Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang has been caught testing plenty of times, but we have yet to get a clear listen to the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Well, one lucky Youtube user just so happened upon a camouflaged Mustang on the roads of Flagstaff, Arizona with the a distinct whistle coming from the engine compartment. The video is pretty short, but is definitive proof that Ford engineers are hard at work on a four-cylinder, turbocharged version of the next-gen Mustang.

Rumors have recently been pulling everyone in multiple directions. One day, a report claims that the turbocharged model will only find its way to European showrooms and the next day, someone else claims that the U.S. market will get a turbocharged version. This video pretty much puts the issue to bed, as there is no reason to test a turbocharged Mustang in the States, if it won’t find its way here. That would seem a little counterproductive to us.

Just about every report of this turbocharged four-pot point to it being a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that is based on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost that you can find on the Focus ST, but tuned to about 350 horsepower. And according to several comments by Focus ST owners, the sound that this Mustang makes as it pulls away is identical to the sound that they hear everyday from their Focus’ engine. So, this also helps somewhat validate the claims that this engine will, in fact, be on loan from the Focus ST.

The next-generation Mustang will be the first ever to offer an independent rear suspension and it will adopt a global design that will be inspired by the Evos Concept.

We expect to see the 2015 Ford Mustang unveiled on April 17, 2014 - just in time to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary. As a reminder, rumors point toward the first 1,000 units will be offered as a 2014 1/2 model year.

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The Mustang is about to turn 50 years old and Ford is preparing to celebrate the event in style. The most important will be that we are going to see the launch of sixth-generation Mustang , but there will be a few other events prepared for the celebration.

One of these events is a "Mustang Countdown" online video series that reveals the many stories behind Ford Mustang and how it has touched people all around the world. The series includes behind-the-scenes looks at the Mustang 1 concept car. the build of the 1 millionth Mustang at Flat Rock Assembly Plant and many more.

This is only the beginning though, as Ford promised future videos will cover video games, Mustang’s competition heritage custom restomods and much more.

Ford Mustang will turn 50 years old on April 17, 2014, which happens to be the same day that we expect to see the new-gen Mustang.

Click past the jump to watch the video series.

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A very lucky member of the Mustang6g Forums was fortunate enough to be in a hotel parking lot in Arizona just when Ford engineers were taking a break from testing a few 2015 Mustang protoypes. As no surprise, Mriley — the forum member that spotted the `Stangs — quickly took his camera and snapped off a few pictures. He even managed to take a photo of the car’s interior; well, sort of.

As no surprise, the 2015 Mustang is still heavily camouflaged and these new shots revealed very little. The interior picture does show a concave steering wheel and thick sport seats.

We do know that Ford will drop the Mustang’s current exterior look that made the Mustang so famous and will adopt a global design language. Ford previewed this design when it displayed the Evos Concept.

Along with its new look, we expect to see a few updates under the hood too.

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

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Shelby American announced that the 2013 model year will be the end of the line for the Mustang GT350 . The company will continue to accept orders for new GT350 models through December 31st, 2013, so you had better get to ordering while you still can.

Shelby launched the GT350 program in 1965 and painted each and every one of the debut models Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker-panel stripes, and just over a quarter of these models features Le Mans (racing) stripes. These models came with a 289-cubic-inch V-8 powerhouse that Shelby Shelby tuned to 306 horsepower — stock output was 271 horsepower. Other updates included heavy-duty rear axles from the Ford Galaxy, larger rear drum brakes and upgraded Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes. The engine hooked up to a T-10 four-speed manual gearbox and the car held the road via over-rider traction bars, revise A-arms and 130 mph-rated Goodyear rubber.

1966 brought about four new colors: blue, red, green and black. It also gained brake cooling ducts, an optional three-speed automatic transmission and an optional Paxton supercharger. The latter option ran $670 — a relative bargain by today’s standard — and bumped the engine to 440 horsepower.

Also new for 1966 was the Hertz "Rent-a-Racer," which were later refurbished by Ford and sold to the public as the GT350-H. The "Rent-a-Racer" program netted plenty of issues, as many of these cars were rented for use in SCCA events, which ended up with customers temporarily welding in roll cages. Additionally, many of the performance parts were missing by time Hertz returned the models to Ford for refurbishing.

In 1968, Ford added in the GT350-KR model — "KR" meaning "King of the Road" — which included a 428-cubic-inch V-8 powerplant with 335 horses and 440 pound-feet of torque. Also changed up was the addition of the "Cobra" tag to the name in 1968, making it the "Shelby Cobra GT350."the Otherwise, the GT350 remained the same in 1967 and 1968.

In 1969, which was the GT 350’s final year, the "Cobra" tag disappeared and a 351-cubic-inch V-8 found its way under its hood.

In 2011 Shelby reintroduced the GT350 and produced only coupe models painted in Competition white with Guardsmen blue stripes. In 2012 , it also offered a convertible version, plus three more colors (red, blue and anniversary black/gold celebrating 50 years of Shelby American).

As of January 1st, 2014, Shelby will continue to offer models like Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and hot hatch Shelby Focus ST.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

Ford Evos Concept

Salon Privé is not the biggest nor is it the baddest car show in the world. In fact, it is likely on the other end of the spectrum, as it is less than a decade old and is really more of a custom and antique show than a new-car show. However, it has debuted a handful of cars and it very well may be the European primer show for the next-gen Ford Mustang ’s launch.

The reason we say this is because Ford has chosen to resurrect the 2011 Evos Concept car for display at Salon Privé, which takes place on September 4th through 6th in London. This announcement aligns perfectly with the fact that the new Mustang will be based heavily on the Evos and that the new Mustang will be the model’s first crack at the European market, leading us to wonder if the new Mustang ’s auto show tour will follow directly behind the Evo’s arrival at Salon Privé.

With the Evos fresh on the minds of Europeans, it would only make sense for the new `Stang to make its global debut shortly after. Additionally, if the rumors of a 2014 1/2 model year for the new Mustang are true, it has to hit the auto-show scene soon; possibly as early as the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12th.

Yeah, the thought of the Mustang making its global debut overseas seems a little odd, but given its anticipated European styling, it wouldn’t be shocking to see it start there.

Stay tuned for more information.

Click past the jump to read about the Evos concept

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If you dig deep into the Mustang ’s history and pull up the first generation, you will find that it was actually a mid-model-year addition to Ford ’s lineup, which makes it a 1964 1/2 model year. Back then, half-model-year vehicles were not a too rare, like they are today, but it looks as if we are set to see one really soon in the next-gen Mustang .

According to an insider that spoke to the folks over at Mustangs Daily, there will be a limited run of next-generation Mustang’s bearing the 2014 1/2 model year. The insider claims that this is a way for Ford to celebrate the true 50th anniversary of the famed pony car.

According to the report, only 1,000 examples if the 2014 1/2 Mustangs will see production and they will each feature a special VIN and build number to separate them from the 2015 models. With only 1,000 units hitting showrooms at what we assume will be a rather inflated price, this special run of next-gen Mustangs will be an instant collector’s item.

The report also indicates that, despite an anticipated price hike, the 2014 1/2 model will not feature any power upgrades.

If this report proves to be true, then we are likely getting rather close to seeing Ford drop the camo from the Mustang in time to squeeze in for 2014. Stay tuned for more details!

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Mustang

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The first Ford Mustang was unveiled on April 17, 1964 and 2014 will mark the model’s 50th anniversary. It was to be expected for the Mustang to offer the greatest features for this model year. Ford is offering new packages for both the interior and the exterior, new paint colors and for the interior new cleaner, easier-to-read instrument cluster graphics.

The crazy thing about the Mustang is that its first concept, the T-5 Prototype, was a two-seat roadster with a mid-mounted V-4 engine; imagine that... Things evolved during its development and the Mustang eventually morphed into the pony car we know with the choice of either a V-8 or six-cylinder engine. This tradition carried on through the years, with exception of a handful of years through the 1970s and 1980s when four-cylinder engines eventually made their way into the `Stang.

Since 1994, however, the Mustang regained its original offering of a six-cylinder — albeit a V-6 as opposed to an I-6 — and a V-8 engine. To sweeten the Mustang pot last year, the the 2013 Shelby GT500 became the most powerful Mustang ever built, thanks to its 662-horsepower V-8 engine.

Through its long life, the Mustang has been one of the best-selling models in America, but it has the new Chevrolet Camaro and the retro-styled Challenger beating down its door for muscle car supremacy.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford Mustang.

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Ford may no longer offer its Boss 302 package for the Mustang, but Ford Racing Parts has announced it will continue to offer the Mustang Boss 302S for the 2014 model year. Customers interested can now place their orders.

The model will be limited to only 50 units and it will be the last year the 302S will be offered before the next generation arrives on the market. The model is ready for track days and road racing in a number of SCCA and NASA classes, with minor modifications required by each series.

The Mustang Boss 302S was originally produced between 1969 and 1970 and then reintroduced in 2011. Since its reintroduction, the model won numerous championships and in 2011, it tied the record set in 1970 for race wins by the same Mustang driver in a professional production based series at 5 wins.

For the 2014 model year, the 302S will be offered in either Performance White or Grabber Blue, with Satin Black being offered as an option.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Mustang Boss 302S.

When news broke that rental car agency Hertz was introducing a "Dream Car Program" program to give customers a chance to rent a supercar, we didn’t know that the company was also giving its famous fleet of airport rental cars another a pretty bad-ass ride to its Adrenaline Series of rental muscle and sports cars.

Together with Penske Racing, Hertz is introducing the special-edition Ford Mustang GT , appropriately dubbed as the Hertz Penske Mustang GT. Instantly recognizable, the special edition muscle car carries the familiar black and gold paint scheme while also featuring a slew of new components and even a performance upgrade to give customers a chance to experience the exhilaration of driving a hopped-up Mustang GT.

On top of the sexy two-tone color scheme of the body, the exterior of the muscle car also received a new front splitter from the Boss 302 and a rear valence from the Shelby GT500.

Inside, the cabin is what you’d come to expect from Penske Racing: Recaro racing seats, custom floor mats, special door sill plates and even the gauge pod from the Laguna Seca Mustang. Additionally, this rental racer also features all the goodies that came from Ford, including the touchscreen infotainment system, a GPS and a back-up camera.

Under the hood, the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine received the full performance treatment with an optimized ECU, a new air intake and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. The engine is backed up by a set of 3.55 gears to help improve acceleration. No performance numbers were released, but we won’t be surprised if this Mustang packs close to 600 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, with an estimated 0-to-60 mph time of 4 seconds and a top speed of about 185 mph.

Keeping the modded Stang on the road is an upgraded suspension system — no details were given on what was upgraded — and a Brembo braking system.

All that is well and good but the best part about this special edition Mustang is that it will become part of Hertz’s newly established Adrenaline Collection and will be available to rent at "select U.S. airport locations."

Click past the jump to read about the Ford Mustang GT

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When Steve Saleen officially regained his namesake brand, you knew it would only be a matter of time before his company would debut its first project car. That time, apparently, was at the LA Auto Show when Saleen introduced its return to the auto industry with the Saleen 351 Mustang.

"Since regaining the Saleen brand, I really want to bring it all together with the heritage that Saleen is known for," Saleen said. "With the current Saleen [302] Mustang model it provides all the right features to bring back and update the S351 model."

Based on the 2013 Ford Mustang , the car’s name comes from the engine used under the hood, which is a 351-cubic-inch V-8 engine tricked to deliver way more than a base Mustang.

Next to that, Saleen is offering numerous other updates to the interior and the exterior, but also an updated suspension and braking system - all made to transform the Mustang into a real beast.

Updated 07/05/2013: The new Saleen 351 is now officially into production, so the tuner has unveiled tons of new details on its first Mustang-based package since Steve Saleen regained control.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Saleen 351.

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