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First Look: The 2014 Ford Mustang

Much of the Same with a Few Revisions

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First Look: The 2014 Ford Mustang
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In early November, official order guides for the 2014 Ford Mustang began to surface. The model year, which is to be the last for the current Ford Mustang S197 platform, will feature minimal changes over the 2013 model year. Aside from a few exterior color changes, and a few package updates, there are no interior updates to the car, and there are no functional equipment changes.

In addition, the special-edition Boss 302 Mustang will not be returning to the company’s lineup. Similar to the classic Boss 302 (1969 and 1970 model years), the car has been limited to a production run of two years. Ford plans to completely revamp the Ford Mustang in 2015.

Exterior Color Changes

Several exterior colors will no longer be available for the 2014 Mustang, while several new exterior colors will be offered as replacements. The colors no longer being offered are Boss 302's School Bus Yellow, High Performance White and Red Candy Metallic. New colors for the 2014 model year are Oxford White (YZ) and Ruby Red Metallic with Tinted Clearcoat (RR).

New Colors Added:

  • Oxford White (YZ)
  • Ruby Red Metallic with Tinted Clearcoat (RR)
Colors Deleted:

  • Red Candy Metallic with Tinted Clearcoat
  • High Performance White
  • School Bus Yellow – Boss® exclusive
Appearance Package Updates

Some appearance package updates for the Ford Mustang will arrive with the 2014 model year. While subtle, these changes are indeed different from the 2013 Ford Mustang lineup.

The V6 Appearance Package/FP6:

  • Painted Black Outside Mirror Skull caps
  • Painted Black Decklid Spoiler
  • Quarter Window Louvres
  • 18” Painted Black Aluminum Wheel
V8 Appearance Package/FP8:

  • Painted Black Outside Mirror Skull Caps
  • Painted Black Decklid Spoiler
  • Quarter Window Louvres
  • 19" X 8.5" Bright Machined-Aluminum Wheel with Black Painted Windows

V6 Model Features

The 2014 V6 Ford Mustang will once again be powered by a 3.7L 4V Ti-VCT V6 Engine, matched with a 6-speed manual transmission on base models. The car features a 2.73:1 Limited-slip Rear-axle, Vented 4-wheel disc power brakes, and Selectable effort Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS). It also comes with 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, a dual stainless steel exhaust, HID Headlamps as standard equipment, and LED Sequential Tail Lamps. The car’s black side mirrors are both power activated, featuring an integrated spotter mirror. It also comes equipped with a Rear quarter Mounted AM/FM Antenna. As with the previous model year, you’ll find a Easy Fuel Capless fuel-filler cap, standard Rear-window Defroster, and MyKey technology which allows parents to limit speed and audio volume to encourage teens to drive safer.

All V6 Mustangs also feature air conditioning, Full armrest with locking storage console, and an audio input jack so you can connect devices, such as an Apple iPod or iPhone, to the vehicle’s stereo system.

The V6 Mustang is available with several option packages. The packages are as follows:

Tech Package

This package is designed to offer updated tech options for drivers and passengers. These options include:

  • SYNC
  • Fog Lamps
  • 6-way Power Driver Seat
  • Auto-Dimming Mirror

V6 Performance Package

One of our favorite packages, the V6 Performance package, is designed to offer just that; improved performance and handling. The package features:

  • Strut-tower brace
  • Upsized front sway bar and SVT rear sway bar
  • Unique front springs
  • Unique front and rear brake calipers
  • 19"x8.5" Foundry Black painted machined-aluminum wheels
  • 255/40R19 Summer only tires
  • Unique stability control calibration
  • Gloss black side mirrors
  • 3.31 limited-slip rear-axle

V6 Pony Package

The V6 Pony Package returns once again to the 2014 model year lineup. This appearance upgrade package includes:

  • 18"x8" Polished Aluminum Wheels
  • Unique Grille (with Chrome Pony & Spears)
  • Front lower fascia fog lamps
  • Pony Fender Badge
  • Unique Lower Tape Stripe
  • Decklid Spoiler
  • Premium Floor Mats
Mustang Club of America Special Edition Package

Another favorite with Mustang buyers is the Mustang Club of America package. This package includes:

  • Unique Dark Stainless Billet Grille (upper and lower) with Tri-Bar Pony Badge (w/o Fog lamps)
  • Front lower fascia with fog lamps
  • Unique Side Tape Stripe
  • 18"x8" Sterling Gray Metallic Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • P235/50R18 A/S tires
  • Premium carpeted front floor mats with embroidered Mustang Club of America logo
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Decklid spoiler
FP6 Appearance Package

As mentioned previously, the FP6 Appearance Package comes with some interesting upgrades, such as mirror skull caps and 18-inch wheels.

  • Black Painted Outside Mirror Skull caps
  • Black Painted Decklid Spoiler
  • Body-Color Quarter Window Louvers
  • 18” Painted Black Aluminum Wheel

    Note: Not available on Convertible or with V6 Performance Package

Reverse Sensing System & Security Package

This package is designed for those seeking additional vehicle protection.

  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Active Anti-Theft System
  • Wheel Locking Kit

Some additional options for the V6 Mustang include a 3.31:1 Limited-slip rear-axle, all-weather floor mats, and Recaro Cloth Sport Seats.

GT Model Features

The Ford Mustang GT, which is powered by a 5.0L 4V Ti-VCT V8 engine, features base models equipped with a 6-speed Manual Transmission. In addition, the GT features vented 4-wheel disc power brakes, selectable effort Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), and 18" X 8" Sparkle Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels. Other features include a Dark Chrome Pony in grille, a dual exhaust with Bright Rolled Exhaust Tips, HID Head Lamps as standard equipment, and LED Sequential Tail Lamps. Unlike the base V6 Mustang, the GT also comes equipped with LED Fog Lamps. The car also features body-color, dual power side mirrors with Integrated blind spot mirrors. Air conditioning comes standard on all GTs, and each Mustang features a full armrest with locking storage compartment.

In addition to the Tech package and the Reverse Sensing System & Security Package, which are both offered on the V6 model Mustang, the GT Mustang has its own optional package offerings. This is in addition to several optional features such as Recaro Cloth Sport Seats, a 3.55:1 Limited-slip rear-axle, or a 3.73:1 Limited-slip rear-axle. The optional GT Mustang packages are as follows.

GT Track Package (Coupe with Manual Transmission only)

Those seeking the ultimate in GT performance will want to look into the GT Track Package. Designed for all out power and handling, this package includes:

  • Brembo Brake package content plus the following
  • TORSEN helical differential with 3.73:1 axle ratio
  • Boss 302 Radiator
  • Engine oil cooler
FP8 Appearance Package

The FP8 package, which is similar to the V6 offering, comes with upgrades such as painted mirror skull caps and 19" X 8.5" Bright Machined-Aluminum Wheel with Black painted Windows.

  • Black Painted Outside Mirror Skull caps
  • Black Painted Decklid Spoiler
  • Body-Color Quarter Window Louvres
  • 19" X 8.5" Bright Machined-Aluminum Wheel with Black painted Windows

California Special Package

The California Special Package pays homage to the classic GT/CS Mustangs of yesteryear. It returns to the Mustang lineup once again for 2014, and features:

  • Unique Black Billet Grille (upper and lower) with Tri-Bar Pony Badge (w/o fog lamps)
  • Unique GT/CS Side Stripes and "5.0" fender badge
  • Unique Hood Stripes
  • Lower Fascia with fog lamps and air splitter
  • Unique 19"x8.5" Black Painted / Machined-Aluminum Wheels
  • Unique Decklid Badge
  • Unique I/P Finish Panel
  • Black hood vents
  • Unique Door-panel inserts with bright Pony badge
  • Unique Front and Rear Leather Seats with Miko® Suede Inserts and GT/CS logo
  • Premium carpeted front floor mats with embroidered GT/CS logo
  • Rear "Diffuser-Style" Lower Fascia
  • Pedestal Spoiler

V6 and GT Premium Packages

Both the GT and the V6 Mustangs feature Premium Package offerings, which are a step above the base model vehicle. This includes options such as Ambient Lighting, Auto-Dimming Mirror, Satellite Radio, new instrument cluster with 4.2-inch LCD message center, including MyColor and Track Apps, as well as a Shaker Sound System, SYNC, and a Universal garage door opener.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the 2014 model year Mustang is as follows: The V6 coupe starts at $22,200, while the V6 Convertible has a starting price of $27,200. The V6 Premium coupe starts at $26,300, while its convertible counterpart has an MSRP of $31,300. The base GT coupe starts at $30,900, while the GT Premium coupe is $35,000. The GT base convertible starts at $35,900, while the Premium Convertible starts at $40,000. The Shelby GT500 Mustang, coupe model, starts at $54,800. The convertible version starts at $59,800. While many expected to see some form of 50th Anniversary badging or package offerings for the 2014 model year, Ford is likely reserving this for the 2015 model year. While Ford did release the first Mustang in April of 1964, it was technically a 1965 model year car, which makes the 2015 model year the 50th Anniversary model. Of note the Shelby GT500 Mustang will be returning for the 2014 model year.

Source: Ford Motor Company

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