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Old 02-13-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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The platform for the highly anticipated 2015 Mustang now has a name -- the S550, according to MustangDaily.com. Since we won't see the S550 in action until 2014, there's been a lot of speculation about this next-generation muscle car. We expect the 2015 Mustang to offer an EcoBoost engine and an independent rear suspension. The retro era of the Mustang will also come to an end with the 2015 model. In its place will be a more modern appearance inspired by the concept car that debuted at the Frankfurt motor show in 2011.

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Old 02-13-2013, 01:10 PM   #2
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I hope it looks better than that Honda Accord coupe meets Ford Fusion rendering they have above. It may not be retro, but I would bet it will still be muscular.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:35 AM   #3
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I'm still cross shopping this with a few other cars as a next purchase when my WRX is paid off in two years. If the only engine option other than the 5.0 is the 2.3L EcoBoost, then I'll probably buy something else. I'm not really interested in a 4-cylinder Mustang and since the current GT is already $31,5xx with no options, it'll be too rich for my blood most likely.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:55 AM   #4
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I'm still cross shopping this with a few other cars as a next purchase when my WRX is paid off in two years. If the only engine option other than the 5.0 is the 2.3L EcoBoost, then I'll probably buy something else. I'm not really interested in a 4-cylinder Mustang and since the current GT is already $31,5xx with no options, it'll be too rich for my blood most likely.
Just wait until the fervor dies down once it's released.....you should be able to get a GT well under $30K. I was even able to get my premium for under $30K.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:04 PM   #5
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I hope they don't **** this up with the modern styling and we get another Mustang II on our hands... or worse, a new Camero. The current Mustang body style is nothing short of awesome. It's a looker, performer, and reasonably priced. They did well.

I really want a 2013 GT or BOSS, but I really don't want a car payment. So I sit here with my crappy 2000 RS and 2006 money pit (WRX). #Firstworldproblems

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:35 PM   #6
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The current Mustang body style is nothing short of awesome. It's a looker, performer, and reasonably priced. They did well.
All they need to do for 2015 is shorten the rear overhang, call it done and I'll be happy.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:46 PM   #7
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Lower the hood, add an IRS, and lose about 800lbs, and I'd be happy.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:59 PM   #8
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Lower the hood, add an IRS, and lose about 800lbs, and I'd be happy.
800lbs? That would put the 5.0 GT at 2,800lbs. You're dreaming/delusional. 200lbs lighter is probably where it will end up, at max.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:07 PM   #9
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800lbs? That would put the 5.0 GT at 2,800lbs. You're dreaming/delusional. 200lbs lighter is probably where it will end up, at max.
yup, esp with all the safety stuff needed by the regulators. 200 lbs would be huge. but the car in the OPs 1st post is fugly..
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:26 PM   #10
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I'm ready for an Evos concept-based Mustang. Not exactly like that, but something similar with more Mustang cues. I'm tired of retro.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:59 PM   #11
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It really doesn't seem that retro as it is... In fact it shouldn't even be called retro, it should be called classic. That shape is part of the Mustang DNA. God I hope Ford doesn't throw it all away.

Something a little closer to these renders maybe?



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Old 02-15-2013, 09:25 AM   #12
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It really doesn't seem that retro as it is... In fact it shouldn't even be called retro, it should be called classic. That shape is part of the Mustang DNA. God I hope Ford doesn't throw it all away.
Agreed.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:29 AM   #13
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Lower the hood, add an IRS, and lose about 800lbs, and I'd be happy.
You should be looking at Miatas then, not pony cars. Delusional is right. The 2015is supposed to lose weight, but it ain't shedding 800 lbs.

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It really doesn't seem that retro as it is... In fact it shouldn't even be called retro, it should be called classic. That shape is part of the Mustang DNA. God I hope Ford doesn't throw it all away.
I have a feeling it's going to be more revolutionary than evolutionary, i.e. look completely different. Your renderings there don't look like much more than the current S197 with a different front fascia and slightly different rear end. I do agree that they should incorporate historic, Mustang specific styling cues though, e.g. the tri bar taillights, the side scoop, etc. I think there's a happy medium that can be met by doing that without going full retard retro.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #14
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I'm a fan of the current styling too, but Ford has been pretty clear that we should be expecting a substantial departure from it for the next generation. It's one reason I just bought a '13, even though I fully expect the next gen with it's IRS to be a superior performer.

I think the biggest problem with the Evos concept is that it doesn't have classic pony car proportions (ie long hood, compact cabin, short tail), it has sedan-based coupe proportions. That's one of the reasons it looks so Accord-ish (IMO). Its design language translated onto a more Mustang-y shape could be quite nice, for a modern Mustang, IMO.

I'm sure there will be enough cues to identify it as a Mustang. It is the only car that Ford doesn't badge as a Ford; so it needs to be instantly recognizable as what it is (just from a PR standpoint).
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:57 PM   #15
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That last render isn't bad IMO.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:39 AM   #16
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Looks like a big new Ford Probe with a grille
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:13 AM   #17
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Yep, and that image should be on dealer lots next month.
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