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2010 Ford Mustang First Look -From 40 paces, the 2010 Ford Mustang looks a lot like the retro-inflected 'Stang that we've been seeing for about four years now. (more)
2010 Ford Mustang First Drive & Video - First Impressions: A leaner look on the outside and a more upscale cabin on the inside disguise the fact that, for better or worse, this is the same old Mustang.(more)
2010 Ford Mustang GT Full Test and Video - Bottom Line: Fast, fun around town and a blast in the hills. A real American performance car value, but no longer a Men's Only Club. (more)
#8 of 23 Re: Article Comments - 2010 Ford Mustang First Look [KarenS]
Jan 14, 2009 (10:14 pm)
I am not a muscle car fan by any stretch of the imagination. Not only do I not appreciate the horrible gas mileage they get, but the lack of sophistication and resulting image they project is also not to my liking. That being said I think this new Mustang looks very good. It has a modern look to it now, but it's still recognizable as a Mustang. The optional 19" wheels look dynamite. The interior is sweet looking from the pictures. I understand the car also gets stability control for the first time ever in a Mustang. That is a good thing!
Ford understands they must progress if they hope to keep selling cars like the Mustang. You can't keep appeasing the old fart baby boomers clinging to their lost youth by keeping the Mustang old school. If Ford loses some of the die hards with this redesign so be it. I think they're going to gain far more new fans to make up for it. You can count me in that group. Not that I would buy one, as a gas sucking V8 is not practical in today's world (don't think that gas is going to stay at $1.50 a gallon forever!). But I really admire Ford for modernizing this car in the areas that needed modernization and improvement.
The way forward indeed!
#10 of 23 Prefer the 2005 - 2009 Mustang
Feb 05, 2009 (4:37 pm)
to this new 2010. My reasoning is of the front and rear-end styling. These are based on me looking at photos and reading the misc articles so hopefully in person the car will look better to me.
The front-end is too busy for my taste. Moving the turn-signals into the same area as the headlights is almost a reverse '70 headlight-area treatment. If you look at a '70 Mustang it has the single headlamps but outboard of those were two pockets. With the new front-end treatment it's too much of a transition from the headlight, through the turn signals, into the matte-black patch and finally at the grille. Add in the huge fog lamps and you have one busy-a front fascia.
With the rears it looks as though FOMOCO tried to mimic the '67/68 taillamp treatment by having vertical bars (which were part of the rear panel on the '67 & '68) separate the taillamp bars. This doesn't work here. The sequentials are an ok touch, but I would have preferred the ACTUAL T-Bird/Cougar/Shelby types (they actually had this longer taillamp design on the 2003 / 2004 show cars). Plus, they could have keep the same rear lamps and just added the sequentials to them.
I am glad they upgraded the interior materials but will have to reserve final judgement until I see / feel one in the flesh. And making the standard GT essentially the Bullitt in terms of suspension is good, with the modest hp bump.
Again, just my thoughts / opinions and hope I haven't offended anyone. But I can say that if in person the car looks the same as it does in the photos I've seen I will not be purchasing one (maybe a 2008 or 2009).
Feb 12, 2009 (11:30 am)
Every test drive on Edmunds shows the front and rear "legroon" along with "headroon" etc.
Should somebody fix that?
#12 of 23 Re: Prefer the 2005 - 2009 Mustang [jae5]
Mar 05, 2009 (11:00 am)
I don't get the criticism. To me the 2010 is better all the way around - especially the interior. The 05-09 was very cheap - not anymore. The exterior looks tighter and more athletic. To each his own, I guess.
#13 of 23 Now about that Shelby....
Mar 12, 2009 (8:04 am)
The newish Mustang is definitely an improvement on an already high value car. The GT model in particular seems to have hit all the right notes in terms of styling and performance - save the brakes. Ford seems to under-brake everything but their trucks.
My big concern, which I know will be realized, comes with the Shelby edition. For sure it will have a supercharged cast iron block engine, nose heavy weight distribution and a curb weight of over two tons. Is Ford even trying? Consumers should expect better than that for the price premium of a Shelby.
My proposal might be a little more complicated than the current formula but it would definitely make for a more satisfying car. First, forget that supercharged lump of an engine. Sure, it sounds like God's own dust buster and produces great numbers, but it throws the balance of the car off kilter. The replacement? Ford's new 6.2L Boss fitted with direct injection. That change alone would improve the balance of the car while providing more than adequate thrust, improved efficiency and lower emissions. Second - and this is where the cost comes from - modify the rear tub and move the transmission to the rear. This wouldn't necessitate a heavy and expensive IRS either. It could be mounted just forward of the rear pumpkin and attached via a very short drive shaft. Who gives a rip about rear seats in a Shelby anyway? And if the engineers can find a way to keep the seats, all the better. It's possible that two seats, although quite compartmentalized, could be sqeezed in with the transmission hump.
These two moves would make for a more balanced car while possibly improving acceleration due to better traction. I question what good the current car's 540hp is when it doesn't get to the pavement efficiently.
#14 of 23 Re: Now about that Shelby.... [corsicachevy]
Mar 21, 2009 (2:15 pm)
When will the 2010 Mustang hit the showroom?
#16 of 23 2010 Mustang need to get up the HP to compete
Sep 05, 2009 (9:26 pm)
When you look at the dodge and chevy come back to muscle cars, there goes Mustang with all the good ideas but no power to back it up. It can even come close to the power of the Camaro v 6 engine when it should be blowing it away being so much lighter. Why Ford does not come out with a 427 version is beyond me? Quit playing around and make people have to have this new stang, but with big set of balls as well!
#17 of 23 Re: 2010 Mustang need to get up the HP to compete [arizdare]
Sep 06, 2009 (8:02 am)
Ford will be releasing a 315 hp V6 3.7L and a 400 hp 5.0L for the 2011 model year (by next summer). With a 400 lb weight advantage it will blow away the heavier camaro and challenger.