The Ford Mustang is an iconic American muscle car released on April 17, 1964. When it comes to American muscle, the Mustang started it all.
Based on it’s success the “pony car” class of American sports coupes was born, with the classic long hood and short rear. The Mustang inspired such rivals as the Chevrolet Camaro, Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin, as well as Chrysler’s revamped Plymouth Barracuda and the first generation Dodge Challenger. The Mustang is also credited for inspiring the designs of coupes such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri.
In the coming years the GT 350 and GT 350 Shelby variants were born, boosting the street cred of the Mustang and making it a highly sought-after car among motoring enthusiasts. Two of the most iconic movie cars of all time are the 1968 Mustang Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt and “Eleanor” a 1973 yellow Mustang Fastback driven in Gone in 60 Seconds.
Since it’s early success the car’s image suffered and with it sales, until the 5th Generation Mustang was released in 2005. Developed under the direction of Chief Engineer Hau Thai-Tang and exterior styling designer Sid Ramnarace, the fifth-generation Mustang’s styling echoes the fastback Mustang models of the late-1960s. This throwback to the styling of the ever popular classic Mustangs drew a lot of interest from young and old motoring enthusiasts, and effectively reinvigorated the Mustang brand.
|PRODUCTION||2005 – Current|
|ENGINE||4.0 L SOHC V6, 4.6 L SOHC 3-valve Modular V8 and the 5.4 super charged V8|
|DESCRIPTION||For the 2005 to 2009 production years, the base model was powered by a 210 hp (157 kW) cast-iron block 4.0 L SOHC V6, while the GT used an aluminum block 4.6 L SOHC 3-valve Modular V8 with variable camshaft timing (VCT) that produced 300 hp (224 kW). Base models had a Tremec T-5 5-speed manual transmission|