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What Will The 2014 Mustang Look Like?
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Posted On: 12/8/2010 9:16AM
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Ford has been saying that the 50th Anniversary Mustang won't be retro and will likely have IRS. But it's gotta look like a Mustang, right? What are they gonna do? I found these random sketches and renderings by Mustang fanboys over at the Motor Trend forums. What do you think? Are they gonna screw it up or build something awesome?

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Avatar By: 2slo2drag
12/8/2010 9:31 AM

The top two sketches have Aston-Martin-esque lines to them. I like them alot. Although, those lines would be better off on a supercar than a muscular sports car.

 
Avatar By: Mbeezy3405
12/8/2010 9:35 AM

i like the newer mustangs which i havent since the late 80's early 90's, but i hope it turns out nothing like these drawings. too over the top IMO

 
Avatar By: SouthernGuy8503
12/8/2010 9:36 AM

I say do mainly the 1st sketch with a little of the last sketch so it has a little more headroom and do the front end of the last sketch. That 2nd sketch is way too much like an Aston Martin like "2slo2drag" said, can't look too much like a completely different brand.

 
Avatar By: HypnoticScoinic
12/8/2010 10:06 AM

I really don't like any of them...1st one looks reminiscent of a late 70's Mach1, but what does the front look like? 2nd looks like something Mazda created for Ford. 3rd one, well that looks just too darn European to be a Mustang! NO, NO, NO!!!

 
Avatar By: ___nes___
12/8/2010 11:19 AM

Fastback?! Hopefully

 
Avatar By: BleedingBlack
12/8/2010 12:01 PM

Hard to say what the 50th will be... but nevertheless, I look forward to seeing what they do!

 
Avatar By: torino_man
12/8/2010 12:14 PM

I'm with "___nes___" on this one, a fastback would be amazing. I love the Iacocca stang.

 
Avatar By: Fordguy66
12/8/2010 1:20 PM

Ford has done nothing but keep their history alive for 47 years. With the recent 2011, they've made the Mustang better than it has ever been before. With there still being some room for improvement, seriously... Screw it up? Are you a ricer fan boy or something?

 
Avatar By: NobiZero
12/8/2010 2:54 PM

It won't be retro? I'm not a Ford fan, but they've been on a roll lately with some great product. If they've been so successful, why mess with what works? Obviously they know what they're doing, and retro can only work for so long, but if it aint broke...

 
Avatar By: 5POINTSLOW
12/8/2010 3:38 PM

LOL Fordguy66--ricer fan boy. Just not sure about going IRS and making the car smaller like they seem to be saying.

 
Avatar By: retroman
12/8/2010 3:47 PM

I have a feeling they'll pull alot of cues from the Giugiaro Mustang, but don't expect an exact copy. The next gen will be very different from the current generation, much like the Fox Body was when it came out in 1979. Looked nothing like the Mustang II or any Stang before it. I would hope that they would do a full fastback design, although the partial fastback currently in production has worked out well. More than likely, they will reshape the tail lights, but keep the iconic 3-bar formula. The side scoops will be there, but not as pronounced (considering the current gen has the largest side scoops ever put on a production Mustang). The headlights and insignia will be changed as well. I wouldn't be surprised if they incorporated the headlights into the fenders and hood more like many vehicles these days. Out of the three sketches, I like the first one, and wish Ford would go with that. The second is ok, but it doesn't have the traditional tail lights. Like SouthernGuy said, the rear looks too much like an Aston Martin Vantage. The third sketch borrows too many cues from the SN-95, especially the roofline and rear quarter window. The A-pillar is also too skinny. With the government coming up with new safety regulations, the A-pillars more than likely will be thicker to accommodate an additional airbag. That's been the trend with vehicles over the past decade. One thing I hope Ford doesn't do is make it any bigger and heavier than it already is. The Mustang is Ford's performance flagship, and it needs to stay that way. If they are planning a luxo performance coupe, they should bring back the T-bird.

 
Avatar By: 66Mope
12/8/2010 3:53 PM

I think a bunch of cues from the Giugiaro Mustang went into the 2010 car. I expect this one to be all new. I'll try to get more out of J Mays again at the Detroit Auto Show next month...

 
Avatar By: SouthernGuy8503
12/8/2010 3:57 PM

Well actually if Ford puts an IRS on it then it will be a step up. It's a reason everybody (including people that test cars for a living) complains that the current Mustang still has a solid axle while the Camaro and I think Challenger have IRS. Corvette has had IRS for years with any top performance car out there. I'm a Chevy guy myself but I like that Ford is actually giving the Mustang the balls it deserves again from the factory with just the GT. Plus the Mustang (and Camaro) have always lacked room in the headroom and backseat category. I don't have a huge problem since I'm 5'9" but I've seen tall people drive them to. Plus anybody that wants to complain about the lack of general room then get a 4 door sedan family car. I'd get a Camaro, Mustang or Challenger for performance and not caring for fuel mileage or can I haul people in it. If someone complains about getting into the backseat then they can drive themselves.

 
Avatar By: retroman
12/8/2010 4:16 PM

I could see the incorporation of IRS, but I think it will upset many drag racers as a solid axle is better suited for that. The Terminator Cobras had IRS, and I know Ford was thinking of making standard across the board in '05, but backed off because of costs and surveys they did with the die-hard fan base. Most hard core Mustang fans loved the solid axle for what ever reason. Some, like me, thought that Ford should keep the solid axle, but offer IRS as an option.

 
Avatar By: SouthernGuy8503
12/8/2010 4:59 PM

True, I guess it boils down to if you want to go in a straight line or do corners. I would think IRS would be just as good as a straight axle for drag racing unless it's just a strength issue (not counting suspension deferences since that can b changed easier than swapping axles), for that it wouldn't be cheap to make an independent system be as strong as solid axle. That's a good idea though to have a solid axle as standard and then give IRS as an option, but as you know you can't make everybody happy so the people wanting IRS will bitch about having to pay more. Personally since I wouldn't have modern muscle car be to much into being a track car I'd be fine with IRS. But for something like my truck, I wish it had a solid axle on the front instead of that IFS BS, but good thing I don't go mudding and off-road all the time like I used to. They make kits to do a solid axle swap so if they do start making the Mustang with IRS I'm sure there will be kits out there where you can swap in a solid axle if you want one that bad, then sell the IRS parts. I know that's extra work and $ but if someone is making a drag car so serious that they'd need a solid axle, then that swap wouldn't be a huge deal especially since you could sell the IRS parts. I'm usually wrong though lol.

 
Avatar By: ___nes___
12/8/2010 4:59 PM

IRS on the new one will be on not neccesarily because of FORD but because people complaining to FORD about not having it. I don't see what's so bad about it other than not so "great" for drag races. And yes I was thinking in the ways of the Iacocca style mustang.

 
Avatar By: 1lowscort
12/8/2010 7:13 PM

Most of the people who test the Mustang and complain about it not having IRS also say that the Mustang solid axle is still better to drive than the Camaro IRS. I love a solid axle and think they should stick with it. Ford is getting it to perform very well.

 
Avatar By: GTwildfire
12/8/2010 7:21 PM

They will probably make something awesome, but that bottom picture... the proportions look all wrong at the front of the car. I think it's okay to push the front wheels forward and reduce the front overhang, but it just seems off somehow, the front seems short somehow - especially when you compare it to the side windows. Not Right. The middle drawing looks good, but it's a line drawing and just one angle.

 
Avatar By: Mustangman_007
12/8/2010 8:09 PM

That first sketch is fricking amazing. Single handedly the reason why I clicked on this link.

 
Avatar By: ilovethestig
12/8/2010 9:33 PM

hope it has the exact same lines as the second pic...looks like an aston...id buy in a heart beat

 
Avatar By: BIG_CIVIC
12/9/2010 5:06 AM

I'm a big Aston Martin fan and that 2nd pic looks a lot like an Aston. I'm not really a Mustang fan. But what's the point of styling it like an Aston? It's supposed to be a Mustang, right? I don't really like the 3rd pic as the rear quarter looks like a 1series BMW coupe. The 1st pic is the way to go. Those tail lights and rear quarter windows are pure Mustang. Look real good. If they built one like that it may be a Mustang I desire.

 
Avatar By: Reekesh
12/9/2010 6:45 AM

Nice... My all time favourite remain the classic model though...

 
Avatar By: timpalass
12/9/2010 7:03 AM

I love Mustangs, but I don't like these. Besides the 60's models, I think the 06ish models look the best. These just don't look Mustang enough.

 

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