• Nov 25, 2008


Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Ford Mustang

With most of the attention at the LA Auto Show given to the Mustang, you'd think Ford would ride that wave of publicity as long as it could. However, it appears that Ford will be making more Mustang news before the 2010s even hit the showroom floors. At the live unveiling of the 2010 Ford Mustang last week, we thought we caught Mark Fields hinting at the possibility of more Mustang news coming out of the Detroit Auto Show this January. Sure enough, we watched the unveiling again on Speed TV and listened carefully for any mention of a new Mustang for Detroit. Sure enough, Fields says that Ford "will reveal yet another chapter in the Mustang story" at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

We've thought through what this new Mustang could be, and we're down to two possibilities. The first is the next generation Shelby GT500. Spy photographs have been snapping prototypes running around Detroit since early summer, and if Ford keeps the same powertrain setup as the GT and V6, then it would simply be be a matter of making the cosmetic changes. The second possibility is an all-new variant of the Mustang, most likely a concept that would later hint at a production version. Since we are purely speculating, we're going to go ahead and say what we'd like to see: Boss Mustang, 5.0-liters, 400 hp and a six-speed manual tranny. A Mustang commemorating Parnelli Jones' 1970 Trans-Am win would be perfect except that Saleen already did it two years ago. Mark Field's wording seems to hint at something all new, but the possibility of a new motor could have potential buyers waiting another year to make a purchase. It looks like we'll just have to wait until January to find out.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd guess it's either one of 2 things or both... a hatchback sport version with maybe an option turbo 4 banger, to win back some of the rice racer folks.. that would be envelope pushing for a stang.. or
      it could be a hybrid version, would fit nicely with the idea of a KITT make it a techno hotrod...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another version of the mildly refreshed Mustang, built on a platform that was out of date before the first version was released. Yawn.

      Wake me up when it has an IRS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 5.0L 400HP+ V8 is a done deal for the 2011 model year. Bank on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog,

      You also missed the annoucement that Ford gave during the Ford Fusion unveiling. Mark Fields said that a new sedan will be released at Detroit also. You should post this as well. The video is on the Ford's autoshow website if you want to confirm it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll throw out this idea: Ford will unveil a new SVO (w/ a turbo 4 of course) in Detroit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Given that Ford is trying to woo congress and there is still all the hype around fuel efficiency, I bet its either a (1) FWD, 4 cylinder Mustang or (2) ecoBoost Mustang. More other guess is a CLS coupish-sedan based on the mustang meets the fusion?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The mustang is a front engine rwd platform. To introduce a fwd version would require significant resources to design, develop and test the new/modified platform, plus the necessity for a separate production line and all the new tooling costs. So in short, it will continue to be a rwd platform.

        The fusion is a modified mazda platform so that is also a no go.

        If ford is introducing a production ready stang, then I expect either a 4cyl turbo or a 6.2l huricane although the 4cyl makes sense for fleet fuel econo requirements. Maybe ford will use their SuperCooler tech on the 4cyl turbo for an added boost in hp without effecting fuel ecnono figures.

        If it's a concept, then a 7.0l huricane based boss could be a possibility.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Mustang is a sacred cow and should be treated as such. Surely, you're joking?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd buy a four-cylinder Mustang but not a FWD one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        wouldn't be the first time they've done it, albeit the Mustang II was a complete failure...times have changed?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have a 20,000 mi/yr commute next year and I don't want to buy a Ford Focus / Chevy Cruze / etc.

        I'd love to see a 3.5L V6 Ecoboost with 28+ hwy mpg. I can't believe they re-launched their V6 with the 4.0. What a huge disappointment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Probe part 2?

        That whole debacle when they tried it last time basically means they'd sooner cancel the Mustang and introduce a new FWD sports coupe than transition the 'stang to a FWD sports coupe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd welcome a 4 cyl, and might even consider buying an "impractical" car for the first time in my life. :) I'm currently awaiting the new Fiesta to replace my Focus as mpgs are important as I commute a lot. As it stands, a Mustang is just not even considerable for me as my 4 cyl lifted Ranger gets better gas mileage, but I'd consider it over a Fiesta if the mpgs were better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes it would
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is no way they will make a FWD mustang.
      Your other option though, sounds more plausible.
      An EcoBoost twin turbo V6 mustang would be a freaking hoot!

        • 6 Years Ago
        It's going to be an ecoboosted V8.

        haha

        jk, realistically it's probably an ecoboosted variant. hey, what was wrong with the thunderbird brand? does anybody know?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Why not a hybrid Mustang Convertible? Hybrids are born for stop & go traffic, so are convertibles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to see the 4.0L I-6 Turbo from the Aussie Falcon F6 in one. Or at least a Turbo V-6 stout enough to handle some serious tuning.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a modern V6? Introducing a new Mustang with an archaic V6 is just stupid..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cloning Steve McQueen?
        • 6 Years Ago
        So that's where all the billions went :P
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just hope he doesn't find out where his Bullit Mustang went....
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