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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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Awesome
By Argon18 on 8/14/2013 4:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
This is great news! Too many of the Big-3's vehicles are a bloated oversized mess. Too big and too heavy.

Look at the Dodge Charger (and the other models based off it) as a good example. It's cool looking, but it's monstrously huge. I'd take one in 7/8 scale. Plus its curb weight is over 4100 lbs. There are SUV's that weight less than this. It's stupid heavy.

It's about time the Big-3 started focusing on size and weight as a no-brainer way to improve both performance AND fuel efficiency.




RE: Awesome
By Spuke on 8/14/2013 5:59:09 PM , Rating: 2
Actually the present Mustang weighs the same as a 3 series coupe so its not bloated compared to the competition. The Charger is a large sedan and also doesn't weigh anymore than its competition. Weight savings is a good thing IMO but you guys will be giving up your precious safety to get the weight savings.


RE: Awesome
By Wererat on 8/16/2013 8:58:05 AM , Rating: 2
No, we won't. Raw mass is not the only way to be safe. As the article notes, better materials and welding methods will provide good strength along with weight reduction.

Besides, a lighter, more agile car allows drivers a better chance at the best safety -- not running into things in the first place!


RE: Awesome
By Wererat on 8/16/2013 8:59:35 AM , Rating: 2
Feel obliged to make a double reply; your other point about weight vs. comparable vehicles is spot on.

That's why the Charger runs alongside Beemers, Mustangs, Aston Martins, and Porsches in the Continental Tire series (see grand-am.com).


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