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The 2015 Mustang is Here and the Mystery Still Remains

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On: Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 2:21PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

The 2015 Mustang is Here and the Mystery Still Remains

For the latter half of 2013, rumors about the next generation Ford Mustang have dominated the auto news headlines and have taken over car enthusiast magazines. On December 5th, the world got its first official peek of the model when Ford finally released some information about what you can expect. While we’ve certainly gotten an eyeful, it still feels like Ford has a lot more they’re keeping secret. 

In case you’ve missed all of the coverage, there’s plenty to be excited about for the 2015 Mustang, as we know it so far.

Here are the highlights of the new generation:

• The name of the new platform is S550

• Ford gave the 2015 a complete appearance makeover

• The interior cabin space is much bigger

• It has a new shifter position

• Base models will get a 3.7L V6 that makes 300 horsepower and 270 lbs-ft of torque

• Ford will offer a turbocharged 4-cylinder with the same horsepower as the V6 with more torque and improved fuel economy

• GT models will come with a 5.0L V8 that makes more than 420 horsepower and 390 lbs-ft of torque

• Convertible models will get a top that goes down twice as fast

A rumored feature many enthusiasts will appreciate is known as burnout control and it could find its way into the 2015 Mustang. Ford is keeping hush on this, but some sources say that this system is a go.

Basically, it would be like the aftermarket systems available which lock the front brakes to allow the driver to do the smokiest of burnouts. It would be the first time such a feature would be included from the factory. Hopefully, it will also come with the ability to be disengaged as to not offend the burnout pros that have already perfected the art of the stationary or rolling tire annihilation.

While Ford has revealed what engines they are going to use in 2015, people aren’t satisfied that those packages are the extent of it, especially considering those are basically the options for Mustang now, plus a 4-cylinder option. With such a huge appearance change, it seems only natural that something big is coming powertrain wise; so what is it?

Most likely, Ford is toying with the idea of using a hybrid option in the Mustang, in addition to the new EcoBoost 4-cylinder option. There’s yet to be a hybrid sports car in the United States, but the idea isn’t exactly new. Ferrari even offers hybrid powered vehicles that have technology to make maximum horsepower with reduced emissions and increased fuel economy. Corvette is even rumored to be getting the hybrid treatment in future models, so the appearance of mass production hybrid sports cars is inevitable—one has to wonder if Ford has secretly throw its hat into the ring for the race to be the first.

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