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 Post subject: 6 Generations of Mustangs
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Question: What is a first generation Mustang?
Early 1965 Mustang:

On March 9, 1964, the first Mustang, a Wimbledon White convertible with a 260-cubic inch V-8 engine, rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn, Michigan. A month later on April 17th, 1964, the Ford Mustang made its world debut at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York.
The first model Mustang, the early 65 (or as many refer to it, the 64 ½), was available as a coupe or convertible, and featured a base 170-cubic inch six-cylinder engine with a three-speed floor shift transmission.

An optional 260-cubic inch V-8 engine was available, in addition to a four-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic “Cruise-O-Matic” transmission. The Falcon platform Mustang featured full wheel covers, bucket seats, carpeting, and a padded dash; all for a base retail price of $2,320. According to Ford, 22,000 orders were taken the day of its debut. This came as quite a surprise to Ford executives who had predicted annual sales of about 100,000 units. Within its first 12 months, Ford would sell close to 417,000 Mustangs.

Late 1965 Mustang:
In August of 1964, Lee Iacocca was approached by Carroll Shelby who envisioned the creation of a high-performance Mustang. He wanted a vehicle that could hold its own both on the road and on the track. Shelby received approval from Iacocca to move forward on the project. In the end, he created a Fastback 2x2 Mustang, featuring a modified K-code 289cid V8 Engine with 306 hp. Ford termed the car the Shelby GT350 Street. It was revealed to the general public on January 27th of 1965.

Other changes in the Fall of ‘64 included an entirely new Mustang engine lineup, and the addition of the GT group. The 170-cubic inch six-cylinder engine was replaced by a 200-cubic inch six-cylinder version. This increased the six-cylinder’s performance from 101 hp to 120 hp. The 260-cubic inch V-8 was also replaced with a more powerful 289-cubic inch V-8 engine, capable of producing a whopping 200 hp. This GT Group option far surpassed the 164 hp the smaller engine had generated. In addition, an optional 289-cubic inch V-8, with a four-barrel solid-lifter, was available, capable of producing 225 hp. The 289-cubic inch V-8 "Hi-Po" was also an offering, generating 271 hp. In addition to the new Fastback Mustang, the existing notchback coupe and the convertible were also available offerings. The V-8 GT group Mustangs also touted GT badging, racing stripes on the lower body, and a dual exhaust.

1966 Mustang:
In March of 1966, the Mustang had sold well over a million units. The ’66 model Mustang featured slightly moderate changes to the grille and wheel covers. An automatic transmission became available for the “Hi-Po” V-8. A new instrument cluster, as well as new paint and interior options, were also offered.

1967 Mustang:
The 1967, Mustang is considered, by many, to be the pinnacle of design in the 1960s. The semi-notchback was replaced by a full-Fastback roofline. A longer nose was added, as were triple tail lamps and a wider chassis. A bigger grille was also featured, giving the Mustang a more aggressive appearance. In all, the 1967 Mustang was bigger and more aggressive than ever before. In the power performance arena, 1967 marked the release of the Shelby GT500, which featured a 428-cubic inch V-8 capable of producing 355 hp. There’s no doubt about it, the Mustang was fast becoming a major contender in the world of sports cars.

1968 Mustang:
1968 marked the release of the 302-cubic inch V-8 engine, thus replacing the old 289 V-8 “Hi-Po”. In addition, the 427-cubic inch V-8 engine was released mid-year, capable of producing 390 hp. This premiere racing engine was an available option priced at a mere $622. In April of ’68, the 428 Cobra Jet engine was released in an effort to provide additional performance power to racing enthusiasts. 1968 was also the year in which Steve McQueen raced a modified Mustang GT-390 Fastback through the streets of San Francisco in the movie “Bullitt”. A special-edition Mustang would be released in 2001 commemorating this appearance.

1969 Mustang:
In 1969, the body style of the Mustang changed once again. Sporting a bolder, more aggressive stance, the ‘69 featured a longer body with distinct muscle car characteristics. Gone was the title “Fastback”, as Ford adopted the new corporate name of “Sportsroof”. A new 302-cubic inch engine was also released, outputting more than 220 hp. This year also saw the introduction of the 351-cubic inch "Windsor" V-8 engine, producing 250 hp with a two-barrel carburetor and 290 hp with a four-barrel.

Ford offered several special-edition Mustangs in 1969: Boss 302, 429, Shelby GT350, GT500 and the Mach 1; all of which featured performance engines. The company also offered the Grande luxury model, which featured luxury components such as a vinyl-covered roof, a softer suspension, and wire wheel covers.
It should also be noted this was the year, in which, Carroll Shelby, designer of the Shelby Mustang and longtime Ford colleague, lost control of the Shelby design. This resulted in his request for the company to no longer associate his name with the Mustang.

1970 Mustang:
This was a year of minimal changes for the Mustang. The only noticeable addition to the 1970 model Mustang was the addition of a ram air "Shaker" hood scoop, which was available on Mustangs equipped with a 351-cubic inch engine.

1971 Mustang:
Touted as the biggest Mustang ever, the 1971 model year was almost a foot longer than previous Mustangs, and was also much heavier in comparison. It’s said this Mustang weighed 600 pounds more than its predecessor.

Several special edition Mustangs, featured in the previous two model years, were removed from the ’71 lineup. This included the Boss 302, the Boss 429, the Shelby GT350 and GT500. The Mach 1, however, remained available in various powertrain configurations.

1972 Mustang:
There were no noticeable changes to the body style of the Mustang in 1972. The highlight was the release of the Sprint model Mustang which featured red, white, and blue exterior paint-and-tape styling with matching interior options. Ford launched an ad campaign that used slogans such as, “Put a little Sprint in your life.” Sprint styling was also available on the Ford Pinto and the Maverick.

1973 Mustang:
In 1973, a shortage of fuel became a nationwide concern. Consumers wanted fuel efficient vehicles that were cheap to insure and capable of passing newly introduced emissions standards. As a result, the muscle car era came to an end. This meant Mustang designers would have to go back to the drawing board to create an economical car with consumer appeal. This was the last year the Mustang was built on the original Falcon-platform. The convertible model was also discontinued in ‘73. This marked the end of the first generation Mustang.

Question: What is a second generation Mustang?
1974 Mustang:
For almost a decade, consumers had come to know the Ford Mustang as a power performance machine, with performance increases delivered on an almost yearly basis. In 1974, Ford took a different approach. Instead of increasing the engine size, they downsized it. A completely redesigned Mustang II was launched, available in either a 2.3L inline four cylinder engine or a 2.8L V-6.

Neither engine was extremely powerful, outputting 88 hp and 105 hp respectively. To the dismay of many Mustang enthusiasts, the V-8 engine was no longer an option, and the convertible model was a thing of the past. In addition to a smaller engine, the car itself was more compact. In comparison to the 1973 model, the Mustang II was 19 inches shorter and 490 pounds lighter. Bottom line, this Mustang was, in all respects, a completely different car. Oddly enough, consumers loved the new design and the Mustang II was a big hit. Ford sold close to 385,993 units within the first year. The company hadn’t seen such lucrative sales since the introduction of the Mustang in April of ‘64.

1975 Mustang:
Consumers spoke and Ford listened. In 1975, the V-8 engine once again returned to the Mustang lineup. In spite of its return, this new 302-cubic inch 4.94L engine was nothing like engines of the past. In fact, the ’75 V-8 was only capable of producing around 130 hp, and was only available with an automatic transmission.
Ford coined the new engine the 5.0, thus making this vehicle the first official metric designated Mustang. The 5.0 name would stay with the Mustang through the 1980s and 1990s, representing performance power in a new generation of Mustang vehicles.

1976 Mustang:
Inspired by the Shelby Mustang, Ford introduced the Mustang Cobra II in 1976. In the spirit of racing, the Cobra II featured a non-functional hood scoop, distinctive front and rear spoilers, as well as racing stripes in white and blue or black and gold. The car very much resembled the look and feel of the original Shelby Mustang, although it lacked the power of the original.

1978 Mustang:
The special edition King Cobra Mustang made its debut in 1978. It was the first Ford Mustang to officially feature the 5.0 badge. In all, an estimated 5,000 units were produced. The King Cobra had a distinctive exterior style, featuring a prominent air dam and a cobra decal on the hood. Other than this release, the Mustang lineup remained mostly unchanged.

1979 Mustang:
Question: What’s a Fox Body Mustang?
Answer: The “Fox Body” Mustang, as it’s known, was the third generation of Ford Mustang. It was built on the Fox platform. The car first appeared in 1979 and spanned the entire 1980s through the 1993 model year. The car was lighter than the second generation Mustang II and it was also faster. In 1982 Ford matched the “Fox Body” Mustang up with a 5.0L V-8 engine.

Sleek and redesigned, the 1979 was the first Mustang to be built on the new Fox platform, thus kicking off the third generation of the vehicle. The ’79 Mustang was longer and taller than the Mustang II, although in weight, it was almost 200 pounds lighter. Engine offerings included a 2.3L four-cylinder engine, a 2.3L engine with turbo, a 2.8L V-6, a 3.3L inline-6, and a 5.0L V-8.
In all, the ’79 Mustang was more European visually, with less traditional Mustang styling cues throughout.

1980 Mustang:
In 1980, Ford dropped the 302-cubic liter V-8 engine from the Mustang lineup. In its place they offered a 255-cubic inch V-8 engine which produced close to 119 hp. The idea was to create an engine that was economical and sporty, although many die-hard Mustang enthusiasts found the engine to be underpowered. In addition to the new 4.2L V-8, Ford replaced the 2.8L V-6 with a 3.3L inline-6.

1981 Mustang:
New emissions standards resulted in additional engine changes in the 1981 Mustang. The 2.3L engine with turbo was removed from the lineup. In addition, the 255-cubic inch V-8 engine, which had previously produced close to 119 hp, was redesigned to produce approximately 115 hp. The V-8 engine was at an all-time low in regard to power output.

1982 Mustang:
For many enthusiasts, 1982 was the year Ford brought power back to the Mustang. In addition to the return of the Mustang GT, Ford once again offered the 5.0L V-8 engine, which was capable of producing 157 hp this time around.
In all, the Mustang featured an improved intake and exhaust system, making it one of the fastest domestic cars in America. In ’82 the Mustang also saw the return of the T-top option.

1983 Mustang:
The Mustang had not been available in convertible form since the early 1970s. That changed in 1983 when the convertible option returned to the Mustang lineup. The year also saw an increase in power from the Mustang GT’s 5.0L V-8 engine, which was capable of producing 175 hp. The Mustang was so well admired in ’83 that the California Highway Patrol purchased 400 Mustangs to be used in high-speed pursuits.

1984 Mustang:
In 1984, nearly 20 years after its debut, Ford’s Special Vehicle Operations released the Mustang SVO. An estimated 4,508 were produced. This special-edition Mustang was powered by a turbocharged 2.3L inline-four cylinder engine. It was capable of outputting up to 175 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. There’s no doubt about it, the SVO was a car to contend with. Unfortunately, its high price of $15,585 made it out of reach to many consumers.
A special 20th anniversary edition of the Ford Mustang was also released in 1984. This GT model Mustang featured a V-8 engine with an Oxford White exterior and Canyon Red interior.

1985 Mustang:
In an effort to improve upon its engine lineup, Ford introduced a 5.0L high output (HO) motor in 1985. In all, it was capable of producing up to 210 hp when coupled with a manual transmission. In addition, the Mustang SVO was once again an offering. In 1985 an estimated 1,515 SVOs were produced. Later that year, Mustang modified the SVO slightly and released 439 additional SVOs. These 1985 ½ Mustangs were capable of producing 205 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, making them highly sought after by many Mustang enthusiasts.

1986 Mustang:
The Mustang said goodbye to the carburetor in 1986 when Ford introduced the first sequential multi-port fuel injection V-8 engine. This 302-cubic inch V-8 was rated at 225 hp. The Mustang SVO remained in the vehicle lineup for one more year. In 1986 an estimated 3,382 SVOs were produced. Only a few changes were made to the vehicle such as a reduction in horsepower from 205 hp to 200 hp and the addition of a federally mandated third-brake light added to the rear spoiler.

1987 Mustang:
In 1987, Ford created a completely restyled Mustang that was aerodynamic in design. Although still built on the Fox platform, the 1987 Mustang featured a heavily restyled exterior and interior. It was the first major redesign of the vehicle in almost eight years. The 5.0L V-8 engine was now capable of producing up to 225 hp. While the V-8 engine increased in power, the V-6 engine was no longer an offering. Consumers had the choice of either a V-8 engine or the new 2.3L four-cylinder fuel-injected motor. Although the SVO was no longer offered, Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) created a special edition SVT Cobra which featured a 302-cubic inch V-8 engine capable of producing 235 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

1988 Mustang:
There were few noticeable changes to the Mustang in 1988. The Mustang GT had become an extremely popular car, with the production of 68,468 units produced in 1988 alone. As for available options, T-top production ceased early in the model year. In addition, California Mustang GTs featured a new mass airflow sensor instead of the older speed density system featured in previous models.This is commonly termed the “5.0 Mustang”. In all, the “Fox Body” Mustang was more European visually, with less traditional Mustang styling cues throughout.

1989 Mustang:
In 1989, all Mustangs featured a new mass air system.

In addition, Ford celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Mustang by inscribing a Mustang Pony and the words “25 Years” on the dash of all vehicles produced between April 17, 1989 and April 17,1990.

1990 Mustang:
Extending the celebration of the Mustang’s 25th anniversary, Ford released 2,000 limited edition jet-black Mustangs in the 1990 model year. Ford also introduced the first driver’s-side airbag as standard equipment.

1991 Mustang:
In 1991, Ford increased the horsepower of the base Mustang by offering an improved 105 hp twin-plug 2.3L four-cylinder engine with a distributor-less ignition. In addition, all V-8 Mustangs featured five-spoke 16x7-inch cast aluminum wheels.

1992 Mustang:
In 1992, Mustang sales were on a decline. In an effort to increase consumer enthusiasm, Ford released a limited-edition Mustang in the later part of the ’92 production year. Only a couple thousand of these limited-edition red convertibles with a special rear spoiler were ever produced. In addition, the Mustang LX outsold all other models combined in ‘92.

The LX featured Ford’s 5.0L V-8 engine in a scaled down body style. The base model Mustang could be distinguished from the LX by its lack of dual exhaust pipes.

1993 Mustang:
Ford’s Special Vehicle Team made headlines again in 1993 when Ford introduced the limited-production SVT Mustang Cobra. A Cobra R version was also created. The Cobra R, which used the same engine as the Cobra, was designed by Ford as a complete racing machine. The vehicle was absent of air conditioning and a stereo system, and sold out prior to production.SN95/Fox4 (1994-1998): This name signifies Fourth Generation Mustangs 1994-1998. These Mustangs were built on the SN-95/Fox4 Platform. They were larger than the original “Fox Body” Mustangs and they were engineered to be stiffer than their predecessor. They featured soft curves and rounded edges throughout.

1994 Mustang:
Not only did 1994 mark the 30th anniversary of the Ford Mustang; it also ushered in the fourth generation of the car. The ’94 Mustang was built on a new SN-95/Fox4 Platform. Of the vehicle’s 1,850 parts, Ford reported that 1,330 had changed. The new Mustang looked different, and it drove differently as well. Structurally, it was engineered to be stiffer.
Ford offered two engine options, the 3.8L V-6 engine and the 5.0L V-8 engine. Later in the year Ford released the redesigned SVT Mustang Cobra, which sported a 5.0L V-8 engine capable of generating 240 hp. The vehicle was featured as the official Indianapolis 500 pace car for the third time in history. Coupe and convertible models continued to be available options, while the hatchback body style was dropped from the Mustang lineup.

1995 Mustang:
This was the last year Ford used the 5.0L V-8 in the Mustang. In future models, Ford incorporated a 4.6L engine. In 1995, Ford released a stripped down version of the GT Mustang, named the GTS. It featured all the performance parts of the GT without the flashy styling accessories such as fog lights, leather seating, and power doors and windows.

1996 Mustang:
For the first time in history, Mustang GTs and Cobras were equipped with a 4.6L modular V-8 engine instead of the long used 5.0L V-8. The Cobra version featured a 4.6L dual-overhead cam (DOHC) aluminum V-8, which produced approximately 305 hp.
The GTS Mustang remained in the lineup, although the model name changed from GTS to 248A.

1997 Mustang:
In 1997, Ford's Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) became a standard feature on all Mustangs. The system was designed to protect against drive away theft through the use of an electronically coded ignition key.

1998 Mustang:
Although there were very few changes to the Mustang in 1998, the GT version received a power upgrade as the 4.6L V-8 engine increased to 225 hp. Ford also offered a ‘Sports’ package in ’98, featuring black racing stripes. This was the last year for the round-body Mustang. Although the SN-95 Platform would continue to be used, the overall body style of the Mustang would change the following year.

1999 Mustang:
Many people mistake the 1999 model lineup as the launch of a new generation Mustang. Although the body style changed significantly, the Mustang was still based on the SN-95 Platform. The redesigned "New Edge" Mustang, which coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Mustang, featured sharp design lines and an aggressive stance in addition to a new grille, hood, and lamps. Both engines received power upgrades. The 3.8L V-6 increased in horsepower to 190 hp, while the 4.6L DOHC V-8 was capable of producing 320 hp.

Question: What is a forth generation Mustang?
2000 Mustang:
In 2000, Ford released the third version of the SVT Mustang Cobra R. In all, only 300 units were produced. This street legal Mustang featured a 385 hp, 5.4L DOHC V-8 engine. It was also the first Mustang to ever feature a six-speed manual transmission.

2001 Mustang:
Ford released the special-edition Mustang Bullitt GT in 2001. The car was based on the 1968 Mustang GT-390 driven by Steve McQueen in the movie "Bullitt". In all, 5,582 units were produced. Enthusiasts placed their orders for this vehicle long before they became available to dealerships. Those who waited until the model-year launch had a difficult time locating the Bullitt GT. The vehicle was offered in Dark Highland Green, Black, and True Blue. It featured a lowered suspension, a brushed-aluminum gas cap, and a "Bullitt" badge on the rear panel.

2002 Mustang:
There was no doubting it; the rising popularity of SUVs had resulted in fewer sales of American sports cars. In 2002, the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird both ended production of their sports cars. The Ford Mustang was the sole survivor.

2003 Mustang:
The Mustang Mach 1 returned to the Mustang lineup in 2003. It featured a ram-air “Shaker” hood scoop and a V-8 engine capable of producing 305 hp.
Meanwhile, Ford released a SVT Mustang Cobra that featured an Eaton supercharger for its 4.6L V-8 engine. Horsepower was upped to 390, which resulted in the fastest production Mustang at that time. Many enthusiasts note that Ford’s Cobra horsepower figure is inaccurate. It’s been widely reported that many stock Cobras were capable of outputting between 410 and 420 hp.
2004 Mustang:

In 2004, Ford produced its 300 millionth car – a 2004 Mustang GT convertible 40th Anniversary edition. In honor of this milestone, the company offered an Anniversary package which was available on all V-6 and GT models. The package featured a Crimson Red exterior with Arizona Beige Metallic racing stripes on the hood.
Unfortunately, this was the last year the Mustang was produced at Ford’s Dearborn Assembly Plant. It was reported that 6.7 million of the 8.3 million total Mustangs ever produced, at the time, were produced at Dearborn Assembly.
New Edge (1999-2004): This name signifies Fourth Generation Mustangs 1999-2004. Although these cars were based on the same SN-95 platform, they featured sharper design lines and an aggressive stance in addition to a new grille, hood, and lamps.

Question: What is a fifth generation Mustang?
S197 (2005-2009): In 2005 Ford ushered in the fifth generation of Mustang. This car was built on the D2C Mustang platform. The D was the vehicle class, 2 represented number of doors, and C represented coupe. Codenamed the S-197, the car brought back styling cues seen on classic Mustangs.
Its wheelbase was 6-inches longer than the previous generation, it featured C-scoops in the sides, and it touted the famous three-element tail lamps.
Nicknames don’t always relate to the vehicle platform. This is because vehicle platforms are shared between many vehicles. Take the Fox platform for instance. This platform supported 1980-1988 Ford Thunderbird, 1980-1988 Mercury Cougar, as well as many others. In this instance, however, the Mustang became the most relevant Fox platform vehicle, hence it’s nickname.

2005 Mustang:
In 2005, Ford introduced the all-new D2C Mustang platform, thus launching the fifth generation of Mustang. As Ford put it, “The new platform is designed to make the Mustang faster, safer, more agile and better-looking than ever.” The fifth generation Mustang was to be built in the new Flat Rock, Michigan facility.
As for the design (codenamed S-197), Ford returned to the classic styling cues that made the Mustang popular to begin with.
The 2005 Mustang featured C-scoops in the sides, a 6-inch longer wheelbase, and three-element tail lamps. In the performance arena, Ford said goodbye to the 3.6L V-6 and replaced it with a 210-hp 4.0L SOHC V-6 engine. The GT model featured a 300-hp 4.6L 3-valve V-8 engine.

2006 Mustang:
In 2006, Ford gave buyers the opportunity of purchasing a V-6 Mustang with GT performance features. The “Pony Package” featured GT-inspired suspension, larger wheels and tires, and a custom grille with fog lamps and Pony emblems.
Also introduced in 2006 was the special-edition Ford Shelby GT-H. Reminiscent of the GT350H "Rent-A-Racer" program during the 1960s, Ford produced 500 GT-H Mustangs, which were all distributed to select Hertz rental car locations across the country.

2007 Mustang:
This year marked the release of the GT California Special Package. Available on GT Premium models only, the package features 18-inch wheels, black leather seats embroidered with “Cal Special”, tape stripes, and a large air intake.
Also new for 2007 is optional driver and passenger heated seats, a mirror with a compass, and a DVD-based navigation system which was said to be released later in the year.

2007 also marked the release of the Shelby GT and the Shelby GT500. Both vehicles were a collaboration between Mustang legend Carroll Shelby and the Ford Special Vehicle Team. The Shelby GT featured a 4.6L V-8 engine that generated 319 hp, while the GT500 was touted as the most powerful Mustang ever. The GT500 featured a 5.4L supercharged V-8 capable of generating 500 hp.

2008 Mustang:
New for 2008, the Ford Mustang featured High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, 18-inch wheels on the V-6 coupe, and an interior ambient lighting system. Ford brought back the 2008 Mustang Shelby GT and introduced the Shelby GT500KR Mustang (to mark the 40th Anniversary of the original “King of the Road” Mustang). The Shelby GT is powered by a 4.6L V-8 engine which is said to generate 319 hp. The Shelby GT500KR features a 5.4L supercharged V-8 with a Ford Racing Power Upgrade Pack. Ford estimates the vehicle produces around 540 hp. The Shelby GT500 also returned in 2008, featuring a 500 hp Supercharged 5.4-liter four-valve V-8 engine w/intercooler. The Bullitt Mustang was also resurrected, with a limited run of 7,700 units produced.
Also new in 2008 was the limited-edition Warriors in Pink Mustang. The vehicle was designed exclusively in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Mustang features Pink racing stripes as well as a pink ribbon & Pony fender badge. The Mustang GT California Special also returned in 2008 on GT Premium models.

2009 Mustang:
Special features of the 2009 Mustang include a new glass top roof option as well as special 45th Anniversary badging to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Ford Mustang's launch on April 17th, 1964. Of note, reports state that only 45,000 units will be sold for the model year. Satellite Radio becomes standard on all premium interior models, and Deluxe is no longer used to identify base models.

2010 Mustang:
The 2010 Mustang featured a new redesign, although it still rode on the D2C Mustang platform. The car was more powerful, featured a revised interior and exterior, and was available with options such as a backup camera, voice activated navigation, and 19-inch wheels. The 4.6L V8 GT produced 315 hp and 325 lbs.-ft of torque, thanks to incorporation of the "Bullitt" Package from 2008. The V6 engine remained the same.

2011 Mustang:
In 2011, the Ford Mustang featured the return of the 5.0L V8 engine in the GT Model. The car, which was previously powered by a 4.6L V8 engine, came equipped with a 5.0L four-valve Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) V8 engine nicknamed the “Coyote.” The new engine produced 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque.
The 2011 V6 Mustang was also revised. Designed to deliver more power and better fuel economy, the new V6 Mustang featured a 3.7-liter Duratec 24-valve engine boasting an impressive 305 hp and 280 ft.-lb. of torque.
Ford also announced the return of the BOSS 302 Mustang, with the BOSS 302R model.

2012 Mustang:
The 2012 model was relatively unchanged. For the most part, the car is exactly the same as its 2011 counterpart. In addition to a new exterior color option, Lava Red Metallic, and the deletion of Sterling Gray Metallic, Ford offered a few new takes on the previous year's model. For instance, buyers found the universal garage door opener standard on select premium models, sun visors with a storage system became standard equipment, as did illuminated vanity mirrors.

2013 Mustang:
In the 2013 model year, Ford introduced a new Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang powered by an aluminum 5.8-liter supercharged V8 producing 662 horsepower and 631 lb.-ft. of torque. Meanwhile, the GT Mustang saw its power increased to 420 horsepower. An optional six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission was made available, and drivers were able to access Ford’s Track Apps system via a 4.2-inch LCD Screen built into the dash.
2014 Mustang:

The 2014 model year Mustang, the last of the generation, featured a few exterior color changes, and a few package updates. There were no interior updates to the car, and there are no functional equipment changes.
In addition, the special-edition Boss 302 Mustang did not return to the company’s lineup. Similar to the classic Boss 302 (1969 and 1970 model years), the car was been limited to a production run of two years.

Question: What is a 6th generation Mustang?
On December 5, 2013, Ford officially revealed the new 2015 Ford Mustang. As Ford says, the car, which features a completely revamped design, was inspired by 50 years of Ford Mustang heritage. The new Mustang featured an independent rear suspension, push start technology, and a 300+ hp turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine option.

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 Post subject: Re: 6 Generations of Mustangs
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This posting on the history of the Mustang by model year is awesome Paul. :btu:

Anyone owning any Mustang can easily see where their car fits into the generations of Mustangs from the very first Mustangs to the latest models.

It is very rare for any car brand to last 50 or more years so the Mustang is one of those iconic cars that defies history. The Mustang was not a car looking for a market but rather it filled the need of a market looking for this specific car.

The success of the Mustang over the past 50 + years is mainly due to its ardent customers and supporters who embraced this car from it debut in April 1964 until today. The Mustang has a very large following of enthusiasts who make up many clubs such as the Mustang Club of America and its many chartered chapters like the Mustang Club of Maryland.

The newest generation of Mustangs is attracting a new customer base that is just as devoted as previous Mustang owners. These new owners and enthusiasts are the future of the Mustang brand, a future that looks very bright indeed!

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