Ford announced that a new restyled and re-engineered Mustang goes on sale early next year. And because everyone’s main concern is to make cars more efficient and with lower CO2 emissions, the company decided to make the car look smaller.

"We have a car which I think is more suitable for the times than the Challenger and the Camaro," said Peter Horbury, Ford Motor’s North American design director. "Especially the Challenger — it is a huge car when you see it on the road."

The Challenger is 10.1 inches longer and 1.8 inches wider than the 2008 Mustang. The dimensions of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro have not been released, but the Camaro concept is 1.4 inches shorter and 5.7 inches wider than the 2008 Mustang.

"By cleverness in design, we’ve been able to make it look like the wheels are further out, further forward and further rearward," Horbury said during an interview at a Ford event last month in New York.

"The center line is the longest part" of the next Mustang, he said, "and the widest part of the car is the middle. From there on, you can tuck it in and bring the apparent size down.

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Source: Automotive News

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16 comments:

  (37) posted on 06.9.2008

I think its a good idea. parking will now be an ease. I know someone (with terrible parking problems) and owns a mustang. Not sure exactly what type it is, but its quite big, so he tends to hit other car around him.

  (233) posted on 06.9.2008

i ordered the turbo for the KA24DE the engine in the car now... once the mileage goes up a bit is when i’ll do the engine swap... then consider ordering new turbos and such but for now i’m sticking with the standard engine

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.6.2008

How come you ordered the Turbo without being sure about the engine?

The VQ35 is the better choice, nothing against a S2000. The VQ has more torque. The output of the S2000 depends on the turbo used.

AK47  (233) posted on 06.6.2008

rb26 then lol idk... i also thought about the 350z engine and honda s2000 engine cus they’d be easier to get ahold of here in the states.

what kinda output do you think i could get from a s2000 engine?

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.6.2008

The RB25 is only for automatics though.

AK47  (233) posted on 06.6.2008

in terms of the conversion anyways

AK47  (233) posted on 06.6.2008

yea most likely just stick with the same engine if i do a swap it’ll be for a rb25 or rb26 and then turbo it and such.

yea the flip lights are pretty sweet but so is the s-15’s headlights and you can get HID headlights in those... check out some of the body kits on a silvia s-15 thats why i want to change it... it’d be all external mods...

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.6.2008

So you’ll be using the same SX40 engine and changing the body? Or do you mean some external modifications?
Flip light are pretty cool though.

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.6.2008

I wonder why they deleted one of my comments.

AK47  (62) posted on 06.5.2008

That looks different from the today’s Mustang. it looks more like a sport car than a muscle one

AK47  (6023) posted on 06.5.2008

It looks good in pictures, let’s hope it hasn’t gotten that much smaller.

AK47  (233) posted on 06.5.2008

yea like for the silvia s-15 generation look... it was the 1999 to 2002 model... bad looking car.

i have the 1993 model car that has the flip up head lights.. i haven’t decided for sure though on the body work yet

AK47  (6023) posted on 06.4.2008

i got a greddy turbo and a hks intercooler ordered and on the way. working on it i’m hoping to have it complete by the end of summer.. trying to decide what to do to the body... i might do a s-15 conversion. i’ll end up adding cold air intake and such later once i get a little more extra cash to spend

and idk why i’m doin a visitor comment. it wouldn’t let me log in... oh well

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.4.2008

jtm, hows the SX240 coming on?

Doing anything yet?

AK47  (6023) posted on 06.4.2008

put a respectable engine in it and make it twin cam please... at least a 5 liter for the GT model would be nice.... then it could at least pretend to compete with other cars on the road.

AK47  (82) posted on 06.4.2008

i hope they won’t ruin it, i can’t imagine a Mustang having the same size like a Minismiley

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