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2005 Ford Mustang
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A 40th birthday is usually a big deal, for people
or for cars. As the Ford Mustang approaches middle age, Ford Motor
Company will celebrate with special 40th anniversary trim packages
on its 2004 models. Yet these amount to minor tweaks on the current
Mustang, an effort to get a bit more marketing mileage before the
Mustang as we've known it for the past 10 years fades into history.
The next milestone comes a year later, when Ford introduces something
really new: a Mustang that's redesigned from the wheel hubs up for
model year 2005.
The 2005 Mustang's engines and transmissions
will be upgraded across the board, but only the base 3.8L pushrod
V6 will be replaced. The concept cars were shown with the 4.6-liter
dual-overhead-cam supercharged V8 used in the 2003 SVT Cobra (the
current ultimate Mustang), tuned to generate an impressive 400 horsepower.
The GT features a six-speed manual transmission, while the Convertible
has a five-speed automatic. Expect the same engine/transmission
combinations in the most expensive next-generation Mustangs.
Below that, there will be two more variants of
the 4.6-liter V8: single-overhead-cam with three valves per cylinder,
and dual-cam with four valves per cylinder, both normally aspirated.
Lesser Mustangs will have a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic.
The new base engine will be a variant of Ford's current 3.0L overhead
cam V6, now offered in the Taurus sedan, producing a little over
That is a big deal. Mustang might be the most
recognizable name on any car made anywhere in the world, but this
sporty coupe hasn't been completely overhauled since 1979. Indeed,
Ford has started from scratch with the Mustang only three times
since the original was launched in 1964. The next generation will
retain the Mustang's familiar proportions and front-engine, rear-drive
layout, updated with technology that brings the car more firmly
into the 21st century. Yet Ford promises that it won't stray from
a formula that still appeals to car buyers 40 years and eight million
copies after the first Mustang was sold. The 2005 'stang will remain
"fun, fast and affordable." Mustang created the category that came
to be known as the pony car (for the horse on the Mustang's badge),
and four decades later it again has the class to itself. Dozens
of similarly conceived cars have come and gone, but when General
Motors killed the Pontiac Firebird and Chevrolet Camaro in 2003,
it left the market for rear-drive, sporty American coupes to the
As Ford proceeds with an expensive redesign,
Mustang's icon status becomes a double-edged sword. Those who buy
V8-powered, performance-oriented versions of the current car are
mostly males in their 30s and 40s. Most Mustangs sold today are
six-cylinder models, often convertibles and mostly to women in their
40s and 50s. Either way, Mustang buyers are getting older, and therein
lies the quandary. With the redesign, Ford needs to satisfy the
aging Baby Boomers who have made the car so popular for so long.
But it also hopes to spread Mustang's appeal, and perhaps restore
its relevance with a younger crowd.
Most of what we know about the next-generation
Mustang is based on two concept cars currently on the auto-show
circuit. The Mustang GT and Convertible have been displayed at the
2003 Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York auto shows (where Ford also
revealed its 2004 40th Anniversary Mustangs). The GT and Convertible
show cars are very close to production trim, according to Ford insiders.
Our sources tell us that, with a few exceptions, what we see in
the concept cars is what we'll get in the 2005 Mustang.
The biggest exception is the seating arrangement.
The Mustang GT and Convertible concepts are two-seaters, while the
2005 production car will retain the Mustang's familiar 2+2 seating,
perhaps with a bit more room in back thanks to contemporary packaging.
The 2005 Mustang concept is clearly retro in its design theme, smoothed
with up-to-date styling and production techniques. The car was styled
in Ford's Living Legend Studio, under the direction of design chief
J. Mays. It's no accident that Mays more or less launched the retro
styling trend. Volkswagen's New Beetle was created under his direction
when he was working for Volkswagen.
The 2005 Mustang takes a host of styling cues
from the 1964-72 models. It has the classic long hood and short
rear deck, with recessed headlights, dual hood scoops and familiar,
L-shaped scallops along the doors, ending in more vertical scoops
in front of the rear wheel wells. The production convertible won't
get the steeply raked windshield and low roll hoop seen on the Convertible
concept; the coupe will likely get some variation of the smoked
glass roof shown on the GT concept.