The All New 6th Generation Mustang. It’s here!
It’s 5th of December 2013, and until 4th December when the photos leaked out just day before Mustang launch, I’ve eaten all my nails! I’ve got to be quite honest here before pinning up my blog out to the World Wide Web: I love Ford Mustang! So let’s move on from here as I try to do justice to my write up. But here’s something more, I would like to share and that is; it’s just a news item with my opinion in it based on my experience. And that’s true as Mark Fields (Ford Chief operating Officer) said, “Everyone has a Mustang story,” he said. “It has appeal around the world.” And why not? Recently, on 17th April 17, 2013, Ford recorded a history by producing “One Millionth” Ruby-Red Mustang GT convertible with a black interior at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant at Michigan, USA. And that’s not enough, it’s been told that Mustang Inspired more than 9 million customers. It’s on films more than thousands of films around the world. Then there are video games featuring Mustang ranging for all ages just in case anyone around the world can’t own one in real but still can drive one!
I am not Twitter savvy but somewhere with Mustang hash tag. I tried to mull Ford team to launch the 6th generation Mustang on a particular date 11-12-13. But I guess, I was quite late there were millions of people waiting for the Mustang global launch cover four continents in six cities around the world. I accept, hands down, that was quite idiotic of me.
This is the most anticipated Mustang not because it’s the nameplate that survived 50 years. Many don’t dare to carry on a name for long as the years goes by the product tends to transform to its contemporary time and demand and hence get lost in translation. And Mustang saw every kind moment. From its light and cheerful days at the time of its inception to the real brawny days that started the pony car-war among the Big Three. Yet it weathered all storms. However, its eminent explosion caused by the Internet the 5th generation Mustang code named S-197 ignited the anger and roar among its ever increasing fan base about the century-old technology that Ford insisted to latch on, and that’s the usage of “Live-Rear-Axle” instead of more advance “Independent Rear Suspension,” which today is fitted in almost every car.
The engineers designed an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension system. The setup-geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.
Back in 2005 with modular 4.6l V8 produced, 315hp max and 325lb-ft of torque on the 5th generation factory Mustang. Now the most accessible base Mustang is fitted with standard 3.7l V6 engine that churns out smooth 300 Hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.
The step-up engine, as expected is now truly modern: a twin turbo direct injection with variable cam timing 4 cylinders 2.3l Ecoboost engine with an output projected around 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Why? “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,” explains Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer.
As ever, GT will enjoy the badge of “five-point-oh” on the each side of the fender. The Coyote, 5.0 V8 now hosts the upgraded valve train and cylinder heads that fire out more than 420 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque.
“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
One again designing Mustang isn’t like designing just another car. As Mustang is a global icon. There’s a lot of pressure within Ford. More than its fan outside Ford had to battle insider Mustang fans! Hence a “Team Mustang” was developed and tasked to create a new one.
The last S-197 Mustang was called “retro-futurism” by Ford’s senior vice president of design, J Mays. But this time Ford wants to move on from a retro design theme, hence in 2009 at the Frankfurt auto show Ford unveiled a Evos concept based on a theme known as Kinetic 2.0. After toying with concept and public reaction, Ford designs the all-new Mustang by gathering 50 years of Mustang heritage.
Chief designer J Mays told: “When you look at this car through the years, it is a bloodline.”
Hence the result is stunning: a sleek design with “fastback” profile: short-tail and long hood. A lower, wider stance. From the front shark nose to Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail-lights with sequential turn signals. Reduced roofline and wider rear fenders covering the wider track, It’s a car that can stand out in a crowd. The unmistakable Mustang with obvious muscular pony car look and the sound track, it belts out every time the engine is fired up!
“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 resonate 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.”
Inside, again it’s fresh and all new. With double-brow dashboard theme Instrument cluster inspired of cockpit fighter aircraft instrument panel. Laden with premium materials and usage of real aluminum, leather this time all touch points, are of premium quality. The placements of toggle switches, the My Ford, Sync activated infotainment screen. This Mustang features countless innovative technologies providing customers with all round satisfaction. The intelligent Access, MY Key. Track Apps for the engaging the driver more closer sporting experience.
It’s the 50th anniversary, and just like 64 ½ (sixty four and a half) Mustang will be available in 2014 ½ as a 2015 year model to its eagerly awaiting customers. A right-hand-drive version will be present as this time Mustang will be sold globally as the world car with either coupe or as convertible body style.
“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.”
Thankfully, today at the launch the all-new 6th generation Mustang is the smartest Muscle car ever made!