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First Look: Ford’s New 2010 Mustang

More Power, Muscular Looks, and Creature Comforts Galore

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First Look: Ford’s New 2010 Mustang

The 2010 Mustang

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For starters, let me say the wait is officially over. Returning once again for 2010, the Ford Mustang is more powerful, features a revised interior and exterior, and is available with options such as a backup camera, voice activated navigation, and 19-inch wheels. In a press statement, Paul Randle, Mustang chief engineer said, "The new Mustang marks new levels of both power and refinement. We've designed and engineered this to be the next classic Mustang that everyone talks about for years and years." One thing's for certain. Enthusiasts everywhere have been eagerly awaiting the reveal of the 2010 Mustang. And now the wait has come to an end.

2010 Mustang Models

Improved Performance

For starters, two engines will be available for the Mustang: A 4.0L V-6 and a 4.6L V-8.
  • 4.0L V-6: 210 hp and 240 lbs.-ft. of torque
  • 4.6L V-8: 315 hp and 325 lbs.-ft of torque
Of note, the V-8 engine will get a boost of 15 horsepower, bringing its numbers to 315 hp and 325 lbs.-ft of torque. How so? Well, the engineers at Ford have equipped the new base 2010 GT Mustang with an air-induction system pioneered on Ford's extensive racing programs. This true ram-air system delivers a colder, denser intake charge to the cylinders resulting in increased horsepower and torque. Randal said, "That means more horsepower and more torque in all driving conditions." Ford also increased the redline of the V-8 Mustang to 6,500 rpm.

The 4.0L V-6 Mustang will return once again with its 210 hp and 240 lbs.-ft. of torque.

Best of all, both engines will be able to run on regular unleaded just fine. According to powertrain supervisor Chris Roxin, "The 2010 Mustang runs great on regular fuel, and that is where we quote our peak numbers, but we also have a great dual-adaptive knock calibration that allows the 2010 Mustang to run on regular fuel as well as premium fuel, and the system figures it out itself." He added that premium fuel can improve the torque of the engine in the low- to mid-rpm range.

The 2010 Mustang will also feature a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Of note, both the V-6 and the V-8 Mustangs will feature larger exhaust tips in the rear. In all, the tips increase from 3-inches to 3 ½ inches in length.

Improved Ride

The ride of the 2010 Ford Mustang has also been improved. For instance, Ford worked to include a three-link rear suspension with a panhard bar as standard equipment on all Mustangs. In addition, vehicle Engineering Manager Tom Barnes said, "We adjusted the springs, stabilizer bars and shocks to better balance the ride, steering and handling for all models, which results in a more engaging driving experience. The 2010 Mustangs feel more controlled for steering and handling, yet retain a good ride balance."

Another 2010 Ford Mustang feature is AdvanceTrac® traction control. According to Ford, AdvanceTrac uses sensors to detect and measure side-to-side skidding conditions. It does this by monitoring the vehicle's speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle. When AdvanceTrac senses wheel slippage, it reduces engine torque and applies the brakes as needed. Pretty nice, eh? Those owners of the V-6 Mustang have the option of turning the traction control on or off. GT owners can run with the traction control system on, off, or in a special Sport mode. This mode is designed to allow drivers to drive more aggressively while still retaining control. I've yet to try this feature out and truly look forward to putting it through its paces in the future.

Best of all Ford will offer optional performance packages for the Mustang designed to impact handling and the overall ride. The two options include:

GT Track Package (manual only)

  • Performance front/rear brake pads
  • GT500 Sta-Bars and rear lower control arms
  • Retuned struts and shocks
  • 19-inch Pirelli Summer tires
  • 3.73 axle ratio with carbon-fiber clutch plates
  • Recalibrated AdvanceTrac®, traction control and anti-lock brakes
The 2010 Mustang will also ride on new wheels and tires. 17-inch tires will be standard equipment on the V-6 and 18-inch tires standard on the V-8. According to Ford, a 19-inch Pirelli Summer tire will become available later in the production run.
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