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Old 11-16-2006, 07:18 AM   #1
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Default Giugiaro Ford Mustang Concept @ 2006 LA Show *Merged*

Giugiaro Ford Mustang Concept @ 2006 LA Show

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/16/m...tted-in-italy/

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Little is known about the Giugiaro Mustang Concept, except that it's set to debut at the L.A. Auto Show later this month. A member of MustangForums.com, however, hit the jackpot when he snagged the Italian Stallion at a refueling station in Italy. Some are saying the Giugiaro Mustang will be a thinly veiled preview of the 2010 Mustang. The photographer who snapped this pic says the front actually looks a lot like the new Camaro, which we interpret to mean that the headlights are likely tucked under the hood and partially obscured. He also says that the concept's roof is all glass that flows right into the windshield. We'll have to wait until L.A. to find out more, since that sober looking fellow standing in between the lens and its subject prevented our guy from getting any more shots. That's a dead sexy rump, though, and those rear fenders look inspired by the Shelby GR-1 Concept. The only other info we could find on the Giugiaro Mustang Concept is from Ward's Auto, which claims the car will come with the most powerful Mustang engine developed so far.
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:33 AM   #2
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With one photo it is impossible to tell, but that actually looks damn nice.... can't believe I am saying that about a Mustang!?!

Good-bye slab-sides! Hello thar curves!
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:28 AM   #3
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i wonder if they made any upgrades to the interior?
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:34 AM   #4
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Looks good so far.
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:35 AM   #5
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Looks good so far.
agreed (coming from a guy who already owns one mustang though, MUCH better than current design.)
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Old 11-16-2006, 12:57 PM   #6
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I've always liked giugiaro's cars.

I wonder why a Ford though.

suspension looks to sit wierd.
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Old 11-17-2006, 05:51 PM   #7
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The side kind of reminds me of the new camaro coming out and a C6 vette
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Old 11-17-2006, 05:57 PM   #8
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I remember he did a Corvette (Moray) just before C6 came out. At the time I was hoping the C6 would look like that - but now that we know what the C6 actually looks like - I'm happy with the current design.

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Old 11-17-2006, 07:13 PM   #9
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The side kind of reminds me of the new camaro coming out and a C6 vette
exactly... which is why it actually looks good.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:15 PM   #10
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The side kind of reminds me of the new camaro coming out and a C6 vette
weird... reminds me of a tiburon.. or 350z
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:23 PM   #11
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With one photo it is impossible to tell, but that actually looks damn nice.... can't believe I am saying that about a Mustang!?!
I think the current Mustang looks pretty decent. I was entertaining buying a convertible...then I rented one for a week. Killed that desire in a hurry!
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:26 PM   #12
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you guys like that?
IMO looks a bit funky, but we do need better pics.
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:51 PM   #13
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The "new " Mustang looks great but they sure got a lot of flack about the rear suspension, hopefully they've taken care of that this time. Methinks they have but I guess we'll see in LA.
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Old 11-20-2006, 10:39 AM   #14
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The "new " Mustang looks great but they sure got a lot of flack about the rear suspension, hopefully they've taken care of that this time. Methinks they have but I guess we'll see in LA.
I think this is just a restyling; no major changes like suspension. Non-solid rear axle would make too many people happy.

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Old 11-20-2006, 10:56 AM   #15
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I don't like it. Doesn't look anything like a Mustang.

Take the foundation and turn it into something else, sure... Like the Panoz Esperante.

Crazy Italian design studios....


Regarding the solid rear axle? Yes it's antiquated, but if Carroll Shelby kept it around even after the redesign.... there's got to be good reason.

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Old 11-20-2006, 11:12 AM   #16
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I don't like it. Doesn't look anything like a Mustang.

Take the foundation and turn it into something else, sure... Like the Panoz Esperante.

Crazy Italian design studios....


Regarding the solid rear axle? Yes it's antiquated, but if Carroll Shelby kept it around even after the redesign.... there's got to be good reason.

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Couple nice things about a solid rear axle -- camber/caster/toe pretty much stay constant no matter what the car is doing. Can be made to be light; very robust & cheap. It's not all bad.

Sucks on an uneven course, though. Then the whole thing with both wheels being rigidly connected by a straight rod starts to work against you...
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Old 11-20-2006, 12:12 PM   #17
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For straightline applications (IE Dragstip), the solid axle works best..so it depends on the overall missin of the vehicle
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:09 PM   #18
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For straightline applications (IE Dragstip), the solid axle works best..so it depends on the overall missin of the vehicle
It can work very well for corners too, the just need a smoother surface.

As long as the surface is fairly smoot, solid axels can corner like crazy. Witness the mustang GT race cars.
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Regarding the solid rear axle? Yes it's antiquated, but if Carroll Shelby kept it around even after the redesign.... there's got to be good reason.
F Shelby - I am sooo sick of that over-exposed guy with his over-priced cars.

And F solid real axle - Ford just wants to save some $, and because of that, is using the excuse that it is better for drag racing. If the rednecks want to drag race, let them, but it is inexcusable that in the year 2006 any production car still has a solid rear axle. On a flat, smooth track, a solid axle might be fine - but in the real world... where 99.9% of all Mustangs are driven, having an IRS is more than just a luxury. Even drag racing on some uneven/rough pavement and a IRS is absolutely mandatory. It is crap like this, that keep people from taking cars like the Mustang seriously and pass them off as just another mullet-mobile.

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Old 11-28-2006, 06:38 AM   #20
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Some pictures courtesy of autoblog.it







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http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/28/g...ness-revealed/
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VIVA LA MUSTANG! GIUGIAROS INTERPRET FORD ICON

Los Angeles, Nov. 28, 2006 – The 2005 Ford Mustang captured the hearts and minds of millions of fans and future owners when the all-new model debuted. But the proportions and design of Ford’s first purpose-built muscle car in 30-plus years caught the eyes and sparked the imaginations of a pair of the world’s leading coachbuilders in Italy as well.


“When we saw the new Mustang, we knew two things: It was the best we’d seen since the original, and we had to get our hands on one,” said Fabrizio Giugiaro, styling director of Italdesign – Giugiaro S.P.A. “We still believe it’s important to show the automotive world pure exercises in style that interpret key models reflecting the history and image of important brands.”


So in early 2005, Giugiaro pitched J Mays, Ford Motor Company’s group vice president, Design and chief creative officer, on his idea to do an Italian job on the beloved Mustang. The result: Mustang by Giugiaro – a one-of-a-kind concept powered by Ford Racing technologies, marking the Italian coachbuilder’s first reveal at the inaugural November Los Angeles Auto Show.


“It seemed only fitting,” said Mays. “This design study reinforces the global appeal of Mustang, yet it’s right at home in L.A. – America’s most enthusiastic performance and muscle car market. Plus, design icon Giorgetto Giugairo’s offer to work his magic on Mustang alongside his son underscores the timelessness allure of Ford’s most iconic car.”


Design aficionados will remember that the senior Giugiaro – who last year celebrated his 50 th anniversary in the business by designing a custom-made Ferrari, the GG50 – created the 1965 Bertone Mustang. The car, which was unmistakably Italian in its interpretation, became the first European-styled car to make its international debut in America following the end of

World War II.


The senior Giugiaro’s portfolio includes concept and production designs for nearly every automaker in the world – from Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Volkswagen to Mazda, Lotus and Bugatti. Since joining ItalDesign, the family firm, in 1990, Fabrizio Giugiaro has helped deliver key global designs as well, but American automotive icons have long captured his attention.


He designed the Chevrolet Corvette Moray, unveiled in early 2003, and was eager to expand the collection of Giugiaro-interpreted American metal.


Fabrizio Giugiaro led the 2-D design process on the Mustang by Giugiaro concept, allowing him to deliver a complete exterior model from the family’s Turin, Italy, studios in just four months.


Visually, the Mustang by Giugiaro appears more compact than the production car, thanks to a reduction of the rear overhang and a signature Giugiaro “trick” of tapering the angles on the car to the limit of its mechanical outlines.


Still, the Italian version of America’s most popular muscle car hasn’t lost any of its swagger.


The vibrant orange concept is wider than the production version. The Giugiaros added 30 millimeters to the front, gradually expanding the width by a full 80 millimeters toward the rear, which is typical in Italian design.


With its longer hood and the trunk barely visible, the car looks more of a fastback in side view. But details throughout reinforce the freedom and rebellion synonymous with Mustang. Fabrizio Giugiaro’s favorites include:


The interior – featuring a dramatic instrument panel that sweeps the width of the car; circular gauges that project from behind the steering wheel; dark brown horsehide-covered headrests with horse logo accents; and seat cushions and backrests elaborately upholstered in dark brown mottled horse hides.
The single curved glass panel that bridges the windshield and rear window, serving as the concept’s roof. Produced by Solutia of Detroit, the panel is made from a special type of crystal that filters out 100 percent of UVA rays while providing unfettered vista views.
Its dramatic doors, which are hinged at the base of the upright A-pillar and open vertically at the touch of a button.
Bespoke taillights, which are three separate elements as found on the 1964 Mustang – but reinterpreted into a more dramatic arrow shape that links to the louver panels that replace the rear side windows.
The visible curl that sweeps into the crest of the concept’s carbon fiber fenders, hinting at tail fins that defined American cars of the ‘50s.
The sporting-but-elegant unique 20-inch rims, fitted with 275/40 tires on the front and larger 315/35 tires on the rear.

As its wheels and tires suggest, the Mustang by Giugiaro is more than just a tribute to Mustang design. It also is an exclamation of the car’s heritage of performance.


The concept features a powertrain and chassis enhanced in conjunction with Ford Racing – which is responsible for Ford Motor Company motorsports development and operations.

Ford Racing’s efforts include the development and sale of a race-prepared version of the Mustang, called the FR500C, for the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series. In its first season alone, the FR500C scored five wins in the 2005 GS Class, including the manufacturers’ championship, in which Mustang bested other production-based sports cars, including the BMW M3 and Porsche 911.


This Mustang, a turn-key race car sold to privateers, provided the inspiration for the Mustang by Giugiaro concept’s performance and handling attributes.


Ford Racing improved on the already-robust 300 horsepower all-aluminum 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 engine in the production Mustang GT by adding an intercooled twin-screw supercharger for the new concept. Additional improvements include fuel injectors from the Ford GT and a unique engine calibration. Engine air intake is increased with a larger 95 mm mass air meter and a conical air filter. Exhaust performance is enhanced with new Ford Racing mufflers and an X-pipe.


The powertrain upgrades deliver an estimated 500 horsepower, complete with a boost level of 11 psi from the Ford Racing supercharger. A high-efficiency Ford Racing aluminum radiator provides increased cooling capability to accompany the extra 200 horsepower provided under hood.


Under the car, the FR500C-inspired chassis tuning is accomplished with a tailored Ford Racing Handling Pack. This package, available through Ford Racing for the Mustang GT, adds new Dynamic-tuned dampers, lowering springs and anti-sway bars. The changes give the car a lower stance while sharpening handling response. The car rides approximately 1.5 inches lower than the production Mustang GT.


“The Mustang by Giugiaro drives as good as it looks,” said Fabrizio Giugiaro. “After taking it to the limits on streets outside of Turin, I can honestly say this car was well worth the 30,000 hours of blood, sweat and tears that we invested to create a modern performance classic.”

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Old 11-28-2006, 07:56 AM   #22
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The front looks A LOT like the rendering that was in Automobile magazine the other month... I really like it - well except the taillights.
Looks almost as nice as the Camaro - lets hope most of the styling ques from this concept actually see peoduction.
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:09 PM   #24
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:44 PM   #25
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Someone else can repost the pictures. Here is a link to better pics of the mustange. I really hate the current redesigned mustang. The main reason was the huge butt. It just made the car look weird with such a short front overhang. Now the new one reminds me of the ford shelby concept. If ford can carry the the overal shape into production. They truly will have a winner that anyone will buy. It looks ten times better than the next camaro idea.

Way better pics

http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/11/...cept-unveiled/

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