- Horsepower @ RPM:
- Torque @ RPM:
- 2.3 L
- 0-60 time:
- 6.5 sec. (Est.)
- Top Speed:
- 135 mph (Est.)
America’s original pony car will turn 50 in 2014, and Ford is celebrating the monumental birthday by taking its maiden voyage overseas. The 2015 Ford Mustang will find its way into right-hand-drive markets, such as England, Japan and Australia. Moreover, for the first time in the Mustang’s history, England and Australia studios will aid in the design of the new-generation muscle car. Add that to the fact that the 2015 Mustang will receive independent rear suspension for the first time ever, with exception of the Cobra version a decade ago, and the Mustang suddenly becomes a hot topic among enthusiasts.
With such dramatic changes in the geographical availability of the Mustang, as well as the move away from the cheaper live axle, not much else has to change in order for this new-generation Mustang to find its new niche in the 2015 model year. That being said, expect the updated muscle car to get a radical redesign while still staying true to its overall look and style.
Also, for the first time, the Mustang is offered with an EcoBoost engine and a series of new technologies that will push it on top on the market.
Updated 12/05/2013: After many teasing, spy shots and rumors the sixth generation Ford Mustang finally made its world debut today.
More details on the 2015 Ford Mustang after the jump.
UPDATE 06/13/2012: The guys over at CarAndDriver have managed to catch a mule of the next generation Mustang during testing. As usual, the spy shots reveal more details on the future car. The next Mustang will be built on a heavily revised version of the outgoing car’s platform, with the biggest change being made for the suspension system.
UPDATE 06/28/2012: Today we have created a new rendering for the upcoming Ford Mustang. Click past the jump to learn more about it.
Updated 11/19/2013: Ford revealed, in a rather sneaky way, on the Mustang YouTube channel that it will unveil the sixth-generation Mustang on December 5th, 2013.
Updated 11/22/2013: Ford has officially confirmed the 2015 Mustang’s unveiling on December 5th, via a short statement. It will be unveiled on the 5th at 12:01 a.m. in six cities around the world: Dearborn, MI; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Barcelona, Spain, Shanghai, China; and Sydney, Australia. Ford will also release one teaser videos of the new Mustang on its Instagram page per day for the 15 days leading up to its reveal. Ford also revealed a teaser image that you can see after the jump.
Updated 12/03/2013: We still have to wait a few more hours until we’ll finally have the chance to see the sixth-generation Ford Mustang, but thanks to a leaked issue of Autoweek magazine, we can now take an early look at the upcoming model. And yes, it looks way better than we imagined! You can see these images after the jump. We also learned that the new Mustang will feature aluminum front fenders, weight 200 pounds less than the current model, have massive, 15-inch rotors on the GT model, feature Selective Drive Modes, standard keyless start and a data-recording. (Mustang6g)
Updated 12/04/2013: After Autoweek broke the embargo yesterday, a new set of clearer images surface online today, showing that the sixth-generation Mustang will look indeed as cool as we’ve expected. You can see one image above and the other two after the jump. (Mustang6g)
Front Three-Quarter View
From here, we can see that the Mustang retains much of its muscular look, just withe a softened nose. As expected, it adopts the Aston Martin-like grille shape, wraparound headlights, a more sloped nose and aggressive hood ridges.
The profile view gives us a nice look at the new Mustang’s elongated hood and cab-rearward design. It also shows off its sleek roofline and the more forward-leaning rear fascia.
The back end gets a boxier perimeter than the current model, and an all-new rear bumper and diffuser. The taillights remain sequential, but with vast restyling, and the floating horse returns on the center of the fascia.
The changes on the dashboard are pretty incredible too, including a textured center insert on the dashboard, round air vents, a revised steering wheel with the floating horse, and a set of gauges above the center stack, where the air vents used to be.
When Ford announced plans for a new-generation Mustang, it also announced that the model will adopt a more global design. As a preview to it, the company unveiled the Evos Concept, which inspired our rendering. However, unlike the base concept, we have tried to make it a little more Mustang-ish with more pronounced body lines and slightly less-squinty headlights.
The Ford Mustang is one of the most successful muscle cars ever to roam the streets of America market and one with the longest history. The model arrived on the market in 1964 and, depending who you speak to, it is either on its fifth or tenth generation. If you consider platform changes as generations, then you are on the side that says this is the sixth generation. However, if you take major body changes as new generations, then you know that the Mustang is on its 10th rendition. We’re not here to argue semantics, so we’ll just stick with the five platform changes to make things easier...
First Generation: 1964 - 1973
The first-generation Mustang was offered in coupe and convertible, plus a sporty 2+2 fastback body style added just a few months after the car’s official debut. The 1964 Mustang was offered with a 170 cubic-inch six-cylinder and a pair of V-8 engines. The most powerful Mustang of the first generation was unveiled in 1968 when Ford announced the 428 Cobra Jet, which delivered a total of 335 horsepower.
In 1967, the Stang underwent a metamorphosis that some consider a new generation, as it grew in length and width, but rode atop the same 108-inch wheelbase. In 1969, the Mustang grew once again, plus it received a four-headlight setup, a sharp nose and a revised grille. This is considered by some enthusiasts as the "third generation," but the basic platform and 108-inch wheelbase remained the same as the debut model.
The 1971 model year was likely the most hated of the first-gen Mustangs, as it grew into a 187.5-inch-long whale of a muscle car whose base 145-horsepower six-banger just wasn’t up to the task of hauling this much lard around. However, the 375-horsepower Cobra Jet 429 was certainly up to the task.
The first-generation closed out in 1973 with emission regulations choking the Mustang to just 150 horsepower from the once-feared 351 cubic-inch V-8 engines.
Second Generation: 1974 - 1978
The second generation arrived in 1974 and, when the Mustang II arrived with smaller dimensions, thank to a chassis that was borrowed from the Pinto. Sure, the chassis was modified for the Mustang II, but it was still a basic Pinto structure and had a petite 96.2-inch wheelbase. This generation used engines ranging from a Pinto-sourced 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 88 horsepower to a 5.0-liter V-8 with 134 horsepower. The Mustang II’s only claim to fame was its Cobra II model in "Charlie’s Angels".
Third Generation: 1979 - 1993
In 1979, Ford released the infamous "Fox Body" Mustang with the hopes of winning back the Mustang’s reputation. The debut Fox Body was a four-eye-style - four headlights - and came with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 88 horsepower as standard and topped out with a 5.0-liter V-8 with 140 horsepower.
In 1987, Ford dropped the four-eye look and released a flat face with composite headlights. This gave the Fox Body the iconic look that everyone remembers.
By time the third generation came to its final year in 1993, the Mustang boasted a healthy line of engines, ranging from a 105-horsepower 2.3-liter to a 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 in the Cobra model.
Fourth Generation: 1994 - 2004
The fourth generation was unveiled in 1993, as it dropped the hatchback coupe model in favor of a traditional notchback setup. The base model was offered with a 3.8 liter V-6 engine delivering 145 horsepower and up to a V-8 with an output of 215 horsepower.
The 1999 model year is another transition year, as some consider it a new generation, thanks to the drastically restyled body, but Ford essentially swapped out the fascias, sharpened the fenders and restyled the grille. Much everything else on the 1999 Mustang was the same as the year before.
The pinnacle of the third-generation Mustang was the 2003 Cobra, which featured a 390-horsepower V-8 powerplant.
Fifth Generation: 2005 - 2014
In 2005 , Ford went retro with the Mustang, bringing back the rounded headlights, three-element taillights and extending the wheelbase by 6 inches. A new 4.0-liter V-6 with 210 horsepower debuted in the fifth generation, as did a 300-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8.
The 2007 model year brought a new Shelby GT and Shelby GT500 . The former featured a 319-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 and the latter enjoyed a 500-horsepower supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine.
In 2011, Ford shocked the world with two new engines. First was a base 3.7-liter V-6 engines with 305 horsepower and the other was the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 with 412 ponies.
The most powerful Mustang ever - the 2013 GT500 - offered up a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine with an output of 662 horsepower.
Check this link for a full history on the Mustang.
The sixth generation Mustang will adopt an evolutionary design, with a "shark-bite" front fascia and trapezoidal grille flanked by slender headlights. The model brought back the fastback profile, with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass.
The car’s roof was lowered, while in the same time the rear fenders and track is now wider. The hood is long and sculpted, while the rear deck is short and with contemporary execution. The rear is also defined by three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals and a splitter offered in the same color as the body. Imagine how cool would have been to see it made in carbon fiber!Ford Mustang
For the interior the model adopted a cockpit inspired by the aviation executed with the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. The cabin is also roomier thanks to the car’s increased width, while thanks to the new suspension system, the rear passengers will enjoy improved shoulder and hip room. The trunk is also larger and can accommodate two golf bags.
The sixth generation Mustang is offered with a choice of three engines: a more powerful 5.0-liter V-8, a 3.7-liter V-6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.
The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is equipped with technologies like direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging. As a result it delivers a total of 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. By comparison the 3.7 liter V-6 engine delivers 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
The most powerful engine is the updated 5.0 liter V-8 engine used in the GT version. It received an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads, plus a new intake manifold. With this updates, the engine delivers a total of 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
All the engines can be mated to an updated manual gearbox, or an optional reworked automatic transmission featuring new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Handling and Stability
For the first time in 10 years since Ford’s then-VP, Phil Marten, decided to switch to a live axle to cut down on costs, the Ford Mustang will be getting an independent rear suspension. This new suspension will be a one-off of sorts from Ford’s Control Blade suspension and will be similar to that of the Ford Falcon from Australia, marking the area in which Australia’s studios will come into play.
Up front the 2015 Mustang will get a new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system, while for the rear Ford used an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension.
Handling may also be improved for the new generation Mustang with computer-controlled torque vectoring. This system be able to apply and hold torque where it is needed for more aggressive and controlled handling.
Prices for the 2015 Ford Mustang will be announced closer to market launch.
The Camaro already received a few updates for the 2014 model year, so most likely we’ll still have to wait until something else will change on the car, which is a big minus in front of the new Mustang.
The model is offered with a choice of two engines: a 323-horsepower V-6 or a 426-horsepower V-8 engine, reserved for the more powerful SS versions.
Prices for the 2014 Camaro start from $23,455.
gallery: Chevrolet Camaro SS
Challenger is the car for those looking for a muscle car with a retro look, and not something cool and modern as the Camaro and the new Mustang offer. Still, for those interested it can be a pretty cool challenge.
It is offered with either a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque or a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 470 horsepower and a peak torque of 470 pound-feet.
gallery: Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8 392
It’s a Mustang; what’s not to love?
Wider array of engine options, including a new EcoBoost one
Dropping a few pounds should improve fuel economy
Independent rear suspension vs live axle; could a feud erupt?
We’re still waiting for the prices
gallery: Ford Mustang
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 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 in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. 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
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 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, and wider rear fenders and track
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
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 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 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 a new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers, and a more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.
The Mustang experience
The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers just want to 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 by an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.
Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 390 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, Ford 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-liter 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 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
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, MyColor gauges and new Shaker Pro audio system, drivers will be able to customize their time behind the wheel.
The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they can take control of how the car 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 advanced new Ford-developed stability control system is tuned to maximize Mustang’s dynamic capabilities. 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, while SYNC AppLink™ lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.
50 years of Mustang
April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang and each 2015 model celebrates 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 the United States at 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 half a century.”