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|2015 Ford Mustang Gets Official: w/Images & Video||
The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang claims the title as the most anticipated vehicle of the year and all of the flak leading up to its official reveal has captured an abundance of speculations, spy shots, renderings and rumors. To put things at rest, Ford has official unleashed its sixth generation pony car in full glory to the world.
The 50-year history of the iconic Mustang is catapulted in the new design language borrowing many traits from the long lineage of one of America’s favorite pony cars. The new 2015 Ford Mustang is now available with three different engine choices starting with an all-new inline-4-cylinder 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine (305 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 300 pound-feet of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm) and then the familiar 3.7-liter V6 (300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque) and powerful 5.0-liter V8 (420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque).
Other design aspects, mostly as anticipated, have been changed within the new design of the 2015 Ford Mustang featuring a new independent rear suspension, smoother-shifting transmissions (manual and automatic), increased passenger volume (additional leg, shoulder and hip room), smaller steering wheel with a wide array of control buttons for the infotainment system and several active safety features (blind spot information system, cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control).
We welcome you to hit up the full 2015 Ford Mustang press release, images and videos below for additional information. Currently additional specs and pricing information is not available outside of the short-list of specs below.
2015 Ford Mustang Press Release
Ford Mustang Marks 50 Years with All-New Sleek Design, Innovative Technologies and World-Class Performance
All-new sophisticated design clearly inspired by 50 years of Mustang heritage evolved to attract wider array of customers and expand global market availability
Mustang now available with three engines offering a broader power of choice – a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine
Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with world-class handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort
The next chapter in the life of the iconic pony car begins today as the all-new Ford Mustang – loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – is simultaneously revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents.
“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”
Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the 9 million-plus cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. For the first time ever, Ford will bring Mustang to customers in key parts of Europe and Asia.
“We crafted this car with the goal of creating a contemporary interpretation of Mustang – an American automotive icon that symbolizes optimism and freedom for millions of people around the world,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln.
All-new shape, yet unmistakably Mustang
The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – with contemporary execution.
“You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you see this car you immediately see a Mustang strong and true,” said Moray Callum, Ford executive director, design, The Americas.
Several key design features define the all-new Mustang, including:
– A lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track
– The return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass
– Three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals
– Contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille
Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin. The new top lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when folded for open-air motoring.
The information and controls an active driver needs are all readily accessible in the aviation-inspired cockpit, which is executed with the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. The added width and a new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers, and a more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.
The Mustang experience
The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers just want to get in and hit the road. With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V6 and V8 are joined by an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.
Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. A new intake manifold improves low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions.
“This EcoBoost engine delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to, with a broad, flat torque curve that pours out when you stand on it for easy passing or hustling down a twisty road,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer.
The Mustang EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver plenty of usable performance and projected segment-leading fuel efficiency. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing enable it to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect with output projected at more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.
With at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque on tap from the standard 3.7-liter V6, even the most accessible Mustang delivers the performance customers expect.
Drivers will appreciate smoother shifts from the updated manual gearbox, while a reworked automatic transmission features new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.
Most nimble pony ever
When life throws drivers a curve, the all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality.
“We already set a very high standard for Mustang’s dynamics with Boss 302, and our goal was to go above and beyond that with this new car,” said Pericak.
Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride.
The new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes. This is expected to be the best stopping Mustang yet, with three available brake packages.
At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.
Smarter than your average pony
The all-new Mustang features a significant amount of innovative technologies providing drivers with enhanced information, control and connectivity when they want it. From Intelligent Access with push-button start to SYNC® and MyKey® in every Mustang built, plus available Track Apps, MyColor gauges and new Shaker Pro audio system, drivers will be able to customize their time behind the wheel.
The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they can take control of how the car behaves. On a twisty back road or a weekend track day, the driver can tap the toggle switches on the console to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings using the available Selectable Drive Modes to create the perfect Mustang at any time.
The advanced new Ford-developed stability control system is tuned to maximize Mustang’s dynamic capabilities. When the time comes to turn up the wick at the track, Mustang GT includes standard launch control that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
When it’s time to back off and relax for the drive home, available advanced driver-assist features including Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control can help ease the load, while SYNC AppLink™ lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.
50 years of Mustang
April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang and each 2015 model celebrates the milestone with a badge on the instrument panel that includes the galloping pony logo and the words “Mustang – Since 1964.” Mustang will continue to be built in the United States at Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
“From day one, we knew if we were going to build a new Mustang, we had to do it right,” said Pericak. “We built a new Mustang from the ground up that is quicker, better-looking, more refined and more efficient, without losing any of the raw appeal that people have associated with Mustang for half a century.”
|Live 2015 Ford Mustang Pictures Leak Onto Web||
The folks at Mustang6g have been chewing on the latest leaked images of the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang ever since the Autoweek Magazine shots were plastered over the internet. Now, the eager Mustang enthusiasts have relinquished additional photos, this time of the 2015 Mustang live in the flesh.
|Big Muscle on Drive Returns: 1967 Mustang California Drag Style – Video||
Old school muscle cars tend to get lost in translation with today’s modernized automotive limelight. Thankfully, for us and other real enthusiasts, Big Muscle on the DRIVE YouTube channel is back for another season highlighting some of the coolest muscle cars in America. Our good friend Mike Musto narrates and test drive’s these one-of-a-kind road muscle machines starting with a 1967 Mustang.
|Ford Mustang Customizer Website: The Ultimate Friday Time Suck||
It’s Friday, signifying the end of one more working week. The odds of you being productive on the job today lie between “slim” and “none,” which is why we’re telling you to head on over to the Ford Mustang Customizer Website. What’s there? The chance to build your very own custom Mustang V6, GT, Boss 302 or Shelby GT500. You can choose custom paint, revised bodywork, unique wheels, custom stripe packages and even different backgrounds to view your custom ‘Stang against.
If you think you can beat Ford’s designers at their own game, you can even upload your completed Mustang to Facebook, where you can convince / bribe / threaten friends and relatives to pick your design over everyone else’s. What do you win if you rack up the highest number of votes? Nothing but bragging rights, and the opportunity to know that you’ve designed the baddest Mustang on Facebook.
If you fall in love with your creation and have to see it parked in your driveway, Ford will even supply a list of the Ford or aftermarket components picked to design your one-of-a-kind Mustang. Building just about any configuration is ultimately possible, but it certainly won’t be inexpensive.
If you’re a Mustang fan, the configurator site is guaranteed to take up at least a half-hour of your time, for each Mustang built. In other words, you have 16 Mustangs to get through before 5:00 rolls around, so you’d best get busy.
|Ford’s Latest TSB Warns Against Modding 5.0 Mustangs||
Perhaps more than any other kind of vehicle, muscle cars are meant to be modded. In the old days, that generally involved a new intake manifold, a bigger carburetor, a high-lift, long duration cam and a new exhaust system from the headers back. Today, squeezing more ponies out of your car is generally done by reflashing the ECU, followed by a low restriction intake and high flow exhaust. Aftermarket blower or turbo kits can add serious horsepower, but often require additional upgrades (to the cooling system or clutch, for example) to handle the added power. The point is this: muscle cars are still meant to be modded, both to personalize them and to squeeze the last bit of horsepower from the engine.
A new Technical Service Bulletin from Ford may give owners of 2011 and 2012 5.0-liter Mustangs (and F-150s) cause for concern. In it, Ford advises against modifying any powertrain components or calibration to increase performance, as doing so may exceed the design limits of parts. To increase owner paranoia, Ford says that, “attempting to increase the engine output via recalibrating the PCM may result in poor drivability, DTCs (trouble codes), or component failures. The TSB even has a flowchart, with the ominous step of “Initiate warranty cancellation process” if a reflash or hardware modification is found to be the cause of the component failure.
So what does this mean? Not much, really, since the Magnuson-Moss warranty act of 1975 prevents manufacturers from voiding your entire warranty based on aftermarket modifications. They can still void sections of your warranty, or deny warranty claims based on mods, but the burden of proof is on the dealership. Reflash the ECU and throw a connecting rod, and you’ll be paying for the repair yourself, since the dealer will claim the software change exceeded the design limits of the engine. Add aftermarket wheels and tires (with no other mods) and throw a rod, and the dealership will be fixing your ride under any warranty you have left. If the component failure is unrelated to the modifications made, the dealer still has an obligation to honor your warranty; if the component failure is in any way related to the mod, plan on writing a check for repairs yourself.
This could potentially be another black eye for Ford, who’s already dealing with six-speed transmission failures on 2011 and 2012 Mustangs and bent rear frame assemblies on SVT Raptor pickups. The TSB really doesn’t say anything new, but it does indicate a change in focus for the automaker; once content to look the other way in regards to mods like intakes, headers and exhausts, it seems that Ford dealers will now actively look for reasons to void warranty claims.
|Ford Mustang Mayhem Package Announced||
For all you Ford fans out there, we have some really exciting news. Ford has announced that the 2012 Mustang V6 comes up with a new Mayhem performance package.
The package features a sport-tuned suspension, a strut tower brace and a revised electronic stability control system, a high performance braking system and a 3.31 rear axle ratio. Powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that develops 305 hp (227 kW / 309 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque, its unique 19-inch wheels and Pirelli performance tires provide superb grip and aggressive appearance. Coupe is able to return to 19 mpg city / 29 mpg highway, when paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
The best part of the news for the Mustang fans is that they got an opportunity to name the model! Ford is reported to have reached out to nearly 1.4 million fans on the Mustang Facebook page as a result of which 3,000 submissions were made to the page and nearly 6,700 users installed the “You Name It” app. Eventually it comes before you as “Mayhem Mustang Package”.
|Shelby Announces Entry-Level GTS Mustang||
Have you always wanted a car tuned by Carroll Shelby, but lacked the price of admission for a GT350 or Super Snake? I’ve got good news for you, then: Shelby American has announced a new GTS post-title package for any V-6 or V-8 Mustang models. Starting at $9,995.00 (excluding your donor Mustang, of course), the kit gives you:
– A Ford Racing suspension, including new springs, sway bars and a strut tower brace
– A cold air intake
– A Borla exhaust
– Shelby brakes, developed with Baer
– A unique “deep draw” hood
– Black billet grille with a running Mustang logo
– A unique Shelby front fascia
– Shelby LeMans stripes and side stripes
– Shelby GTS badging and a Shelby CSM interior plate
– “Powered by Ford” side badges
– “Shelby” decklid logo
That’s a lot of money to spend for not much more performance, but Shelby will build in as much more scoot as your budget will allow. Want a blower on your V-6 or V-8 GTS? That’s an available option, as are 6-piston brakes, wheel packages, adjustable control arms, a Watts-link rear suspension and a Shelby leather interior. You also get bragging rights, and you can make the argument that your Shelby GTS will retain more value than a backyard-built Mustang that uses comparable parts. If the value proposition works in your favor, and if you can live without your Mustang while Shelby works their magic, you’ll find more information on the GTS at the Shelby American website.
Source: Shelby American
|Would You Roll The Dice On A $31k Ferrari||
Some time back, a colleague of mine announced he was shopping for a used Ferrari 308. “Don’t do it,” was the advice I gave him, because “there’s no such thing as an affordable Ferrari.” He listened to me then, but succumbed to the affordable exotic fever a few years later. When I caught up with him last year, I asked how the Ferrari was. “Great,” he said, “it hasn’t cost me anything yet this year.” Which was his way of saying that he hadn’t been driving it lately, because the car needed some $5,000 worth of engine work. The timing belts, for example, were long passed their replacement intervals. Still, it was a Ferrari, it was paid for and it was in his garage, and that was good enough for my buddy.
So here’s the question: you can buy an early ‘80s Ferrari for right around the $30,000 mark, maybe even less if the car has had a hard life. Coincidentally, that’s just about the same price as a new Mustang GT, and a quick comparison shows:
– The 1980 Ferrari 308 GTB (with four Weber carburetors) produced 240 horsepower in US trim and weighed 2,648 pounds, giving it a power to weight ratio of 1:11. The 2011 Mustang GT makes 412 horsepower and pushes 3,605 pounds, for power to weight ratio of 1:8.54. Advantage, Mustang.
– Zero to sixty in a 1980 Ferrari 308 GTB came up in around 7 seconds, and the car had a top speed of 149 miles per hour. The Mustang hits sixty from a standing start in 4.8 seconds and tops out at 155 miles per hour. Advantage, Mustang.
– Care and feeding of a Mustang is relatively affordable, and short of money-shifting the engine I can’t think of many $5,000 repairs. Care and feeding of a Ferrari, on the other hand, is notoriously expensive. Mustang FTW.
– One is an Italian sports car, and one is not. Ferrari FTW
I’m not in the market for either car right now, but a eBay posting for a 1980 Ferrari 308 GTB is what got me thinking. There are no circumstances under which I’d buy a “cheap” Ferrari, but your mileage may vary. Would you roll the dice on a bargain basement prancing horse?
|Want To Win A 2012 Ford Mustang GT?||
I’ll go ahead and answer that question for you: yes, you really do want to win yourself a new Mustang GT. If you live in the 48 Continental United States, are over 18 and don’t work for one of Ford’s agencies or suppliers, you can register to win a 2012 Mustang GT at Mustang 5.0 Fever, or by entering at select NHRA events throughout the year. One winner will be chosen on December 9, and that lucky person grabs a 2012 Mustang GT plus $5,000 worth of go-fast parts from Ford Racing. You can go ahead and put your name in the hat, but I’ve already got you beat and I’ll be building my parts list from the Ford Racing catalog soon.
I’ve always liked Mustangs, but never enough to actually buy one. They were always cars that I wanted a neighbor or brother-in-law to own; that way, I’d get to borrow the keys on occasion without committing to a purchase. Pre-2011 Mustangs sounded cool and were reasonable fun in a straight line, but no Mustang GT would have been my first choice for a track day car. The 2011 Mustang GT changed all that, and it really is a case of the whole being better than the sum of the parts. The 5.0 liter Coyote V8 pulls like a freight train when you put your foot in it, yet it’s surprisingly docile around town. The car sticks to the road like Charlie Sheen to a crack pipe, and feels a whole lot lighter and better balanced than you expect it to. In fact, I’d take a base Mustang GT over the Shelby GT500 for track day use, since the GT is a better balanced (but admittedly slower) car. In my opinion, it’s the best performance bargain on the market today, which is why I’ll be so stoked when Ford calls me on December 9.
|Mustang Boss 302 Buyers Get ‘Attacked’||
If you’re one of the lucky Ford Mustang Boss 302 buyers, get ready to burn some vacation time. Included with the purchase of every Boss 302 Mustang is something that Ford is calling the “Boss Track Attack” program. Held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, the Track Attack consists of a welcome reception and dinner followed by a day filled with instruction and flogging of cars in the Utah desert. The best part? Ford is even supplying the Boss 302 and GT Mustangs, so you get to use up their tires, brakes and gas, not your own. If there’s a down side, it’s that owners are responsible for getting themselves to and from Tooele, Utah, for the event.
Just in case you needed a reminder, the Boss 302 Mustang is the “track ready” Mustang model that slots in about the Mustang GT but below the Shelby GT500. Compared to the Mustang GT, the Boss 302 gets a heavy-duty clutch, a short throw shifter, retuned traction and stability control, revised steering, stiffer springs and beefier sway bars. The engine gets a boost to 440 horsepower, and the exhaust can be routed out the back (via a conventional dual exhaust setup) or out the low-restriction sidepipes for track duty. The Boss 302 also gets a more aggressive exterior, special paint and a track-centric interior.
Ford is only building a limited number of Boss 302 Mustangs, which start at $41,000, and most dealers will be allocated no more than one. Expect heavy and painful price gouging from dealers, fueled by “investors” who’ll sadly never drive the car the way the Ford engineers meant it to be driven.
|45th Anniversary Iacocca Mustang Exclusive Review||
Celebrating the 45th anniversary of Ford’s introduction of the first Ford Mustang on April 17th, at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York by Lee Iacocca, then President of Ford Motor Company, there will be only 45 hand sculpted examples of America’s favorite Pony car to celebrate the father of the Mustang, Lee Iacocca.
The original Mustang was dubbed as a 19641/2 model because it arrived at dealers so late in the model year. Fittingly, the Iacocca Silver Anniversary Mustang is dubbed a 20091/2 model. “It’s a trip down memory lane,” say Iacocca. “A little bit of nostalgia.”
The limited-edition Iacocca Mustang is a collaborative effort between the man himself, Lee Iacocca, designer Michael Leone, the Garffoglio family from Metalcrafters, and Galpin Ford, the #1 selling Ford dealership in the world.
If the Garffoglio family doesn’t sound familiar, they are the Southern California based Argentines that specializes in building concept cars for many of the top automotive manufacturers.
The Iacocca 45th Anniversary Edition Ford Mustang-a breathtaking vehicle that utilizes the latest in Ford performance technology with a style and panache that screams Mustang fastback. The car is painted in a special shade of grey, known as ‘Iacocca’ silver.
In a word, the new Iacocca Silver Edition Mustang is stunning. The body has been beefed up and smoothed over to create the kind of strikingly bold appearance that you can only get with hand crafted metal work. The car seems longer, wider and lower than a factory 2009 GT.
The lines flow organically from front to rear. This hand-crafted piece of rolling art, with its innovations and impact of the fastback design, is truly exceptional in every way. With its low stance, sunken headlamps, slanted grille opening, deep fastback slope that reaches to the rear of the car, and integrated rear dual quad exhaust; the car gives you ‘street attitude’. You’ll also see the Iacocca hood badge, an ‘I’ badge on the rear trunk cap, and to the right ‘IACOCCA’ lettering.
“Once in a while a car comes along that changes everything, and that was the original Mustang,” says Lee. The Silver Edition Mustang perpetuates the Iacocca mystique!
The car begins life on a 2009 Mustang platform, which is then uniquely modified and coach built by a team of Metalcrafters’ specialists using composite construction laminates, a reinforced material that is primarily used in the design by the aerospace industry. It is heavier and stronger than the sheet metal body panel factory Mustang GT.
While the exterior fastback design of the Iacocca Silver Mustang is compelling, the mechanical underpinnings are true American muscle.
Two powerplants are offered-a 4.6 liter V8 with a cold air intake system rated at 320hp comes standard, while a Whipple Supercharger that makes 400hp is optional. Both engines are covered by a factory Ford warranty. Drivers will harness the power through a quick-shifting 5-speed manual transmission.
Also coming standard is a Ford Racing handling package that adds firmer springs and re-valved shock absorbers that lowers the car and enhances the it’s cornering ability. It is also Ford factory warranted.
A 14in. Ford Racing Brake Package with four-piston Brembo calipers up front is optional for added stopping power and control. It is also Ford factory warranted. The car rides on standard 5-spoke, 20X91/2in. Iacocca Design chrome wheels, front and rear. They are wrapped with Goodyear 245/45R20in. RSA performance tires for added grip and traction.
Inside the Iacocca Silver Mustang the interior is resplendent with luxurious touches that highlight the car’s special heritage, including Iacocca Diamond Design leather seats and footwells with the seat backs having embroidery stitching on the headrests that mimics the hood badge, an Iacocca signature dash plaque with serial number, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with ‘I’ badge, and IACOCCA-badged aluminum door sill plates. Open the hood and you see another plaque to authenticate that this is one of only 45 Iacocca Silver Anniversary Mustang’s with matching serial number.
Galpin Ford comes into the picture as the end seller of the car, and their Galpin Auto Sports division installs the cold air intake system, supercharger, Brembo brakes and suspension upgrades.
Prices start at just $89,950.00 for the 45th Anniversary Iacocca Mustang and sales have been brisk with customers ordering the cars from locations as far away as Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Europe and South America.
The Ford Mustang is driven, collected and loved around the world, so if you want to be the owner of this ‘once in a lifetime’ special edition Mustang from the man who is responsible for its creation, you’d better get in touch with Galpin Ford in Van Nuys, California and put in your order.