Celebrating Performance and Sophistication
We are pleased to present to you a brief celebration of the brand new Mustang! Take a moment to honor this sensational automobile with us, and keep your eyes open for our new Sixth Generation Mustang WindRestrictor® in early 2016!
The Sixth Generation of the Ford Mustang was first shown at private Ford events on Dec 5, 2013 in Dearborn, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; Barcelona, Spain; Shanghai, China; and Sydney, Australia. It began production at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock Michigan on July 14, 2014.
That’s fifty years after the introduction of the original pony car in 1964.
While there are some other cars like the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro which most recently embraced the glory days of fast, sleek and affordable vehicles that have been revived, the Mustang remains the only one to be continuously produced for over fifty years.
How the Love Affair Ended
By the 1970s, the cars which had once inspired songs and made appearances in popular movies became victim to the consumer need for a drivable status symbol. Buyers wanted luxury and the industry responded with its early crossbreed of speed and sophistication.
Unfortunately, the social experiment ended dismally for most pony car makers because the result was a larger, heavier car with an identity crisis. Still continuing on with production, Ford maintained belief in the brand.
Even after the 1971 SportsRoof model which was larger in all the wrong ways, Ford continued attempts at the revitalization of the pony car.
Perhaps, its greatest effort to date takes place with the production of The Sixth Generation.
Can it break the curse of marrying speed with luxury?
Luckily for driver’s around the world, the designers at Ford have given everything they have to make this happen.
There’s The Rev Factor
The Sixth Generation harkens back to days when cars roared with three powerful engine choices:
• The 5.0L V8 increases the power of the previous V8 and provides that guttural rumble that made the Mustang a legend
• The 3.7L delivers both power and efficiency through twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) technology
• And then there is the 2.3L EcoBoost® – any driver’s dream engine that produces 310 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque
The Sophisticated Feel
The design –style of The Sixth Generation gives it a vintage exterior look with aerodynamic stylings, but it’s the interior that shouldn’t be missed:
•The cockpit has been designed for a more comfortable driving experience. New features include a lower driver’s seat to allow for more leg room, smaller steering wheel for more control, and a repositioned shifter that allows for control clearances.
•The comfort features are many including feature memory recline for the front seats, in GT Premium and EcoBoost® Premium models the front seats are heated and cooled, and a flat-load floor in the back for easier access.
•The convertible has a new top that features a center latch to open and close from the driver’s seat with ease.
Pot hole? What Pot hole?
The Sixth Generation has some exciting technology to improve driving performance from a new rear suspension that can make every road seem brand new to an upgraded brake system.
•The new integral link independent rear suspension provides for more precise handling, reduction of unsprung mass, and the ability to isolate road imperfections for an overall better ride.
•The selectable-effort electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system allows drivers the choice of how much control they want over the car. There is the Comfort setting which requires the least amount of steering effort from the driver, the Sports Setting for those who want to feel the road, and the Standard setting which provides a balance between the previous two.
•There is also a new double-ball-joint front suspension that allows for larger brakes. This is best showcased in the GT Performance Package (Front: 6-piston Brembo® with 15 inch vented rotors and Rear: Single-piston with 13 inch rotors)* (www.ford.com)
Some of the Extras
The Sixth Generation is customizable in so many ways that the standard vehicle can skyrocket in price from the low $30,000 up quickly to the low $50,000. Some of the most notable options are:
•Available internationally in early 2016 is the Ford licensed WindRestrictor® which can tailor-make any vehicle to the unique style of the buyer.
•Track Apps™ provides Electronic Line-Lock (keeps front brakes locked while in gear to warm the rear tires), launch control, and displays performance metrics a 4.2-inch message center screen.
•BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) indicates vehicles in the driver’s blind spot with an indicator light in the mirror.
•SYNC® with MyFord Touch® lets you literally say the word to make a call, access your music collection, or adjust the temperature without lifting a finger.
What The Experts Are Saying
•Car and Driver gave the new Mustang a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars, stating that “In either coupe or convertible form, the Mustang appeals without compromising its heritage.” Car and Driver
•From the Car Connection, the Mustang received an 8.4 out of 10.0 stars, stating that “The turbo four delivers strong performance but an underwhelming soundtrack; the GT with the Performance Pack hustles with its new independent rear.” Car Connection
•According to Good Car Bad Car, the new Mustang “copes with all that a road throws its way while also being tuned to accept inconsistent and even ham-fisted inputs from the driver. This basic Mustang isn’t a track bruiser, but driven in a semi-aggressive style on a great road, it’s engaging and capable enough to encourage further advancement toward its limits.” Good Car Bad Car
The reviews for the Sixth Generation are high but cautious. Wanting but optimistic. Are there new glory days ahead for a stylish speedster that can break sales records and become a part of American legends?
The Sixth Generation of the Ford Mustang certainly believes it can.
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