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Ford opens order banks for 2015 Mustang, pricing starts at $24,425*

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Ford is officially selling its all-new 2015 Mustang, following today’s release that the automaker has begun accepting orders for the fastback model. Accompanying the announcement came the long-awaited pricing for the entry level model, fitted with the 3.7-liter V6, which will start at $24,425 (*including destination and delivery).

As previously announced, there will be three available powerplants when the vehicle is launched. All are offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters (horsepower and torque figures have not been finalized):

  • Naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6, producing more than 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
  • Turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, producing more than 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.
  • Naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, producing more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

The base price of the 2014 Mustang is $23,335 (including destination and delivery), which means the 2015 model arrives with a $1,090 premium over the outgoing model – an increase justified by an all-new platform with the new independent rear suspension. Other new standard features include HID headlamps, rear view camera system, keyless entry and SYNC connectivity with a 4.2-inch color display.

According to the press release, the Mustang will roll into North American showrooms this fall.

Ford opens order banks for 2015 Mustang, pricing starts at $24,425*

Ford opens order banks for 2015 Mustang, pricing starts at $24,425* originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 20 May 2014 01:49:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

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Earlier this week, Ford invited us to Charlotte, NC, to ride in an all-new 2015 Mustang fitted with its turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. It’s the first forced-induction, four-cylinder ponycar for the Blue Oval since the sun set on the 1996 Mustang SVO. We jumped at the opportunity, as only a handful of people have ever been in the passenger seat of this new car, and most automotive media won’t get as close as we did until this fall.

As we revealed in our Deep Dive, Ford will slot this new turbocharged four as premium powerplant between its naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 and the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8. At last mention, the automaker said the direct-injected, all-aluminum engine will develop 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, returning the best fuel economy of the three powerplants in the process. History buffs will note that those figures are appreciably stouter than the 200 horses and 240 lb-ft that the ’86 SVO realized out of the same displacement, and the latter’s figures were hugely impressive at the time. On paper, the new EcoBoost four looks to be a good fit for most owners who want to balance performance with efficiency – we were eager to see how it felt from the passenger seat.

Riding Notes

  • Ford is continuously polishing its final product. The Mustang we rode in was a prototype, still in need of some final tweaks. Its interior was mostly complete, but many of the surfaces were lacking texture or constructed with the incorrect material – standard prototype fare.
  • A manual and a traditional automatic transmission will be offered at launch, with both containing six gears. While the standard trans is a carryover, the automatic has been upgraded with paddle shifters and is driver configurable with four different electronic modes (Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet) that alter shift points, traction control and throttle response. Our test car was equipped with the automatic.
  • The steering effort may also be adjusted between three different settings (Comfort, Normal and Sport), thanks to its new electronically assisted rack.
  • Our car was optioned with a Performance Package that will be a must-have for enthusiasts. It includes firmer dampers and higher-rate springs (take a closer look and note that the 2015 model already rides a bit lower, with tighter wheel well gaps), chassis bracing, upgraded front bushings and stiffer sway bars (by about five percent). More capable four-piston brake calipers are fitted to the front axle over 13.8-inch ventilated rotors, while the rear brakes retain a single-piston sliding caliper over 13.0-inch ventilated discs. The package does nothing for the engine, but a new 3:55 rear axle ratio (replacing a 3:31) will make it feel a bit quicker. Lastly, a set of 19-inch alloys wrapped in performance-oriented Pirelli PZero rubber (255/40R19 at all four corners) improves grip.
  • Off-the-line acceleration wasn’t tire-chirpingly quick, even in the sportiest setting, but once the engine was under full boost – we noted a bit more than 15 psi on the analog dial between the center HVAC vents – it started to pull strongly, wanting to stretch its legs. (Ambient temperatures were in the mid-90s, with equally high humidity, both of which work against a turbocharged powerplant.) The short autocross course limited the driver to just second gear, with the shift from first to second arriving smoothly. Our pilot demonstrated shifting in both automatic and manual modes, which features nifty rev-matching throttle-blips, and it never felt sharp, harsh or tiringly aggressive.
  • As is nearly always the case with a four-cylinder engine, the new 2.3-liter lacks the ultimate smoothness of a six or eight. At this stage of tune, however, it’s no better or worse than the racket emanating from BMW‘s new four. There was a notable intake and exhaust note, both pleasantly tuned, but we couldn’t catch any turbo whine in our short jaunt (Ford didn’t allow us to pry open the hood and view the intake design). This Mustang’s siblings will each have much better lungs, while the four will require some acclimating.
  • One big advantage a four-cylinder holds over a six- or eight-cylinder is reduced mass. During the parking lot autocross, the new Mustang felt impressively agile and light. There was very little body roll, even during extreme maneuvering (the car in this picture is cornering aggressively). Under heaving braking, the new chassis and sporty underpinnings – independent rear suspension and all – seemed to successfully resist the urge to dive or become unsettled. There was a bit of front-end push in the tightest sections, but applying the throttle quickly moved the weight rearward, extinguishing the understeer (the front of the coupe felt lighter than the rear, which would indicate good balance). We’d be willing to bet that the four will be the most nimble in the family.
  • It’s likely that Ford sees even more potential in the idea of an EcoBoost Mustang – new spy shots and video revealed earlier today suggests that the company may be working on a model with even higher performance, though its cylinder count remains unclear.

In a nutshell, we climbed out of the passenger seat in Charlotte impressed. Three quick laps observed from the passenger side are no substitute for a thorough test drive, but we’ve sat right seat in hundreds of vehicles, with the majority of those being far less competent. Climbing behind the wheel of the 2015 Ford Mustang for ourselves can’t come soon enough.

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 May 2014 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Are you a new Ford Mustang SVO? [w/video]

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When Ford announced that its 2015 Mustang would arrive with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, three letters came to mind: SVO. While Ford hasn’t said a word regarding the rebirth of a Mustang SVO model, this latest set of spy shots shows us something very, very interesting. Allow us to explain.

The Mustang prototype in these photos looks very similar to the GT500 test cars we’ve spotted before – same bulging hood, aggressive front fascia and air vents aft of the front wheels. What’s different, however, is around back. Have a look at the exhaust, and note that instead of the GT500’s usual quad pipes, two of the exhaust outlets have been capped off.

Our spies point out that these exhaust outlets could be closed for some sort of emissions testing or another engineering reason, but it’s also important to note that the engine and exhaust notes of this car sound completely different from earlier GT500 prototypes. We’ve got a video below that compares the two.

Of course, all of this is high speculation right now, but the exhaust differences and new sound indeed have our interest piqued. Click below to watch (and listen) in the video, and then tell us what you think is going on here, in Comments.

Are you a new Ford Mustang SVO? [w/video]

Are you a new Ford Mustang SVO? [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 16 May 2014 11:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Brits recreate iconic Bullitt chase scene

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Recreating the famous chase scene from Bullitt has become almost an art form in its own right. We’ve seen it done in a music video, with scale models and even in commercials. There are few films that are as defined by a single scene as the 1968 classic. Even if you don’t know a single beat of the plot, the Highland Green Ford Mustang racing a Dodge Charger through the hilly streets of San Francisco is famous. It’s so well known that the Silverstone Classic has created a homage to promote its celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang at this year’s event in July.

Filmed around the famous UK circuit, the short film generally gets the key points of the scene right. It even has a green Volkswagen Beetle that keeps reappearing, as in the movie. Unfortunately, its Steve McQueen stand-in looks a little too old for the role. While the video shortens the chase considerably, it’s still great to see these ’60s behemoths leaning and sliding around the track. Scroll down for a touch of nostalgia thanks to one of the greatest scenes ever in cinema – we’ve got both the recreation and the original chase seen from the movie waiting for you.

Brits recreate iconic Bullitt chase scene

Brits recreate iconic Bullitt chase scene originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 13 May 2014 19:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Ford Mustang dealer order guide surfaces

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Details about the all-new, 2015 Ford Mustang continue to leak out. In fact, at this point, it’s more of a stream than a drip. Its option prices are already available, and now the full ordering guide is on the web for all of the trims thanks to the Mustang 6G forum. Ford is rapidly running out of secrets to keep about its new sports coupe.

The 21-page guide can be perused in the gallery below and contains all of the standard features, colors, options codes, descriptions. Generally everything you might want to know about the ‘Stang is there, other than its price or power. It even shows off the available wheel designs.

The guide finally gives away the contents of the Performance Package for the EcoBoost and GT trims. The EcoBoost’s package includes: A larger rear sway bar, new chassis tuning, larger brake rotors, 19-inch black wheels, retuned driver assistance systems, an aluminum dash panel, added gauge pack, 3.55 limited slip rear differential, larger radiator, heavy-duty front springs and spoiler delete. When the options pricing leaked, it indicated the package would cost $1,995. If that is the case, it seems like quite a deal.

For the GT trim, the performance package includes most of the same upgrades from the EcoBoost plus a strut tower brace, K Brace, a 3.73 Torsen limited-slip rear differential and – only for cars with a manual gearbox – Brembo six-piston front brakes. The leaked options pricing indicated that package would sell for $2,495.

If you are in the market for the 2015 Mustang, this ordering guide is a must-read. Happy planning.

2015 Ford Mustang dealer order guide surfaces originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 13 May 2014 14:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford builds one-off 50th anniversary Mustang Convertible for charity

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At the New York Auto Show this year, Ford revealed a special-edition Mustang to honor the iconic pony car’s 50th anniversary. Only 1,964 highly symbolic examples will be made, all of them fixed-roof coupes. But the Blue Oval automaker has just announced that it’s also building a single 50 Years edition convertible that it will raffled off for charity.

The first production example of the new Mustang Convertible to roll off the line this fall, this one-off will pack many of the features on the 50 Years coupe, including its white paintjob, chrome trim, aluminum dashboard, two-tone upholstery, contrast stitching, special 19-inch wheels and special-edition badging throughout.

This unique cabrio will also be fitted with a special performance pack including Pirelli PZero rubber, Brembo brakes and a limited-slip differential to help get the 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque from the 5.0-liter V8 through the six-speed manual transmission and down to the road. It’ll also feature a serial plaque with the number 0001 of 0001 and chairman Bill Ford’s signature.

The convertible will be raffled off on Mustang Alley in Ferndale, Michigan, during the Woodward Dream Cruise on August 16. A limited number of raffle tickets are on sale now at $20 a pop, with proceeds benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Ford builds one-off 50th anniversary Mustang Convertible for charity

Ford builds one-off 50th anniversary Mustang Convertible for charity originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 08 May 2014 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Petersen Museum celebrates 50 years of Ford Mustang with special exhibit

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If you’re a pony-car enthusiast, this is your year. Not only has Ford introduced an all-new Mustang, but it’s also the 50th anniversary of the original. Celebrations and commemorations have been scheduled throughout the year, and not the least of them is the latest exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Called “Mustangs Forever: 50 Years of a Legend”, the exhibit includes Mustangs from every generation of the iconic pony car, including the 1965 convertible Ronald Reagan drove during his California gubernatorial campaign, a 1971 March 1 Cobra Jet, a 1974 Mustang II, 1993 SVT Cobra, 2000 Cobra R and a 2006 Shelby GT-H. Special sections focus on motorsports, aftermarket modifiers and limited-edition models.

The display opened on Sunday with the Mustang Madness spectacular and will run for the next six months, but if you’re not heading to Southern California within the coming half-year then you can scope out all the action in our live gallery of photos above.

Petersen Museum celebrates 50 years of Ford Mustang with special exhibit originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 05 May 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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