Ford F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang appears at EAA Oshkosh

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Ford Mustang F-35 Lightning II Edition

Ford is back at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, WI, on July 31 auctioning off its seventh Mustang for charity, and this is one seriously mean looking 2015 'Stang. All of the money from the sale goes to give free introductory flights to young people to get them interested in aviation.

We recently saw this latest EAA Mustang as a sketch. However, it looks a whole lot more menacing in person. Dubbed the Ford F-35 Lightning II Edition Mustang, it takes liberal inspiration from Lockheed Martin's latest fighter jet, and the customization makes the pony car look ready for a role in Top Gun.

On the outside, the special Mustang wears titanium-color paint that's offset by a black and yellow stripe running from hood to rear. Out back things get really wild with a mix of bright yellow and black that flows diagonally all the way to the rear spoiler. The design is based on the livery of early production F-35s. If the rousing color scheme isn't enough to get you interested, the car also gets a carbon fiber front splitter and rear diffuser, lowered suspension and a set of custom 21-inch wheels with yellow brake calipers.

Inside, the design continues to take inspiration from the fighter with gold-tinted windows to match the radar shielding from the plane's cockpit. To keep the driver and co-pilot planted, there are two big Recaro sport seats with more yellow accents, and in case you forget what's influencing the car, the door panels and floor mats show the F-35.

Ford's work with the EAA has raised over $2.5 million for charity, and last year's Air Force Thunderbirds-inspired car brought in nearly $400,000. With the 2015 Mustang being so highly desired, you might need some deep pockets to put this one in your garage. Scroll down to read more about this fighter-inspired coupe.

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Autoblog Podcast #390

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Episode #390 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Sebastian Blanco from Autoblog Green talk about the 2015 Ford Mustang specs, the 2016 Smart models, a proposal to add real-world numbers to EPA economy tests and the potential downside of autonomous cars. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can follow along down below with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

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  • Mustang Specs - 34:40
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  • EPA Tests - 01:02:57
  • Autonomous Cars - 01:11:19
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Autoblog Podcast #390 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #390 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio only) channel at 10:00 PM Eastern tonight.

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2015 Ford Mustang Debuting in the Chinese Market

2015 S550 Mustang - ChinaThe 2015 Mustang will be making its first inroads into the Asian market this September when it goes on sale in China.

As it stands, mass production of the 2015 model is slated to begin on September 19th. Before 2015, the Mustang was much more difficult and expensive to own. Mustangs in China where available only through dealer-to-dealer “gray market” purchasing, with a 2013 V6 Mustang selling for $90,000 USD and other 10-14 models only bringing in more money.

Ford announced the formal introduction of the pony car to the Chinese market by displaying a pre-production Gray GT on the showroom floor of a Ford Dealer in Beijing. It’s no surprise that the styling and performance of the Mustang has world-wide appeal. When the 2015 Mustang went on sale in Europe it completely sold out in the first 30 seconds. It will be interesting to see if the Chinese market follows the trend and shows the same interest as Europe in the 2015 Mustang.

2015 Mustang Convertible - China

It will be fun to see in the coming month just how the American Muscle icon meshes with the Asian Market. There are not many cars that can boast the same power numbers of the 2015 Mustang in the US market, let alone foreign markets. What is still uncertain is what the price is going to be. China is subject to large taxes on importing vehicles, especially engines bigger than 4.0 liters; this means that the beloved 5.0 GT model will fall victim to a large MSRP cost. With that said, that will make the 3.7 liter V6 model more desirable as well as the 2.3 liter EcoBoost even more so.