2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Rumors about a 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang coming to the New York Auto Show have been flying around for quite some time now, but the Blue Oval manufacturer remaining hush on the matter. Now the 50th anniversary edition Mustang became reality, as Ford took the wraps off the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition ahead of the aforementioned event.

Based on the brand-new 2015 Mustang GT that was unveiled last December around the world, the special edition 50 Years model will see only 1,964 examples — obviously a reference to the Mustang’s first year on the market — and fitted with numerous unique features inside and out.

Production of the 50 Year Limited Edition car will begin in mid-August, and although Ford has yet to announce when customers will be able to order one, we suggest you have them checks ready next month.

But before you start making any plans, let’s have a closer look at the anniversary Mustang and see what it has to offer compared to the regular pony.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition.

Exterior

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition
Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition
Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

the most noticeable feature is the chrome ornament that comes to add a new look to the Mustang's modern grille, while the rear end gained discreet chrome highlights around the signature tri-bar taillights.

The redesigned 2015 Mustang has plenty of styling details that remind us of the the first-gen pony, such as the Coke bottle shape, the 1968 model year-inspired front fascia with gills flanking the grille and the iconic dual-bubble roof. The 50 Year Limited Edition takes a deeper dive into the mid-1960s, with even more classic touches to be found on its outer shell.

Up front, the most noticeable feature is the chrome ornament that comes to add a new look to the Mustang’s modern grille, while the rear end gained discreet chrome highlights around the signature tri-bar taillights. We’re already familiar with the first element from the original Mustang, but, according to Ford, the latter detail is taken from the initial 1962 design proposal for the first-gen pony.

Front Grille In Detail

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Apart from these minor, yet effective tweaks, the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition was also fitted with unique louvers on the quarter windows. Mounted to pay tribute to the 1965 fastback model, the louvers were specifically developed for this car and comprises layered sheets of glass. Additionally, a set of unique, 19-inch, Y-spoke design chrome wheels will wears 225/40R tires up front and 275/40R rubber to the rear.

Unique Window Louvers

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Y-spoke Design Wheels In Detail

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Lastly, the limited-edition 2015 Mustang will be offered in two exclusive exterior colors that won’t be available on the regular model. As you might have already guessed, one of them is Wimbledon White, the same hue the very first 1964 Mustang was finished in. The second choice is Kona Blue, a shade that was offered on fifth-generation muscle car in the past.

Interior

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition
Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition
Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

the leather-wrapped steering will benefit from cashmere stitching, while the two-tone seats will sport cashmere and black leather upholstery, as well as Mustang 50 Year logos

As with most limited-edition models, the 50th anniversary model will get a serialized plate on the passenger side of the dashboard, which will be individually etched and numbered at Flat Rock Assembly Plant. But the uniqueness of the Mustang 50 Year’s interior doesn’t stop here, as an axle spin finish for the instrument panel’s aluminum trim is also in stock.

Additionally, the leather-wrapped steering will benefit from cashmere stitching, while the two-tone seats will sport cashmere and black leather upholstery, as well as Mustang 50 Year logos. The exclusive cashmere stitching will also adorn the instrument panel, the door panels, the center armrest and even the loop-carpet floor mats.

Serialized Dashboard Plate

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Just like the standard Mustang GT, the 50 Year Limited Edition will be equipped with Ford’s latest features in terms of technology, which includes Intelligent Access, SYNC, MyFord Touch, Track Apps, Blind Spot and a Shaker Pro sound system.

Drivetrain

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

the special edition model will be fitted with the Mustang GT Performance Pack that comes with six-piston Brembo brakes and Y-speed-rated Pirelli P-Zero tires.

Since it’s based on the range-topping Mustang GT, the 50 Year Limited Edition carries the familiar 5.0-liter, Coyote V-8 engine under the hood. Unfortunately, Ford has yet to reveal final performance figures and, for the time being, we’re still stuck with the "more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque" statement.

However, Ford stresses that the special edition model will be fitted with the Mustang GT Performance Pack that comes with six-piston Brembo brakes and Y-speed-rated Pirelli P-Zero tires.

Transmission options will include both the six-speed manual and the six-speed automatic. When equipped with the former, the vehicle will get a Torsen differential with a 3.73-to-1 final-drive ratio, while the latter will gain a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55-to-1 ratio. Another interesting fact is that the Mustang 50 Year will be the only 2015 model available with the Performance Pack and the automatic gearbox at the same time.

Type5.0-liter V8 engine
Horsepower> 420
Torque> 390

Prices

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Pricing for the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be announced in the near future, right before the vehicle goes on sale.

Competition

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Just like the 2015 Mustang, the current-generation Camaro comes with a V-6 powerplant in entry-level guise. However, since the 50th anniversary Mustang is V-8-exclusive, we’re going apples for apples and comparing it against a similarly-equipped Camaro. To do this, we have to take a look at the SS.

The said model is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 mill that delivers 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The oomph propels the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds, while top speed sits at 155 mph.

While performance figures are rather similar, the current Chevy Camaro is lagging behind the Mustang in two important aspects. Firstly, Ford’s pony is coming to war with a completely new design, while its GM rival has received a facelift for the 2014 model year, with a brand-new model not expected until 2016.

Secondly, the Mustang’s redesigned chassis and suspension will enable the Ford-built pony to deliver better performance and handling without a huge power bump. Chevy has a lot of catching up to do, although we know this won’t make a difference to Camaro gearheads.

Comparing prices is out of hand right now, as Ford has yet to divulge a sticker for the new ’Stang, but it’s pretty safe to assume the GT model won’t go past the $34,000 mark. On the other hand, the V-8 Camaro starts at $33,335 in 2014 and we don’t think that will change much next year.

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger 100th Anniversary Edition

Dodge is getting ready to unveil the 2015 Challenger at the New York Auto Show as we speak. The current-generation model is receiving its very first facelift and details are rather scarce right now. Design-wise, what matters the most is that the Challenger is only getting a refresh, with a completely new version still at least a couple of years away.

Of course, this doesn’t mean the Challenger won’t retain it’s market share, but it’s more than obvious that it will remain America’s third choice as far as muscle cars are concerned.

The facelift will also bring a slight power update, which means the 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter Hemi V-8s (again, we’re skipping the base V-6) will deliver more horses until a new generation of engines comes out. The 2015 Challenger is bound to get a supercharged 6.4-liter "Hellcat" mill too, but that will go against the Camaro ZL1 and Ford’s upcoming GT500 successor.

The base V-8 model in the 2014 Challenger lineup, the R/T, fetches at least $30,495 and comes with 372 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque on tap.

Conclusion

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

There’s nothing like a limited edition model to launch a brand new Mustang and celebrate half a decade on the muscle car market. Although it doesn’t pack anything out of the ordinary under the hood, the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition has enough unique features to make it sell like hot cakes.

LOVE IT
  • V-8 power
  • Future collectible
  • Unique features inside and out
LEAVE IT
  • Only two body colors
  • No pricing yet
  • Final performance figures still not available

Press Release

Fifty years after debuting one of the world’s most popular cars, Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall.

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

“When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don’t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world and still be in production today,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “We are thrilled to be here in New York – where Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World’s Fair – to re-create that historic event for today’s Mustang enthusiasts.”

Based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack, the 50 Year Limited Edition is designed to provide customers with outstanding performance and a unique appearance that will be instantly recognizable on the road. The only options for the 50 Year Limited Edition are the choice of two exclusive colors and a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

50 years of inspiration
“The new Mustang blends a muscular, contemporary shape with design cues that define it as quintessentially Mustang,” said Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design. “The 50 Year Limited Edition adds details that set it apart from other Mustangs, while hearkening back to the 1965 original.”

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

The only two available colors are Wimbledon White, like Mustang serial No. 0001 that was first sold to Capt. Stanley Tucker in April 1964, or Kona Blue. Both are exclusive to this limited-edition car.

“Chrome trim was much more prevalent on cars in the 1960s than it is today, so we added some discreet highlights for the grille, side glass and tri-bar taillamps,” said Callum. “The darker Kona Blue provides a particularly striking contrast against the chrome.”

Chrome bezels surrounding the base of each of the three taillamp blades take inspiration from the original 1962 design proposal by Gale Halderman that became the basis for the production model that debuted in 1964. The three individual lamps on each side of that design were combined into a single tri-bar lamp cluster for production, but the original concept has returned five decades on. The Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be the only 2015 model with the large faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia, with 50 Years added to the GT designation.

Another visual element that won’t be found on any other Mustang is the louvered rear quarter-windows. Unlike the external louvers on the quarter-windows of the 1965 fastback, the new windows are comprised of layered sheets of glass built with a construction technique uniquely developed for this car.

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Unique cockpit experience
From behind the wheel, drivers will know they are driving a very special car. The aluminum trim panel that spans the double-brow instrument panel gets an axel spin finish different from other 2015 Mustangs, plus a special serialized 50 Year Limited Edition badge on the passenger side. Each badge will be individually etched at Flat Rock Assembly Plant where Mustang is built.

The limited-edition is the only 2015 Mustang with a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel. The stitching is also used on the instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats. The seats feature exclusive two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery, and the Mustang 50 Year logo on the seat backs.

Limited-edition cars will be equipped with loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding not available on other Mustangs.

A showpiece meant to be driven
“Mustang fans love to drive their cars, even the rarer examples of the breed, so we built this limited-edition from the best-performing 2015 Mustang available – the GT fastback with the performance pack,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “While some collectors will undoubtedly stash this car away in a museum, those who choose to hit the open road will get a world-class sports car that can run with the best.”

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

Powered by the upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine delivering more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, every 50 Year Limited Edition will be equipped with the Mustang GT performance pack that includes massive six-piston Brembo front brakes and 19-inch alloy wheels with high-performance Y-speed-rated Pirelli P-Zero summer tires.

The 19-inch alloy wheels feature a unique Y-spoke design inspired by the chromed steel wheels that were offered on the original Mustang 50 years ago. The front wheels are 9.0 inches wide with 255/40R tires, while the staggered rear wheels are 9.5 inches wide with 275/40R tires.

The 50 Year Limited Edition is the only 2015 Mustang that will be available with a combination of an automatic transmission and the performance pack. When equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission, the Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will get a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55:1 final-drive. Customers who opt for the six-speed manual will get a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 final-drive ratio.

The 50 Year Limited Edition car will be among the first 2015 Mustangs built when production begins later this year. Each of the 1,964 50 Year Limited Edition Mustangs will get a unique owner’s guide in a leather portfolio with the 50 Year badge on the outside.

Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

“We wanted to provide our most dedicated fans with the emotion of the original Mustang in a 21st century car,” said Ford. “With this 50 Year Limited Edition, I believe we have accomplished our goal.”


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