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#1 Crisp

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:03

Ford's 2015 Mustang unleashed: World gets a peek

 

2015 Ford Mustang revealed

The 2015 Ford Mustang was revealed during a ceremony at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood

 

Ford Motor Co. has unleashed the sixth-generation Mustang, the product of a delicate effort to balance half a century of history with demands for modern powertrains, technology and styling.

The result retains the essence of the late-1960s fastbacks on which the car’s retro-styled predecessor was based — a long hood, short rear deck, tri-bar taillights and a shark-nosed

But the automaker carefully avoided churning out another throwback, instead seeking to connect the Mustang to the design ethic seen across its lineup. The other balancing act: making the quintessential American sports coupe appeal to buyers in Europe and Asia.

“We wanted to make sure that, at first glance, you know it is a Mustang — but at the same time you know it is the next Mustang,” said Mark Fields, the automaker’s chief operating officer. “You can go too retro, or you can go too futuristic.”

The automaker displayed the new model in a series of global reveals Thursday that included events in Los Angeles; New York; Dearborn, Mich.; Barcelona, Spain; Shanghai; and Sydney, Australia.

The L.A. event took place along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, adjacent to the walk’s stars for celebrities, including Sandra Bullock, Steve McQueen and Michael Jackson. Senior Ford executives looked on as others rolled the front wheels of the 2015 Mustang into a block of wet cement.

"It’s fitting that we’re right here, among all the stars in Hollywood,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s executive vice president. "We have our own star right here. The Ford Mustang has been in over 3,000 movie and TV shows. So it’s fitting that we’re at the Chinese Theatre for this debut.”

Though it presented vexing riddles for designers, the 50th-anniversary Mustang offers no grand departure from the styling that enabled Ford to sell 9 million Mustangs since its debut at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964.

The offering of a four-cylinder turbo engine signals a clear shift toward modernity and fuel economy, though today’s technology gives that small power plant a whopping 305 horsepower — equal to that of the vaunted 289 V-8 that powered the 1966 Shelby Mustang.

The standard engine will be a 3.7-liter V-6 with 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

But the car would not be a Mustang without the option of a muscular V-8, a 5.0-liter with an upgraded valve train and cylinder heads that Ford says will yield more than the current GT’s 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

“The Mustang represents the heart, soul and passion of the Ford brand,” Fields said.

The new version goes on sale late next year.

 

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#2 Jeston

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:17

I can't believe I'm about to say this about a Ford, but it actually looks kind of nice...

 

I feel like I need a shower now...



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:17

Headlamps lifted straight from a BMW. But still a looker!

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:20

Headlamps lifted straight from a BMW. But still a looker!

 

From Ford Fusion.

 

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:32

Woke up and saw this, I love it!



#6 KingCracker

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:47

From Ford Fusion.

 

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Yep as soon as I seen it I said that's just a supped up Fusion. 



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:52

This has been making round s on the internet for the past couple days. I love the front, very reminiscent of the Fusion. But, I hate the fastback design  :x

 

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:52

I foresee these as future Price is Right prizes :laugh:



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:54

When I trade in my Grand Prix in the next 18 months, this will definitely be on my shopping list. 2.3T is pretty interesting, but I'm betting the 3.7L v6 is more refined, sounds better and probably ends up getting better MPG instead of dealing with all that boost and such.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 02:57

When I trade in my Grand Prix in the next 18 months, this will definitely be on my shopping list. 2.3T is pretty interesting, but I'm betting the 3.7L v6 is more refined, sounds better and probably ends up getting better MPG instead of dealing with all that boost and such.

Boo. If you're going for a Mustang go for a V8.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:01

Boo. If you're going for a Mustang go for a V8.

hah, that 5.0 is definitely pretty fancy, and actually probably manages to get some good mileage on the highway, but I have a 5.3 v8 in the Prix and the MPG barely gets in the 17's combined. It's fun and sounds nice, but I think if I was car shopping again I'd trade a little power for better mileage with a v6 instead. I think the V6 Ford has been using the past few years actually gets close to 320 horses if I remember right.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:04

hah, that 5.0 is definitely pretty fancy, and actually probably manages to get some good mileage on the highway, but I have a 5.3 v8 in the Prix and the MPG barely gets in the 17's combined. It's fun and sounds nice, but I think if I was car shopping again I'd trade a little power for better mileage with a v6 instead. I think the V6 Ford has been using the past few years actually gets close to 320 horses if I remember right.

But that's the whole point of owning a Mustang. If you want better gas mileage get a Prius.



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:08

A car like that demands a v8

Think of bullit 1968 Steve Mcqueen



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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:10

But that's the whole point of owning a Mustang. If you want better gas mileage get a Prius.

A Prius isn't fun to drive, a Mustang, probably in any engine they have will offer much better driving dynamics and be more fun that any Prius would. And besides, in a generation or two, most muscle cars will probably have 6 cylinders anyways.

 

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 03:26

There is absolutely nothing dumber in the world than saying the whole point of a Mustang is to have a V8. Can't some people just want the car and not care about that?





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