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The first Ford Mustang was unveiled at the New York World’s Fair on April 17 1964. Just a few months shy of its 50th birthday, Ford has unveiled the 10th generation Mustang. This will be the first Mustang to be fitted with a turbo charged engine, and the first with independent rear suspension.
The new Mustang takes styling cues from the outgoing fifth generation’s retro-inspired look, while modernizing the look to comply with global pedestrian safety laws as well as ensuring this Mustang can entice younger buyers to the brand. The low roof and wide stance remain, as does the shark bite grill and tri-bar tail lamps.
One of the key points of any Mustang is the power plant. In Europe, the 10th generation Mustang will be powered by a 5.0l V8 producing 314kW and 529Nm, as well as an all-new 2,3l 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine whose figures have not yet been revealed. Ford engineers say it has been â€˜engineered for performance’ and will have a power output of â€˜more than 225kW.’
Despite their iconic engine burble, past Mustangs have always been rather unsophisticated. A key complaint among driving enthusiasts was the use of a live rear axle. Ford has discarded this for an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension system.
This system has been specifically designed and modified for high performance driving that Mustangs are known for. The front suspension is a new double ball-joint MacPherson strut system, allowing Ford to fit large, powerful brakes. There is no word on pricing or availability yet, but rumors suggest that it will land ‘sometime in 2015.’