|Motortrend Magazine Previews 2015 Ford Mustang
If you could redesign the Ford Mustang and make it into anything you'd like what would it be? Would it be small and curvaceous? How about long and edgy? Would it still be powered by a V6 or V8? How about that clunky live axle, would you swap it out for an independent rear suspension or keep it as is? Well Ford's design and engineering teams had to consider all of the above, and a lot more, when redesigning the Mustang and it sounds like things are really coming along. In a recent article, Motortrend Magazine details what they've been hearing from inside sources on the 2015 Mustang's look and feel, as well as details on new powertrain and suspension upgrades.
The first question out of many potential buyers mouths is whether the redesigned Mustang will get an independent rear suspension. The Mustang's nearest rival, the Chevy Camaro, has had an IRS system since it's re-debut in 2010 and while that may lead you to the conclusion that the Camaro out handles the Mustang, you'd be sadly mistaken. In fact most reviews that pitted the latest Mustang and Camaro against each other actually chose the Mustang, with it's archaic live axle, as the better handling vehicle. So that leads to the question of why waste your time with IRS at all? Well according to many reports Ford could have put an IRS in the current Mustang for a mere $100 per car and if that would lead to an even better handling Mustang then the real question may be "why not?" Ford must have seen it that way as well because according to MT they will indeed be dropping the live axle for an independent setup on the 2015 Mustang. Solid axle loyalists need not fret though, word is that it may return in low volume drag racing oriented packages in the coming years.
As for powertrains Motortrend says that the Mustang will keep it's current 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 though the "five oh" may get a long rumored direct injection system. As we reported a few months back the SVO moniker may also make an appearance on the 2015 Mustang, with a 2.3L or 2.5L turbocharged ecoboost 4 cylinder under the hood. As for the GT500, just like when the 2005 Mustang made its debut the Shelby will likely remain dormant for a couple of years before being migrated to the new platform. Before that happens though, the GT500 is expected to get one last big upgrade, a supercharged 5.8L making around 600 horsepower!
While Ford is expected to abandon the retro design in 2015, MT says that the new car will still retain many retro styling cues. "There will be plenty of classic Mustang cues even as designers throw out the retro. A long hood, short deck and crisp, creased upper and lower quarter-panels seem a given." The artist's rendering seen above is what MT believes the 2015 Mustang may look like. While that car looks pretty sweet it resembles the current car a little too much for our tastes so we're hoping for a slightly more radical transformation.
Its been long rumored that the Mustang would get a redesign around 2014 but getting your finger on exactly when seemed near impossible. Motortrend, however, was able to zero in on the exact month we'll see it, possibly even the date. You see, the New York International Auto Show just happens to coincide with the Mustang's 50th Anniversary, right down to the date. April 17th, 2014 is the second press day of the NYIAS and considering it's exactly 50 years from the date the Mustang was revealed at the Worlds Fair it makes perfect sense that it will be the day the 2015 Mustang makes it's debut. Mark it on your calendars!
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