2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: What's next?
October 21, 2011
The Mustang's 50th anniversary is soon approaching. Anytime a new mustang comes out, I hold my breath. Deep down inside, I'm hoping that they don't screw it up. When the 2010 showed up, I was more than satisfied, both in terms of driving dynamics and styling. We're still at least a year out before we start seeing the next generation, but I like what I'm hearing so far.
Ford design chief J Mays says the next Mustang won't be a retro-themed car. It won't be an evolution of the current car. Personally, I think the retro thing has run its course and it's time to act like we live in the 21st century. I'm hoping for a smaller and lighter mustang, with aggressive styling and performance to match. As good as the V6 is now, I think it'd be a crime not to offer a V8. Sure, sure, sure, offer a turbo four, but don't kill off my beloved V8.
And as much as I embrace the future, I still like the solid rear axle. If they offered an independent rear end as an option for the few drivers that really want it, I'd be OK with that. I'd expect to see a dual-clutch transmission option, too, but a manual six-speed should also be available.
In any case, my fingers are crossed. Hopefully, I'll be cooking up a few PhotoChops in the coming months. Stay tuned.
What do you want to see from the next Mustang?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor