• Oct 23rd 2006 at 7:52AM
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During a conversation at the 2006 Cruisin' the Coast Auto Show in Biloxi, Mississippi, Steve Saleen shed some light on the future of the Mustang and what performance potential awaits buyers in 2009.

As is customary, horsepower figures will increase for the next generation Mustang, although Saleen notes that new coupe will only benefit from a facelift, rather than full redesign. The GT will probably see an increase of about 50 HP over the 300 HP available on the current model with the GT500 coming equipped with an additional 15 ponies for 2009. CarCrazy.com's John Breaux, who interviewed Saleen, maintains that a weight reduction may be in the cards.

On the Saleen side of things, the three engines currently available will all see performance increases, with the NA S281 achieving 385 HP and 390 ft.-lbs. of torque, the supercharged version producing upwards of 500 HP and the Extreme Mustang variant going to 565 HP with 535 ft.-lbs. of twist.

Since Mr. Saleen has been in close contact with Alan Mulally and others at FoMoCo, this information is as close to official as we've seen yet.

Top tip Brent!

[Source: MustangEvolution.com]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, IRS would be nice, and give the car, well, manners, as is often stated about the BMW. But I don't want a sterile "everything is just so like Panera Bread" car... I like the the new Mustang because it is something of a brute- that's what made the 60's muscle cars so darn fun to drive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      good ol' US.. just throw in some more horses and ignore the rest
      • 8 Years Ago
      And what exactly is supposed to be "the rest"?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, but Roush and Saleen don't just sell you a supercharger, they sell a package. Package incluses suspension mods, brakes mods, intake and exhaust mods. If you can afford it, I say go for it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      IRS (Independent Rear Suspension) was available on previous model Cobras, IRS not really popular with the 1/4 milers, who are the majority of the 'Stang customers. Live axles are better off the line, the people who actually buy Mustangs, by a wide margin wanted live axles, Ford gave it to them. Sounds like a good business decision to me.

      Stop comparing the little shit boxes that you mostly drive in europe to what we drive here. I know that you have your glamour cars, most of you don't drive them.

      The geography is very different, the roads are very different, the scales (distances) are very different. Most of your common everyday cars wouldn't hold up to the typical american driving. I been to quite a few cities in Europe, and the streets are tight as hell, makes sense that you would design cars for the spaces you want to fit them into.

      To better illustrate my point, at the end of this rant, I gave you a list of mountain ranges in the Pacific region of North America (i.e. Canada, USA and Mexico) This list does not represent 1/3 of all the mountain ranges in NA. The shitty little buzz bombs that you drive cannot stand up to that kind of motoring. Do you want to be caught climbing the Sierra Nevadas range (40 mile uphill run) sandwiched between convoys of big rigs (18 wheel trucks) in a 1.6 litre shit box? Hell no.

      The Aussies motoring needs probable most closely resembles North Americas than anywhere in Europe. Try passing a couple of road-trains in said 1.6L shit box, and let me know how that turns out. Get the picture? Aussies also use larger cars and motors because it better suits their needs.

      People who live in urban areas, tend to buy smaller more fuel efficient cars. Tighter parking spaces and grid-lock are major contributing factors. Most families that own multiple cars, tend to commute in the more efficientcars, and user their bigger cars/SUVs on weekend. People in urban areas who do not use their cars as daily commuters are free to buy whatever he or she pleases, including Hummers.

      Europeans design cars that fall into either of two catagories small/cramped efficient affordable or high performance impractical mega-buck mobiles. You try to compare a Mustang to a 911, but there really is no comparison. 911s do not make good daily drivers, the cost of keeping it on the road would hasten your trip to the poor house. With simple routing maintenance you could drive a mustang everyday for 20 years.

      So, drive what you drive, and let us drive what we drive. See list below.

      Here is a List of Mountain Ranges of the Pacific (Western Coast of North America
      • Chugach Mountains, southern Alaska
      • Wrangell Mountains, southern Alaska
      • Saint Elias Mountains, southern Alaska, southwestern Yukon Territory
      • Coast Mountains
      o Boundary Ranges, southeastern Alaska, northwestern British Columbia
      o Kitimat Ranges BC North Coast
      o Pacific Ranges BC South Coast
       Rainbow Range northwest Chilcotin, also classifiable as part of the Interior Plateau
       Pantheon Range Homathko area
       Niut Range Homathko area
       Waddington Range Homathko area
       Whitemantle Range Homathko area
       Bendor Range
       Garibaldi Ranges
       Clendinning Range
       Tantalus Range
       Chilcotin Ranges
       Dickson Range
       Shulaps Range
       Camelsfoot Range
       Lillooet Ranges, Fraser Canyon west bank
       Cantilever Range
       Cayoosh Range
       Douglas Ranges
       Front Ranges (North Shore Mountains)
      • Vancouver Island Ranges, British Columbia
      • Olympic Mountains, Washington
      • Cascade Range, Washington and Oregon
      • Oregon Coast Range, Oregon
      • Calapooya Mountains, Oregon
      • Klamath-Siskiyou
      o Klamath Mountains, Oregon, northern California
      o Siskiyou Mountains, Oregon, northern California
      o Trinity Alps and Salmon Mountains, California
      o Yolla Bolly Mountains, Northern California
      • Northern Coast Ranges, California
      o King Range, northern California
      o Mendocino Range, northern California
      o Mayacmas Mountains, California
      o Marin Hills, California
      • Southern Coast Ranges, central California
      o Diablo Range, California
      o Santa Cruz Mountains, California
      o Santa Lucia Range, California
      o Temblor Range, California
      • 8 Years Ago
      well...the rear axle is one example
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds like Chris is some jilted Camaro owner who's been stuck in his car too long and can't wait for the new one. So what to do? Rag on the segment leader. Come back when you know what you are talking about.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about a 6 speed manual retrofit for the 'Joe-Schmoe' GT owner?
      How about putting fog lights where they belong?
      How about a real [quad beam] headlight system?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chris, your post gives me the impression that you've never driven a Mustang before, nor are you familiar with its capabilities.

      "- independent rear suspension: (and don't give me this "cost savings" B.S. The damn thing is close to $30k as it is."
      Actually, the GT starts at just over 26K and the V6 starts at under 20K. The live rear axel not only saves money, but is considered to be a Mustang tradition. Besides, it's better for drag racing.

      "- quality materials: the materials inside make it feel like a Tonka toy."
      Name another new car with this kind of performance per dollar.

      "- lose some weight: this thing is great in a straight line but don't dare cornering in it."
      Said like someone who has never driven one.

      "- aesthetics: paint the damn mirrors (see Tonka toy reference above), lose the "tape" stripe on the V6, come up with one "look". Besides the basic shape the V6 and GT look like two different cars."
      GT owners want a visual difference between their cars and a V6.

      "- fuel economy: I'd just be happy if the GT could manage 18mpg. What are we down to now? 12?"
      17 MPG city, 25 MPG hwy for the GT, 19 and 28 for the V6.

      It sounds like you're expecting a Mustang to be just like a BMW, but at half price. Get real. Here in Canada the Mustang GT's closest rival, the 350Z, starts at $12k more.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      "leaf springs, the way fordward."

      The Mustang doesn't have leaf springs...butthead. It has coils.

      Look at the g's the Mustang can pull and the performance numbers and prove to me that this set up is inferior. It may not ride as nice, but its damn close and costs a bundle less.

      I love how people rag on a live rear axle, but then go nuts over some fwd car's handling.

      • 8 Years Ago

      leaf springs, the way fordward.
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