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#43 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [jae5]
Oct 19, 2011 (5:29 pm)
"I don't think it'll get any CLK, A5 or IS and the like."
Why not? I'm betting that the next Ford RWD platform will be world class, in terms of design, and their engine and transmission technology is now competitive with the world's best.
I've read that styling wise, the '14 Mustang will not be bound by retro design restrictions, as the current one is. It may have some retro cues, but Ford stylists have been given the freedom to introduce a fresh design. It's being designed for world markets, not just for North America.
As for a new T- Bird, anything is possible, but I think Lincoln stands a better chance, because revitalizing Lincoln is a higher priority than adding yet another model to the Ford lineup. Besides, the margins would be wider for a Lincoln coupe than for a T-Bird. These are just my thoughts, and it's all speculation because its been about four years since I've read anything about a RWD Lincoln.
#44 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [hpmctorque]
Oct 21, 2011 (12:54 pm)
Not a slant towards you so please don't take this personal but every time I hear "the next FOMOCO / GM / Chrysler platform will be world class in terms of..." I just smirk and think "Here we go again, when have I heard that before".
Not saying that it couldn't happen, I just don't see it because Lincoln has pretty much become Ford's "badge engineering" division, a la GMC and RIP Pontiac/Saturn/older Buicks. But if they prove me wrong I'd gladly take my hat off to them / Ford - it may actually get me (and others) to start looking at them again. Even if they don't do a coupe, just a nice, proper RWD platform along with real sheetmetal differentiation from a Ford product would help them tremendously, and possibly help Ford division to have another RWD car besides Mustang.
Again, an interesting and good discussion.
#45 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [berri]
Oct 21, 2011 (3:37 pm)
Maybe you missed the fact the the Mustang already was sold with IRS?
It was the Mustang Cobra. sold up through 2004.