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LEGENDS OF THE ROAD - FORD MUSTANG

Feature Stories, AUTO World

When it comes to sports cars, the Mustang is easily one of the best in the segment. After all, the Mustang is the original pony car that created the segment in the first place. With head-turning style, strong performance and long-standing reputation, the Mustang means business.

Here is a fast look at the Ford Mustang's history and how it was able to become the legendary sports car it is today.

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The Ford Mustang started off as a concept car, namely the 1962 Ford Mustang 1. It was then introduced by Ford Motor Company at the World's Fair in New York. Named after the P51 Mustang fighter plane from World War II, the initial Mustang design was based on the compact Ford Falcon.

In 1965, the Mustang was officially released. It was the automaker's most successful launch since the Model A. The Mustang created the "pony car" class of American cars; the affordable sporty coupes that were defined by long hoods.

The Mustang has undergone several transformations and updates to its current sixth generation. Ford made sure to give the Mustang massive attention by updating and improving every aspect of the car, year after the other.

In 1966, during the first generation Ford Mustang, sales passed the 1 million mark. One year after, The Shelby GT500 was introduced with a V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower. The success continued in the first generation with different models being introduced.

The second generation was introduced in 1974 and the Mustang II was introduced. It was completely redesigned from inside out. Changes included a nearly 500 pounds lighter and 19 inches shorter body compared to previous models. There was no Mustang convertible and no V-8 engine option for the first time in the Mustang's history.

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1979 marked the beginning of the third generation. A new Mustang, called Fox, debuted with a more Euro-type design. It was longer and taller, but 200 pounds lighter than the Mustang II. A lot of new models and engines were introduced during the third generation. The car had a small redesign again in 1987, featuring a new aero body design.

In 1994, the fourth generation Mustang was launched. In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Mustang received a complete makeover. In addition to design improvements, the car's performance was boosted in this generation. The Mustang received another makeover in 1999. Changes included a new hood, grille, lights, wheel arches, and sharper lines.

Ford introduced a redesigned 2005 model year Mustang that marked the beginning of the fifth generation. The Mustang was restyled again in 2010 to have a more muscular design. Its new features included power-dome hoods and sequential turn signals, in addition to some other aesthetic ones.

The sixth and current generation Mustang was launched in 2015. This generation was highly praised for its  amazingly eye-catching design, strong engine lineup, and thrilling driving experience.

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The interior is also made of high-quality materials and packed with upgraded high-tech features, making the Mustang a superior all-around sports car.

Convertible and coupe body styles are currently available. The engine lineup includes a 3.7L V6 with 300 hp, a 2.3L TC i4 with 325 hp, and a 5.0L V8 with 435 hp.

2017 Mustang models are 3.7L Coupe, 3.7L Convertible, 2.3L EcoBoost Coupe, 2.3L EcoBoost Convertible, 5.0L GT Coupe, 5.0L GT Convertible.

The Ford Mustang 2017 price in UAE starts from ranges from AED 130,000 and AED 220,000, depending on the model.

 

Source: Petrolhead Arabia


Posted by Maye Rosales on 11th April 2017

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