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(from Ford Press
Release) New Design, More Technology for Ford Mustang
New exterior design with more
prominent grille, new hood and new LED signature lighting give
the latest Mustang a high-tech look
• Drivers of automatic-equipped Mustangs will be able to shift
their own gears with new SelectShift Automatic™ transmission,
now a standard feature
• Industry-first technology allows drivers to monitor their own
acceleration, g force and braking on the track with new 4.2-inch
LCD screen showing Track Apps
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15,
2011 – Ford Mustang – the icon of American performance and style –
gets even more street swagger with a new design and a list of smart
features that signal even more technology in the popular pony car.
“The new Mustang is the perfect example of continuing to build on
excellence. It takes the greatness of the 5.0-liter and V6 and
pushes the refinement to the next level,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang
chief engineer. “The car has been spot-on functionally and now we’re
adding more features and technology to further improve the driver’s
More aggressive design
The new model Mustang,
which goes on sale in spring 2012, offers a more aggressive design
with a significantly more prominent grille. A more powerful splitter
adds to that appearance. Functional heat extractors on the hood of
the GT were specifically placed and designed to help move hot air
out of the engine compartment and cool the engine.
“We are delivering a more distinctive and emotional design presence
that celebrates the total performance of Mustang,” said Darrell
Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “This latest Mustang design is very
respectful of its heritage while continuing to look forward with a
more powerful and modern look.”
Rocker panels running along the car are now body-color, making for a
more premium appearance. The rear has been updated with a high-gloss
black panel that connects the taillamps. Keeping the sequential turn
signal Mustang is known for, the taillamps also deliver a smoked
appearance that matches the more purposeful look up front.
Also new for Mustang design are standard high-intensity discharge
(HID) headlamps on both V6 and GT cars. Signature lighting plays
into the technology upgrades for 2013 as well, with two individual
light-emitting diode (LED) bars accentuating the front headlamps and
three LED ropes forming the iconic three-bar rear lights.
The new Mustang offers a revamped wheel lineup, ranging from the
standard 17-inch wheels for V6 all the way up to 19-inch optional
wheels on the GT and V6 Performance Package. With updated designs,
the wheels also offer new finishes and touches for a more powerful
There are two different finishes on the 17-inch wheel –
machined-aluminum and painted. Three optional V6 wheels include an
18-inch polished aluminum set, an updated 18-inch painted aluminum
and a 19-inch painted wheel design, with a new theme for the V6
The standard 18-inch painted aluminum wheel on both GT and premium
GT is an evolution of the five-spoke design. The 19-inch optional GT
wheel comes with a gloss-black finish with machined face for a more
The new car also offers mirrors with pony projection light, which
casts the image of Mustang’s famous pony emblem on the ground when
the unlock button is activated. New colors – Deep Impact Blue and
Gotta Have It Green – join the existing sporty colors for 2013.
Also new on V6 and GT are optional leather-trimmed or cloth Recaro®
seats that are currently available on the Shelby GT500 and Boss 302.
Designed to enhance the high-performance driving experience, lateral
bolsters in the cushion and seatback are used to ensure drivers have
the support needed on the track during hard cornering and to deliver
a comfortable ride.
The seats also come complete with integrated head restraints with
ample room for drivers and passengers wearing helmets when at the
track. Openings on the seatback are included for customers looking
to create performance setups for their car on track days. The Recaro
seats are the result of a global team effort led by SVT along with
the Mustang engineering group in North America, Team RS in Europe
New driving technologies
The 2013 Mustang with
5.0-liter engine will now deliver 420 horsepower. Based on learnings
from developing the high-output 444-horsepower Mustang Boss 302, the
team was able to adapt several of the designs to the 5.0-liter.
The new Mustang can be specified with a six-speed SelectShift
Automatic™ transmission. This advanced control strategy offers the
driver a choice between fully automatic operation and manual
control. The system is controlled with a selector button on the side
of the shifter. The shifter has been upgraded for 2013 with more
modern style and improved accessibility.
“This lets owners take an automatic out on a track day or whenever
they want to drive sportier, and lets them have the convenience of
switching to manual control,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle
engineering manager. “It’s a significant improvement to our
powertrain offerings that lets the driver take control.”
This capability makes the Mustang experience sporty yet smooth.
Unlike some competitors’ transmissions, SelectShift won’t
second-guess the driver with an override shift. With SelectShift,
manual control is truly manually controlled.
A new option, the GT Track Package, debuts for 2013 for customers
who want to push their Mustang even further at the track. Available
only on manual GT Mustangs with a 3.73 axle, the package gives track
enthusiasts an engine cooler, upgraded radiator, performance
friction brake pads and the same Torsen® differential that’s on
Mustang Boss 302. The package includes everything in the current
Brembo™ Brake Package, with 14-inch vented front discs, unique
19-inch alloy wheels and summer performance tires.
Other optional package updates for 2013 include offering the Brembo
Brake Package on both manual and automatic transmissions on Mustang
GT. The V6 Performance Package is now available on automatic
Mustangs for the first time.
Hill start assist makes its debut on manually equipped Mustangs.
This feature helps keep the car from rolling backward, making it
easier to pull away when on a slope or hill. With the brake pedal
pressed, if sensors detect the car is on a slope, the system is
automatically activated. Brake pressure is held in the braking
system and the car remains stationary on the slope for up to two
seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal.
A new 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen that lets customers access
information related to fuel economy and vehicle performance also
makes its debut on Mustang. The screen is navigated through a
five-way control button located on the steering wheel and offers
Track Apps, which delivers performance metrics for drivers right
from the factory. The app measures g forces, shows acceleration
times in quarter-mile and 0-60 increments, and displays braking
times, complete with automatic and countdown starts.
The 2013 Mustang also offers customers two new audio systems for
even better sound quality for incredible clarity and crispness. The
optional Shaker™ system comes with eight speakers and pumps out 370
watts of power. The upgraded Shaker Pro offers nine speakers and
delivers 550 watts of power.
The 2013 Ford Mustang will be built at AutoAlliance International
Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
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