The Latest Rumors on the 2014 Ford Mustang


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2giugiaro-vs-2014-concept.pngby Patrick Rall

The Ford Mustang will officially turn 50 years old in April 2014, and while Ford hasn't issued anything official, many people expect that to be the beginning of the next generation of the fabled pony car.  Rumors have been swirling for months about possible new engines, but thanks to some recent reports, we have an idea of what could be coming for the 50th birthday of the mighty Mustang.

First off, we have expected for months that Ford will pack an EcoBoost engine into the Mustang, with those rumors somewhat confirmed by Ford execs in an informal manner.  There is no indication as to whether it will be a 4, 6 or 8 cylinder engine with Ford's EcoBoost turbocharging technology, but the recent rumors suggest that it will be a 4-banger larger than the 4-cylinder EcoBoost coming to the US in the Ford Explorer.  This could happen sooner than the refresh, but if we will have to wait until 2014 to see an EcoBoosted Mustang, that is the biggest news on the drivetrain front.  The new 5.0L V8 is amazing, and the 3.7L V6 is a great engine, leaving no real reason to introduce new engines in 2014, but there could be power bumps by then.

Next, the popular rumor is that the 2014 Ford Mustang will be built on a global platform that is more acceptable in more markets, including new markets like the United Kingdom.  This means that we can expect the next generation Mustang in 2014 to be slightly smaller than the 2011 Mustang.  The original Mustang in 1964 (and a half) was smaller than what the Mustang has evolved into, but this new Mustang could be more closely related in size to the original Mustang - further giving it a weight and handing advantage over the comparably equipped Chevrolet Camaro.  Also, helping the global efforts, the 2014 Mustang is rumored to be coming with a right hand drive option, with those models still being built in the good ol' USA.

giugiaro-vs-2014-concept.pngFinally, the current rumors suggest that the 2014 Ford Mustang will feature an independent rear suspension (IRS) setup that could vastly improve the handling capabilities, but it may not be a popular decision with the drag racers who prefer the solid rear axle.  The last time Ford offered an IRS setup in the Mustang was the 2003-2004 SVT Cobra models, known best by the name Terminator.  While those models were a dream on the turns, many less advanced drivers had a difficult time getting good times at the drag strip, as the IRS makes the car more difficult to launch hard.

Regardless of what the 2014 Ford Mustang looks like, we can expect Ford to carry on with the popularity of the longest running car in the American market.  Ford has a great combination with the current Mustang, thanks to the lightweight chassis and the powerful engine lineup, but for the golden anniversary of Ford's legendary pony car, the folks from the Blue Oval might just introduce the whole world to the next generation of American muscle.

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Danté Bell (Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:34:22 -0700): Maybe it is time to sell the SVO.
Eric Atoian (Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:57:46 -0700): Why wait for the new 1986 SVO is up for grabs if someone is willing to offer the right $$ for it.
Jeremy Malehorn (Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:34:38 -0700): ford really needs to reproduce the fox bodies but a new edge fox body wit the 5.0 it would be quick.
George Antochy (Sun, 22 Apr 2012 20:33:53 -0700): Why does this make me think it's a Camaro?
William Kokorelis (Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:53:28 -0700): Aa a car Buff from Detroit in my youth I have never been a fan of the Mustang ever! However seeing this design give me hope that the car will be built as seen here (unfortunatly they rarely do) if so it will be another sensation as it was in 64. Let's hope Ford keeps the accountants out of the design for a change and if so they will have a great new style.
Cheryl Dimmerling (Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:17:26 -0700): Hi. Bill - are you headed back to Florida?
Tom Smith (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:25:13 -0700): I hate this car. It looks like mustang of the 90's (which I am not of fan of). Ford needs to to stay with the retro look they have know.
Michael Krueger (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:26:23 -0700): That photo is a fake.
Dan Beahan (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:42:55 -0700): Google more about the 2014...real pictures, not airbrushed art work.
Charlotte L. Beahan (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:48:58 -0700): Bring back the Focus wagon! They are all over Germany!
Mike Slowick (Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:43:38 -0700): Big step backwards! I`ll keep my 07 GT!
William Kokorelis (Wed, 02 May 2012 09:30:33 -0700): Hey lady, I rarely go on this site so just saw your post. we head back to WA on May17th via 2.5 weeks in Canada
Kenneth Webb (Mon, 14 May 2012 11:55:59 -0700): As a fan of the '66 Mustang I drove in college and far beyond, I hope this will be Ford's move to a modern and more sophisticated car. I like the looks of this new one, and maybe they will make one for me. No IRS, no sale. It needs to be at least as nice to drive as a Honda, and really, is that so difficult? Do it, Ford, please!
Cody Alexander (Wed, 23 May 2012 11:26:11 -0700): Nice, They need to kick the retro...they have "been there, done that" twice now! I'm not knockin the styling cause I love 80% of the mustang body's but they need to make a proper chassis that can do something other be driven fast down a dragstrip! BUT LORD I HOPE THEY DON'T LOOK LIKE THESE CONECPT DRAWINGS!
Ernie DeBruhl (Wed, 30 May 2012 15:43:05 -0700): I agree, If I want a Camaro I'll go buy one. If this is the future Mustang, they will absolutely loose me as a future customer. I will not buy one for the same reason I would not buy a Camaro....UUUUGLY as CRAP.
Cindy Miles (Wed, 30 May 2012 19:59:49 -0700): I really do not like it either. I sure hope they change this up. I want be buying a new one that is for sure. Ugly I agree..
Stephen Knape (Thu, 02 Aug 2012 08:53:36 -0700): I don't know what you people are talking about, it looks amazing. But I agree, it looks alot like the current camaro, and if they're adding an IRS it basically IS a camaro. They should keep the modern/retro look.
Aaron Schofield (Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:24:06 -0700): If you want something that rides like a honda, get a motherfucking honda. If you want something thats actually fast and would beat a honda around a track for around the same price get a mustang or a camaro.
Nick Thies (Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:23:59 -0700): Are most of you idiots? this is a fan made picture. ford hasn't released anything on the new mustang yet.
Brandon Zega (Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:37:20 -0700): because it is... just with a mustang label
Andy Kirk (Sat, 01 Dec 2012 23:41:05 -0800): DISLIKE!!! Focus is the worst and ugliest Ford on the market!!
Pamela Bishop (Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:49:39 -0800): A Camaro with a Mustang label... good luck selling that one...
Connie Frey (Sun, 13 Jan 2013 05:02:50 -0800): Don't worry Vince, looks like someone's playing a lame joke with an airbrush...would be pretty stupid for Ford to change the Mustang we all know and love.
Corey Bush (Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:38:04 -0700): I was wishing ford made a mustang that had a foxbody rear end and a new edge front look. I like the new 5.0motor itself. Car industry is moving to fast and to far ahead shit slow down


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