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2015 Ford Mustang Prototype – Revisited

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In January of 2013 we included a snippet of the 2015 Ford Mustang. Although, not truly helpful, we do not like to speculate on what the 2015 design will make itself out to be. There’s all kinds of crap flying around the ‘interweb’. But lets take a stab at compiling what’s out there currently. 😉 You knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to “speculate.” Weight reduction, suspension, EcoBoost engine, Turbo, the list goes on, what will the American Made Iconic Muscle Car bring in 2015? A European flavor, Jaguarish-like design. Mustang enthusiasts, hope not! We shall see! At the end of the day, you put 400-500+ horse power under the hood at an affordable price, watch the buyers flock!

Update 8/20/2013: Automobilemag.com just released photos of the 2015 Mustang “uncovered” and we must say it looks pretty close to the renderings that were released. Take a peek here:

2015 Mustang Uncovered Photos

For more photos and to check out the story behind the design visit: http://rumors.automobilemag.com/2015-ford-mustang-spied-undisguised-241163.html#axzz2cX2547RD

Edmunds reports the Mustang has gone on a diet:

The 2015 Ford Mustang may be about 400 pounds less than the current model.

 

Just the Facts:

The redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang will be slightly smaller and several hundred pounds lighter when the car goes on sale next year, Edmunds has learned.
The Mustang will shed around 400 pounds in a quest to improve fuel economy, said a source familiar with the Mustang program.
The dimensions of the 2015 Mustang will be reduced and the car will use lighter-weight materials as well.

DEARBORN, Michigan — The redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang will be slightly smaller and several hundred pounds lighter when the car goes on sale next year, Edmunds has learned.

“I know they are trying to remove a minimum of 400 pounds,” said a source familiar with the Mustang program who asked not to be identified. “The big thing is that it will be a ‘smarter’ size.”

The 2014 Ford Mustang V6 coupe has a curb weight of 3,523 pounds when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission and 3,501 pounds when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, according to Ford. The 2014 Ford Mustang V6 convertible has a curb weight of 3,652 pounds when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission and 3,630 pounds when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.

The 2014 Ford Mustang coupe with a 3.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission returns 19 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Ford did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking about the Mustang weight-loss program.

Automakers are required to boost the fuel economy of their fleet 4 percent annually through 2025.

“That car will be around for 8 to 10 years so it has to meet anticipated regulatory requirements for that long period of time,” the source said.

One of the keys to boosting fuel economy is trimming vehicle weight, by reducing the dimensions of the new Mustang and using lighter-weight materials.

“There is going to be less overhang” in the front, rear and on the sides of the Mustang, the source said.

“The overall length will be something like 8 percent (approximately 15 inches) shorter,” the source said.

The 2014 Mustang is 188.5 inches in length and rides on a 107.1-inch wheelbase.

“The width will be a little less than 10 percent (about 6.5 inches) narrower,” the source said.

The 2014 model is 73.9 inches wide.

As for materials “they are going to use more aluminum, better structural engineering in terms of spot welds and so on and so forth, basically using less material and making it stronger,” the source said.

However, there is “nothing terribly exotic” in terms of materials.

“It is still going to be a pony car. It is still going to submit a (reasonable) price point so it cannot be an exotic,” the source said.

While pricing for lower-end Mustangs is expected to be comparable to today’s models, the source said high-end models could see a dramatic increase. The base 2014 Ford Mustang starts at $22,995.

“My understanding is that the maximum price is going to go up about 10 percent and that will be depending on equipment,” the source said.

The 2015 Mustang coupe is expected to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January or the 2014 New York Auto Show in April. The convertible will debut later at a separate show. It will not be unveiled with the fastback, the source said.

Source: http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2015-ford-mustang-goes-on-a-diet.html

Car and Driver claims the old school retro feel of the current Mustang design will be history:

While the current Mustang is slavishly, unimaginatively retro, Ford has pretty much mined out its glory days, the as-yet unrealized Mustang II redux notwithstanding.

 

Call it Ford’s Declaration of Independents. After half a century of log-axle Mustangs with only one brief experiment with an independently suspended rear end (the 1999–2004 SVT Cobra), Ford will hang a split-and-jointed drive axle beneath the 2015 Mustang’s hindquarters. Considering that both the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger already have independent rears, it’s not quite as revolutionary as “We hold these truths . . .” But even with today’s outdated rigid axle, the Mustang is already our favorite in this class, and a new unibody platform with its wheelbase and front and rear tracks all cinched tighter should help keep the Ford ahead of its peers.

While the current Mustang is slavishly, unimaginatively retro, Ford has pretty much mined out its glory days, the as-yet unrealized Mustang II redux notwithstanding. So the next car will be fearlessly modern. Many Mustang faithful are up in arms at the ­prospect of Ford’s next hot rod looking too much like the 2011 Evos concept car, but we have confidence. Between the Focus and the Fusion, Ford’s styling department is on a hot streak.

The next Mustang will have at least one retro cue, though: an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Absent from the lineup since the 1986 SVO, the forced-induction four returns in the guise of Ford’s EcoBoost 2.0-liter, which makes 252 horsepower in the Focus ST. Don’t expect that figure to change much for the Mustang, where the 2.0 will sit between the car’s two currently available engines. Priced higher than a revised version of the 3.7-liter V-6—rated at 305 horses in today’s car—the four will be pitched as a balance of power and efficiency. Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 will top the range. The Blue Oval can’t afford to leave the Camaro ZL1 unchallenged, and so another GT500 is a certainty; less certain, however, is what will power it. Pedestrian-protection standards will restrict the underhood clearances in the next car, cutting the space available not just for the Shelby’s top-mount supercharger and intercooler, but also its tall-deck engine block. We suspect Ford will find a way to nestle a pair of turbos against the 5.0’s block. With all engines, a six-speed manual will be standard, and we hear that an eight-speed automatic will arrive fashionably late.

Commonly referred to as a “1964-1/2” but technically a 1965, the first Mustang appeared at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964. Ford isn’t going to miss the opportunity to throw the Mustang one heck of a 50th birthday party. April 17, 2014 will be a Thursday. It should be significantly more exciting than your average Thursday.

2015 Ford Mustang - Car and Driver

Image Source: http://media.caranddriver.com/images/media/510773/ford-mustang-updated-inline-photo-514509-s-original.jpg

Source: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/2015-ford-mustang-25-cars-worth-waiting-for-20142017-future-cars

2015 Ford Mustang Rear View?

Image Source: http://ericpetersautos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/2015-2.jpg

The Mustang 6G forum has a ton of information to include photos of the prototype models being road tested by Ford Engineers. To check out the entire photo set, click here.

2015 Ford Mustang Road Tested

Image Source: http://www.mustang6g.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1185&d=1376054152

Check out more of the Mustang 6G threads discussing the 2015 Ford Mustang, click here.

The claim is an EcoBoost, Turbo and many more guesses. Check out this short clip via “slaughtrhousjak” on YouTube.

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