Adieu, Fifth Generation Mustang
With the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, we thought we'd give one last BoldRide shout out to the fifth generation Mustang. We drove a 2013 GT in Gotta Have It Green last week, and it reaffirms why the Mustang has been so popular for the last five decades.
The S-197 showed up as a concept at the 2004 North American International Auto Show, based on the new D2C platform. Chief Engineer Hau Thai-Tang led the project, with exterior design from Sid Ramnarace.
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From 2005 to 2010 production years, the base model was powered by a 210 hp cast-iron block 4.0-liter V6, while the GT featured the aluminum block 4.6-liter modular V8 with 300 hp. Power went up to 315 hp in 2010, and handling got sharper with new spring rates and dampers, and a traction and stability control system standard on all models.
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In 2011, the Fifth Gen Mustang got new transmission options, including a Getrag-Ford MT82 6-speed manual or the 6R80 6-speed automatic, a direct lift of the ZF 6HP26 transmission that Ford licensed. A new 3.72-liter aluminum block V6 engine weighed 40 lb less than the previous version, and was good for a surprising 305 hp. 2011 was also the year the 5.0 returned, and the 32-valve "Coyote" V8 produced 412 hp and 390 ft-lbs of torque.
In the spring of 2012, Ford updated the Mustang and introduced an early 2013 model, in anticipation of an all-new car for the 50th anniversary. The GT and V6 models both had revised styling, which robbed the grille and intakes from the 2010 and 2011 GT500. The GT's 5.0-liter V8 picked up eight horsepower to an even 420 hp.
Whether you liked the fifth-generation car or not, its popularity was pretty undeniable. Between 2005 and 2012, Ford sold on the order of 850,000 Mustangs, straight through the years of the Economic Downturn. That's a pretty respectable record. We're excited to see the new car hit the streets, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't a little verklempt so see this issue go.
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