okay first off I'm going to try to calm down before I start this review.
the next possibly next gen Mustang: YOU'VE DONE FUCKED IT UP!!!!
okay first off I'm going to try to calm down before I start this review.
because what I'm going to say about what Ford has in mind for a next gen Mustang and you're not going to like what I have to say, I
could barely even pull myself together just to comprehend what the hell I was looking at, it's a slap to the face of every Mustang fan just it's a slap to the face of every consumer out there that have been requesting new cars from Ford but instead is trying to shove trucks and suvs and crossovers down our throats.
okay here it goes, some of you if you've seen the next gen Mustang teaser in some of the magazines and the internet were probably hyped to see what this new Mustang would look like, even I was excited when I saw the teaser and even the recent Ford commercial advertising about building the future and they were showing all the new innovations Ford was working on, but then after some months of waiting I finally what Ford has been working on, posted on the cover of Automobile magazine, AND IT'S AWFUL!!!! IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE A MUSTANG AT ALL!!!!
here Ford has been teasing us about a new Mustang even teasing about hybrid Mustang which sounded really cool even though hybrid platforms are for tree huggers and now I see what they've been teasing us with and I can't help but feel absolute FIERY GASOLINE FUELED OUTRAGE ABOUT IT!!!!
for over the past forty five years we've always joined forces to make our beloved pony car stayed the way it is with tradition always being first but now here we are and Ford is ignoring us and our request and pretty much just slapping us all in the face and saying fuck you, this is what you're getting tough shit give me money.
yeah that is what it's pretty devolved into now guys, never in my life have I seen such a face slapping, fuck you effort from Ford, a company I always personally held in high regard practically since childhood, you could me a Ford fanboy, back when I was a kid and most of family worked for Ford Motor Company I used to collect some of the toys and recieved some of the merchandise from my relatives including my dad, there was one Xmas in 1998 when my Aunt back when used to be a manager for of the Ford plants in Detroit she gave a hotwheels Ford assembly plant set for Xmas and I would play with that set to death right up till it practically broke and I enjoyed playing with it, yeah I know wierd I actually got enjoyment out of what many people conisider a boring hotwheels set and back when I was living in detroit and my grandpa would comeup to visit me and him sometimes would go to a Ford dealership to look at the MUstangs and another time which I will never forget is when me and my uncle went for a ride in company on loan to him which was a 2010 Ford Taurus SHO with the twin turbo 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 engine and a couple he floored it and it put huge smile on my face and one time in my life I got tour a Ford assembly plant, they were great times to me and I enjoyed it, but now I can't look at Ford the same way anymore because of what they're doing and doing to us, so you're probably wondering, what happened!, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED!!!!
if you feel the same way I feel right now I can relate, I too feel like I've been lied too, I feel we've all been lied too and betrayed, BETRAYAL!!!!
the only way to understand why almost everyone including myself would soo outraged over this, you have to know the story behind the Mustang and this can be a pretty long story but I'll my best to tell it, Mustang is my dream car and I refuse to let anyone including Ford especially fuck with it!
soo on that note this is the history (the story) of the Ford Mustang and how we can save it, we saved it already once before back in the day and we can do it again.
the Mustang may have debuted in 1964 but it's origin story goes further back than that, the origins of the Mustang begins at the very end of one of America's biggest booming decades, the 1950's, the second world war was over and soldiers that returned home were looking to build new lives for themselves and their growing families, at the same the America was changing and growing as companies were retooling their factories and mills for peacetime production and the rise of newly built suburbs prompted an exodus of families moving from cramped apartments to new and spacious ranch homes with their own back yards.
as these families migrated, the number of brand new cars on the road multiplied, this kept the dealerships and the auto plants of Ford, GM, and Chrysler busy and it's workers working.
while all was well in America there were some soldiers with unspent income from wartime that were looking to have some fun upon returning home, during their time over Europe, they were impressed by the European sports cars that were running around and they soon wanted their own sports cars to drive.
after the war European car makers like Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, and even MG were importing their cars overseas to obtain some much needed foreign currency to recover from the after effects of world war 2, the American economy was strong and stable while Europe was still suffering from the effects of the war.
many former american soldiers found that the most fun for the dollar could can in an MG sportscar and it has developed it's own cult following in the United States, executives of American car makers like Ford and GM felt they should build their own sportscars to compete against the sporty European imports in the marketplace.
by the early 1950's Chevrolet was already working on their very own sports car, the Corvette debuted in 1953, however the first generation Corvette or C1 as many Corvette enthusiasts would refer wasn't a big seller, the problem was the Corvettes expensive $4,000 price tag, a Jaguar sports car cost $2,500 less than the Corvette and it had more power and was faster.
Ford later introduced their own sports car as well, the Thunderbird debuted in 1955, unlike the Corvette and it's underpowered Blue Flame six cylinder engine and two speed automatic, the Thunderbird came with a V8 and a three speed transmission, it had more power than the Corvette and was much faster, as a result, Thunderbird sales zoomed while Corvette sales suffered miserably, Ford seemed to be on the right track with what people wanted.
by the early 1960's America was really thriving and a new generation of Americans known as baby boomers were just reaching the age of being old enough to drive and were getting their drivers licenses and the youth culture was alive and booming with the arrival of the Beatles to America, and and American car makers were wanting to cash in on it, but a sales executive in Ford named Robert Robert McNamara wasn't interested in indulging their the whims of the youth.
McNamara beleived that Ford should build small, fuel efficient, reliable cars.
however others in Ford like Lee Iacocca disagreed, he along with product planner Don Frey beleived that Ford should build a car geared toward the youth culture and made for young people to enjoy, they believed the right car would all the difference.
however as luck would have it Robert McNamara left Ford Motor Company to become secretary of defense for President John F Kennedy, this left the executives and engineers at Ford all the freedom they need to start developing a car they beleive Ford needed.
Lee Iacocca started right away on developing a youth car, his first project was making McNamara's stodgy economical Falcon look snazzy and fun to drive, little bit of bright vibrant red paint and a little chrome helped generate some interest among the young people but there was much work to be done.
meanwhile Don Frey (Ford's product planner) started to do some research on what young would people would like, his kids were the focus group.
"my kids at the dinner table told my cars sucked, they were just being kids back then representing the new generation of young people just getting their driver's licenses and they told that we had a bunch of dull cars saying that our cars sucked - Don Frey"
going by this data they had an idea for a two seat sports car and work on what would be called the Mustang one was underway, the cars emblem, the Mustang pony or running horse as it was refered too was designed by a young 32 year old designer named Phil Clark who was dying from nuerological disorders (he died in 1968).
Clark felt the Mustang was going his legacy and wanted to leave his name behind and took on the task of designing the running horse emlbem for the Mustang, car went from the sketch pad, to clay mock up, and then eventually to two working prototypes with an aluminum bodies, the Mustang one made it's appearance at Watkins Glen New York at the Watkins Glen road course for the Watkins Glen Grand Prix on October 7, 1962 with Dan Gurney drove it around the track to demonstrate it's performance, he reported driving the car to a top speed of 120 miles per hour, causing a rumor from the motoring press that Ford was going to produce car that will compete with the Corvette, which is exactly the publicity stunt Lee Iacoccca was wanted.
over th next two years both Mustang ones made appearences at car shows and automotive events as show cars, as Iacocca and Frey thought, the car generated a lot of interest and attention among the young baby boomers.
inspite of the attention it got, there some in Ford management that beleived there wasn't a market in America for a two seat sports car, the Mustang would have to have four and work on a final version of the Mustang was underway.
during development, the main focus was trying to create that was not only desirable and beautiful but also affordable too, designers had to find ways to try to keep development costs down, one solution was to adapt components from an existing car to a new body, in this case Ford designers decided to use the Falcon platform since it was the cheapest and most inexpensive car back then at the time and designed a body to fit the Falcon chassis, so in a nutshell the first gen Mustang shared some dna with the Falcon via the Falcon chassis, even the Mustang's engine, a 260 cubic inch V8, also came from the Falcon as well.
by early 1964 the final version of the Mustang hardly resembled Phil Clarke's dream at all but it did keep his running horse emblem, in keeping of tradition of naming new cars after world war II aircraft they even kept the Mustang name derived from the North American P-51 Mustang fighter plane.
with the Mustang ready introduction Frey had to get permission from Ford to sell the car, Iacocca said yes, Ford Motor Company president Henry Ford II replied "you better".
back then in 60's there were only three major tv networks in America, to ensure the Mustang was seen by as many people as possible Ford bought time on all three networks, wherever people tuned on their tv sets they saw the Mustang.
"coming April 17th, the unexpected, the new Ford Mustang, breed of new kind of car, a new generation of Fords for a breed of American people who want stick shift action and room for four, who collect sports car badges and trading stamps, who wants the elegance of a European touring car and till now had to settle for basic transportation, this is for them, this is Mustang, with an unexpecteds variety of options Mustang is the one car designed to be designed by you, get ready to meet the unexpected April 17th at your Ford dealer, Mustang is only days away"
it premiered on that date in 1964 in New York at the New York World's Fair, the car was an immediate hit, people were flocking to Ford dealerships to try to snatch up the snazzy new car, a Chicago dealership had to literally lock it's doors to keep both it's customers and cars from being trampled, but it was not the only dealership though, it was the same story everywhere, Iacocca and Frey didn't have to worry about Ford's warning that the cars better sell, they just had to worry about how to make enugh of them to satisfy demand, there are worst problems though.
the Mustang came with a huge array of options to choose from which allowed the owner to customise his Mustang in almost any way possible, his imagination was the only limit.
there was a hardtop, a fastback, and a convertible with or without automatic top.
three clutches were also available, three transmissions, seven rear ends, three wheel choices, and a range of interior trim choices.
this automotive smorgasbord enticed the buyer to plunk down over $1,000 on the sticker price, yet even with that price hike it was still affordable, base price was $2,368 base price for a hard top or fastback, and $2,814 for a convertible, fully loaded it was a little over $3,000 ford hardtop and fastback and nearly $3,500 dollars for a convertible, it was a bargain.
the Mustang was Iacocca's idea and as a result of the car's titanic success he became a celebrity, he was grabbing the spotlight and Henry Ford II was being ignored, he became testy towards Iacocca in meetings, when you work for a corporate monarch it's never a good idea to upstage the king.
the fued between Ford and Iacocca didn't burden Mustang sales, the car continued to set records, by early 1965 after first year sales, one million Mustangs were sold, an all time record.
while the Mustang was doing well, Ford wanted to make the Mustang into a true sportscar and even wanted to race it, the Mustang was stylish and had decent handling, but it's 260CI V8 wasn't much of a real performer, the 271 horsepower 289CI Hi-Po V8 was a nice upgrade for the Mustang but it wasn't a real Corvette rival.
Lee Iacocca called on a car specialist in Texas, a chicken Farmer named Carrol Shelby to turned the Mustang into potent performer.
he was asked if he could turn the Mustang into a sportcar and a racer as well, Shelby said he can but he needed $15,000 to do it.
Shelby had previousely been a driver starting out in a MG TC he borrowed from a friend of his and even Cad-Allards.
he drove for Donald Healey in a modified supercharged Austin Healey 100S and set sixteen U.S and international speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats, he drove in the Mount Washington hill climb Auto Race in a specially preparedFerrari 375 GP roadster to a record setting victory in 1956 and was named driver of the year in both 1956 and 57 and even competed in Formula One from 1958 to 59 in eight official races, at the pinnacle of his driving he even won the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1959 co driving for Astin Martin in DBR1 with British driver Roy Salvadori.
but a heart condition forced him out of racing afterwards, but Shelby wasn't going to sit on the sidelines, he decided to do what Enzo Ferrari did, he would build his sports and racing cars, in 1962 Shelby introduced his Shelby sports car, the Cobra, first equiped with a Ford 289 V8 and then a 427 V8 it was a ground pounder to be feared by competitors.
in 1964 he began work on transforming the Mustang from a car with promising feeling into a thrououhbred racer, he took the 289CI Hi-Po V8 and modified it with a large four barrel Holley 715 CFM carburetor, high rise manifold, lightwight tubular headers and straight-through mufflers, the engine was even dressed up with a thin air cleaner, finned aluminum rocker covers, and 6.5 quart oil pan, the end result from the Shelby performance treatment 306 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 329 foot pounds of torque at 4,200 RPM.
to save as much weight as possible the the Mustang was given the lightweight T-10 Warner transmission with aluminum case, and a D.A.P limited slip differential (also called the "no spin") derived from pickup trucks.
Shelby kept the same basic suspension that was already for the Mustang but has done his own work to it, for the front suspension he moved the inner pivot of the upper control arm down an inch, this resulted in great wheel camber for cornering which keeps the front wheels more vertical, it also raises the front roll center and reduces the tendency to plow.
further adding to the front roll stiffness, the diameter of the anti roll bar has been increased from 0.84 inches to 1.00 inch.
for the rear end, the live axle that came with the Mustang was kept as well (I do like live axles more than solid axles for obvious reasons) with four leaf semi-elliptics and beefy torque reaction arms that on top of the axle and are anchored to the chassis, adjustable Koni shocks are used both front and rear set up with stiffer settings.
for final touches, Shelby gave the Mustang a fiberglass hood with hood scoop to clear the high riser manifold, and lock down pins, the air intake was even done with an anodized grille and a smaller running horse emblem moved off to the left side of the grille, bigger wheels with Blue Dot tires, and last but not least a white paint job with blue stripes.
the new thoroughbred was ready but it needed a name, one day a meeting was held by Carrol to discuss about a name for their special Mustang, then Shelby had an idea, he asked one of his associates to walk across the street to the next nearby building and count how many steps it took to cross, when he returned he told Shelby that it took him 348 steps to walk across, then Shelby had an idea for a name, he called his new thuroughbred tuned Mustang the GT350.
it was release to the public in 1965 with a base price of $4,311 and it came in any color you wanted so long as it was white with or with out blue stripes, you can put down an extra $273 for magneseum wheels if you want your GT350 Mustang to look like Road&Track magazine's test version and only 200 GT350's a month would be produced and back then only available in Venice California which was Shelby American's original location at the time, there were two versions of the GT350, there was a street version and if you were a racer looking for good competition race car, there was the competition version called the GT350R with 350 horsepower and a sticker price of $6,000 (decent price for a race car back then).
starting in the 1965 race season, the GT350R was entered into SCCA competition and sure enough the car started to blow the doors off of Corvettes.
seeing a publicity oppurtunity, Hertz Rent-a-car formed a program offering GT350's for rent, some people rented, raced, and returned the cars with a different engine and kept high performance Shelby 289 engine for themselves, it was a disaster for Hertz and the program was dropped afterwards, by 1966 there were more color choices for the GT350 and the vented rear quarter window panels were replaced with glass providing more vision in blind spots.
Ford had the floor of the ponycar market all to themselves but General Motors, Chrysler, and American Motors Corperation eventually jumped on the band wagon and developed their own pony cars.
General Motors released the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird in 1967, Chrysler released performance versions the Plymouth Barricuda in 1967 and Dodge would follow late with their own pony car, the Challenger in 1970, and American Motors released the AMX in 1968.
although more expensive than Mustangs, GM's more poerful V8 engines and smoother ride attracted buyers, Chrysler's powerful 383, 440, and 426 engines attracted buyers also, and AMC's balance of power and sporty handling attracted buyers who wanted a muscle car that could do more than just run in a straight line but also could take corners as if they were on rails, but overall GM's, Chrysler's, and AMC's engines produced more power than the Mustang and more power is what buyer's wanted.
Ford responded to the their challenges in pony car market by introducing a new rediesigned second gen Mustang in 1967, although slightly larger and heavier than the first gen Mustang, the new Mustang had a larger variety of engines to choose from which provided more horsepower under the hood, even the Shelby Mustangs got more horsepower with the introduction of a New model in the Shelby line up, it featured a larger 428 cubic inch Ford police interceptor V8 with a four barrel carburetor, and a new name, GT500, it was conservatively rated and advertised to have 335 horsepower to avoid a penalty from the insurance companies, actually output was rumored to be somewhere between 410 to 500 horsepower.
although the GT500 outsold the GT350 two to one, very few were built, today a genuine original GT350 and 500 fully restored can fetch between $150,000 to almost $300,000 at auction, a special one of a kind 427 V8 equipped Shleby GT500 SuperSnake from 1967 is estimated to be worth over a million dollars today.
while new more powerful Shelby Mustangs were tearing up the streets, Ford was piloting a special Mustang in NHRA competition, the Cobra Jet Mustang was creating a stir at the dragstrips.
a special Bob Tasca prepped Cobra Jet Mustang equipped with a 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet engine, bolted on a pair of 427 low riser heads, a bigger holley carburetor, and camshaft out of a Ford 390 cubic inch V8.
the car ran a 13.39 second run in the quarter mile at 105 miles per hour
Cobra Jet Mustang would go on to win the NHRA winter-national title in 1968.
in 1968, Ford was choosing a new head to run Ford Motor Company, Lee Iacocca had a chance for the seat but Henry Ford II had other ideas of who would take the seat, Iaccoca was bypassed by Ford and hiis chance to take the helm was a taken away from him, Iacocca bided his time.
in 1968, Bunkie Knudsen was named president of the Ford Motor Company, Knudsen had a new idea for the Mustang, in 1969 he Transformed the Mustang into the Mach 1 and Boss 302 models (302 standing for a 302 cubic inch V8), the Boss 302 carved out legacy for Ford in SCCA racing, the newly Trans Am series, a racing series formed specially for pony cars was being dominated by the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 in the late 1960's, they won the 1968 over 2.0 liter title and then again won the title in 1969 thanks in part to Mark Donohue.
their success in the Championship was a thorn in Ford's side especially when Mustang sales were declining due to changing in buyers, 1970 would prove to be Ford's year when legendary driver Parnelli Jones drove a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 to victory and won the 1970 Trans Am title, but inspite of Ford's success, it wouldn't be enough turn around sales on the Mustang, sales started to plumet in 1968 to 1970.
finally Knudsen was no longer president and Lee Iacocca was made president of the Ford Motor Company, unfortunately sales continue to fall in the 1970's, the American performance car was on the way out, a series gas shortages and goverment emissions mandates were stripping American muscle cars of their power, to add insult to injury, the insurances were even setting their sights on muscle cars, labeling them as distressed merchandice and charging high premium and a wave of new compact imports from overseas from Japanese car makers such Datsun and Honda and a changing taste in buyers were reaking havoc on American auto industry.
Detroit didn't want to build compact cars but it didn't know how to build fuel efficient, low emission performance cars either.
in 1974, the Mustang was given a fresh redesign, Ford had transformed the Mustang into near compact, while it had a certain appeal, people felt that this charm bracelet size Pinto wannabe should be called a Mustang, engine options were mild, ranging from a 90 horsepower inline four to a 110 horsepower V6, there wouldn't be a V8 available until 1976 with 150 horsepower.
sales were still poor, nothing Ford tried seemed to work, the Mustang was reeling by a thread, on July 13, 1978, Iacocca was fired from Ford, according to Henry Ford II's reason for termination, he stated that he didn't Iacocca because the company wasn't making money, he felt that Iacocca was too self conceited and self centered, or more likely Henry Ford II just didn't like him at all.
in 1978, Philip Caldwell was chosen to take over company president, the new head reinvigerated the Mustang, and in 1979, the new redesigned third gen Ford Mustang (also refered to as the fox body Mustang because of the platform it was built on) equiped with a 5.0 (302 cubic inch) V8 went on sale, and by the early the 1980's, the revised pony car sent sales soaring, but by the mid 80's, the Mustang once again getting dragged down by recession and an oil crises in the 80's rained down on Mustang's parade and it's sales tumbled, even the introduction of a convertible since the mid 70's couldn't keep the Mustang afloat, rumors were now going around that Ford thought about sending the Mustang to the glue factory, horrified by these rumors, Mustang fans rallied and sent thousands of letters to Ford, executives quickly realised that killing the car was not a good idea.
Ford instead decided to launch a new Mustang in 1994, in time for it's 30th birthday, hundreds of Mustang fans showed up in Dearborn for an all out birthday celebration which was even attended by President Bill Clinton who owned a beautiful restored blue 1967 Mustang convertible.
it was grand year for the Mustang and a sign of great things to come, Ford was finally able to figure how to build performance cars while following emission guidelines, American performance was back.
the fourth gen Mustang came equipped with a 4.6 liter (281 cubic inch) V8 at first rated at 215 horsepower but later was retweaked to make 225 horsepower, the third gen Mustang stayed in production from 1994 to 2004 before being replaced by the fifth gen Mustang in 2005.
the 2005 Mustang had radical retro design that paid homage to the original of 1964, in addition the Shelby Mustang was also, making it's return in 2007 with a new Shelby GT500 equiped with a 5.7 liter (350 cubic inch) V8 making 500 horsepower, in 2008 Shelby released the GT500KR (a homage to the classic 1968 GT500KR) equiped with the same 5.7 liter V8 but 40 more horsepower.
aftermarket companies had a field day with the fifth gen Mustang releasing a smorgasbord of parts and accessories that allowed owners to customise their Mustangs any way they liked, from mild to wild, the fifth gen Mustang would remain in production until 2014 and this is where we finally catch up on current gen Mustang, the sixth Mustang from 2015 to present.
it was revealed in December 5, 2013, in Dearborn Michigan; New York, New York; Los Angelas, California; Barcelona, Spain; Shanghai, China; and Sydney, Australia.
the current gen Mustang was given a new body inspired by the Ford Evos concept that is 1.5 inches wider, 1.4 inches lower with a trapedzoidal grille, and a 2.75 inch lower decklid, it even offered new colors.
engine choices were slimmed down a tad as well, a V6 was still offered for the first few years but eventually it was axed from the options
list, leaving only the 5.0 liter Coyote V8 and 2.3 liter Ecoboost I-4 engines, and for the first time a twin clutch transmission with paddle shifters would be availabe as an option as well.
new Shelby Mustangs were available with performance in access of 500 plus horsepower and soon there will be a new GT500 with 700 plus horsepower available as well.
well in a short nutshell this is the entire story of the Mustang, yet this is only most of what is in the Mustang's legacy and I can't fit all of it in here, if I had to, it would've broken up into parts but beleive there probably would've been quite a few parts write and I've only done this review for the sake of saving the Mustang from a horrid fate that's it's facing right now, the fate of it becoming a four door crossover.
Ford's arrogance, stupidity and bullshittery contiues right now as we speak but it's the fault of the company itself as it is the current comapny president running it, the CEO has been taking Ford in the wrong direction killing off all the sedan and hatchback models and now trying to turn the Mustang into a crossover, he repeatadly ignores consumers and their comments requesting what cars we actually want, aggressively defends his decision of leaving the sedan market tooth and nail, and continually tries promote and force on us cars a lot of us don't actually want, Ford as far as I can see is now on notice, and if we're gonna make this guy listen we gotta do what we did once already a long time ago when Ford tried to kill the Mustang the last time back in the early 1990's, we got to keep sending comments, keep sending e-mails, and if we have to, someone out there has to organise a rally and march straight to Dearborn, picket signs and all and make him listen to us that way.
what ever it takes, let's do it and fight for we want and not what they want, and as long as he continues screw us over continues to pull stunts like this, I will try to continue to exploit Ford's actions bring whatever I found out they're up to straight to you, consumers especially once loyal die hard Ford fans like myself are getting sick and tired of his shit and we're gonna take it anymore, so he better watch out be careful on what decisions he makes for the Ford's future for his sake because the next decision he makes as ceo could likely be his last and with gas prices practically back up to $4 a gallon according to Motor Trend, the ceo is walking thin tight rope with his constant insistance on just an all truck, suv, and crossover product, so you better be careful, consider yourself warned.
and as far as I'm concerned for this review, I'll see you guys on the next AutoSkunk review.
this review is dedicated to Lee Iacocca 1924-2019 (rest in peace)