Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

To help continue theFourth of July celebrations here at TopSpeed, I have decided to take at look at how the American car has impacted the world. Europe is typically quoted with having the best cars, but here are some American machines that have stepped up and shown the world that we know what we are doing.

We may not have created the car, but we are responsible for the way they drive, the way they are made and we even made some major contributions to the world of performance and horsepower. Put down that hot dog for a few seconds and take a quick look back through history at America’s greatest contributions to the world of internal combustion. That cooler full of cold beverages and that box of explosives will both still be there when you get done.

Continue reading to find out America’s greatest contributions to the world of the automobile.

Steve Saleen has made good use of his time since regaining his namesake brand in 2012. The timing couldn’t have been any more ideal too, because a little over a year after returning to Saleen , the all-new Ford Mustang made its debut. Yep, sometimes, timing is everything.

The aftermarket company known for building sick specialized Mustangs has prepared its first interpretation of the new Ford muscle car . It’s predictably called the 2015 Saleen 302 Mustang and like its predecessors, and it’s sure to have all of the familiar high-performance modifications that Saleen has come to be known for.

The full scope of details haven’t been released as of 7/3/2014 and we only get a teaser photo to look at, plus an accompanying video. But make no mistake, a lot of the technical components are there for the new Saleen 302, including what we expect to be a robust performance tune that adds even more power to the Mustang’s already gnarly 5.0-liter, V-8 engine.

Without knowing how Saleen reinvented the Mustang into the 302, a look at the front section photo suggests that Mustang was given the full Saleen treatment, including improvements to its aesthetic and aerodynamic qualities. The vented hood now has a scoop, something the standard Mustang doesn’t have. Moreover, the headlights appear to have been cut in favor of a longer front grille. Even the lower bumper is restyled to include visible intakes and what appears to be slit-like indicators.

We expect Saleen to divulge more details soon. For now, enjoy the photo and the video. Let your imagination do the rest.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Saleen 302 Mustang.

It’s no longer a secret that the 2015 Mustang is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles to come out of Detroit. It also represents huge step in Mustang history and brings many firsts to the 50-year-old pony. The sixth-gen model is the first Mustang — sans the Cobra model in years past — to gain an independent rear suspension that promises to improve its handling on both the street and track.

The new suspension will also move the Mustang closer to European competitors like the BMW M4 , an important switch now that the muscle car is ready to hit the Old Continent on official terms. What’s more, the 2015 Mustang is the first pony to adopt a more familiar look in the Ford lineup, as the company’s trademark, trapezoidal grille makes its way onto the nose.

Then there’s the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Sure, this isn’t the first time a Mustang gets a turbocharged four-banger — it happened back in the 1980s too — but it comes in a era in which fuel economy and CO2 emissions are crucial in just about every market except the Middle East . And let’s not forget about the line-lock system , a gimmick that allows drivers to perform burnouts without destroying the car’s clutch. We also call this button the "warranty eliminator," as pressing it allows Ford to assume you raced the Mustang, resulting in dealers having reason to void your warranty.

As impressive as it may sound, the 2015 Mustang is set to receive even more innovative features, one of which is an industry-first on a production car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang Safety Systems.

Although production of the 2015 Ford Mustang is not scheduled to begin for another two months, the brand-new pony is on sale and already enjoying great success, especially in Europe . With hundreds of examples already booked via preliminary reservations, Ford has just fired up the online configurator so we can all have a little fun going through the car’s options and features.

The configurator allows users to pick from five different fastback versions. The base V-6 sits alone at the bottom of the range, while both the EcoBoost and the V-8-powered GT are available in standard and Premium guises. Moving over to the Convertible ’Stang, the EcoBoost and the GT are only available in their Premium trims.

Once you select a transmission — either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic — the Mustang is ready to receive one of the many available exterior colors. A range of packages, options and up to six distinct wheels designs round out the vehicle’s exterior customization potential. The next step takes us into the cabin where possibilities are reduced to just a few options and upgrades.

Things should get far more interesting in the Accessories section, but that part of the configurator is not available as of 06/13/2014. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of fun to be had loading the 2015 Mustang with all sorts of features inside and out. Before any extras are added, the brand-new pony starts from $23,600 with a Fastback body and from $29,100 with a soft-top.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang configurator.

It’s been 50 years since the first-generation Ford Mustang , the vehicle that basically created the pony car class, debuted at the New York World’s Fair. This year, after five generations and even more stylistic changes, a new chapter beings for America’s iconic muscle car . One that comes with many new features, including an independent rear suspension, a new platform, and a brand-new design that still echoes its primordial ancestor.

As the Mustang’s 50th anniversary celebrations continue in Michigan, Ford is sending its brand-new, 2015 model year muscle car to lead the field at the Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on June 15th.

Ford’s vehicle of choice is a GT model, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that sends at least 420 horsepower and more than 390 pound-feet of torque to the pavement and wears a Race Red suit. A set of special NASCAR decals and the mandatory strobe lights will help change its standard appearance and keep drivers on their toes whenever the yellow flag is out.

Besides the NASCAR logos and the Quicken Loans 400 emblems, the Mustang pace car is also adorned by a couple of "50 Years" decals slapped right above the rear wheels and Shelby -style white stripes. Driving the vehicle around the Michigan International Speedway will be Ford Motor Company president Joe Hinrichs.

The Quicken Loans 400 is the 15th event of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and will commence with veteran Jeff Gordon leading the drivers’ championship.

Interestingly enough, Ford never raced a Mustang-themed car in the Sprint Cup Series, although the 1969 Boss 429 helped homologate the 7.0-liter, Semi-Hemi V-8 for the Torino Talladega , that went on to win the 1969 season with David Pearson behind the wheel.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ford Mustang.

Lincoln has been struggling to get back on track and catch up to Cadillac for more than a decade now. But despite the company’s efforts to reinvents itself, things aren’t going as they should. And that’s why we’re not at all surprised to hear the luxury marque is planning yet another overhaul and a new batch of models.

The big news though is that Lincoln finally admitted it could borrow the brand-new platform underpinning the 2015 Mustang to add a sportier model to its lineup. Rumors about a Mustang -based Lincoln have been floating around since 2013, especially in regard to the next-generation MKS sedan .

"We know that we need to get into other segments with other vehicles," Lincoln head of marketing, sales and service Matt VanDyke told Edmunds, adding that the company "won’t rule out" a vehicle developed on the rear-wheel-drive platform sitting underneath the 2015 Mustang.

The representative didn’t go into specifics, but such a decision is likely to come as a result of the new "One Ford" strategy that advocates the sharing of platform and drivetrains within Ford Motor Co. All told, all Ford vehicle platforms are being considered to develop additional Lincoln automobiles.

Click past the jump to read more about Lincoln’s future Mustang-based model.

Source: Edmunds

Dubai is a rich country where the word "excess" is thrown completely out of the local vernacular. It’s hard to imagine that as late as three decades ago, Dubai was a barren town with little to nothing to show for it. But today, it’s become a high-class metropolis that has no shortage of wealth and extravagance. And from what we’ve seen in past months, the Dubai Police Force can attest to that, thanks to its lineup of supercars that have been converted into police cruisers.

We saw a lot of them earlier this year when it seemed that there was a new supercar-turned-police-car every week. But it’s only now that we get to see them all together all while talking to the police officers who carry the privilege of driving these exotics on a daily basis.

Department of Transport and Rescue acting director Anas Al Matrooshi gave Vocativ a comprehensive tour of Dubai’s finest police cruisers. If you haven’t seen them before, you need to check them out now.

There’s a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, a Ferrari FF , a McLaren 12C , a Lamborghini Aventador , and one of only seven Aston Martin One-77 models in the world.

In other locations on the planet, that’s a garage for the ultra rich and famous. But in Dubai, those are just police cars.

That’s just how they roll over there.

Source: Vocativ

The fastback design has become synonymous with the Mustang since the first wave of models broke into the scene back in 1965. So the 2015 Ford Mustang’s adoption of the muscle car’s iconic fastback design look was no accident.

It’s become a strong and recognizable design cue that has generated tremendous admiration from Mustang lovers of all generations, so much so that a lot of people still seek out those old fastback Mustangs to this day.

Joel Piaskowski, Ford’s Design Director of Strategic Design further explained the stylistic importance of the fastback Mustang in this new video. In it, Piaskowski goes into detail about the nostalgic look of the Mustang’s fastback DNA and how it continues to this day.

Whatever generation of Mustang it is, the fastback design, according to Piaskowski, continues to evoke that spirit of sportiness and elegance that the first Mustangs showed back in the 1960s.

Fast forward to today’s Ford Mustang and you can still see the fastback inspiration on the current muscle car . That can be attributed to the timeless nature of the design and while certain styling characteristics on the new Mustang may have changed, the stretched fastback design remains steeped in Mustang tradition.

The 2015 Ford Mustang is arguably one of the most anticipated vehicles to go on sale this year, and with the pony reaching Europe on a legal basis for the very first time, Mustang fans living across the Old Continent are more than excited to jump in its brand-new cabin.

They’re so anxious to get behind that stallion-badged steering wheel that the first 500 units scheduled to reach European shores have been reserved in just 30 seconds. It all happened during Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final, when more than 9,000 people battled online to reserve a pony.

The 500 Mustangs will go to 20 different countries, but only after the owners complete their orders at a Ford dealership later this year. Although the first 500 models are limited to Race Red fastbacks and Magnetic Silver convertibles, customers are allowed to choose between 2.3-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter, V-8 engines. We’re no fortune tellers, but we have a feeling most buyers will go for the EcoBoost option.

Each of these vehicles will be equipped with SYNC 2 connectivity and navigation, Park Assist, heated and ventilated seats, black leather trim, and 19-inch alloy wheels, all part of a special package offered on the preliminary batch.

Unlike the U.S. version, the Euro-spec 2015 Mustang will get a stiffer suspension, specifically tuned for European roads. Also, the pony won’t feature the entry-level 3.7-liter, V-6 engine, which will remain as a base offering only in the United States.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.

Arguably one of the most iconic automobiles ever built in the United States, the Ford Mustang is already 50 years old and carries with it a rich heritage. If Ford would had not developed the Mustang and crafted the pony car concept, famed vehicles such as Chevrolet Camaro , Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Cuda would have probably never existed. Sure, the `Cuda predated the Mustang, but the Mustang truly built the segment.

Of course, we can’t claim that the muscle car phenomenon wouldn’t have gained the same huge proportions without the ’Stang, but it’s hard to picture such an important era with Ford’s pony missing from picture.

The car’s background is pretty much an open, drama-filled history book. The Mustang had its highs and lows, starting with the great 1960s and early `70s and passing through the dark years of the second-generation model. Then there’s the four-cylinder era, the "new edge" generation and the rebirth that came with the current model. With the 2015 Mustang just around the corner, a new chapter is about to begin as scholars dip their pens into inkwells.

And while we’re all familiar with each generation and model of the of pony, there are numerous Mustangs that some of you might have never seen or heard of. Some of them were prototypes, others are just studies that have never seen the light of day, and some were real-life models. They’ve all contributed to the Mustang we know one way or another, but most of them are shadowed by the productions cars we’ve seen roaming the streets the past 50 years.

As you might have already guessed, we are here to introduce you to some of these concepts and studies, and to a couple of limited-edition models too, that came out of Detroit since Ford began pondering about the Mustang.

More details after the jump.


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