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Ford has issued the following press release:

"Cars are built all over the world, but Mustang could come only from Ford. Like the F-150 is to Ford trucks, Mustang is the soul of Ford cars. A pure performer, it’s the most affordable 300-horsepower car made and the best rear-drive performance car under $20,000." -Phil Martens, Group Vice President, North America Product Creation

Since its dramatic 1964 introduction, Ford Mustang has been the icon of American performance and style, capturing hearts worldwide. For 2005, Mustang combines an all-new, fully modern architecture with all the soul that makes a Mustang a Mustang – bold style, a brawny engine and rear-wheel-drive excitement.

In short, every inch of Mustang is new – yet it staunchly remains the genuine article – "America’s Car" for 40 years.

The new Mustang is unmistakably linked to the 2003 concept that dropped jaws
Based on an all-new, fully modern body structure and chassis system featuring advanced MacPherson struts and a three-link live axle with Panhard rod, Mustang boasts an overall ride sophistication unmatched by any of its ancestors. Its braking and handling are nothing short of world class.

It produces all the tire-smoking power the rear wheels – and most drivers – can handle, with a better-breathing 300-horsepower, 24-valve MOD V-8 or 200-horsepower SOHC V-6 engine.

Embodiment of American Muscle
Like wild horses on the open plain, Mustangs always have exuded a sense of pure power. The 2005 Ford Mustang offers a clean, contemporary design rooted in this unmistakable heritage. It is direct, straightforward, honest and – above all – authentically American.

An all-new platform and clean-sheet design approach gave birth to a car that is modern, legendary and unmistakably Mustang.

The signature long hood and short rear deck capitalize on 40 years of history, as do classic design cues that have helped define Mustangs since the 1960s: C-scoops in the sides, three-element taillamps and a galloping horse badge in the center of the grille. The Mustang’s menacing shark-like nose imparts an attitude not seen since the 1967 model, while jeweled, round headlamps in trapezoidal housings are part of a striking new design flair.

Head-Turning on the Inside, Too

The cabin – a beneficiary of Ford’s tripled investment in interiors – is every bit as breathtaking and genuine as the exterior. Three distinct design themes celebrate Mustang history with modern materials and features, including an available industry-first, color-configurable instrument panel for almost unlimited personalization.

Available authentic aluminum panels spanning the dashboard are particularly eye-catching, as are prominent dual chrome-ringed gauges that cap an all-new technology. Thanks to the industry’s first available color-configurable instrument cluster, Mustang owners can mix and match lighting at the touch of a button to create more than 125 different color backgrounds to suit their personality, mood, outfit or whim.

The available Interior Color Accent Package – charcoal with red leather seats, red door inserts and red floor mats – is as much a jaw-dropper as the interior of the acclaimed concept vehicle that inspired it. The cabin’s aluminum hardware accents add a look of technical precision.

More features are standard than ever before, including one-touch up/down power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry and power locks, a heated rear window and interval wipers. Audio systems range from the standard CD player on base models to the wild, chest-pounding 1,000-watt Shaker Audiophile system.

More Power and Punch
Muscular new engines infuse Mustang with its legendary tire-smoking performance. The 4.6-liter all-aluminum V-8 has three-valve heads and cranks out 300 horsepower, while the new SOHC V-6 engine generates 202 horsepower from 4.0 liters. Five-speed transmissions – manual and automatic – put the power to the pavement.

Because of its all-aluminum construction, Mustang’s MOD V-8 – a member of Ford’s modular engine family – weighs 75 pounds less than a comparable cast-iron design and stokes up 40 more horsepower than the 2004 engine. That’s over 50 percent more power than delivered by the fiery, small-block 289-cubic-inch V-8 found under the hood of the classic 1964 model.

Electronic throttle control, faster engine management controls and the new three-valve cylinder heads with variable camshaft timing all contribute to this impressive output.

New SOHC V-6 Engine: Even More Output
The 2005 Mustang V-6 is powered by a new 4.0-liter, 60-degree, single-overhead-cam engine, replacing the 3.8-liter 90-degree pushrod engine in the 2004 model. It’s inherently smoother and more compact, provides more power and torque and incorporates many of the advanced technologies used on the V-8.

The 200-horsepower, 235 foot-pound engine – gains of 7 horsepower and 10 foot-pounds – features low-profile heads, a composite intake manifold and a sound quality tuned to match Mustang’s powerful image.

The Right Gear: Smoother-Shifting Transmissions
Mustang’s manual and automatic transmissions are also upgraded for improved performance.

For the first time, Mustang is available with a five-speed automatic transmission but for those who prefer to compute their own shift points, five-speed manual transmissions are standard.

A Chassis Born to Run
The purpose-built, muscle-car chassis is new from the ground up, with a state-of-the-art front suspension and precise, three-link rear axle with Panhard rod. Combined with direct, accurate steering and powerful disc brakes, Mustang now has what it takes to catapult the American muscle-car driving experience to the next level.

Strutting an Advanced Front Suspension
The MacPherson-strut front suspension’s reverse "L" lower control arms are the product of a groundbreaking manufacturing technology used to produce steel control arms that actually weigh less than some comparable cast-aluminum designs.

Still Rock Solid – Rear Axle with New Three-Link Suspension
The solid rear axle offers several advantages that play to Mustang’s strengths. It is robust, maintains constant track, toe-in and camber relative to the road surface, and it keeps body roll well under control.

For 2005, Mustang’s rear suspension has a new three-link architecture with a Panhard rod that provides precise control of the rear axle.

Brakes and Traction Systems – For Control Freaks
The standard four-wheel disc brakes have the biggest rotors and stiffest calipers ever fitted to a mainstream Mustang. Twin-piston aluminum calipers clamp down on 12.4-inch ventilated front brake discs on GT models – an increase of more than 15 percent in rotor size. The V-6 Mustangs get 11.4-inch ventilated rotors that also are 30 mm thick.

In the rear, the brake rotors are 11.8 inches in diameter – more than 12 percent larger than on the 2004 model. Rear rotors are vented on the GT and solid on the V-6. A new four-channel antilock braking system is available for a greater degree of brake control.

Stronger, Safer, More Secure
If a collision is unavoidable, a stout safety cage, Ford’s Personal Safety System™ restraints suite and available side air bags with head and chest coverage give occupants the best possible protection.

The Ford Motor Company Personal Safety System, one of the industry’s most comprehensive safety technology packages, is standard. The system is designed to provide increased protection in many types of frontal crashes by analyzing crash factors and determining the proper response within milliseconds. It uses dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags – capable of deploying at full or partial power – safety belt pretensioners and energy management retractors.

 

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Engineer wanted new Mustang to sound like a true muscle car

By Richard Truett
Automotive News / January 04, 2004

Ford Motor Co. engineers had a clean sheet of paper to redesign the Mustang. Hau Thai-Tang, the Mustang's Vietnamese-born chief engineer, believes he made the most of it.

Thai-Tang says he and other Mustang engineers spent time at racetracks driving Mustangs from the 1960s to the present.

They also talked to Mustang owners to learn the shortcomings of the outgoing car.

To correct the current generation car's mediocre handling, Thai-Tang wanted a road-hugging suspension system that could handle the added power from the new drivetrains.

Mustang owners wanted Ford to build an aggressive-looking car with cues from past models, Thai-Tang says. And it had to sound like a muscle car.

Thai-Tang and his engineers worked hard tuning the exhaust note.

They started by getting a copy of the 1968 Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt. Then they digitized the sound of the Mustang as it raced through the streets of San Francisco.

"At times, I felt like I was designing an organ," Thai-Tang says about the process of evaluating different exhaust systems.

Thai-Tang moved to the United States with his family when he was 9. He joined Ford in 1988 after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

His assignments for Ford have included a stint as the vehicle dynamics manager for the Lincoln LS and vehicle engineering manager for the Mustang.

Thai-Tang led the team that created the high-performance Mustang Bullitt GT and the 2001 Mustang GT, V-6 and Cobra models.

Thai-Tang says the Mustang team is not worried about the new model being perceived as a retro car, like the New Beetle, PT Cruiser and Mini Cooper.

"We view the styling as a good thing," he says. "I have a 40-year family tree. I am not going to chop that down."

 

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2004 DETROIT AUTO SHOW: 2005 Mustang is Revealed in Detroit

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By: Brad Nevin | Ford Communications Network

The 2005 Mustang GT is the most attainable 300-horsepower V-8 performance car on the market, and its V-6 Coupe stablemate is the best rear-wheel-drive car under $20,000.

DETROIT – Like wild horses on an open plain, the Mustang always has exuded a sense of natural power. The redesigned 2005 Ford Mustang is no exception. Debuting at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, only one year after its stunning concept was revealed, the new production car offers a clean, contemporary design that is grounded in the unmistakable heritage of America's original pony car.

The new Mustang is direct, straightforward, honest and authentically American.

And it's a knockout.

Its signature long hood and short rear deck capitalize on 40 years of history, as do classic design cues that have helped define Mustang since the 1960s: C-scoops in the sides, three-element tail lamps and a galloping horse badge in the center of the grille. The '05 Mustang's nose imparts an attitude not seen since the 1967 model, while jeweled, rounded headlamps in trapezoidal housings are part of a striking new design flair.

The new Mustang's grille is uniquely slanted forward. Its wheels are pushed out to the corners of the body to better anchor the car visually, as well as physically to the road. The 2005 Mustang's wheelbase is six inches longer than the previous model, which creates more interior room for passengers.

"We weren't just redesigning a car; we were adding another chapter to an epic," says J May, Ford Motor Company group vice president, design.

Both Mustang models offer a variety of interior color combinations and an available industry-first, color-configurable instrument panel. In the cabin, three distinct design themes pay homage to Mustang history with modern materials and features, including an available industry-first, color-configurable instrument panel. With this unique dashboard, Mustang owners can mix and match lights at the touch of a button to create more than 125 different color backgrounds to suit their mood, outfit or whim.

"This is a $30,000 interior in a $20,000 car," says Larry Erickson, Mustang chief designer. "The functional, contemporary look of this interior and its precise execution set a new standard."

Striking design is not the only story behind Mustang. At the heart of the GT Mustang's tire-smoking performance is a 300-horsepower, 4.6-liter all-aluminum V-8 engine with three valve heads. Its all-aluminum construction weighs 75 pounds less than a comparable cast-iron V-8 design and stokes 40 more horsepower than the 2004 engine. This is the first mainstream production Mustang to break out with 300 horses.

The six-cylinder Mustang coupe has a new 4.0-liter, single overhead cam V-6 engine with 202 horsepower replacing the 2004 model's 3.8-liter V-6. The new V-6 is inherently smoother and more compact, provides more power and torque and incorporates many of the advanced technologies used on the V-8.

Mustang's manual and automatic transmissions also are updated for improved performance. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual unit that has been improved for better shift quality and efficiency. For the first time, Mustang also is available with a five-speed automatic transmission that provides a unique combination of off-the-line jump and good fuel economy.

Echoing the pony car's storied racing history, the 2005 Mustang has a chassis that is new from the ground up. Its starting point is an all-new, purpose-built muscle-car platform with exceptional body stiffness and a high strength-to-weight ratio. With this ultra-rigid structure, Mustang engineers tuned spring, damping and busing rates to a finer degree than ever possible.

The redesigned 2005 Mustang is grounded in the heritage of America's original pony car, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. "Mustang is all about driving – that's really where the rubber meets the road," says Phil Martens, Ford Motor Company group vice president, product creation. "This all-new chassis design does everything better – accelerate, turn, stop – while isolating unwanted noise and making the most of the powerful new three-valve engine. It's a complete driving experience that is best summed up in one word: Mustang."

To pull the reigns, Ford's new Mustang is fitted with larger rotors, stiffer calipers and a four-channel anti-lock braking system that's standard on the GT and optional on the V-6 model. In addition to helping prevent wheel lock-up, the new system has electronic brake force distribution – a system that distributes braking power to the wheels where it can be used most effectively.

The payoff?

You get shorter stopping distances, better pedal feel and longer pad and rotor life.

“Cars are built all over the world, but Mustang could come only from Ford," says Martens. "Like the F-150 is to Ford trucks, Mustang is the soul of Ford cars. A pure performer, it's the most affordable 300-horsepower car made and the best rear-wheel-drive performance car under $20,000.”

 

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Motor Trend

2005 Ford Mustang

Remarkably true to the 2003 Detroit show-stopping concept, the next-generation Ford Mustang successfully borrows styling cues from its rich past and combines then into a musclecar for the future. With this thoroughly modern structure, gone forever are the platform pieces that dated back to the '70s. The chassis retains a rear live axle setup, with MacPherson struts up front. The Mustang will be offered initially with a choice of 4.0-liter/202-hp SOHC V-6 engine and 4.6-liter/300-hp SOHC V-8. A six-inch increase in wheelbase provides a much-needed interior space increase. The interior shows '60s influences with symmetrical dash segments accented with a squared arch, three-spoke steering wheel with black center hub, and defined circular gauges. The instrument face backlighting can be changed to any of 125 colors, allowing easy personalization. The 2005 Mustang is a car loyalists should covet and rear-drive enthusiasts will be drawn to.

 

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2005 Ford Mustang
Engine: GT has a 4.6-liter, V-8; or 4.0-liter, V-6 engine
Power: GT produces 300 hp @ 6,000 rpm; V-6 produces 202 hp @ 5,250 rpm
Wheelbase: 107.1 inches
Length: 187.6 inches
Width: 73.9 inches
Height: 54.5 inches
What the automaker says: "The 2005 model is the first Mustang GT in more than 35 years to break into the 300-horsepower arena, a place formerly occupied only by legendary Cobra and Boss models. The new level of performance -- on regular fuel -- is made possible by intelligent application of powertrain technology."













 

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Ford Mustang GT
One year after teasing the public with the Mustang concept, Ford unveiled the all-new 2005 Mustang in Detroit. Incorporating cues from 1960s Mustangs, the new pony car features styling that starts low and wedges upward toward the back. Retro reminders abound: the fish gills in the nose, the moon-size driving lamps on the GT’s grille, and the chrome medallion on the rump. Inside, the original Mustang’s squared-off, double-cowl dashboard theme returns. Chrome rings circle the large gauges, and an optional dress-up package adds textured, aluminized trim. The wispy-thin gauge numbers will be familiar to vintage Ford owners, and all Mustangs will feature driver-selectable backlight colors. Unlike the quarter-century-old Fox platform that underpins the current Mustang, the new car rides on the DEW98 platform, which is used by the Lincoln LS, Jaguar S-type, and Ford Thunderbird. The new platform sports a much longer wheelbase than the Fox (107.1 inches versus 101.3). It also features clipped overhangs; a better relation among the steering wheel, pedals, and shifter; and more distance from the front axle to the dash. The new platform should be less jiggly, with torsional rigidity of convertibles rising a claimed 100 percent over the old Mustang. Even so, curb weights should be within one percent of the current 3300-to-3500-pound Mustang, thanks in part to the use of prewelded, variable-thickness stamping blanks and an aluminum hood. Although the other DEW vehicles have all-independent suspensions, the 2005 Mustang goes without. That’s mainly to keep down costs, but it’s also to serve street racers and quarter-milers who love a live axle’s simplicity and cheap interchangeability. The SOHC 12-valve, 4.0-liter V-6 with 202 horsepower and 235 pound-feet opens the Mustang’s power résumé. More power can be had with the 4.6-liter V-8, which now features an aluminum block and receives the SOHC 3-valve aluminum cylinder heads and variable-cam-timing mechanism from the new F-150’s 5.4-liter V-8. Ford claims 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 315 pound-feet at 4500 rpm. Fitted with the Tremec five-speed manual (a five-speed auto is available on both V-8 and V-6) and running through the standard-across-the-board 8.8-inch, 3.31:1 rear end, the GT should easily lay down two rail lines of rubber with its standard 235/55WR-17 tires or optional 255/45 tires on 18-inch wheels. Expect 60 mph to whiz by in the low-five-second range in a manual V-8, somewhere around seven seconds for a V-6.

 

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2004 Chicago Auto Show
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2005 Ford Mustang


Further proof that Ford has become masterful as reinterpreting its rich history, the next-generation Mustang looks like a rolling history lesson. Found memories of burnouts past can't mask the thoroughly modern structure the car is based on, promising more rigidity and refinement than the current car. The chassis retains a rear live axle setup, with MacPherson struts up front. The Mustang will be offered initially with a choice of 4.0-liter/202-hp SOHC V-6 engine and 4.6-liter/300-hp SOHC V-8. A six-inch increase in wheelbase provides a much-needed interior space increase. The interior shows '60s influences with symmetrical dash segments accented with a squared arch, three-spoke steering wheel with black center hub, and defined circular gauges. Judging from show reactions, this Mustang is good enough to even draw GM loyalists to the Blue Oval, especially with the Camaro and Firebird long retired.
 
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