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Ford Mustang, Coupe
Dec 29, 2003 (6:59 am)
I personally like the new "production" 2005 Mustang even better than the concept...the lines seem tighter and more "compact" (it's hard to describe).
Regardless, it's going to be a hit. And I'm sure the V6 will be much improved, technologically speaking. : )
I've always been very happy with my 2002, but seeing the final look of the 2005, I'm beginning to feel an occasional pang of regret. : (
But here's a question to get everyone going again: What's up with the "changeable color" gauge cluster in the 2005?? Am I the only one who thinks something like this belongs on a Lexus or a VW Beetle (esp. a Beetle!)...but not a ponycar like the Mustang?
I'm having a hard time understand who exactly Ford is going after with this...
Dec 29, 2003 (7:17 am)
Oh Snaker re your list of cars owned...that's quite an impressive collection! I really envy your being around/participating in the musclecar years (I vaguely remember the very tail end)...must have been some great times, auto-wise.
And I'm not just a domestic muscle car fan (in fact, my first love is little British sportscars)...the Preludes were good cars (I esp. liked the last gen. design). They just got too expensive and high-tech for the market.
Dec 29, 2003 (6:23 pm)
I probably should not tell you this as it will probably give away my age, but my first performance car was, get this, a 1950 Olds 88 Club Coupe, the first olds with the Kettering engine. Hot stuff for its time. I really loved that car and I put around l35000 miles on it, and only sold it when the HP race started. The list goes on, but the fastest car I ever had was a 1972 Ford Pantera with a blueprinted 351 engine. I scared the devil out of myself with that car and got rid of it before it killed me. I actually sold it for more than I paid for it. More later if you are interested.
#135 of 2924 Is this the real deal?
Dec 29, 2003 (9:52 pm)
I don't know guys. The "production" photos seem an awful lot like a current-gen Mustang with a "body kit" on it. Are we certain were not looking at some decoy "mule" Ford is trotting around? The roofline is different but easy enough for a company with Fords resources to do. The concept T-Bird was almost spot-on with the production version, and we've been told by everyone in and out of Ford that, at least on the exterior, there would be extremely little difference between the production model and the concept. Heck, last night on Hot Rod TV a Ford spokesmouth was talking about how the new stang would retain the hood scoops etc, all this while standing in front of and pointing at the concept.
Hold the phone.....
Well, now that I'm looking at a side view the difference is a little more pronounced. Interesting how Ford was able to lower the hood profile while keeping the 4.6.
On third thought....
I don't know....there's something a little too familiar about the car in these pics.....
Dec 29, 2003 (10:13 pm)
thats the production model. look at the forums at brads mustang site and they have the concept and production versions side by side. they are almost identical.
Dec 30, 2003 (7:45 am)
All the Feburary rags have huge articles on it. They are supposed to be embargoed until after the Detroit Auto show unveiling but copies leaked out and have been scanned and posted. That IS the production car. The V6 will use the 4.0L explorer SOHC engine until the new 3.5L is available.
Dec 30, 2003 (7:56 am)
Keep in mind too that the autobuying public tends to be fairly conservative when it comes to styling.
Though people go ga-ga over radical concept cars, when it comes to actual purchasing, they like things that aren't so totally divorced from what they're used to (esp. when the current style is pretty pleasing by most accounts...)
So it fits that the production 2005 Mustang would look something like the current model.
#139 of 2924 concepts
Dec 30, 2003 (9:07 am)
I've seen the concept and production side by side and overlaid and they're VERY close. Remember the concept was actually built on a Lincoln LS/Tbird platform - not the actual production platform. A lot of other changes are necessary to allow it to be built on an assembly line. All things considered I think they came as close as possible and I think it turned out great.
Rumor also has it the Cobra IRS rear end would be an easy swapout on the GT. It may also show up on a model between the GT and Cobra.
#140 of 2924 2005 mustang LS derivative??
Dec 30, 2003 (6:38 pm)
Looks like based on the 2004 february issue of MotorTrend the 05 Mustang wheelbase is about 7 inches smaller and the overall car length is ~ 7 inches shorter when compared with the LS, however what is so great about the Mustang is the 300 hp V8 with 5-speed manual and the price tag! Can't wait to see the official Detroit auto show pictures!