New Rumors on the 2014/2015 Mustang
by Patrick Rall
When the month of April 2014 comes around, the Ford Mustang will turn 50 years old. Many expect Ford to unveil a new Mustang to celebrate the golden anniversary of America's longest running car. The 2014 Mustang is expected to offer a total redesign of the Mustang line - the first since 2005 - and there is massive speculation around just what to expect. We have heard discussions of an EcoBoost Mustang and rumors suggest that the "next Mustang" in 2014 will be more of a globally friendly vehicle, being smaller in stature than the current Mustang and more closely related to the original 1964.5 Mustang.
Unfortunately, if reports from Motor Authority are correct, the next major redesign may not come until the 2015 model year. Ford introduced the very first Mustang in April of 1964 as a 1964 model year vehicle, but when you consider how a company makes "next year's models" well ahead of the end of the current model year, Ford would have to look closely at how they would officially roll out the new model. If they were to celebrate the first viewing of the Mustang in April of 1964, it would most likely be a 2015 model year vehicle, unless Ford waited until the middle of the 1964 calendar year to unveil the 2014 model.
Based on that speculation, the next generation of the Ford Mustang could come as a 2015 model year vehicle on April 17th, 2014. That would make its grand debut 50 years to the day when the first Mustang met the world. In the meantime, Ford still has the 2012, 2013 and 2014 model year Mustangs to worry about.
Along with the report that the next redesign won't come until 2015, the Motor Authority also reports that one of the key items tiding us over until the new Mustang will be the Shelby GT500. The GT500 has long been the most powerful factory-built car in the muscle car world, but with the introduction of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 - expected to have between 550-580hp - the GT500 will have its first real competition.
There has been speculation that the GT500 will transition from being supercharged to being turbocharged, but the recent rumors suggest that Ford's SVT group will stick with the supercharger to boost the power up around the 600hp range. This would once again put the Mustang on top of the horsepower hill in the muscle car segment, and this beefed up GT500 could hit the market as soon as the 2013 calendar year...most likely as a 2014 model year Mustang.
Along with gobs more power, the GT500 may also be the next recipient in the segment of an advanced, adjustable suspension system. General Motors has equipped the Camaro ZL1 with the same magnetic ride control system that is featured in the Corvette ZR1 and for the 2012 model year, Dodge has fitted the Challenger SRT8 with a dual mode suspension system designed to optimize handling capabilities without sacrificing daily driving comfort.