Is there a car that causes bigger waves with its redesign than the Ford Mustang? Maybe the Chevrolet Corvette. Maybe.
Consider yourself lucky. This year, we’re seeing both. The C7 Corvette has been controversial (no round tail lights?!), but, now that reviews are trickling out, a hit with most enthusiasts. And the pony? We’ll find out after midnight.
That’s when the embargo officially lifts on the 2015 Ford Mustang, and we can begin posting the first pictures and data on the car.
When was the last time, though, that the Internet followed rules? Sure, the official release comes at 12:01 tomorrow, but we have unofficial photos and numbers now, thanks to a number of leaks. And they include one piece of fantastic news —
The fastback is back.
Leaks so far include scans from Automobile magazine’s cover story, and photos from Time magazine (which tells you just how big a deal a new Mustang is….Time cares). While all of the shots so far are overexposed and washed out, they tell us that the new ‘Stang will finally have a true fastback, like the 1964.5 classic. The overall look is smaller, tightened, tense.
The Aston Martin-derived grille Ford loves these days shows up here, but is set wide enough to be a clear descendent of the original Mustang front end. The long overhangs housing the lights on the classic pony seem to have been trimmed. LEDs make an appearance up front, and the traditional three-bar headlights are now tilted at a rakish angle.
And it wouldn’t be a new design without controversy — the automotive press is already arguing over the rear, where a body-color diffuser appears. Some want it black. Some want it gone. Some just hope it’s a functional diffuser, indicating the need for one, and not a piece of decoration as effective as the fake side scoops on most Mustangs.
Speaking of which, they’re gone.
Most of the mechanical details remain sketchy, but there are a few things we can report. One is that it is, just slightly, shorter and wider than the car it replaces, with the same wheelbase as the 2014 edition. Ford claims a 200-pound drop in weight, mostly due to aluminum in some body panels.
Engines will include a 2.3-liter Ecoboost four and the 5.0-liter Coyote engine we love so much in the current Mustang. Two GT performance packages will be offered, though the content of each is unknown.
And, as much as traditionalists will be happy with the return of the fastback, there’s a piece of sacrilege to piss them off — an independent rear suspension.
We’ll have more details tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the leaked shots…better ones are coming soon.