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Rumor: A Smaller Mustang with Independent Rear Suspension

By January 22, 2010

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Ford ProbePeople like to speculate. I guess it's human nature. Now that the 5.0 Mustang has officially been revealed, the GT350 wait is over, and the Boss Mustang rumors have been confirmed, folks are talking about the 50th Anniversary Edition Mustang. What are they saying? Well, there's talk of a smaller, lighter Mustang with an independent rear suspension for 2014.

It all started with a recent Motor Trend article titled Scoop! Next Ford Mustang Going Global. According to the article, the Mustang might be sold globally in 2014. Since CEO Alan Mulally said Ford can't afford to build cars specific to any one country, folks predict the new Mustang would need to be built to compete with European vehicles. This has me thinking back to the Third Generation launch with its European styling cues.

Of note, they say the car would have an independent rear suspension (IRS). They also predict Ford will take the next generation Mustang in one of three directions:

  • A Mustang very similar to what we have today with IRS and Rear Wheel Drive
  • An M3-styled Sedan with a Turbocharged V-6 Engine (Possibly the Ecoboost?)
  • A high-performance Nissan GT-R Style Coupe

I, personally, would like to see a Mustang that's similar in size to the current model. Hopefully folks at Ford haven't forgotten about the Probe. I'm sure more details will be revealed in the next year or so. In the meantime, we'll have plenty to speculate about.

That said, what would you like to see in the next generation Mustang? Should we go down the road of an M3-styled sedan, or should we stick to our Muscle car roots?


Source: Motor Trend

Photo of 1993 Ford Probe Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

January 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm
(1) Jess says:

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Let’s make a version similar to the current model, keep the 5.0, and give it a technology boost.

January 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(2) Tony Callabrese says:

I personally want the GT-R Killing and ZR1 eating Mustang myself for 2014. M3 you can get those kind of psuedo luxo anywhere like Audi

January 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(3) John Bryans Fontaine says:

Except for its name, I liked the 2nd generation Probe. Maybe Ford could bring it back, say with a better name, such as ‘Prova’. Also, the car could have exposed headlights and perhaps even flared fenders.

January 25, 2010 at 1:08 am
(4) mustangs says:

A GT-R Killing and ZR1 eating Mustang would be nice, but man, it would probably cost a fortune! Maybe a Shelby model is fitting. As for the Probe, nice car, but it wasn’t a Mustang. Glad Ford didn’t try to pass it off as one.

January 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm
(5) Frank Schwarz says:

My o3 Explorer has independent, so why not?

January 29, 2010 at 11:29 am
(6) 83GLX50 says:

I love where the mustang is now but always wanted a two seater. Shaving some inches from the wheelbase and adding IRS could make it a real appealing car. Think Mercury Messenger concept car with Mustang styling cues and the 2011 engine line up. WOW!

January 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(7) classic Mustang says:

Judging from the recent comments from Ford of Australia President, my guess is that the Mustang and the Australian Falcon may be tied together in some form. Both are RWD V8 machines.

April 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm
(8) Dark Fox says:

Stick to the 2 door v-8 Beast but i’d like a smaller car. Like my fox body!!!

May 30, 2010 at 11:25 am
(9) Greg says:

The muscle car will always have a special place in my life. There’s no reason to turn it into a compact sports car or even a luxury sedan. Ford should keep doing what they are which is update the style and tech. while still keeping it the traditional muscle car- front engine, V8, RWD.

February 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(10) Robert says:

Mustang was always known for “more bang for the buck” stang. Lets not for get this and although it was never a cheap or economy priced car it should remain at near afordable pricing.This was part of it’s original roots. Use both hystoric and creative visionary ideas. Keep one of the most popular engines which is the v-8 4.6,4.8,5.0 liter 5.0 liter 5 valve like the 360 spider would real cool. We need to save on fuel costs. Light weight like the 89 mustangs will help. Design 2015 mustang looking sexier a suttle ferrari look using some curvature design, thinner body look, with a suttle mustang muscular look. Keep the most modern interpretation of mustang’s front and rear bumpers and mustang head/tail lights. 6 speed manual, and a new 4:10 final drive choice. simular to the rx-8 fused with ferrari 308 gts without the bubble look.

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