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

Ford Mustang spy shots

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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

Silverstone Classic Bullitt tribute

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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

2015 Ford Mustang

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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

Ford Mustang 50 Years Convertible

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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

Petersen Museum Ford Mustang Display

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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 Mach 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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2015 Ford Mustang stars in bizarrely awesome ’80s aerobics video

2015 Ford Mustang Aerobics battle

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For reasons we can’t comprehend, here’s a music video starring the all-new, 2015 Ford Mustang and a number of dancers dressed and styled in the most stereotypically 1980s way possible. The dancers then take part in a male-versus-female dance off. Again, we’ve no idea why it exists.

It’s weird, and for the second time in two weeks, we’re sat at our computer wondering, “What are we watching?” That said, it does show the new Mustang from a number of angles, and it’s one of the first car-related YouTube videos we’ve seen that’s available in a 4K, ultra-high-def stream.

Take a look below, and let us know what you think in Comments.

2015 Ford Mustang stars in bizarrely awesome ’80s aerobics video

2015 Ford Mustang stars in bizarrely awesome ’80s aerobics video originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Ford Mustang option prices gallop onto the web

2015 Ford Mustang GT

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The 2015 Ford Mustang is one of the most anticipated cars of the year, despite the fact that production hasn’t yet begun. What’s a pony car fan to do? It turns out that Ford already has pricing and options information about the vehicle in its dealer ordering system. A few enterprising folks have snapped some pictures from it and have posted them online. You might not be able to drive your car yet, but you can at least see what it might cost.

At the moment, Ford appears to be splitting the Mustang into five models – 3.7-liter V6, 2.3-liter EcoBoost, GT with the 5.0-liter V8, 50th Anniversary and SVT. There are 10 available paint colors, 2 of which require an extra outlay. Triple Yellow is $495, and Ruby Red Tint is $395. Regardless of model, navigation goes for $795, and reverse parking assist is $295.

For both the EcoBoost and GT, the six-speed automatic tacks an extra $1,195 to the sticker, and adaptive cruise control is the same price. The GT also has a limited-slip 3.55 rear end for $395 and a GT Performance package for $2,495. Recaro leather seats add an extra $1,595. For the EcoBoost, there’s something called EcoBoost Performance package for $1,995. The system doesn’t say what the packages include.

The info here also fits exactly with what we know about the Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition from the New York Auto Show. The package comes in Kona Blue or Wimbledon White with a special leather interior. According to this data, it adds $1,595 to the cost of a Mustang GT.

A user at the Mustang 6G forums also has images from the ordering system, and they include some info on the SVT model. While there are no prices, options include a track package, tech package and available Alcantara or leather seats.

Note, the pricing and options listed here could still change. That said, it’s still fun to check them out. Information on colors and body styles can be downloaded as a PDF from The Mustang Source forum, and the rest can be viewed at Mustang 6G. Happy building.

2015 Ford Mustang option prices gallop onto the web originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford demonstrates Mustang’s new Line Lock burnout feature

Ford Mustang Line Lock

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Been saving your pennies for a 2015 Ford Mustang? Put in a few extra shifts or some overtime? Got a great down payment ready? Well, however much you saved for your new pony car, start saving more – you’ll need the extra money to spend on tires.

That’s because the Mustang will come with a system called Line Lock, which can lock the front brakes electronically, allowing drivers to perform big, dumb, smoky burnouts without moving so much as an inch. It’s sort of like launch control, only the average driver might actually use it.

Now, line locks aren’t uncommon, particularly in drag racing. Usually, a flip of the switch locks the front brakes. The Mustang, besides offering the system from the factory which is unique in and of itself, looks a bit more involved.

We’re quite glad Ford has gone ahead and published this video. When it finally comes time for us to test the all-new Mustang, we’ll be plenty familiar with the first feature we test. Take a look below for the full video.

Ford demonstrates Mustang’s new Line Lock burnout feature

Ford demonstrates Mustang’s new Line Lock burnout feature originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mustang driver proves wheels are overrated

A motorist videos a Mustang driving down the highway on three wheels.

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We don’t need to tell you that there’s something missing in the image above. What we do need to tell you is that this is not a picture of a parked car stranded on the highway. This is, rather, just one frame from video of that three-wheeled Mustang traveling down the highway at highway-appropriate speed.

We don’t know where you’d have to be nor how badly you’d have to be there to go shooting down the freeway in a car with three wheels, but if the New Daily News is correct, that place is somewhere in Texas. The video’s short, but you’ll have plenty of time to shake your head at it by just scrolling down.

Mustang driver proves wheels are overrated

Mustang driver proves wheels are overrated originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition pays homage to 1964

2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition

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The Ford Mustang was first shown to the public at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Five decades later – almost to the day – Ford has rolled out its 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition at the New York Auto Show. Limited to just 1,964 examples, the rear-wheel drive coupes (no convertible has been announced) are based on the all-new 2015 Mustang GT fastback with performance pack. The standard equipment list is long, with buyers only offered a choice of color (Wimbledon White or Kona Blue) and transmission (a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic).

The exterior is distinguished with discreet chrome highlights and louvered rear quarter windows, something that won’t be found on any other models. Other touches include a faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia. Inside the cabin, owners will find a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with the same appointments carried to the instrument panel, shifter boot, center armrest, door inserts and seats. The front buckets are upholstered in two-tone cashmere and black leather, with the obligatory 50th logo on the seat backs.

As is only fitting, under the hood is a 5.0-liter V8, delivering 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Other enhancements, which are standard fare on Performance Package Mustang GT models, include six-piston Brembo front brakes, 19-inch alloys and high-performance summer rubber. Mustang enthusiasts will note that the 50 Year Limited Edition model marks the first time Ford is offering its Performance Package with an automatic gearbox.

Ford has said that the limited edition models will be some of the first off the assembly line when 2015 production begins later this year, so if you’re interested, you might want to start hounding your dealer for an allocation today.

2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition pays homage to 1964

2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition pays homage to 1964 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ford overlooks the Big Apple in the 2015 Mustang Convertible [w/video]

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

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Ford has done it again. Like in 1965, there is once again an all-new Mustang Convertible sitting on the observation deck of New York City’s Empire State Building. This has been in the making for a little while, with the first report that Ford would recreate the sky-high publicity stunt coming out a few weeks back.

The process of getting the Mustang up there wasn’t exactly easy. A Romulus, MI-based company chopped up the new droptop, a necessary evil to get the Mustang to fit in the combination of Empire State Building elevators required to get to the 86th floor observation deck. But it was slightly more involved than just taking the car apart. The company, DST, built a mockup of the ESB’s elevators, and then practiced its cuts on a second pre-production Mustang Convertible (measure twice, cut once).

The result of all this work are the images you see above. Yes, sitting in the crisp, morning air of midtown Manhattan, over 1,000 feet up, is this brilliant Triple Yellow Mustang. Take a look up top for our gallery of images from today’s event. You can also scroll down for videos and images of the process leading up to the ESB debut.

Ford overlooks the Big Apple in the 2015 Mustang Convertible [w/video]

Ford overlooks the Big Apple in the 2015 Mustang Convertible [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition says ‘happy birthday’ in New York

Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition

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Fifty years ago this week, Ford debuted the first-ever Mustang at the New York World’s Fair. And to celebrate, the Blue Oval is offering up this special, 50th Anniversary Edition 2015 Mustang, which makes its debut at the New York Auto Show. It’ll be a seriously limited affair, with only 1,964 examples of the special edition Mustang slated to be produced (the number chosen to coincide with the ‘Stang’s first year in production). But for those who raise their hands for the 50th Anniversary package, there’s a pretty sweet package in store.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the 2015 Mustang GT with the Performance Pack, and is only available in two colors: Kona Blue, or Wimbledon White (pictured). The car also comes fully loaded – the only option for buyers to choose is the transmission. Should you opt for the six-speed automatic, you’ll get a limited-slip rear differential with a 3.55:1 final-drive ratio (the 50th Anniversary car is also the only way to get a slushbox-equipped ‘Stang with the Performance Pack). Selecting the six-speed manual ‘box will net you a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 ratio. All 50th Anniversary cars will be powered by Ford’s 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8, estimated to produce more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque in the 2015 Mustang.

Inside, there’s a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with a similar detail found on the instrument panel, shift boot, door inserts, seats, and center armrest. Two-tone leather/black upholstery is also part of the 50th Anniversary package, and of course, there’s a special logo on the seats.

Have a look at the limited-edition Mustang in the gallery above, read about it in the press release below, and stay tuned for more info and live shots, later this week.

2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition says ‘happy birthday’ in New York

2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition says ‘happy birthday’ in New York originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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