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Ford’s (Amazing) 50th Anniversary Mustang

I have been following the news about the 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang for a while now and Ford Canada is releasing it today.  Here is the press release from Ford.

2015 Ford Mustang

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 5, 2013 – 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 different 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 during its 50 years of continuous production. It is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games. 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

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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 a 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, wider rear fenders and track width
· 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

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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 that 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 that 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 new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers and a more usefully shaped trunk that can accommodate two golf bags.

The Mustang experience

The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers want to just 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 this year by an all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-litre V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 396 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, 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-litre 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 front 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

2015 Ford Mustang Interior

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, MyColour gauges and new Shaker Pro audio system, drivers will be able to customize their time behind the wheel.

The feeling of freedom and confidence that drivers get in Mustang is amplified when they can take control of how it 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 new advanced, Ford-developed stability control is tuned to maximize Mustang’s dynamic capabilities with features like torque vectoring that directs engine power to individual wheels to help keep the car on course. 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.

50 years of Mustang

April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang and each 2015 model marks 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 America at the 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 decades.”

The Globe and Mail has it’s thoughts right here as does the Ford Blue blog.  I want one.

Here is my review of the 2013 Ford Mustang GT in case you are interested.  Its pretty awesome too.

2013 Ford Mustang GT

As soon as I was done with Ford’s amazing Focus ST, I took home a Ford Mustang which after 49 iconic years still turned heads everywhere I drove it.

2013 Ford Mustang GT

The Mustang was a 6 speed manual transmission with a  soft top.  As soon as I got in, I took the top down which wasn’t my best move as it was a chilly fall day and I shave my head.  So no hair flowing in the wind and instead I came home with a cold.  Wonderful but hardly Ford’s fault.

2013 Ford Mustang GT

Starting up the Mustang provide a jolt, even after just driving the Ford Focus ST.  It’s 420 horsepower rumbles to life and demands to be taken for a drive and responds with a baritone bark when you step on the gas.

While driving the car during the day is fun, driving it at night is far more interesting.  The Mustang has HID headlamps are standard on all models, and they’re flanked by LED light bars that lend a little more distinction to the front-end treatment. Also new on the lighting front are optional side-mirror puddle lamps that project images of the Mustang’s famous pony emblem onto the pavement when the driver unlocks the car. Very cool.

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On a Saturday night after work, I realized that I had forgotten to grab our electric oil heater from the cabin.  If it freezes it gets wrecked so we decided to drive the two hours in absolute darkness to the lake to get it.  The two boys piled in the back seat and right away I heard a scared voice in the totally pitch black back seat and it was Oliver going, “It’s really dark back here.”  Black seats, roof and a lack of lighting back there really does make it feel like the abyss.

Once we hit the highway, I was being hit by drivers flashing their high beams non-stop at me.  By the time we had going to the lake and back it happened over 100 times (I counted to 100).  The lights are spectacular to drive with, even on low beam; something I appreciated during deer hunting season (and when the deer are more jumpy and therefore more likely to jump out in front of traffic) but few of the oncoming traffic we met did.  HID lights are here to stay and it is something that rural drivers (and older drivers) need to get used to.

As the photo below shows, we did get it a little muddy and dusty

2013 Ford Mustang GT

On the same stretch of road that caused the Focus ST so much problems, the rear wheel drive Mustang was extremely stable, even though it was wet from a rainfall earlier that night.

The one thing the Mustang does not have is a silent mode.  Sneaking into a quiet lakefront community late at night with a car that rumbles like the Mustang had lights turning on as we drove down the main drag.  This car doesn’t sneak anywhere.  While the kids didn’t like the backseat as much as the Ford Focus, my body felt better after the drive in the Mustang.  It was a very comfortable car to drive.

The cons to the vehicle are gas mileage.  While I reset the cars mileage computer, the reviewer before me was getting an atrocious 17.1 litres per 100 kms.  2013 Mustangs on Fuelly get around 20 mpg which isn’t great but isn’t as bad as I would have thought.

The other thing I didn’t like was the steering wheel wasn’t telescopic which meant instead of shifting the wheel around to find the optimal position, I was constantly shifting around.

One last note, when Oliver saw the car, he thought it was a blue KITT as he had just been watching the remake of Knight Rider (which features a Ford Mustang).  He was quite disappointed that it didn’t come with a rockets and guns and said, “So Ford sent you the cheap version of KITT?”  Umm, I guess they did.

After everything considered, it was a lot of fun to drive and a car I would have loved to keep, even if it has no rockets and doesn’t turn into a Ford truck.

For more information on the Ford Mustang GT, check out Ford Canada’s website or head into your local Ford dealer.