Ford design chief J Mays says that the 2014 Mustang won’t be retro

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 23, 2011

The redesigned 2014 Ford Mustang won’t be another retro job, according to Ford design chief J Mays. He explained that the next version of the Mustang will follow a different path but that its design is still in the process of being "locked down." He said that Ford is celebrating the Mustang’s 50 years with its sixth major redesign.

In an interview with Automotive News, May said that this car is expected to “win all of the Mustang faithful yet bring the brand forward as well.”

He said that it first has to “look like a Mustang,” which means that it will have five-spoke wheels, pony badges, and American flags, according to AutoWeek. But then, Ford will also give it an independent rear suspension and its weight will be reduced.

It could also have added horsepower with the use of direct injection, some paddle shifters or a twin-clutch setup comparable to Ford’s smaller entries.

There are no words to describe our joy whenever we come across a new member of the GT series. The new Ford Mustang GT just arrived with its new 400hp 5.0L V8 engine. The 2011 model can rev up this 4-valve TiVCT up to 412hp and 390ft.lb powerful torque. Similarly, the newest variant provides lower fuel consumption than the existing model.

Derrick Kuzac likewise explained how the new 5.0L engine would be opening up a new page in the Mustang’s already outstanding powertrain portfolio. The VP for Product Development further rationalised the significance of low fuel to today’s economic situation. More importantly, the new efficient engine won’t be a setback to its performance on the road.

The engineering team from Dearborn Michigan’s Product Development Centre has always admired Mustang’s first independent racing engine. The Coyote 5.0L V8’s heritage continues with the new Ford Mustang GT as a result of this inspiration. In fact, the development team has toyed with this idea since the start of the new millennium.

Seven years after that, they were able to build the 400hp 5.0L powertrain in merely 12 months. In spite of the short deadline, Ford adhered to the quality standards by bringing NVH control, fuel economy and durability and reliability altogether.

V8 Engine Programs Manager Mike Harrison mentioned that almost all the members of the team had experienced working on various high-profile engines. It only proves that they know what they are doing in terms of the subsystem requirement. Aside from this, they are also passionate about racing and high performance engines. There can be no doubt; the new powertrain will demonstrate what is in the heart and mind of every member of the team.

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