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    Re: 2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

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    Ford Mustang for Europe: The next generation of Europe possible
    4. April 2012

    Auto Motor and Sport
    (German translation)

    The next generation of American cult cars Ford Mustang would be available in Europe.

    "Just like any other Ford model will also be the next Mustang to the One Ford strategy. This means, among other things, that he must fulfill, for example, here applicable standards for pedestrian protection, "said Barb Samardzich, development head of Ford Europe, auto motor and sport. A decision on whether the sports car is actually imported, and thus assumes the role of a successor, Capri, had fallen as yet.


    Sneak Peek: 2015 Ford Mustang
    The new global Mustang will be lighter, faster, and more economical, but say good-bye to retro!
    From the December, 2011 issue of Popular Hot Rodding
    By Sam Haymart

    Popular Hot Rodding

    The Ford Mustang has been a part of our automotive fabric for so long that its hard to imagine a world without it. Its become an iconic part of the muscle car realm with several generations of metal favored by several generations of fans. There were low points in its lineage, such as in the 70s and early 80s, and there have been many high watermarks, such as today.

    Theres no doubt among Ford enthusiasts that the current Mustang is arguably the best of the breed in terms of quality, handling, and technical savvy, and you have a world-class engine lineup, the highest efficiency, and one of the best chassis to ever underpin the Mustang.

    The current breed also has its downsides, as its the most expensive and heaviest Mustang ever. And its no longer the entry-level bargain basement car that once appealed to the masses back in the 60s. It has become more upmarket, more equipped, and has a price point closer to some European performance coupes.

    In looking to redesign the next-generation ponycar, many converging forces have the 2015 Mustang facing a major crossroads. Its racing quickly toward a swiftly rolling freight train of high gas prices, skyrocketing new government fuel mileage regulations, and a much more challenging global marketplace. Today it has a new Chevy Camaro to win against, new V-8 muscle cars coming from Korea to fend off, and now meets the Japanese sports cars face to face.

    The Mustang is being redesigned at this moment, and is facing just as drastic a headwind as it did when Ford changed the game with the Mustang II in 1974. Let that sink in for a moment as you are told that the next-generation Mustang is being loosely termed the Mustang III within the halls of Dearborn, Michigan.

    While that may send shivers down the spines of some, the good news is that today we have the technology. Best of all, the performance-minded gearheads in Dearborn have the will to meet tomorrows new regulations and market forces without turning the current stallion into a wheezing little gelding as was the case with the Mustang II.

    What must be reckoned with is that todays Mustang is heavier and larger than its ever been. The 2012 Mustang weighs about 100 pounds more and is virtually identical in size to the big-body 73 Mustang once widely considered to be a fat pig. The next-generation Mustang will need to shed some weight, lose some girth, and get a lot more efficient for a great many reasons.

    Continued....................
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    Good to see the Mustang is going global, a decision long overdue.

    Think the next Mustang will use an I-4 as the base engine much like it did with the 2.3L in the 80's, but both the engine and chassis will be major upgrades from those days with respectable 0-60 times and MPG in the mid to high 30's. Optional engines will include a Eco-boost I-4 and I would not be surprised to see a 1.6L for export markets and who knows could there be a Turbo-Diesel in the mix!!!???

    Actually the V6 maybe the casualty of CAFE as it may struggle to give the performance/MPG a turbo I-4 does, but it will probably be offered on the 2015 models, just not sure how long it will last.

    A V8 is a no brainer but it will probably an expensive option and need an 8-speed Auto for MPG.

    Ford needs to consider branching the Mustang into new territory like a 4-Door Coupe version and bring back the Hatch of the late 70's for added utility. An expanded Mustang lineup of Coupe, Cabrio, Hatch and 4D Coupe would give Ford a viable lineup to sell against lower priced 3-Series and others in the U.S. and abroad and be a good base for some future Lincolns.

    Lots of possibilities......

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    Re: 2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

    Quote Originally Posted by SierraGS View Post
    Good to see the Mustang is going global, a decision long overdue.

    Think the next Mustang will use an I-4 as the base engine much like it did with the 2.3L in the 80's, but both the engine and chassis will be major upgrades from those days with respectable 0-60 times and MPG in the mid to high 30's. Optional engines will include a Eco-boost I-4 and I would not be surprised to see a 1.6L for export markets and who knows could there be a Turbo-Diesel in the mix!!!???
    I'm not sure about a base 1.6 EB Mustang, since the most powerful 1.6 EB only makes 180hp and a Mustang without muscle is not a real Mustang.
    The 2.0 EcoBoost with around 237hp or more would probably make more sense as a base engine for the 2015 Mustang.

    In slected markets here in Asia, we get the 305hp V6 and 420hp Mustang GT, so i'm sure they'll continue to offer powerful models with muscle for some export markets.
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    Re: 2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

    1.6EB is too small for the Mustang. 2.0EB should be the smallest in the Mustang.
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    Re: 2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

    Quote Originally Posted by SierraGS View Post
    Good to see the Mustang is going global, a decision long overdue.

    Think the next Mustang will use an I-4 as the base engine much like it did with the 2.3L in the 80's, but both the engine and chassis will be major upgrades from those days with respectable 0-60 times and MPG in the mid to high 30's. Optional engines will include a Eco-boost I-4 and I would not be surprised to see a 1.6L for export markets and who knows could there be a Turbo-Diesel in the mix!!!???

    Actually the V6 maybe the casualty of CAFE as it may struggle to give the performance/MPG a turbo I-4 does, but it will probably be offered on the 2015 models, just not sure how long it will last.

    A V8 is a no brainer but it will probably an expensive option and need an 8-speed Auto for MPG.

    Ford needs to consider branching the Mustang into new territory like a 4-Door Coupe version and bring back the Hatch of the late 70's for added utility. An expanded Mustang lineup of Coupe, Cabrio, Hatch and 4D Coupe would give Ford a viable lineup to sell against lower priced 3-Series and others in the U.S. and abroad and be a good base for some future Lincolns.

    Lots of possibilities......
    re-hi :)
    dunno about a Mustang "lineup" other than adding a Lincoln sportsedan & coupecabrio
    but
    since there have been rumors about a new 2.3 (or2.5) 4cyl, designed from the start as EcoBoosts...WHICH:
    as a gen should be capable of 140hp per liter (at least)(per rumors) therefore: 325-to-350hp
    BUT
    imho they'll do a second, lower-HP, higher-MPG tune for Europe and similar markets.

    Using the current dual-HP 2.0EB as an example (200/240HP) suggests the new "base" EB4 might have 250-280hp imho
    which imho would suit a "Mustang for $9 petrol" fairly well


    Lots ^ of speculation

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    Re: 2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    1.6EB is too small for the Mustang. 2.0EB should be the smallest in the Mustang.
    GM's 2.0L turbo 4 makes 270hp and would eat Ford's 2.0 EB for lunch. Ford will need to go with the 2.3L EB turbo 4 for Mustang, which should be good for at least 300hp.

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    Re: 2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikes5.0 View Post
    GM's 2.0L turbo 4 makes 270hp and would eat Ford's 2.0 EB for lunch. Ford will need to go with the 2.3L EB turbo 4 for Mustang, which should be good for at least 300hp.
    We have yet to see the a 2.0EB is a RWD tune as of yet. It is capable of 280 hp so It can easily get up there.
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    Re: 2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

    Quote Originally Posted by ausrutherford View Post
    We have yet to see the a 2.0EB is a RWD tune as of yet. It is capable of 280 hp so It can easily get up there.
    the only time I remember seeing 280hp claimed for the 2.0EB was in the ExplorerAmerica Concept
    which imho, could have just been autoshow hype

    got a feeling (which I know I said before) that the 2.0EB didn't turn out as strong as hoped
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    that's why a new 2.3-or-so 4cyl is (rumored) being developed

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    Even though the next-gen Camaro it going to be based on the rwd Alpha platform (cost-saving sharing). Does Ford have plans on building other vehicles based on the new Mustang platform?

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    Re: 2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

    Quote Originally Posted by ejd1984 View Post
    Even though the next-gen Camaro it going to be based on the rwd Alpha platform (cost-saving sharing). Does Ford have plans on building other vehicles based on the new Mustang platform?
    Possibly:

    http://www.fordinsidenews.com/forums...Flagship-Sedan

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