• Sep 9th 2008 at 9:26AM
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Photo: V8Limited\The Mustang Source

Bit by bit, the 2010 Ford Mustang is taking shape. We've slowly gone from the full-burka cladding to little peeks through it -- a headlight here, a taillamp there -- to this, the best shot yet of the car's rear end. V8Limited, the pseudonym used by one of the forum posters at The Mustang Source, caught a camo-painted but otherwise undisguised 2010 Mustang GT convertible out on the road and managed to grab a good shot before the driver saw what was happening and took off.

Note the upkick in the bodywork when you follow windowsills. On the current cars, it's straight, but on the new Mustang, there's a slight rise at the end of the door panel that flows up into the rear deck, making for more muscular haunches. Mustang drivers will immediately notice another welcome change in the placement of the radio antenna. Instead of the tall vertical whip mounted on the front passenger side of the current-gen car, an angled, shorty antenna now lives on the right rear quarter. Reshaped taillamps make the '10 instantly identifiable from the rear. While they retain the traditional three-element look, they are five-sided instead of rectangular, and the bottoms now angle up towards the car's outer edges. Polished rolled exhaust tips poke through their cutouts in the rear bumper cover, which gets a matte-black finish along the bottom. Finally, those five-spoke wheels are a new design.

In his post at TMS, V8Limited says that up front, the hood extends farther over the grille and that the headlamps are shorter. He didn't get an opportunity to snap the front end, but if Ford has basically undisguised prototypes running around, it's only a matter of time before more shots hit the web ahead of the official debut in November. Thanks to all who sent tips!

UPDATE: A Jalopnik reader snagged a pair of GT coupes from the front. Head over there to see the new front end.

[Source: The Mustang Source]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      ^^^lol..what a rant that was
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like the Giugiaro (sp?) Mustang styling cues. Especially the headlights

      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that a backup camera in the center of the spoiler??
      • 7 Years Ago

      I entered on the 2010mustang site for a drawing, but man!! This new redesign delivers!!! Again, FORD never lets us down. And if you are not impressed with the new redesign....then you are a piece of hippocrit crap, and do not deserve to even say the name "Mustang".

      Everyone is all excited for the Muscle Car Wars next year, with the return of the Chevy Camaro and the already-selling(but oh so slowly) Dodge Challenger. its gonna be like the 70's again.

      The problem with Chevy and the Camaro is that Chevy released the hype of the Camaro 1 1/2 years ago with Transformers. People were all calling it "the transformer car" or "the future car", but they never knew anything about it, or that it was going to the new Camaro.

      And they also released the camo-less photos while testing them, saying "We don't need CAMO!! There's no point for us to hide the new look anymore!" Well, they made that the BIG MISTAKE for the Camaro, cause when you look at it now...it just looks STALE. Ya'know? It has that ICKY STALE [GM] feel to it.

      And with Dodge, their new remake of the Challenger is AWESOME. Great looking car, but the inside is the same as the Dodge Magnum, the Dodge Charger, the Dodge Avenger, the Chrysler 300, and most of the other Jeep interiors. The Challenger would be UNIQUE and a good challenge to the Mustang / Camaro if it weren't just a big metal body kit on top of a Dodge Charger platform. AND IT'S TOO DAMN FREAKIN QUIET!!! Who makes a MUSCLE CAR with the throttle/exhaust of a Chrysler Minivan???

      So, back to the Mustang 2010. There are 3 reasons why it is going to be awesome, and possibly (a little bit) downhill:

      1. The New Look (redesign could/will change the minds of those who looked away from the Mustang back when it debuted in 2005)

      2. The power (FORD could possibly release the 5.0 or eventually the EcoBoost, which would bring a whole new way of v6 power)

      3. The Looks (lol, its mostly about the looks. The new Redesign already makes the Camaro and Challanger look a little dry. And if FORD, again, adds EcoBoost...then we are looking at a whole new wave of GREEN)

      And the possibilitys of downfall:

      1. The price: If FORD puts the new Mustang in the high 30's or the V6's around the $24,000 area, then we got a problem.

      2. The Power: The Camaro is gonna have V6: 300hp (more than standard GTs), and 424hp for SS. Dodge is what you pay for is what you get fo the hp (250hp, 375hp, 425hp, and they are not that fast actually)

      3. The looks : Most will dig it, some won't.

      So, FORD is playing the game by the rules....but they have a little bit of magic up their sleeve.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I told you guys that the "new" Mustang is being made to resemble the new Camaro from the side profile. Actually its being made to resemble a 69' which itself looked a little like a 69' Camaro.

      Unfortunately, Ford is stuffing the VERY SAME V8 in it thats in it today: NO BUMP IN POWER.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saw one of the GTs the other day while I was out working. Sadly, I didn't have a real camera on me and the camera on my phone blows.

      Anyways, it looked good.

      Oh and bob, if you haven't noticed, the Mustang always looks like it has a 4X4 ride height in pictures.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To me, the funny part is that it's wearing a passenger side window sticker !

      I only like it becase it comes in a convertible! The Camaro & Challenger do not. If Camaro & Challenger came in 'Verts, my choice, hands down woud be the Hurst Limited Edition Hemi Challenger, in White & Gold.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nah... Don't like it.
      In my book, the Camaro looks infinitely cooler.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Look at that 4x4 ride height, good grief.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are some of you guys crazy? In the midst of major competition, Ford goes on the cheap and only refreshes the 'stang? Thank you Mummy, I want more slab, plasticky, and drab goodness on my 'stang please! And to those who applaud this--why? For what?

      The Pony need to up the ante, and they go and crap out. This looks like the kind of crap Cadillac did with the early 2000's DTS when it was redone. They sold us on this "major redesign" and go out and give us a cow, with only a refreshed dash, plus crappy (yet "refreshed") butt and front ends. But all the while, it was the same car. Nothing new. Yay, to American design!!

      Whoever likes this car and thinks Ford really made major change here is nuts, blind and is on the 'Stang can't do no wrong campaign. I can go out and get a 2008 'stang and put my own kit and do this. This is nothing new, and it definitely ain't hotter or better. But we in good faith think that Ford is going to "wow" us, and they seemingly never learn--and take risks. Thanks Ford, we have now been strung on the Corvette redesign program--so I guess we aren't going to see a revolutionary 'Stand till whe, oh maybe 2020 after Ford recoops its losses and finally has the money to make a true (and better financed) run for the fences.

      This is crap and you all know it. And don't give me that "ooh, they put those 'Guilligarimosismo' (yes, I know the name ain't spelled correct) concept cues in this car"--oh really? They put the most minute styling cues on the present car and you bite the bullet? Then Ford just sold you on a bag of crap with cheese on top. Stop drinking the kool-aid! Quality ain't job one--quality just got plain robbed!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh please. The Challenger is based off of the Chrysler 300 platform, which dates back to 2005--the same year the Mustang was unveiled.

        Also: Where did you get the information that absolutely nothing under the hood is changed? 5.0 V-8, 3.7 V6 Ecoboost, new interior, and possibly even IRS (unlikely on the last one, obviously). Sounds pretty decent.

        P.S.: I'm glad the Giugiaro design elements were kept to a minimum. That thing was butt-ugly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think everyone here knows it's not a major change. No need to go psycho over it.

        Plus, Ford did up the ante by not killing off the Mustang like Chevy killed off the Camaro only to bring it back because the Mustang was selling. Same goes for Dodge.

        Oh and if you can go out and buy an 08 Stang and supposedly put these parts on, then why don't you go do it? Oh wait, you can't.

        Get a life. If you don't like it, don't read these threads and don't buy one. Go play with your overweight "pony cars".
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am not a big fan of giving out other links to other sites since I am on here, but it's a Jaloppy of a site.......
      It's nothing big, just the front end shot, like 2 pics, but I prefer this site, which is why I'm always on here, I only check the others for minor updates.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well considering this is just a refresh not a redesign I'm a little more ok about it. The rear still doesn't look right but the front looks very nice.
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