Our professional team of reporters have many years of experience covering the latest cars, trucks, upcoming new-car launches and car shows. It was claimed that the decision to abandon the two-seat design was in part due to the increase in sales the had seen when enlarged from a two-seater to a in. The popular V8 option would disappear for the first and only time in 1974 except in Mexico. It also got a facelift to appear more massive and fit larger engines. Interior On January 17, 2017, Ford officially introduced the refreshed 2018 Mustang.
Archived from on September 11, 2011. A quick spec rundown shows the Challenger measures 197. Stage 1 and Stage 2 models can also be upgraded with a reverse-sensing system and active exhaust. The King Cobra was only available with the V8 to help bolster the car's performance image. Optional on all are a hood scoop, window scoops, billet pedals, a ball shifter, Roush gauges and doorsill plates. Other changes included new spring rates and dampers, enhanced control and traction systems, and new wheel sizes.
In 1970, Ford president Lee Iacocca, who had spearheaded the creation of the original '65-'66 Mustang, requested concepts to return the Mustang to its original size for '74. Notable features are track-focused chassis tuning, significant aero-dynamic changes to include lowering the hood around the engine, 2-piece, cross-drilled brake rotors paired with Brembo calipers, MagneRide damping option, light weight Tremec six speed manual transmission, Recaro seats, and various light weight components. The instrument panel has also been redesigned with new trim panels, available in four standard finishes, as well as , depending upon the model of Mustang that is chosen. In addition to the dearly departed Fastback, Ford temporarily put a stop to the production of Mustang Convertibles for the entire Second Generation. For the first time since its introduction 1964, a coupe model was unavailable.
They were only available in Race red or Midnight Black, with the opposite color on their one-of-a-kind side stripes and decals. Background The first generation Mustangs grew in size; the 1973 model had become markedly larger than the original model. The , skyrocketing insurance rates, and emissions and safety standards destroyed the straight-line performance of virtually every car of the period. The Ford Mustang began production five months before the normal start of the 1965 production year. Additionally, a variety of performance packages were introduced that included the , the , and. There were also three alternate models offered in this generation: the 2001 , the 2003 and 2004 , as well as the 320 bhp 240 kW 1999 and 2001, and 390 bhp 290 kW 2003 and 2004.
Browse the slideshow above for a closer look and a brief history lesson on Ford's iconic Pony Car. The car sits on lowered Eibach springs and custom black and yellow 21-inch wheels, while the exhaust system is modified with larger, ceramic-coated cans. The internal project code name is S-550. It featured a deep air-dam and a style cobra hood decal. The mission of Torque News is funded by advertising, hosted on the website. It was available as a coupe, convertible, notchback, or hatchback, along with a long list of trim levels.
Archived from on August 7, 2007. Another 318,000 would be sold during the model year a record , and in its first eighteen months, more than one million Mustangs were built. Archived from on October 22, 2015. In a stark contrast to the dark cloud perpetually surrounding the failed Edsel, the Ford Mustang garnered near-universal acclaim from those within the automotive industry, and more importantly, its ever-growing customer base around the United States. Although some other pony cars have seen a revival, the Mustang is the only original model to remain in uninterrupted production over five decades of development and revision. To underscore fuel efficiency, all base 2. Other features were largely unchanged and this quietly marked the end of the second-generation Ford Mustang.
It took its maiden victory at in early 2011, with drivers and. The final touches come in the form of an F-35 badge on the rear panel, and the flags of nine U. Sales did not meet expectations, due in part to a very high selling price. The Mustang was on the list in , , , , , , and. The new design featured steering and a separate engine sub-frame that decreased. The Stallion sports package contained a number of black features, including a blacked-out grille, bumpers, and body moldings, to go along with the styled steel wheels and attractive Stallion logos.
The car reportedly has a top speed of 200 mph. Such a car could better compete with smaller sporty import coupes such as the and , then built by Ford of Germany and Britain, and sold in the U. The larger body with an increased wheelbase yielded more interior space for four passengers, especially in the back seat, as well as a larger capacity trunk and a bigger engine bay. The car driven by won the class. The new ten-speed automatic transmission is a joint development between and the , where it is already used in the 2017 and 2017.
The influential King Cobra included a deep air dam, special stripes, and a large snake decal on the hood, along with a V8 motor. Oil Crisis and Political Climate The introduction of the Ford Mustang in April 1964 represented a changing of the guard for an automotive company that was still picking up the pieces following a disappointing previous decade. The Saleen exhaust system also carries over from the White and Yellow labels. The new platform and shorter wheelbase certainly distinguished the Mustang 2 from its predecessors visually, but arguably the biggest changes came under the hood. The Ford Mustang has spent the past few years atop the sales chart for the American muscle cars while also being the bestselling sporty two-door car in the United States and the world. In December 2010, an exterior design theme proposal by Kemal Curic from Ford's Cologne, Germany design studios was selected by design management. It was introduced in showrooms during September 1973, in coupe and hatchback versions for the 1974 model year, in time for the.
. Also newly available is a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, which is now offered in addition to the available heated and ventilated leather-trimmed front bucket seats. After all, the Mustang did create its own segment. Initial plans called for a downsized Mustang based on the compact , similar in size and power to the , the basis for original Mustang. Body styles included a or , , and. This new generation is likely to introduce yet another new exterior look, but more importantly in the grand scheme of things, the next gen Mustang could offer a hybrid package and all-wheel-drive.