Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 31

Gallery: C&D “Leaks” 2015 Mustang Just Before Ford’s Release

2015 Ford Mustang Final C&D RenderingCar & Driver (C&D) Magazine has leaked their version of the 2015 Mustang, just a few months before Ford plans of unveiling the car. Not only that, but they’ve dropped a huge pile of insider knowledge and some of the juicy details surrounding the drivetrain options might come as a huge surprise to those who have been following the lead up to its release.

This is a deep, juicy and likely partially speculative article that has a ton of details about the 6th generation Mustang. We’ll break down the interior and exterior changes set to come, then go into the engines C&D is expecting for 2015.

Exterior & Interior Changes

Rear 2015 Mustang C&D Rendering

Exterior: The 2015 Mustang is going on a diet and you can expect at least “slightly smaller dimensions,” loosing more than a few inches in length, width and, most importantly, weight. The S550 could be up to 400lbs lighter than the S197. Taking into account the addition of a 4 cylinder to the Mustang’s herd, that much weight savings is likely to only be seen in the EcoBoosted 4-bangers–GT’s probably will see around half.

New Tail Lights: Said to be one of the most praised and unique changes is surprisingly the tail lights. A focus group member reported their “louvered” design way back in 2012 and we’ve seen 3D renderings from actual Ford CAD files that repeat this styling. Now, C&D had this to say:

“The rear end houses one of the neatest design features of the new Mustang. The car’s trademark taillight design with three vertical bars will continue but in the form of LED-lit transparent planes protruding from a concave surface set beneath the decklid. These lighting elements will illuminate sequentially, or course, when used for turn indication. ”

Air vents can also be seen on the rendering’s hood, giving the new Mustang a snarling, pissed off look that’s sure to fancy the tastes of more than a few enthusiasts(not to mention the functionality behind heat extracting vents).

Interior: More ambient lighting will give drivers a greater control over the interior ambiance while innovations and improvements to Ford’s MyFordTouch will be a welcomed change. The gauges and dash layout are going to stay similar to S197–probably close to what can be seen in the interior spy shots that recently surfaced. From the spy shots, it looks like Ford has nixed the rear seat headrests for greater vision, changed up the steering wheel and added paddle shifter. That’s right paddle shifters. Hopefully, Ford also plans to do away with much of the plastic interior parts that  have drawn more than a couple complaints over the years.

The Mustang’s future, at least in terms of powerplants, looks bright through Car&Driver’s eyes:

C&D leaked 2015 Mustang Rendering- 2.3L EcoBoost Turbo 4 Cylinder @ 310HP

- Return of Current 3.7L V6 @ 305 HP (base model)

- Coyote Motor For The GT @ 500HP

- EcoBoost V6 @ 400HP (not until 2017)

- Return of the GT500′s 5.8L Trinity Motor

- Twin Turbo V8 Codenamed “Voodoo” @ 550-600HP (to replace the Trinity motor at some point after 2015)

Taking a look at these motors individually…

The 2015 Mustang’s 4 Cylinder EcoBoost Engine

2015 Mustang Front End Leak - Car & Driver

While C&D is claiming the EcoBoosted 4 cylinder will be 2.3L, we previously reported on a Car & Driver employee from Dearborn, MI who had stated it would be a 2.5L motor. Interestingly enough, the recent Ford survey sent to Mustang owners probing the 2015 Mustang’s options had a 2.4L 4 cylinder engine listed, and no 2.3 or 2.5L. What can we draw from all of this? Well, for one thing, there’s still a lot of conflicting information out there, even with the release set to be only a couple of months away.

At this point, the 4-banger’s displacement is rather negligible, regardless; C&D put the EcoBoost 4 cylinder at 310HP, Ford’s survey said 310HP and our previous report had it dialed in at 300HP. However you slice it, you’re getting a 300+ horsepower, turbocharged Mustang. The real question now is: Is this too far a deviation from the Mustang’s core roots and value, or is having another SVO (the last 4 cylinder Mustang was the 1986 SVO) Ford Mustang a good thing?

The Mustang’s Current 3.7L V6 and EcoBoost V6

As expected, the current base model Mustang’s 3.7L V6 will be back for 2015. Our previous report and the C&D article both have it pegged at 305HP (same as 2014). It’s worth noting the Ford survey had this engine listed as a 3.8L @ 300HP, but this was likely to throw off survey takers from the possibility they were being fed the 2015 Mustang’s drivetrain options.

The EcoBoosted V6 for the 2017 model year is an eye-catching detail for sure. For one, Ford certainly would have the capability to bump the 3.5L EcoBoost found in the Taurus SHO to that power level. Also, this is something we’ve heard as a future possibility from sources like the C&D employee in Dearborn and Automobile Magazine, and makes sense from a positioning standpoint. It will delver power that fits well between the EcoBoost 4 and Coyote V8 and when the N/A 3.7 is phased out, fits as a good middle ground engine.

The 5.8L Trinity and “Voodoo” Engines

No More 5.8L GT500 Trinity Motor

5.8L Trinity: Contrary to what C&D has said, numerous sources like Road and Track and The Truth About Cars have said the current GT500′s replacement is dropping the supercharged 5.8L Trinity engine all together. This is most likely do to the much tighter engine bay and hood clearance requirements (much of which was done so the Mustang could be sold in overseas markets)–it has even been said that Ford had a tough time installing the 5.0L Coyote motor on the S550 platform to begin with.

Voodoo – N/A 5.0-5.5L: There’s talk that the 5.8L could be replaced by a twin turbo Coyote variant that would push anywhere between 550-600 horses. C&D has this as the ShelbyGT350′s powerplant that will “eventually” replace the GT500 and Trinity motor in the 2015+ Mustangs.

A comfortable middle ground between the conflicting Car & Driver report and that of other various sources is to assume Ford is, in fact, dropping the Trinity motor for the 2015 MY (there has been strong words spoken about this motor not fitting in S550), but will replace it with this twin turbo “Voodoo” engine as the top offering. Taking that a step further, if Ford was to position Voodoo as a reincarnation of the SVT Cobra coming in 2015-2016 we’re told is retuning with the S550, that would put the GT350 as the perfect candidate for the Boss 302′s N/A replacement (afterall, the GT350 historically was a N/A car, and the SVT donned a power adder as standard in ’03/04). However, that leaves no room for the Mach 1′s return, so again, we’ll have to wait this one out and see what Ford has in store.

 

Oct 30

New Parts: Exlusive Pre-painted Styling Parts For 05-14 Mustangs

New MMD Parts

Those enthusiasts looking to add pre-painted or blackout styling to their 2005-2014 Mustang are in luck–MMD has a pile of new matte black and pre-painted styling parts for you. These exclusive parts are brand new and offer a look you won’t currently find on another Mustang. Be the guy on your block the other Mustang owners want to emulate and see what unique parts MMD has to offer.

MMD Pre-painted Hood Scoop (2013-2014 GT & V6 Mustangs)

As always, pre-painted parts from MMD are sprayed to match exactly with your factory colors and are made from durable ABS, coated in OEM quality clear coat, and professionally finished with urethane paint, exactly as you’d get from the factory. Leave the bondo and fiberglass behind, you won’t need it as the installation is simple and should take you approximately an hour’s time.

MMD Hood Scoop - 2013-2014 Mustang V6 & GT

MMD Ducktail Spoiler – Pre-painted (All 2010-2014 Mustangs)

One of the best looking and most popular Mustang spoilers of all time is the ducktail spoiler. It gives your car that pissed off, “don’t mess with this” attitude while retaining the sleek, clean look of a spoiler-less Mustang. A perfect compromise between the OE style spoiler and GT500 spoiler, MMD’s ducktail spoiler is a classic design perfect for the modern muscle car.

MMD Mustang Ducktail Spoiler - Pre-painted

MMD Roof Spoiler – Matte Black (All 2005-2014 Mustang Coupes)

Set your Mustang apart from the rest and install a matte black roof spoiler on your 2005-2014 Ford Mustang. The install requires no drilling, no bondo, no fiberglass and should only take a novice 15-20 minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Combine a roof spoiler with a set of quarter window louvers and you’ll have a custom combination that will turn more than a few heads.

MMD Mustang Roof Spoiler

MMD Hood Vent Louvers – Pre-painted & Matte Black (2005-2009 Mustang GT & V6)

Bring a dose of ’13/14 Mustang styling to your 2005-2009 GT or V6 with MMD’s hood vent louvers. They act as fully functional heat extractors, lowering engine temperatures and translate to real world results. Designed to be installed on the factory hood, these vents do require cutting of the hood and should be professionally installed. That said, you will save a ton of money installing these when compared to the cost of a new hood.

MMD Mustang Hood Vent Louvers - 2005-2009

MMD Trunk Emblem Surround – Pre-painted & Matte Black (All 2005-2009 Mustangs)

If you’re not a fan of the stock chrome faux gas cap on your 2005-2009 Mustang, MMD has a solution. Their matte black trunk emblem surround will cover up that chrome and help you complete the overall style and design you have planned for your S197 Mustang. 3M tape will attach the surround to your trunk lid in an easy, peal-and-stick method that should only take you 5 minutes to complete. As far as low cost, impactful mods go, MMD’s truck emblem surround is hard to beat.

MMD Mustang Trunk Emblem Surround

Oct 30

Shelby GT500 laps Nürburgring in under 7:40?

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Shelby GT500 on the Nürburgring

A couple of weeks ago we brought you footage and official times of the new Chevy Camaro Z/28 lapping the Nürburgring. With a 7:37.47 lap time, the Z/28 emerged as the fastest muscle car ever to lap the circuit. But what was missing from that picture was how fast the king of all Mustangs, the Shelby GT500, could manage to lap the Nordschleife.

Ford never released any information or footage of the GT500 on the Nürburgring that we were aware of - that is, until the guys at SVTPerformance.com put in a request for Mustang videos. Among the clips they received was never-seen, in-car footage of the Shelby GT500 lapping the circuit. And boy did it hustle.

Although not quite official, the video seems to show the GT500 lapped the venerated German track in a touch under 7:40. That would make it a tick or two faster than the Camaro ZL1 - but what of the Z/28? By Chevy's quoted time, the Z/28 is still faster than the GT500, but SVTPerformance suggests GM may have fudged the numbers a bit and scrubbed half a second or so off their lap time.

As the forum's administrator SID297 admits, judging lap times from video footage is not an exact science, so we'll leave final judgement up to you, the viewing public. But any way you slice it, these are some epically fast muscle cars. Check out the footage below to see for yourself.

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