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With all the hype surrounding the upcoming production versions of the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro, it's easy to forget that the Mustang is still king of the hill when it comes to pony car sales. We've had the very competent current model since Fall 2004, while any competition continues to be stuck in future-tense. Even without any direct competition, Ford has stayed on top of its RWD V8 American icon, and the 2+2 pony car is still the stuff of dreams. The marketing geeks at Ford picked up on the phenomenon, and the result is a :30 spot with some lucky Joe performing power slides and donuts in a red Mustang GT while the fuzz give him the thumbs-up. Ford added a hot brunette driving a Mustang convertible for good measure, and you've got the ideal REM of many-a-man. Check out the spot after the jump.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Still the best ad:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvZ4aeBLxSI&NR=1

      Also, think about it, the ZR1 still has a pushrod engine and rear leaf springs. Sure puts all the IRS guys into fit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Donuts rock.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lame.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Andrew drives a Toyota Camry. He likes it because it has great reliability and can comfortably fit his four favorite people as well as him: mommy, daddy, little sister (the only girl his age he knows) as well as grandma!

        Enjoy Andrew!

        For the rest of us, there's more to life than gas mileage and imports.

        Andrew: I'll rev that roaring v8 in my garage a couple times for you. It'll be worth the $5.50.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Advert is lame, in comparison this one is much better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv4t795Yb5k

        :b
        • 7 Years Ago
        And backing up my opinion. Thanks for noticing!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm just not into "chick magnet" cars, meh, I'm not one for machismo penis extensions. It's like wearing muscle tees with a tribal/barbed wire tat. Something's just too cliche about it. Not to mention the fact that its rear suspension is something from the Flintstones.

        Not to say anything bad about the Flintstones.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah Andrew, I do all those things you mention and it makes me appreciate the Mustang even more for what it is. I never owned one, but think it would be kinda cool sometime.

        It would be interesting to see which vehicles you think aren't lame.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, because anyone who hates Mustangs must be into "ricers".

        Watch foreign television. Leave the country some time. Read a book. You'll learn a lot.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Inefficient as hell, until you realize the shelby is making that 319hp without a turbo or intercooler. Take the turbo off the STi's 2.5L and see what it makes. Better yet, throw the STi's turbo on the Shelby and see what kind of power it puts out.

        One has to realize they're totally different cars. Each appealing to different people. It's like a BMW M3 vs a Mercedes C55 AMG. One's a track star, the other is a torquey highway monster. I've got two friends with STi's and I've got an '03 Cobra. Both cars are a hell of a lot of fun, but I prefer the Cobra because I can drop the top and drive it all day without hurting my kidneys (not to mention they can't touch me on the highway). They prefer the Go-Kart like handling and AWD. Lets face it, things would get pretty boring if our only options for a fun car is an STi or Evo.

        I prefer variety. That's why I have cars, trucks, snowmobiles, ATVs, a boat, ect. There isn't one vehicle that can do everything.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Different strokes for different folks. Hence why there are so many different car models out there.

        I personally like Handling cars (STI, Evo, M3, Miata, RX-8, CTS-V) over the power-is-everything cars (Mustang, etc). But, to each their own.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That video is interesting. I've never really put the numbers together, but man, the Cobra motor is inefficient as hell.

        STi: 122 hp/liter (305hp/2.5liter)
        Cobra: 69 hp/liter (319hp/4.6liter)

        That's almost double...
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Shelby Mustang only won 2 of 46 categories over the STi.

        "If fun to you is autographing the local Walmart parking lot, the Shelby is for you."

        hilarious. And some nice driving in that vid. Thanks for that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Andrew:

        Just so you know, peak hp/L has not so much to do with efficiency. You didn't take into account low end power, engine size (displacement is NOT size), mpg, cost, number of moving parts, etc.

        And believe me, I'm not defending ford pig modular v8's, (ls# ftw), but I'm just saying that just doing hp/L is a lil n00bish.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So Furd can show their v6 powered over-run ride jumping through the air in a dream driven by a grown man, but Chevrolet has to put the brakes on showing a kid daydreaming at school about jumping a Corvette...?
      Truckguy
      • 7 Years Ago
      Simple
      You can like or dislike this car.
      But you can't really comment on what it is, where it came from, or more importantly....what it means, unless you were there for the first Mustangs. And other American Iron. And to really appreciate the flavor you had to be a motorhead at least 7 - 10 years before that...into the american built hot rods.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a great ad. It pretty much nails what the Mustang is all about. Relatively unsophisticated, Middle America, doesn't take itself too seriously, and great fun. I want to go out and get an ice-cream cone now, even though it's only 30 degrees out.

      Now, replace the Mustang with a Prius and do the exact same commercial. Now THAT would be funny.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jeez people shut up!!

      Hooray, one poster is in their mid 20's and live in Chicago with roomate, take pictures of their laptop and keys, and hates the Mustang, great, who cares, why post on the Mustang page?

      Another tries to be funny by ripping the 20 something photographer by getting personal and fails.

      Yet we have to endure a whole page of childish bantering back and forth to get to a couple comments relevant to the actual post! Wow.

      Its a good commercial and plays to the audience and is something that is plausable and true to the cars roots. Its a fun commercial for a fun car thats seems to get bashed for being exactly what it is, a car that get attention, people have an emotional tie to and is fun to drive. Tell me what city lets you drive an STi to its limits to prove its so much better? Because thats what most cars do, commute and run errands not drive the track everyday.

      • 7 Years Ago
      last december (2007), duh
      • 7 Years Ago
      Andrew.... if you really drive a BMW, and haven't tried something like that before, you really can't talk.
      My car isn't anywhere near BMW performance wise and it's fun.

      love or hate mustangs, they're awesome drift cars. and that's a sweet comercial
      • 7 Years Ago
      Andrew, you really drive a bmw? I don't know why but that is just too funny for someone who does not want to drive a car that would make him look like a cliche - you know some guy with a wife-beater and a barbwire tattoo. Just funny to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it's interesting that Andrew 1) felt oblkigated to state he felt the commercial was lame, and 2) felt he needed to defend himself, AFTER stating the commercial was lame.

      Andrew, who most likely does NOT own either a BMW or any sort of "track car", and much more likely drives an eight year old Dodge Stratus 4 cylinder auto, equipped only with his wife and kids, simply wanted attention.

      This cry for help is becoming increasingly common from the poorer members of the Sierra Club and other anti-car organizations. They have to drive, because the chauffered lease isn't available to them, and they can't afford anything of real interest. So, they content themselves by inventing an online persona who tries to appear both hip and knowledgeabe, and then attack that which they truly desire. Remember, when the fox was unable to jump high enough to get the grapes from the fence, he walked away, claiming they were probably sour, anyway.

      Don't rail at Andrew. He really does hate his Stratus, which is badly rusted and smokes slightly, and wishes he had a Mustang, but...Walmart just doesn't pay enough.

      Blacksabre
        • 7 Years Ago
        I actually enjoyed the commercial and found it really funny and entertaining. True, some people don't like the mustang (i'm kind of neutral about that car anyway) but attacking them personally to that level -- and even stooping so low as to include their wife and daughters/kids into the picture is kinda… well, freakin' lame and immature. Congratulations, you just made Mustang enthusiasts look like low-class jerks who really are more into brawns and than brains!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Black you're an idiot, just shut up already.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't get what the big deal is. He didn't like the commercial; neither did I.

        And the personal attacks are useless.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well, at least it's not a Mac.

        Good luck with the Stratus, Andy...I hear the frames don't rust nearly as fast as the rest.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I didn't say anything negative about Mustang owners, I just said I didn't like the Mustang. You've made a fool of yourself. Good work.

        I'm in my mid 20's, live in downtown Chicago with a couple of male roomates, though I do have a girlfriend. She could care less what type of car I drive, but does accompany me on a drive once and a while. No kids, no problems.

        I have no reason to uphold any credibility here, because let's face it, it's a comment section of an autoblog. But after your ignorant tirade, I feel like making you look like an ass. So without further adieu, picture time!

        http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/61/dsc01078ij2.jpg

        Dolt.
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