After decades of dominating the pony car sales charts, the Ford Mustang has finally met its match in the latest Chevrolet Camaro. Naturally, this high-profile segment, is one that Ford is loathe to concede. After being infused with completely new engines in 2011, the Mustang will soon receive a visual refreshening that aligns this horse's looks even more with the range-topping Shelby GT500 model.

Our spy photographers have snapped a Mustang GT prototype with just a thin layer of 3M vinyl hiding the changes. Up front, you can clearly see the GT500's influence in this Mustang prototype's protruding grille. Also note that the coupe has dropped the Mustang GT's circular, grille-mounted foglamps, as well as swapped out its galloping horse badge for a new logo that's been moved from the center of the grille to the side. Even the lower air intake is shaped like an open smile, just like on the current GT500. And, is that a splitter we see hanging off the car's chin?

We can also see brand new projector beam headlights up front with some LED tech buried within, and out back, the rear end gets new taillights. That rear wing is also new, and the rear bumper has been slightly redesigned as well.

Ford clearly hopes to imbue the Mustang GT with the GT500's aggressive looks, and these spy shots show they're on-track to do just that. Will it be enough to boost sales above the Camaro? We'll see. The more interesting question is once the Mustang GT looks like the GT500, what will Ford do with its most powerful pony car? With the impending arrival of the 580-horsepower Camaro ZL1, we're sure Ford's got something planned.


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      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      they need to make it dimensional smaller with shorter overhangs in back. Other wise its great just how it is.
      4gasem
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still prefer the Mustang. For a DD, it's got the visibility that I desire, and it's got the interior styling I desire. I just can't get the Transformer toy image out of my head when I see the Camaro. Both are good cars, but IMO for different reasons.
      karmakid
      • 3 Years Ago
      am i the only one who thinks this may be a new mach 1?
      EB110Americana
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it looks like a GT500 and smells like a GT500... Okay, just curious, what makes you guys so sure this isn't the GT500? Or maybe simply testing something like the new 5.8L GT500 engine's cooling with the appropriate front end on an engineering chassis?
      Roush
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im interested in this design. It looks rather nice imo. Always liked the design of the new Mustangs. Everyone has different preferences on the looks but it doesn't look bad. Would like to see it in person.
      Buckingham's
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still think that Steve McQueen's 1967 Highland Green Mustang Fastback was the best looking pony car of all time, killer sleek lines, and that up-front scowl, and the rumble from those pipes......mmmmmm....music to my ears!
      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      The front end looks much better than the current car however it still has that awful rear. As much as I liked the retro-look at first for the Mustang, it is really gotten old now and I hope that during the next major redesign that they go a completely new direction, modern direction. Something like the Evos concept would be really cool for it IMO.
      The Other Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a good revision. I like the performance of the current car, but cannot fall in love with its looks in order to buy it. The current GT looks cheap, which I think really impacts its sales in favor fo the Camaro. The grey plastic surrounding the grill makes the V-6 look like the superior car. Changing it up to look like a GT 500 is a good step. Now if they could improve the manual trasnmission. That thing has a horrible reputation.
      Curtis
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just a model refresh (again) right? Because all of that sheet metal is identical to the current mustang. It's a good looking car, but it's not much different from the previous Gen mustang. It's about time Ford starts showing off the next Mustang, the Camaro concept showed up well before it's actual release, and it got people interested in it way in advance, and it brought the sales, so why doesn't Ford follow their example?
        Jai302
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Curtis
        A Mustang is no Slowmaro. It doesn't need hype publicity to sell.
          Jai302
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jai302
          *hype and publicity
          Brian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jai302
          I have been a big Mustang fan all of my life but I have to tell you, I would take a new Camaro over a new Mustang in their current form. I really liked the 2005-2009 Mustangs however in my opinion, the 2010 update was a step in the wrong direction, at least design-wise. Even if the Camaro might be slower (I honestly don't know if it is or isn't), I like the design of the Camaro and, for that matter the Challenger much, much better. I sure hope that Ford gives the 2013 redesign the attention it deserves and that they move away from the retro look.
        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Curtis
        I think it is just another refresh, too. I sure wish that Ford would have saved themselves the money and effort that was spent on this refresh and instead bumped up the replacement.
      e30kid
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks like a V6 to me. Definitely not the GT.
        protovici
        • 3 Years Ago
        @e30kid
        Or ask the person taking the pic..... What did it sound like?
      Lewis
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the photos displayed are, indeed, representative of what the new Mustang will look like, color me unimpressed. Despite the new Focus and the Fiesta - both of which have some snap, crackle, and pop - Ford styling is often a shade too timid. The style mock-up for the new Explorer was, for me, far more exciting than the vehicle now in Ford showrooms. Given how far Ford has come, I'd hate to think that they are already lapsing back into stylistic timidity.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lewis
        wait till the anniversary.....BIG Mustang changes....game-changer....
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems pretty slim to me. A few styling changes that only GT500 fans would appreciate. Not going to be enough to attract any Camaro/Challenger customers. I know most people don't buy the GT500 but it is the GT500 that sets the bar competitively. How well the new GT500 performs vs new Camaro ZL1 will be the real deciding factor. If it is superior, then people will buy the cheaper look-a-like.
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