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Ford's pony car to go on a massive diet according to a new report

Ford's iconic Mustang is due for a major redesign next year, which should give it some momentum against the Chevrolet Camaro, which has been outselling it in recent years (to be fair, the Mustang has clawed back in recent months). The new Mustang is supposed to gain a few new engines and an independent rear suspension.
 
However, a new report from Edmunds suggests that the new Mustang is also supposed to lose a lot as well -- namely a few hundred pounds from its curb weight. According to sources familiar with the 2015 Mustang, the vehicle will be a minimum of 400 pounds lighter than the current model.
 
Ford hopes to achieve this astonishing weight loss partially by trimming down the dimensions of the pony car. "The big thing is that it will be a 'smarter' size," said Edmunds' source for the 2015 Mustang information. The vehicle will feature shorter front and rear overhangs, trimming just over a foot off the overall length. The new Mustang is also reported to be about 6.5 inches narrower.


Computer rendering of a possible design direction for the 2015 Mustang
 
"They are going to use more aluminum, better structural engineering in terms of spot welds and so on and so forth, basically using less material and making it stronger," added the source.
 
A 2014 Mustang with 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed manual transmission weighs 3,501 pounds and is rated at 19/29 mpg (city/highway). Opting for the automatic transmission boosts the EPA rating to 19/31 (city/highway).
 
We previously reported that the 2015 Mustang is set to get a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine producing close to 300hp. There are also rumors that an EcoBoost V6 engine will join the existing 5.0-liter V8 engine in the lineup. All of the new engine options will be optimized to improve fuel economy in response to government CAFE mandates.


2015 Mustang test mule
 
The Mustang, however, isn't the only upcoming Ford model set to go on a serious diet. The best-selling F-150 could see a weight reduction of up to 700 pounds due to a greater use of aluminum and high-strength steel.

Source: Edmunds



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By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/14/2013 2:21:37 PM , Rating: 3
Given the reduced dimensions, I can imagine this as a slightly larger and heavier BRZ/FR-S with a torquey V6 or V8...

BOING!!!!!!


By Voldenuit on 8/14/2013 3:02:35 PM , Rating: 2
The BRZ/FRS comparison will depend on the chassis and suspension tuning of the new Mustang.

The current Mustang is not a bad handler, more impressive that it actually handles decently with a live rear axle rather than being a good handler objectively.

The Fiesta ST is a great handler even with a twist beam rear suspension, though it's not up to FRS standards.

I think Ford has the talent and chops to make a great handling car, whether it's a priority to them for the market the Mustang serves is a different question.

People are right though that the runaway costs of new cars are driving millenials away from new car purchases, which doesn't bode well for the auto industry. All that aluminum and high strength steel and independent rear suspension won't come for free...


By KCjoker on 8/14/2013 8:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
They're getting rid of the live rear axle. And yes it does handle well do a youtube search on mustang gt vs bmw m3.


By Owls on 8/15/2013 11:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
done. and the gt gets destroyed. as it should by a 70k+ car.


By soccerballtux on 8/15/2013 11:09:01 PM , Rating: 5
millenials just fubar'd in general.
obscene college costs? check
still overpriced housing? check
weak labor market? check
labor market transitioning to part time to avoid employer mandate? check
not accounted for in unemployment statistics until
1. 25, and
2. have acquired a job, and lost it
check.


By Flunk on 8/14/2013 3:41:46 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking more like a Hyundai Genesis competitor. The ~300 HP turbo 4 especially.

This actually brings the Mustang more into the range of car I would actually buy. Independent rear suspension? Check, Power? Check, Reasonable size? Check, Reasonable price? Here's hoping.

It sounds like Ford is really trying to build a car that younger people (not the 50+ crowd who buy for nostalgia) want to buy.


By M'n'M on 8/14/2013 4:27:40 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking Z car competitor. Again a lot will depend on the "Track" model (or whatever it'll be called) tuning but at 2900-3000 lbs and a good V6 and revised steering ... I could see it.


By Spuke on 8/14/2013 3:43:14 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Given the reduced dimensions, I can imagine this as a slightly larger and heavier BRZ/FR-S with a torquey V6 or V8... BOING!!!!!!
BOING is right!!!! Holy sh!t this will be one fast car! The present Mustang is a stellar handler if you read the reviews on it, especially in Boss 302 trim. This should be interesting. Can't wait till the tests.


By BRB29 on 8/15/2013 8:33:22 AM , Rating: 1
I'm still waiting for my 35MPG drag and track monster :)
.....and affordable!

Corvette or Mustang. Let's see who wins my money in 2 years.


By FITCamaro on 8/15/2013 8:43:36 AM , Rating: 3
The Corvette and Mustang are two completely different cars. They may come close in a straight line, but in terms of handling, the Mustang will never be what the Corvette is.


By BRB29 on 8/16/2013 7:29:47 AM , Rating: 1
That's why I'm waiting to see what Ford comes out with for the next generation. The current Mustang have improved handling substantially.


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