Nice. If only someone would buy me one. I'll even take a v6.
One of the random pictures had a rear view with squarish exhaust tips...
Yuck! I think it was a Shelby. They just didn't look right to me.
Love the optional Recaro seats! And standard HID. Overall, awesome
How can't you love the new Boss 302? Seems this will be the last year
though. Bring on a new Boss 351!
I think they're round. But whatever. 200+ mph, and the now the most
powerful production car in the world, and it's a Mustang...
And wasn't that long ago, Ford was ALWAYS two steps behind GM
performance. Now Ford dominates, except in sales. Weird!
It will be interesting to see how much of a sales spike the across-the-
board Shelby nose will result in. We were both of the opinion that
Camaro has been kicking Mustang's butt in sales largely to Ford's
insistence on downgraded cosmetics on V6 packages, while Chevy blessed
the their six will all of the styling panache of the show car hit and
movie star. (IMHO, the base Camaro is actually better looking than the
SS, with its nose slit and large jowls breaking up an otherwise clean
Meanwhile Ford had always reserved their most stylish presentation for
the Shelby, giving us obvious Good, Better, Best options...until now.
I had been waiting for the right 2011 to go on the used market...but
it's 2013 or bust for me now. I hope others agree & Ford's decision is
rewarded with a Camaro-whipping sales boost.
Unfortunately the 2013 will likely be a one-year wonder as I have a
bad feeling the 50th Anniversary 2014 is going to look like a Taurus
Coupe. Surely the 50th Anniversary Mustang will proudly display the
"new face of Ford"--a dominant trapezoid grille, thin back-swept
headlights, and secondary bumper skirt grille that subtly blends with
the shape of the main grille (see '12 Focus, '13 Taurus, & Evos
Concept, and dare I say '12 Fiesta.)
Telling was the statement at the LA Car Show by Mustang chief designer
Darrell Behmer, =93This latest Mustang design is very respectful of its
heritage while continuing to look forward with a more powerful and
modern look.=94 The '05 was unabashedly retro styled, but now Ford is
simply being "respectful" of heritage, but "looking forward" to a
"more modern look." Say goodbye to heritage. Get your 2013's while
they are hot!
I don't know, Jeff. I'm optimistic about the upcoming look. And
here's why. For about the last 10 years, Team Mustang has proven
again and again, how dialed in they are with what we enthusiasts
want. Cases in point: The Bullitt cars, the '03-'04 Mach 1s, the
Terminators, the '05 redesign, the GT500s, the new 5.0 motor and the
Boss 302s. It's been just hit after hit. Frankly each year I keep
wondering how much better can it get? And I just don't see them, as
talented as they are, suddenly falling down on a project as big as the
50th anniversary. I just don't see it happening.
I'm glad you're optimistic Patrick. Surely I can be a bit of a
pessimist. I'm just a child of the 70's who wished he were born in
another era, wistfully dreaming about those gorgeous and bad ass cars
of the 60's. I literally cried the day I first saw the then alien 1979
Fox body "Mustang" (as much as the 5.0 did for Mustang history, I
still feel compelled to use quotes because a real Mustang would never,
NEVER have quad headlamps and/or a hatchback, nor share a chassis with
grandma's Ford Grenada.)
For me the '94 was a low-slung, long-hooded, short decked breath of
fresh air, but the knockout 2005 retro style was an absolute godsend.
This time it was tears of joy as I witnessed all the crystal clear
homages to the glorious original Mustangs of the 60's. The nose
screamed '67 Mustang; rear quarter windows looked to have come right
out of a '66 Shelby GT350; and a rear end just like a '70 which so
many other cars would get a good look at. Its long hood, short deck, A
& B pillar & fastback rakes, even the "hockey-stick", all in near-
perfect proportions to the 1st generation Mustangs that started it
Oh well, time marches on and it's been a great run with nostalgic
looks. Plus I have to admit the EVOS concept is pretty sexy. The
writing is on the wall that the '14 will draw a lot of inspiration
from it...not necessarily a bad thing, sigh. I guess I should just be
happy Ford isn't going to continue down the retro path into '70's.
I too am from that era. And I grew up just 50 miles north of the
Motor City, Detroit Mi., an area with a following for 50's hot rods
and 60's muscle cars that was/is stronger than many
I too have a similar experience. A girl on my street bought a brand-
new powder-blue '79. My brother and I looked it over and laughed at
how ugly it was. Funny then how 8 years later I found myself special
ordering an '87, 5-liter. 5-speed LX hatch, because I just HAD to have
I view/viewed it this way. The original Mustang was also based on a
very humble foundation. As for the rest of the details, it was just
evolution/survival of the breed.
And historically, you could say the 80's 5.0s were the '64 GTOs of the
second generation of muscle cars.
I wasn't a fan. Too me they were over-styled and underpowered. I
hated seeing the F-bodies so easily wrestle the performance crown away
from the Mustang, after the Fox bodied cars had worked so hard to
establish the Mustang as king.
I agree. I only wished Ford would have introduced the '05 a few years
earlier, because it seemed right around the late 90s-early 2000s,
there were a ton of boomers looking for a true retro Mustang. The
'05's styling at that time, I think, would have been a HUGE
Truth be told, beside the early fastbacks, I wasn't much of a fan of
Mustangs. I always thought the Camaro looked better. (Though when
Hot Rod magazine featured a Camaro on every damn cover in the 70's, I
couldn't stand to look at Camaros.) But my true love belonged to
another breed: Mopars -- the '68-'70 Chargers, Demons, Darts, 'Cudas,
Challengers, Roadrunners, Super Bees, they were the ones that got my
Yep, it'll be time for something new... time for the next generation
to carry the torch and put their stamp on the breed. And I'm
confident they'll do a good job, if we don't view their work with
And when you hear Team Ford say, they're not about to let Chevy, with
the new ZL1, top the GT500, you can bet Ford also isn't about to screw
up the 50th anniversary redesign.
On Nov 20, 1:41=A0pm, "jim stewart"
Then let me suggest you go buy one. You know they're re-stamping the
old bodies again.
As for me, I don't mind showing my "disgusting" rear end to the
2011 unspoiled 5-liter, 6-speed GT
Eh. Different minds...
Personally, I have no interest in going backward. The older models had their
time and I always enjoy seeing them at the Mustang shows, but I would never
buy one. The new cars are just so much better in every regard, whether or
not you can appreciate the cosmetics of the rear end.
As for your '92... Ford built that model for 15 straight years. The Fox
Mustangs were The Mustangs for far longer than every other model, all of
which had relatively short lifespans. Hell, the Mustang II enjoyed 5
seasons. The original Mustang.... what... slightly less?
I won't argue that the Mustang had a brilliant introduction, and the
evolution over the next 9 years was impressive. But I will put a 2013 up
against any model before it and expect it to come away the winner.
That said, I appreciate everyone who maintains and drives a classic Mustang.
I see them at the shows and can't help but notice the pride and pleasure
they take in their cars. They keep the legend alive.
Me... not interested.