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We all know that the Ford Mustang will be receiving a face lift around 2010 to better combat the impending onslaught of competition from the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro. A new prototype has been spotted that, while heavily covered up, at least shows that Ford's plan for its pony car are progressing. Through the covering one can vaguely make out new headlights, a new grille and new rear taillights. Unfortunately, not much else can be gleaned, like whether the freshening will take some of its cues from the hot Giugiaro Mustang Concept that was recently damaged in Bulgaria by Fabrizio Giugiaro himself. That car's aesthetic may not be seen in production until an all-new Mustang arrives even farther into the future.
[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I sure hope it does not look like that nasty concept. I love Mustangs so let's keep it real and American. I plan on buying a new Mustang, I am just waiting to see what the redesign looks like. Don't blow it Ford!
      • 7 Years Ago
      A neighbor who works for Ford told me that htis Mustang has alot of the Giugiaro concept in it and in the interior. He also said an IRS has been talked about but only for GT models which would leave the solid rear for the V6 and still available for the drag racing crowd. Many drag racers buy a Ford crate motor any ways and build from there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course it is different.IT is a coupe. You don't really believe that phony ribbed-roof treatment do you?
      • 7 Years Ago
      No no Autoblog, you're mistaken!

      That there is the next limited-edition Mustang.

      Let the record show that pictured above is the all-new Knight Rider Limited Edition 'Stang!

      Seriously though, that looks more K.I.T.T. appropriate than that joke GT500 we saw earlier last week.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I tell you what man, if Ford can just get a bigger engine in there, 5.8 or 6.0 liter, whether it be pushrod or sohc. dohc, and keep the Mustang looking as good as it always has been, then I think this car will be a real winner. I probably won't be able to afford a GT convertible, so I would be perfectly happy to have a base model 3.5/3.7 V6 engine that puts out 265-275 horsepower. Damn, That is what the LT1 camaros/firebird twins were putting out with a big 5.7 V8.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why the hell do you idiots insist on bigger engines first? Yes, like more power is REALLY what the mustang needs...And if you're impressed about a 275hp V6 in a mustang, remember that there is a 306hp V6 in the Nissan 350Z, which has been there for a year now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm pretty sure i've heard that for 2010, its just getting a new front end and some new powertrains...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just slap in a pushrod V8 with an indestructible crankshaft and a 80HP gain, it'll be fine. It'd be awesome if cams from much older engines would fit. Head swaps would be a breeze from the OHV layout. Just make sure it can have a 6.5k redline. (aftermarket reflashes to 7K)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, a chance to do a complete facelift and they failed royally.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 4.6L SOHC Romeo modular V8 came out in the 1991 Lincoln Town Car and was rated @190 HP single exhaust and 210 HP w/duals. The 4.0 Cologne V6 is a bored out version of the 2.8L V6 and came out in the original Mercury Capri. This engine is coarse, thrashy and at it's max displacement-245 cubes. I anticipate the 265 HP 3.5L as the base engine, a 4.6L 335 HP base GT engine, and a 5.0L, 375 HP upgrade engine. I think a 5.8L (351 CID), 425 HP "Boss" will be the top dog option...and it will be expensive. Transmissions will be 6 speed manuals and 6 speed manual-control automatics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not much different looking and that's a good thing. I still think this car has a great look. The wheels are pretty good looking
      • 7 Years Ago
      The look just needs to be freshened up, what Ford needs to do is up the HP and engine options to compete with Chevy's and Dodge's pony cars when they get here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why would ford put all that work into a base model with a V6 to bring it to over 300hp? They are supposed to be cheap, as cheap as possibe, while still retaining the mustang look. The V6 isn't going to have any direct injection or anything like that, and it will most likely be the 3.5 making about 260hp. Leave high tech V6 motors to the imports, like a 350Z.
        • 7 Years Ago
        To Joe:

        As the current 3.7L is only making 273HP (Mazda CX-9), Ford would have to make some impressive changes to increase the power to over 300HP. As for the GT starting with 400HP as you claim, I highly doubt it. And... why would Ford abandon their long proven 4.6L entirely.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I didn't know that it was actually confirmed that there would be a power increase in the refresh, but if its true, the base v-6 will not be the 3.7. It will most likely be the 3.5 that produces 265 hp. That is still a 40 hp bump from the old v6. Also, the next v8 is supposed to make 390ish hp.

        Really, with the release of the Camaro and Challenger coming soon, the Mustang is no longer envied. It really is the worst of the three as it is right now, both stylewise and powerwise. Sure the 10 adresses (probably) the power, but the retro look has really worn fast. It needs to look exactly like the guiargio mustang, minus the taillights.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am thinking that a premium fuel 3.7 with a dual exhaust would make 285hp tops, and a 3.5 275hp.

        But ford wouldn't put a premium fuel engine in the base model, and would skip out on a dual exhaust. So 275/265hp for 3.7/3.5.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The new Boss (nee Hurricane) motors are going to be in the Mustang when this facelift is released. Word is that the stock GT will be getting 400 HP, and the V6, which is going to use the new 3.7L Duratec (based off the Cyclone engine family), will be starting at 300 HP, possibly more, if the "Twin-Force" version of the engine is used.

        I think my dream line-up would be:

        V6: Duratec 3.7L with 300 HP
        V6 "Plus" model: Twin-Force 3.7L with 360HP
        GT: 5.4L Boss V8 with 400 HP
        GT "plus" model: 5.7L Boss V8 with 450 (probably a Mach 1, Boss, or Bullit)

        Then, of course, the Shelby models, which I think should be scaled back to a GT350 and GT500, with maybe one uber-up market Shelby, a la the GT500KR.
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