As the Ford Mustang turns 50, we search back at pony car history
If you need additional proof that every little thing old is new yet again, just seem at the engine options for the upcoming 2015 Ford Mustang. That optional 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 is creating a good deal of buzz it really is expected to help preserve the auto sporty even though cutting down on fuel consumption, and it really is going to support the Mustang make headway in overseas markets.
Adding a turbo-4 to the pony vehicle equation isn’;t precisely novel: The Blue Oval place a forced-induction motor with the identical cylinder count, configuration and displacement in the 1979 Mustang. And Autoweek was there to let you know all the details in the Might 5, 1978 issue.
Replacing the Mustang II, the 1979 Mustang sat on the Fox platform (a platform that endured, in modified form, through 2004). Consumers acquired a regular 2.3-liter 4, with a 2.8-liter V6 the subsequent step up the selection-topper was a 5.-liter V8. As in the ’;15 Mustang, the turbo-4 was in fact positioned a stage under the V8 — we reported that it made all around 138 hp to the V8’;s 139 (actual outputs had been closer to 132 hp and 140 hp, respectively).
As our preview photos demonstrate, the ’;79 Mustang acquired clean, basic lines that could have simply been the solution of a European style residence–if European layout homes have been in the habit of making really uninteresting vehicles. The sporty Cobra trim level attempted to spice issues up with a fake hood scoop, but the all round look was far more than a minor bit vanilla. Even now, the vehicle represented a phase away from the Mustang II–and a phase forward for a venerable nameplate.
Other exciting news from the May 5, 1978, situation consist of Honda’;s plans to build a plant in the United States, generating it the 1st Japanese automaker to produce vehicles here. The Marysville, Ohio plant opened in 1982.
Autoweek's sneak peek at the 1979 Ford Mustang
The Ford Mustang turns 50 many years outdated for the duration of 2014 to celebrate the numerous lives of America’;s favored pony car, we’;ll be posting choices from our archives. Examine out our Mustang mini-site exactly where you are going to uncover information, street exams, sneak peeks and even traditional Mustang adverts from the pages of Autoweek. We’;ll also have all the most recent news and photos surrounding the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang as it rolls out, so stay tuned.
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