201X Mustang – The Future?

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If there’s one thing Ford Mustang fans know all too well, it’s to not be complacent with today’s awesome Mustang GT, Shelby GT500, and other powerful aftermarket derivatives a la Mustang.  We’ve seen a lot of great things happen in 2010 and 2011, with 2012 only adding to the mix with the return of the Boss Mustang 302 and many other awesome attributes.  So now, what do we get excited about in the 2012 Mustang, the 2013 Mustang, 2014 Mustang, and beyond?  Will the Shelby GT500 slide to the wayside with a rebirth of the coveted SVT Cobra nameplate?  Will the Boss remain the king of the road and track?  What happens if the hippies win in D.C. and we step back to 4-cylinder engines, or gasp, electric power plants?  It’s tough to tell, but right now, all we have to say is “the sky is the limit”.

So what happens when we turn the page on what already know will happen for the 2011 Mustang and 2012 Mustang?  We look forward to a potential return of the Cobra nameplate.  No, not the Shelby stuff we have tolerated loved over the past 5 years…the real deal; something to make Coletti do a double-take.  SVT needs to put out something homegrown, something more than the already incredible showroom Mustang GT.  How much horsepower will it have?  500?  600?  700?  Who knows…and right now, who cares?  500 is the floor and the sky is the limit for boosted 5.0-liter (or greater) madness.

Back to the platform and underpinnings that made the Mustang an epic icon?  The Fox body Mustang took the reins in 1979 after the insanity that was the fuel crisis in the US of A, and held on strong until 1993, when a light massaging of the external took place, but the die-hards out there knew the chassis was ruling just the same.  What made the Fox so successful (and continues to be)?  Simplicity.  Style.  Tact.  Power-to-weight.  So what happens when the Coyote meets a Fox descendant?  A power to weight ratio that aspires to chase the Ariel Atom’s.

What’s more exciting is the fact that more power, less weight, and proper engineering all comes into play with enhanced handling.  Who cares just how much horsepower & torque a car can lay on the pavement is the driver can’t even fathom of bridling it.  Many curse the IRS in the straight line drags a la 1320, but seriously folks, look at the ‘Ring and other epic road courses the rest of the world runs…they don’t care about drool races, rather, they care about skill.  An IRS under-pinning only helps the 2013 Mustang and/or the 2014 Mustang keep up with (and perhaps lead) the herd.

C’mon…it’s not that far-fetched.  The Aussies already have a great base of tech down-under that Ford of the Americas could leach…err…benefit from.  The Ford Falcon from AUS is a fantastic platform to start from; you know, rear wheel drive, V-8 powered, and plenty of “what we should have done” to go around.  If you haven’t held the reins of a Ford, or Holden for the matter, from down under, then you have some living do do.  They’ve kept the IRS alive. More so, rear wheel drive all the while.  It’s great to think of what will come for the 2013 Mustang and even more so the 2014 Mustang.

So, as if 2012 and 2013 won’t be big enough years for the Ford Mustang, 2014 is sure to be a banner one, with special editions, aftermarket acceleration galore, and most importantly, the 50th Anniversary of the legendary pony car.  There’s no telling what Ford might throw out for the 50th Anniversary Mustang.  An EcoBoost Mustang, doused with twin turbos?  An awe-inspiring Cobra R?  A Mustang III?

Tough to tell with the economic, political, and volatile consumer times we live within, but there’s one thing for sure, the Ford Mustang nameplate will continue to persevere into the next years with the 2013 Mustang and the 2014 Mustang continuing to make headlines and turn heads.

Until then, see you at the track…

Categories: 2013 Mustang, 2014 Mustang

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