What's Next? - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: What's Next?

March 03, 2011

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As of Tuesday, I've driven every model in the 2011 Mustang lineup. From top to bottom, they're as good as musclecars get. I'd gladly take the V6, but I still lust after the GT500. As I reveled in the afterglow of some of the best internal combustion engines ever built, I was overcome with a feeling of dread...

With the world being what it is at the moment, with unrest in oil-producing countries and the shift to cleaner means of transportation, I'm wondering what's next for the Mustang. When the gas crunch hit in the 1970s, it plunged us into what I called the Automotive Dark Ages. Are we headed for something similar? Or worse?

Would a Mustang powered by anything but a V8 (or the current V6) still be a Mustang? Part of the allure is the sound of a big honkin engine roaring down the road. Is that going to be replaced by the high-pitched whine of an electric motor?

If it does, I think Ford should respectfully retire the Mustang name. At least until some viable alternative comes along. Chevy put the Camaro on hiatus, so did Dodge with the Challenger. I'd rather see it go into hiding than see it neutered into some weak "sporty"car that doesn't deserve the Mustang badge. That day may be further off than I think, or at least, I hope it is. But face it, it's out there. As a self-proclaimed Mustang whisperer, I can't seem to shake that thought.

What do you think the future holds for our beloved Mustang?

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor


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