I think it's kind of funny how automakers say they will unveil their new models at big auto shows. I always picture a a cover being whisked awayas flash bulbs fire at the just-revealed car, but it lately it seems that's not really how it is. The new 2010 Mustang was said to be revealed at this month's LA Auto Show, but here we are with the fully revealed car long before the show opens it doors. I guess that's just how things are in today's times. Anyways, on to the new 'Stang.
After months of teasing, and spy shots, the new car looks to be pretty much what we were expecting. If you squint your eyes, it looks very similar to the '05-'09 cars on the outside, but there are a number of changes to the exterior including redesigned front and rear fascias and more curvature in places where the previous car was straight and flat. Based on first impressions, I like what I see. After all, it's pretty hard to "modernize" a car that already has retro styling.
While the nose of the old car was big and rounded, the new car has a meaner look to it. It's apparent that there was inspiration from the Shelby GT500's when it comes to the front end design. You can also see how the hood and front fenders have a new bulge to them.
A better view of the rear and side on this red version. The rear quarter panels or "hips" appear to be more muscular than the previous car. The taillights and rear bumper are the biggest exterior change on the new car.
Here you can see the redesigned tailamps and rear spoiler in greater detail. I'm liking the way the red and clear sections of the light look together. The new, more subtle rear spoiler looks good as well.
The biggest improvement on the new Mustang is inside where the interior is vastly improved over the old car's, while still retaining the popular '60s throwback styling. The interior of the new car is said to use much higher grade materials and have a better overall finish to it. These were some of the biggest complaints about the old Mustangs. The new gauges appear much more modern and easier to read. I guess I have to hold final judgement until I see it in the flesh, but I'm thinking "well done, Ford".
For now, the powertrain is mostly a carryover from the '09 models, but the Mustang GT's 4.6L SOHC V8 does get a boost of 15hp for a total of 315. Rumor has it a new more powerful 5.0L will be used in the future. Next year will be interesting as the new Mustang battles the Dodge Challenger and 2010 Camaro in the 21st century pony car war. It terms of power output, the new Mustang GT might be behind the competition (the Camaro SS will have over 400hp), but the car will significantly lighter than both of its rivals, which should help to even them up performance wise.
So what are your guys thoughts on the new Stang?