Sunday, June 10, 2012

New Ford Mustang Leaks

Car and Driver was able to get some information on Ford's new Mustang.  The update will come in mid to late 2014 as a 2015 model.  However some are speculating it might come mid year, to celebrate the Mustang's 50th birthday.  Either way it is just around the corner and it appears that this isn't just going to be a cosmetic update.  While the V6 and V8 engines will remain the same (although they may get direct injection), Ford is planning on adding a 4 cylinder with ecoboost to the line up.  This is the first time since the '80's that a Mustang will appear with a turbocharged 4 cylinder.  Perhaps the biggest change will come in the rear end of the Mustang.  Rumors are Ford will be releasing the Mustang with an independent rear suspension.  This would mark the first time a Mustang would have IRS, with the exception of the SVT Cobra's that were produced from 1999-2004.  While this may not be confirmed yet, Car and Driver was able to snap some pictures (see below) of the IRS on one of the test mules.  Finally it looks like Ford is planning on shaving some weight from the Mustang.  This may not sound like much, but it really is.  Since the Camaro and the Challenger weigh 3,700-4,200lbs (V6's & V8's) which is anywhere from 200-700lbs heavier than the current Mustang, these weight savings can create a huge gap between the competition.  However, the Camaro will see a decrease in its weight as well in 2014 when the Camaro switches over from its current Zeta platform to the newer, lighter Alpha platform.

2015 model Mustang

A look at the test mules independent rear suspension

Car and Drivers article can be read here 

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