The Ford Mustang is already the lightest of the current crop of muscle cars, at around 3,600 pounds for a GT coupe with the six-speed manual transmission. That's almost 260 pounds less than a Chevrolet Camaro SS and about 450 pounds less than a Dodge Challenger R/T, which means the Mustang has a pretty big advantage when it comes to handling, braking, accelerating and economy. More good news: The next Mustang will be even lighter.

According to a report from Edmunds, the sixth-generation Mustang, which is set to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, will shed an additional 400 pounds of body fat. That 11-percent weight reduction will be thanks to lightweight materials, with a particular focus on using stronger, but less material in construction. Aluminum will feature heavily, but Edmunds' inside source warns that there is "nothing terribly exotic" coming to the original pony car.

The other big news is that the new Mustang will be smaller overall. It's going to be 15-inches shorter than the 188.5-inch Mustang on sale today, while it'll also be 6.5 inches narrower. Shorter overhangs, both in the front and rear, are also good signs for those that want an agile Mustang.

Of course, these improvements aren't going to come cheap. Depending on what sort of equipment is selected, the max price is going to jump about 10 percent according to Edmunds. Still, a bit of extra cash for a lot less weight is a deal we're happy to live with.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it is shrinking that much then the test mules must not be wearing production body gear. 15" shorter with those big overhangs? Is it turning into a 2 seater? It was already tight inside.
        cantdrive55
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        I was thinking the exact same thing mikey. The overhangs on the test mule look every bit as large as those on the 2011+ Mustang.
          CCR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cantdrive55
          Not a test mule, as those are the S-197 test vehicles with S-550 components.
        CCR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        They are not test mules, as those would be S197 bodies testing S550 gear. It is the second stage of prototypes, which is the first stage to use the final design body on test vehicles. These are heavily disguised with additional padding. The next stage will reveal more and after that will be the pilot production stage, which will basically be a naked car with covered slightly with tape.
      Jamie Houk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Removing that 6 inches of width should be seen as a direct result of this car being readied for European sales. That will make it much easier to live with on Europe's narrow secondary roads. I would not be surprised at all to see an Eco-Boost turbo 4 as the base engine in this car. Ford has already proven that people buy performance not necessarily cylinders. Just look at the number of people that are now driving six cylinder F150's that previously had to have a V8.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, they are saying that the 5.0 is going to have ~450 horsepower, it is supposed to lose 400 pounds, and it will be smaller and have IRS? Without a doubt, this will be one of the front runners for when it comes time to replace my new DD.
      phun-ky
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to go Mustang! Add IRS and you have a winner ;)
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @phun-ky
        I second what Gordon Chen said. Definitely coming. No more solid axles.
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        @phun-ky
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      b
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, i think the 15 inches shorter is an even bigger surprise than the weight reduction!
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet that -400lbs is with the Ecoboost 4 which probably puts it at a -200 from the V8?
      benjamin_braddock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Could the smaller dimensions and weight loss be to help it perform better with smaller European engines?
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am not so sure this is a good thing, they made the 370Z smaller and it looks goofy to me. I just hope the don't ruin the Mustang like they did with the Mustang II.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      15 inches shoter, 6.5 inches narrower and 400lbs lighter. Now that is one dramatic downsizing. I approve.
      EvilTollMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, let me get this right, 400lbs taken away, DI added to the 5.0 perhaps? That means at least 435hp... I think the new mustang will be almost as quick as the Vette. Just as long as they get the suspension tuning right.
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      Doss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those numbers would put it pretty close in size to the Fox body Mustangs (actually, a little shorter). That's pretty small but still with proper packaging should leave some interior room for 4 (well, 2 adults plus 2 large kids). So, that means the current crop of engines should still fit (b/c you can put the wide DOHC V8 Ford mod motors in those). Personally, I'd like width to stay about the same as it currently is and just push the tires closer to the corners. Bump the specs on the V8 with DI and maybe some turbo options and you'll have one heck of a Stock AX car and also a great drag/track car to boot.
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