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Old 05-08-2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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Is this the 2015 Ford Mustang? Close to it, at least that's what a Ford insider told us recently. Set to be released about two years from now on its 50th anniversary, the 2015 Mustang will be much closer to a "world car" than any Mustang before it.

What does that mean exactly? Well, obviously it means this Mustang will be exported to markets outside the U.S., but more importantly, it means that the next-generation Mustang will evolve into a performance car for varying tastes.




For one, it will be smaller in many ways. Most other markets prefer sports cars with a little less metal and a few more curves. That means a sleeker, less bulky Mustang that should weigh less and cheat the wind better. The Evos concept was a hint of that look, but we were assured that the current Mustang's long hood/short deck proportions will remain along with several signature Mustang design cues like rear-quarter windows and triple-lens taillamps.

Another big change will arrive out back. After years of making the most of the Mustang's straight axle rear end, the Mustang will finally move to an independent setup. This will go down much better with European customers who are used to the precise feel of fully independent rear suspension setups. It will still do just fine on the drag strip, though, along with improved manners at tracks with turns.

There will be less drastic changes under the hood as most of the current Mustang's offerings will likely carryover, at least initially. Ford may eventually switch the Mustang's base engine to a turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers better mileage and nearly the same horsepower as the current V6. From there, the current 5.0 V8 will remain in place so the Mustang's performance credentials are in good hands.

Expect to see the official unveil of the 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang at the 2014 New York Auto Show
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:00 AM   #2
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:12 AM   #3
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The proportions are a little off on the rendering, but cleaned up and gat dang I'd buy the heck out of that.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:47 AM   #4
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Is Samb the guy who used to work at Aston? That car looks like an Aston ALOT.

Aston or no Aston, I like it. Wonder how many young "gentlemen" will have that car when it is first released. Wont ever own a mustang, but I like the look of that a lot.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:42 AM   #5
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:44 AM   #6
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I hope not..........
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:11 AM   #8
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They really need to trim the weight by a lot. 3500lbs is quite heavy for a sports coupe. Isn't that about what a v12 awd Lamborghini weighs?
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:12 AM   #9
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looks sexy! Ford is actually getting stuff done!
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:15 AM   #10
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They really need to trim the weight by a lot. 3500lbs is quite heavy for a sports coupe. Isn't that about what a v12 awd Lamborghini weighs?
Not really. when youre talking american v8 world at least. the GTO ruled in the 3 short years of its production and it was like 37xx lbs IIRC. If they could get the v8 verison mustang in the 3300 area, which is corvette land, while still keeping the backseat, that would be phenomenal.

You have to remember, these v8's when boosted, make mid 500's to low 600's easily on pump 93; ON STOCK INTERNALS. put in race fuel hello 700+rwhp. thats gross.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #11
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Really nice looking. Ford is really making some great looking cars.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:54 AM   #12
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ugh please no. keep the mustang heritage alive
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:05 AM   #13
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Retro Mustang has had it's day. Time to get modern, I say throw out all the old Mustang looks and give me an affordable AM Vantage or BMW M3.

I know they won't do that but there needs to be a sleek, fairly light V8 performance car that people can actually buy. Not bricks from the 60's even if they do look good in their own way.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:13 AM   #14
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Not digging the look, especially from the back. I want to get a fun car at some point and the Mustang and Camaro are really the only two I'd consider. Looks like I'd better get one sooner rather than later because if one moves from the retro-modern style they all will.
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It's just a silly render you guys, it may look nothing like this.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:51 AM   #16
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I like it a lot but there are going to be some royally pissed off rednecks. I don't really see this selling well in the US.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:55 AM   #17
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Retro Mustang has had it's day. Time to get modern, I say throw out all the old Mustang looks and give me an affordable AM Vantage or BMW M3.

I know they won't do that but there needs to be a sleek, fairly light V8 performance car that people can actually buy. Not bricks from the 60's even if they do look good in their own way.
Keep the silly stripe on the bottom and the 3 + 3 taillights. Make everything else new.

Not that any of these opinions matter since it's going to probably still look like the retro car.
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Sure, you may piss off some of your fanbase "because of looks", but if it 'performs' as well as, if not better, than previous versions... they will sell.

Think about the Corvette from the C3 to C4 to the C5.

LOTS of changes on those designs. Everyone said they'd hate it... yet sold more with each iteration.

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Old 05-08-2012, 11:35 AM   #19
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Good looks are good looks, the Mustang faithful will get over any "heritage" issues pretty quickly I'm sure. If this rendering is even remotely related to the actual car it'll sell like hotcakes.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:38 PM   #20
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"Heritage" issues are a modern thing. There were several generations of Mustangs that didn't look like anything old. There's no reason for them to stick with the retro look when the fad is fading quickly.

I have no problem with the Aston Martin looks they are going with lately (for example, Ford Fusion).

Ford has already said the next Mustang is going to be smaller, lighter and will not be as retro so that it can be better marketed as a "world car". It's also been said that all future Ford cars will borrow heavily from the Evos concept. This rendering just puts two and two together.

I nearly pulled the trigger on a 2012 Mustang GT and I'd still consider one, but I tell you, if the 2015 Mustang looks anything like the above, I will be getting one.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:52 PM   #21
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Interesting speculation that they will replace the V6 with a turbo 4. The V6 seems to be an excellent motor based on the reviews, in both performance and fuel economy.
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Is Samb the guy who used to work at Aston? That car looks like an Aston ALOT.

Aston or no Aston, I like it. Wonder how many young "gentlemen" will have that car when it is first released. Wont ever own a mustang, but I like the look of that a lot.


this guy is responsible for Ford's design change since Alan took over.
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It looks like this render was based on this:

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Nice. The next Mustang is gonna beat out a lot more cars.
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It looks like this render was based on this:
They come off of the same assembly line... Same platform, I believe as Fusion (the canceled Milan), and Mazda 6.
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