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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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RE: 400 lbs!
By Dr of crap on 8/15/2013 9:16:47 AM , Rating: 2
Hold it a minute - there are as many 400 lbs on the coast as anywhere.
How many times have you seen a size 6 stretch pants on a size 20 body. And these are not just in the middle US!

Just because you can't handle our weather here, don't go calling us ALL fat.

It's a personal choice to be 400 lbs, believe it or not.


RE: 400 lbs!
By retrospooty on 8/15/2013 11:48:06 AM , Rating: 2
Of course there are fatties everywhere, but in fattest country on Earth...

http://www.livescience.com/27679-gallup-state-obes...

Ten states with highest obesity rates:(mostly central and southern)

West Virginia: 33.5 percent
Mississippi: 32.2 percent
Arkansas: 31.4 percent
Louisiana: 30.9 percent
Alabama: 30.4 percent
Kentucky: 29.9 percent
Tennessee: 29.6 percent
Ohio: 29.5 percent
Oklahoma: 29.2 percent
Iowa: 29.0 percent

Lowest are...

Ten states with lowest obesity rates: (mostly east and west coast)

Colorado: 18.7 percent
Massachusetts: 21.5 percent
Montana: 22.0 percent
Connecticut: 22.7 percent
California: 23.1 percent
Utah: 23.9 percent
Arizona: 24.1 percent
Rhode Island: 24.3 percent
Idaho: 24.4 percent
New Jersey: 24.4 percent
Washington: 24.4 percent

OK, Idaho and Montana throws out the whole Yellowstone Caldera joke... But still the coasts are much slimmer. The fattest of the fat asses are Central and southern.


RE: 400 lbs!
By BRB29 on 8/16/2013 7:41:11 AM , Rating: 2
How is Texas not in there?
Half of the top 10 fattest cities is made up of cities from Texas.


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