2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: The Road Ahead
July 06, 2011
June was a good month for the Mustang, as sales figures show that it outsold the Chevy Camaro by about 350 units. And that's just fine in my book, since I'd much rather have a badass Mustang in my driveway than a bitchin' Camaro. But what's next?
Late 2014 marks the Mustang's 50th anniversary. You've got to expect that a new model is being developed as we speak. Personally, I'd like to see a more modern interpretation that has just a hint of some heritage styling cues. I'm not that thrilled with retro themes, especially when it comes at the expense of usability and function.
That said, I think I'd still want a solid rear axle. To me, that's part of the essence of the Mustang. But what about the engines? Eco-friendliness is obviously going to be a factor, but to eliminate a V8 option would be sacrilegious. What to do? Forced induction? Probably. Hybrid powertrain? Probably not.
Once my schedule clears, I'll start working on some 2014.5 concepts in Photoshop. I encourage you to do the same. I'm assuming that Ford already has a solid contender in clay by now, so this is really just for our enjoyment. In the meantime, let's ponder the engine and transmission choices. Alright? Discuss.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor