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Old 03-29-2003, 07:27 PM   #1
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'05 Mustang Concept

Presented as a two-seat fastback coupe and convertible, the Mustang GT concepts are strong indicators of the next-generation Mustang’s design direction. Their exterior designs are clearly inspired by some of the extroverted Mustangs of the past and have been created by a design team that took an introspective approach to updating a classic design. The GT concepts are two-place sportscars: one a coupe and the other a convertible. Both cars started out with a significantly modified Ford Thunderbird rear-wheel-drive architecture. The platform was sectioned to achieve the proper proportion. The front-end geometry is all original – customized to accommodate the signature Mustang MOD 4.6-liter V-8. The coupe conjures images of 1967 and 1968 Fastbacks while the convertible brings back cues of the early Shelby Mustangs, especially in its “show bar” and wide-element tail lamps. Zooming in from the trademark silhouette, an aficionado will appreciate the modern interpretation of the sleek nose of the 1967 models. Yet, the car is uniquely modern thanks to taut surfaces and high-tech hardware. The Mustang GT concepts’ adaptive headlamps are like technical jewels. Two concentric rings are shielded behind a single lens. The rings rotate in a helix pattern to zoom in and out like a professional camera lens. From a single light source, the Mustang GT concepts use fiber optic ribbon to deliver adaptable light levels through their highly focused lenses. An upward rake angle makes the cars appear to be in motion even while at a standstill. The 20-inch wheels and 13.8-inch vented Brembo® disc brakes are pushed out to the corners and anchor the design to the road.
The functional hood scoops help the supercharged engine breathe as it churns out nearly 400 horsepower. Naturally, the engine bay is a focal point in both cars. It boasts a MOD 4.6-liter 90-degree cast-iron block V-8 with aluminum heads, a belt-driven supercharger and a liquid-to-air intercooler.

Powertrain:
Drivetrain layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine type 90-degree MOD V-8, cast-iron block, aluminum heads, belt-driven supercharger with liquid-to-air intercooler
Valve gear DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Bore/stroke, in/mm 3.55 x 3.54/90.2 x 90
Displacement, in/mm 280.8 / 4,601
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Horsepower @ rpm 400 @ 6,000 (estimated)
Torque @ rpm 390 @ 3,500
Redline, rpm 6,500
Transmission 6-speed manual (coupe)
5-speed automatic (convertible)
Axle ratio 3.55:1
Final-drive ratio 2.24:1
Chassis
Brakes Brembo 13.8-in vented disc
Wheels (front)
(rear) 20 in x 8.5 in aluminum
20 in x 9.5 in aluminum
Tires (front)
(rear) 245/40ZR20 BFGoodrich g-force T/A
275/35ZR20 BFGoodrich g-force T/A

Dimensions
Body style 2-door coupe and convertible
Seating capacity 2
Legroom, in 44.0
Shoulder room, in 57.6
Hip room, in 54.9
Headroom, in 37.0
Length, in 182
Width, in 74.7
Height, in 50.8
Fuel capacity, gal 18
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Old 03-29-2003, 07:30 PM   #2
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Old 03-31-2003, 02:52 PM   #4
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...Seen the pics a ton already, still not crazy about it, but is nice for a Mustang. I am waiting to see what they change for production...
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What a failed attempt to try to cling to their "heritage" they took Fords greatest classic design and completely butchered it.:apuke: 5 thumbs down!
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While its grown on me, I still give it a thumbs down. Try something a little more orginal FORD.
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see, ford sucks completly. they try and bring back all the old shit. they have the most idiotic dumbasses woring for them.
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Old 04-01-2003, 07:41 AM   #8
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see, ford sucks completly. they try and bring back all the old shit. they have the most idiotic dumbasses woring for them.
Don't you think you're beind a little tragic? they don't suck "completely" maybe a little. This latest design does not pay homage to the timeless classic, the design incorporates cues of the 60s models but the stocky apearance just ... :apuke:
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Old 05-11-2003, 03:47 PM   #9
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I think the 05 mustang is a beautiful concept. I love the look of it and i'm no ford enthusiest by any means !!!
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funny how everyone seems to hate ford but they sell so many more cars than chevy. I'm not tryin to be cocky i hope chevy brings back the camaro so the pony car battles can continue.
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I have heard rumors that the next cobra will have 500 horsepower. That will be awesome! The concept car looks so sweet!
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camaro and mustang concepts

i'm very much a ford fan, but ill tell you what, i saw the new concept(one of them) for the camaro on the cover of popular hot rodding and i was scrounging for a 5(dont carry cash, gotta love plastic ) the classic design and the masculinity oozing from both concepts just sets the scene for the battle to return...and im all for it
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Don't you think you're beind a little tragic? they don't suck "completely" maybe a little. This latest design does not pay homage to the timeless classic, the design incorporates cues of the 60s models but the stocky apearance just ... :apuke:
of course i am. Im a Chevy fan so i have a very buyest opinion. hell, ill even defend a Geo Metro (though there's really no hope for them) if i feel the need. i suppose i can see why Ford tried to bring back the old look of their cars. hell, look at PLymouth with the ugly-ass PT=cruiser. people didnt care it was underpowered. it looked like an older car. so they bought it. the best concept car that will be a real car that Ive seen with the older styling is a Chevy SSR. and thats not a buyest opinion. i like the idea of a convertible truck. i used to always want one when i was a kid. then i saw the SSR and fell in love. but thats just me.
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Re: camaro and mustang concepts

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i'm very much a ford fan, but ill tell you what, i saw the new concept(one of them) for the camaro on the cover of popular hot rodding and i was scrounging for a 5(dont carry cash, gotta love plastic ) the classic design and the masculinity oozing from both concepts just sets the scene for the battle to return...and im all for it
Unfortunately for you, there's no approved plan for a new Camaro. Any picture you saw was just an "artist's rendering."
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i have a very buyest opinion.
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