Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

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!

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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Ford developed yet another great one-off edition that will be auctioned at the Gathering of Eagles charity event on Thursday, August 1st. The special edition is based on a 2014 Ford Mustang GT and was built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds - the fastest, multi-jet flight demonstration team in the world.

This special Mustang GT Thunderbirds Edition features a custom brilliant white paint with red and blue accents, plus numerous logos and markings inspired by the Thunderbirds F-16 Falcon Falcon aircraft. Next to the special paint, this unique Mustang GT features handcrafted front and rear body elements, a unique belly pan and a set of custom 22-inch wheels.

For the interior, the model adds a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster and drops the rear seats. Both the driver and front passenger enjoy Recaro seats with embroidered Thunderbird elements. Additionally, the Thunderbird model also features unique sill plates and puddle lamps that project the aircraft silhouette when the doors open.

Next to the exterior and interior updates, Ford Racing also added a supercharger, suspension handling pack and Brembo brakes. Though Ford didn’t release the specifications on this special edition, Ford Racing’s website lists a series of superchargers that boost the 5.0-liter engine to between 525 and624 horsepower.

Updated 08/05/2013: The new Mustang GT Thunderbirds Edition was auctioned at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction for an impressive $398,000. All the proceeds will go to the EAA Young Eagles program.

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Talk about a stunt that’s one for the ages.

We knew the art of drifting required insane amounts of skill and fearlessness. We also knew that Vaughn Gittin Jr. is one of the best in the business at drifting.

But what we never expected was for Gittin Jr. to show his skill AND his fearlessness in one of the nuttiest drifts we’ve seen in a long time.

Together with sponsor Monster Energy, Gittin Jr. has produced what will forever be called the "Fire Drift". While behind the wheel of his trusty Mustang RTR , Gittin Jr. navigates his drift-prepped muscle car around a series of fiery obstacles and explosions.

And if you’re thinking that those are Hollywood props, best keep an eye out towards the end of the video and check out the Mustang RTR’s bumper. Or whatever’s left of it.

This stunt definitely deserves a round of applause.

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The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic American muscle cars and its run started back in 1964 when the first generation was unveiled at the New York World’s Fair.

However, before the final model hit the market, Ford developed a few concept versions. The first of these concepts was announced 2 years before the launch of the car that would become a nationwide sensation. The concept was unveiled in 1962 at Watkins Glen for the F1 United States Grand Prix and it used a small 1.5-liter V-4 – yeah, a V-4 – engine installed behind the two seats.

Ford named its Mustang project "Allegro," due to many of the engineers and designers working on the concept also being musicians. In order to keep the true nature of the project under wraps, they used musical terms as a code. Of course the Mustang 1 Concept didn’t make it to production, but a number of design cues were used in the final production car.

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Shelby Mustang GT 350

A few days ago, a rumor popped up that the next-generation Ford Mustang would drop the "Shelby" moniker and that Ford would revive the famous "Cobra" name. Now it appears that those rumors weren’t completely true, as a source within Ford informed Mustangs Daily that the Shelby name will not disappear; rather, it will morph…

The details suggest that the current Shelby GT500 will be replaced by a new Shelby GT350 model. The GT350 will arrive about one year after the next-gen Mustang debuts, making it a 2016 model.

Unlike the current GT350, which is nothing more than an aftermarket package available directly from Shelby, the next GT350 will be an official Ford factory model.

Additionally, do not GT350 to deliver the same outlandish performance figures as the GT500. Don’t start pouting just yet, as Ford is not planning the GT350 to be simply a badge-filled model. Like the original GT350, rumors point toward the new one being a stripped down model with some extra pop under the hood. This will tick off a few check boxes on the Mustang’s list of goals: a more powerful above the GT, a direct competitor to the new Z/28 and a more affordable Shelby model.

Alongside the revived GT350, the new Mustang will also revive the Mach 1 nameplate, which last saw some use in 2003 and 2004. The new Mach 1 will arrive on the market sometime in 2017.

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Ford Mustang

The next-generation Ford Mustang has been in development for some time now, but all we have seen so far are mules. Now, Road & Track has caught the elusive 2015 Mustang out for testing and dug up some tasty tidbits of information the new Mustang .

The first good news is that the model will finally get independent rear suspension and the base model will keep the usual V-6 powertrain. Next engine in the lineup is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with an output of about 350 horsepower. This version may mark the return of the old "SVO" trim level from the 1980s. The top version will be, as usual, the GT model that will carry the same 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine with its output boosted to around 450 horsepower.

As for the SVT version, Road & Track claims that it may drop the “Shelby” name and adopt a new "Cobra" name. Also, this version may drop the supercharged engine and will go the all-motor route, much like the Camaro Z28 .

Rumors suggest that the new generation Mustang will make its auto show debut before the close of 2013.

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