2011 LA Auto Show: 2013 Ford Mustang shows off its new design

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2011

Ford Mustang, which represents American style and performance, arrives with a new design as well as smart, innovative features. Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer, commented that the new Mustang is the "perfect example of continuing to build on excellence." He added that it takes the brilliance of the 5.0-liter and V6 to a higher level.

He further stated that the vehicle has been "spot-on functionally," adding that they are now adding more features and technology to enhance the driver’s experience further. The new model Mustang is set to be available for sale in the spring of 2012. It comes with a more aggressive design and a significantly more prominent grille.

Furthermore, a more powerful splitter is added. The GT's hood comes with functional heat extractors specifically designed to bring hot air out of the engine compartment, cooling the engine.

Mustang chief designer Darrell Behmer commented that they are providing a "more distinctive and emotional design presence" that commemorates Mustang's total performance. He added that the latest design is "very respectful of its heritage" while still looking forward to a more modern and powerful appeal. Rocker panels along the vehicle are now body-color for a more premium appearance.

The back has been updated with a high-gloss black panel connecting the tail lamps. Keeping the sequential turn signal that Mustang is known for, the tail lamps also provide a smoked appearance that complements the more purposeful look up front.

Other new features of the design are the standard high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps on both GT and V6 vehicles. Signature lighting plays into the technology updates for 2013 as well, with two individual light-emitting diode bars decorating the front headlamps and three LED ropes creating the iconic three-bar back lights.

Ford Mustang’s 2013 model can provide 420 hp with its 5.0L engine. Ford developed the new engine based on the ideas found on the Mustang Boss 302’s 444hp high performance output engine design.

New Mustang is available in 6-speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission. This gives the driver the option between manual or fully automatic. The SelectShift button is placed along the side with newly enhanced design for easier access.

Tom Barnes sees to it that the owners will have the convenience of switching from automatic to manual transmission anytime they want. He also thinks that it can give drivers the freedom to take control. Compared with other transmissions available, the SelectShift is user-friendly. In other words, it doesn’t confuse the driver when using the traditional manual transmission.

2013 Mustang offers the new (optional) GT Track package for the first time. This feature is only available on GT Mustang Manual transmission with 3.73 axle. The GT Track includes Torsen differential, performance friction brake pads, upgraded radiator and engine coolers.

The latest Brembo Brake System is also part of the GT Track Package. The new Ford Mustang 2013 is equipped with summer performance tyres, 19-inch alloy wheels and 14-inch vented front discs. Otherwise, the Brembo package can be availed on either manual or automatic for the GT variant. Ford also offers the V6 Performance Package for the first time and is already available on Mustang’s automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, the manual transmission features hill start assist to prevent the car from pulling backwards while driving on a slope. In essence, this feature works by sensing if the car is going upwards and holds the brake pressure for at least 2 seconds after releasing the brakes.

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