: DEE-ANN DURBIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 5, 2013 - 10:37 PM

DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Mustang is still galloping at 50.

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Dellman2Dec. 5, 13 7:48 PM

Its crazy how engine technology has improved over the years. The EcoBoost 2.3L 4cyl turbo in this is projected to have the same horsepower and torque as the 4.6L V8 in my 96 Cobra. Plus have better MPG and emissions. Looks like all the rumors of the 2015 being somewhat smaller and lighter than the current design are not true.

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QbikerDec. 5, 13 9:43 PM

Sorry, but buy a new Camaro anyday over the Mustang. Obviously, buy the new Stingray Corvette over the Mustang, but they're not in the same class. The Mustang still looks ugly with this new redesign. The designers should've tried harder.

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frostyjDec. 5, 1310:31 PM

To each their own, but I'm sure you'll be getting a lovely view of that beautiful tail end!

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davehougDec. 6, 13 7:14 AM

Wait wait wait, cars are still supposed to be FUN?? I thought the regulators took car of that long ago :)

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raineyrooDec. 6, 13 9:45 AM

While the redesign looks much better than the silly retro style (not nearly as bad as Camaro and Challenger), it's too bad they didn't cut the proposed 400-500 lbs in weight. Having driven both the V6 and GT quite a bit (free upgrades through work-related car rental rewards program), the current Mustang is too big and heavy. I was honestly looking at a Mustang in my garage in a couple years, especially if they bring the 5.4L flat-plane crank version to market. Since Ford hasn't taken enough weight and girth out of the '15, I'll continue to look to the Germans for a fast and lith coupe.

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nunswipeDec. 6, 1310:22 AM

It would be better if people's desire for "dress-up" cars like this disappeared. Use your car for what it is -- transportation.

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raineyrooDec. 6, 1310:40 AM

nunswipe - Why would it be "better for cars like the Mustang" to disappear? Drive what you like. Not everyone wants a Toyota Camry, Chevy Silverado, or Ford Explorer.

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sambisselDec. 6, 13 1:09 PM

I have to say I don't like the direction it's going. The front clip looks like a Fusion. With LED lights making design less a function of fitting them in, they should have made them rounder with larger openings. The back end has too much plastic. I know that a lot of this is a function of wind tunnel testing to max out mileage, but am I really worried about that if I'm buying a sports car?

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hughakstonDec. 7, 13 7:10 AM

It looks great so far, although a person needs to see it in the showroom, or better yet, drive to know for sure. Two negatives; First, that 2 liter motor has no place in a Mustang. Dealerships will be forced by Ford to take a few of them and sadly a lot of potential customers not that much into cars or Mustangs will test drive this 2 liter version and be disappointed, thinking this 'Stang is just another cheap & disastrous 1974 Mustang II. A PROPER American sports cars is V8 powered, otherwise it's really not a Mustang. Small motors are weak, lack torque, and as they accumulate miles become unreliable if used to power vehicles that are too heavy, this car weighs probably 2 tons fully fueled and with one or two passengers. Large motors are stronger, more reliable, last longer, and are cheaper to own in the long run, even accounting for the gas mileage differential. Second; that GPS/SatNav needs to be eliminated. I don't need an electronic leash attached to my car; a cop/judge/insurance agent riding around with me 24/7. If I get this car I'll immediately have the SatNav antennae physically disconnected.

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hughakstonDec. 7, 13 7:10 AM

I can't wait to see the V8 version. Pluses; The styling & the improved suspension. It's on my short list of cars to consider when the time comes to replace my current ride. But, I'm reserving my thumbs up until I see one and drive it.

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