This is an American cult car. "Ponies" is known almost everywhere in the world. This is America's most popular muscle in the world. Many have tried to repeat the Mustang success story, but everyone has failed, and even then Ford was no longer able to return to the Mustang for a sparkle of youth. But at least it made it difficult for competitors to build a car like Chevrolet Camaro SS and Plymouth Cuda. But this time the story is not about them.
1st generation. (1964-1973) Here it all began. The car was a cheap popular sports car. Of course, at that time car manufacturers taught you to squeeze out money, and in the case of Mustang, they were real professionals. Everyone wanted this car, but the base model came with only a V6 engine and a 3-speed manual gearbox. If you wanted a bigger engine, better gearbox, lines and different lights, you had to pay extra. The picture is an upgraded 1967 model. For the very first generation, the engine ranged from 2.8l six-cylinder (106hp) to 4.7l V8 with 270hp.
The improvement came in 1967. Like the first generation, it was offered both in the usual coupe and in the convertible and fiesta bike (in the picture) versions. Several special editions have also been released, including the famous GT390 (from the Bullit), as well as the GT500 built by Shelby. His popularity just grew even more. It was offered a savage number of engines. The GT500 Eleanor from the movie "Gone in 60 seconds" is shown. This car is a real movie legend.
In 69, the design was changed even more. The car got longer but did not build bigger engines. Probably because they just could not get it to be more than 7l. The Mustangs are considered to the golden generation, and these Boss models were so fast. The engines are the same to date.
With every improvement, it also got more weight, larger sizes, and less educated shapes. And it reached its peak in the first generation in 1971. The car engines did not change, but its dynamic characteristics changed. This car weighed 400kg less compared to the original car. It lost even more in popularity. Car sales in these years did not go too well. In 1972 Mustang was sold in 4x fewer copies (150k) than in 1966.
2nd Generation (1974-1978) With this machine, the Ford Mustang Brigade led to the abyss. The car was lower, bigger and more uncomfortable than the Mustang of 1971. In addition, the manageability (which has never been the Mustang priority) has reached its lowest level. And even the most powerful engine developed only 140 hp, which was a miserable figure for such a huge wagon (to take into account the oil crisis in the USA).
But in spite of everything, these cars were sold in more than a million copies. It's time to agree with what many have said - "It's the right car at the right time."
Generation 3 (1979-1993) The gloomy generation comes. The car was more comfortable and was able to pick up 4 passengers without headaches. That's why, at least in terms of comfort, this has been a successful option. But in terms of speed, it was the slowest Mustang ever produced. Its most sporty version was not in the V8 configuration, but with a four-cylinder turbo engine, power reached slightly higher performances than the V8. One-off Ford wanted to replace the Mustang with the latest front-wheel-drive Probe, but brand fans sent hundreds of thousands of letters to preserve the iconic rear-wheel-drive Mustang.
Generation 4 (1994-2004) In this generation, the Mustang has already begun to recover a bit, both in terms of technology and image. The car had a rather handsome body and relatively powerful engines. They were V6 and V8, with power up to 390h at later Cobra models. But Ford has been investing heavily in making Mustang more manageable. A rather intelligent front suspension was fitted, as well as an improved chassis and disc brakes for all four wheels.
In 1999, the car got a new body shape. It was fitted with the same engines and also the Cobra version. A new 6-speed manual transmission was also installed, as the previous failure to withstand such high power (also used by Dodge Viper and Corvette).
The 5th Generation (2005-). With this car, Ford wanted to return the Mustang brand at the 60s level. The design is based on the original car model. It was fitted with V6 and 2 V8 engines. Ford, however, received enormous criticism of choosing to install a car with a primitive suspension (much unchanged since 1994). (Bullit Special Edition in the picture).
Facelifts followed this car in 2010. Some engines have been replaced or improved, small visual improvements, but the most important news is the availability of handling packages, complete with powerful brakes, more aggressive differential controls, and a slightly different suspension. The best thing is that the car is relatively affordable. The worst version of the GT500 in the US will set you back for the amount of around 50 thousand dollars, which is less than the BMW Z4, for example, with much less power.
The very form of the new Mustang is modernized in order to please and adapt to the global taste. In addition to advanced cabin equipment in the form of modern infotainment systems and online services, the Mustang is also fully in line with the time of its creation on the mechanical side.
The smaller mass, the independent rear suspension, and the new EcoBoost turbo aggregates, among others, should satisfy traditionalists and, more importantly, new customers unrecognized by the rustics of previous Mustang generations. The name Mustang first appeared in 1962 at the concept car Mustang I, which had a sign of the galloping horse, the designer of Philip T. Clark. The emblem was enhanced and handed over to a production car in 1964 and since then, its more than 50-year-old evolution continued to date.
Although advertised as a revolution, it externally acts as another evolutionary step into modern.
Visibly influenced by the Evos concept, the new Mustang retained the classic shape with all the recognizable elements of the earlier generations, although it was previously suggested that it would abandon its tradition and turn it into more modern forms, because of the task of focus of appealing to customers from around the world. Yes, Mustang is now available globally.
Improvements in the now wider interior are numerous, although similar to earlier solutions, Ford promises a lot of high-quality materials and new technologies, such as Intelligent Access, SYNC connection system, MyFord Touch infotainment system, Track Apps, MyColor clusters, Blind Spot traffic alerts intersections and adaptive cruise control and Shaker Pro audio system.
Last year, the Mustang was fifty-three years old, and the new GT Fastback 2015, with its limited edition that rolled out on a 50-year anniversary, is a ridiculously seductive horse. The young stallion was never intended to turn into and currently is nothing close to Lipizzaner, with its sigh frozen in the moment during a wild galloping motion but still involved in the ever-innovating process of evolution.