|All-New Ford Mustang
Embodies American Muscle
The all-new, all-American
2005 Ford Mustang is a bold, clean and contemporary version of history’s
most celebrated muscle car. Its design is rooted in an unmistakable
heritage that gave birth to an icon and, more recently, unceremoniously
nudged some of its traditional competitors into retirement.
The 2005 Mustang was spawned
from the 2003 concept car that stole hearts along the auto show circuit
and signaled that America’s only remaining muscle car would
be reborn – this time with even more attitude.
|"We weren’t just
redesigning a car, we were adding another chapter to an epic,"
said J Mays, Ford group vice president, Design. "The new Mustang’s
modern design speaks to its technical advancement – without
losing the classic Mustang bad-boy image."
Icon with Attitude
The Mustang legend was made
on the streets of America and cemented on the silver screen,
where it has been the number-one car in starring roles
since the 1960s. Through a mixture of tire smoke, growling
V-8s and Hollywood stalwarts such as Steve McQueen in
Bullitt and Nicolas Cage in Gone in 60 Seconds, Mustang
has been forever entwined with American pop culture. Today,
that connection is reiterated in everything from Sheryl
Crow music videos to countless parades across America.
|From a distance,
there is no chance of mistaking the 2005’s muscular,
honest silhouette for anything other than a Mustang.
of an all-new platform and clean-sheet approach to styling
was central to the design team’s mission to create
a Mustang boasting the "old school" swagger
that personified cars of the late 1960s, but with the
capability to carve out a new niche.
|Designers wallpapered Ford
studios with images of classic Mustangs and movie tough guys for inspiration.
Ford’s holistic approach
to design – and a tripling of its investment in interiors –
delivered a breakthrough Mustang cabin that stretches muscle-car definitions
with its breadth of choices. In addition to three distinct interiors
and an available authentic aluminum panel adorning the width of the
dashboard, an available color-adjustable instrument cluster offers
buyers almost limitless interior accent options.
"The new Mustang redefines
expectations for muscle-car interiors much like the F-150 changed
the game for pickups," said Mays. "We are helping Mustang
owners create unique interiors to get the same adrenaline rush inside
and outside the car."
|40 Years of American
Muscle, One Modern Classic
|There is no mistaking the
new Mustang as the latest evolution in a long line of intentionally
bold, uniquely honest, purely American sports cars. Its signature
long hood and short rear deck play on 40 years of history, as do classic
design cues that have helped define Mustangs since the ’60s:
C-scoops in the sides, three-element taillamps and a galloping horse
badge in the center of the grille.
|The Mustang’s shark-like
nose with the forward-leaning grille gives it an attitude reminiscent
of the 1967 model, while jeweled round headlamps in trapezoidal housings
deliver a striking new design flair.
|"The new Mustang is
pure American muscle," said Mays. "But rest assured, we’re
not insisting on history at the expense of our future."
|Like all the best Mustangs,
this one communicates motion even when it’s standing still.
The all-new model features a close-coupled greenhouse, strong shoulders
and aggressive flares, lending it a powerful stance.
|The new car’s front
wheels have been moved significantly forward, reducing the front overhang
by 4.6 inches. This gives the 2005 Mustang a modern, unmistakably
rear-wheel-drive look. Pushing the wheels to the corners results in
a 6-inch wheelbase gain over the 2004 model and increased interior
compartment width, which Ford package engineers used for increased
driver and passenger room. Overall, it’s 4.4 inches longer,
1.4 inches taller and almost an inch wider than the 2004 model.
|The exterior is best described
as lovingly styled, with no unnecessary adornment. A sharp accent
line runs the length of the body and culminates in a "C-scoop"
design stamped into the sheet metal just behind the door cutline,
creating a visual link with the C-pillar. The small window in the
C-pillar is a modern departure – past Mustangs incorporated
louvers or scoops.
|The angled, hard-creased
appearance of the C-scoops and their relationship to the door cut
provide a look of precise technical integration. The theme is reinforced
by a subtle body crease that runs through the filler cap door.
|"Mustang is –
and has always been – about emotion," said Larry Erickson,
Mustang chief designer. "This car brings to life the design and
performance people have come to expect from Mustang – with a
level of engineering precision never before seen in muscle cars."
|Two Versions, Both Authentic
|The Mustang V-6 and GT models
are clearly distinguished.
|Out front, the V-8 Mustang
GT has a more aggressive nose, with circular fog lamps in the black
grille in line with the headlamps. The lower fascia is upright, with
an "air dam" performance look.
|The V-6 Mustang has a uniform
egg-crate grille and a swept back lower fascia and incorporates horizontal
|Both grilles feature the
classic galloping pony logo.
|From the side, the Mustang
GT looks more planted, low and aggressive, thanks to its body-color
lower rocker panel extension.
|Differences between the
two models’ rear fascia panels are driven by performance considerations.
The GT features semi-circular cutouts behind each wheel to accommodate
the car’s large exhaust pipe tips. The GT also gets a raised
spoiler on the decklid.
|Both models boast tri-bar
taillamps and a circular chrome Mustang badge centered in the rear
face of the decklid. Edges of the large, chunky badge are knurled
with generous, square-shouldered cutouts, adding to the car’s
powerful, machined-billet image. On V-6 models, the Mustang pony logo
is centered on a black field; GT versions get a special GT badge.
|Exterior color choices include
black, white, silver, red, burgundy, bright blue, dark blue, mineral
gray, yellow and Mustang Legend Lime Gold. Many of these colors were
inspired by classic Mustang hues, some with the same names.
|Beefy Rolling Stock
|Wheels and tires are important
design elements on any muscle car – form follows function, after
all. All wheels on the 2005 Mustang are aluminum and measure at least
16 inches in diameter.
The V-6 Mustang offers
a choice of two 10-spoke wheels: a base version finished
with bright silver metallic paint or an optional wheel
with bright machined surfaces and a center three-spoke
spinner ornament that carries the classic pony-and-bars
logo. Mustang GTs sport 17-inch aluminum wheels in a
classic five-spoke tapered "mag" style.
|All models have wide, high-performance,
all-season tires designed with more sidewall than many
other sports cars to enhance the muscular look and provide
a better match for this vehicle’s blend of power
|"Out on the street,
credibility often means having the sharpest wheels and best tires,"
said Hau Thai-Tang, chief nameplate engineer. "All the available
wheels scream ‘muscle car.’"
|Mustang looks every bit
as good from behind the wheel, with a passenger compartment few would
expect from a muscle car.
|The modern interior pays
homage to Mustang heritage with a symmetrical instrument panel and
square-arched "eyebrows" on each side of the center stack,
while the quality materials, precision craftsmanship and technical
innovations take the 2005 edition to a whole new level.
|On GT models, the available
Interior Color Accent Package – charcoal with red leather seating
surfaces, red door inserts and red floor mats – is as much a
jaw-dropper as the interior of the acclaimed concept vehicle that
inspired it. The cabin is accented with real aluminum hardware for
a look of technical precision.
|"This is a $30,000
interior in a $20,000 car," Erickson said. "The functional,
contemporary look of this interior and its precise execution set a
|A Dash with Flash
|The cockpit is dominated
by large, circular, chrome-ringed speedometer and tachometer gauges
with radial numeric markers in a classic Mustang style. The barrel-like
performance gauges are located on either side of a panel that offers
information on fuel level, battery, oil temperature and pressure.
But Mustang’s bold instrumentation has an important advantage
over its ancestors and all others: It can be customized at the push
of a button.
|Thanks to the industry’s
first available color-configurable instrument cluster, Mustang owners
can mix and match lighting to create more than 125 different color
backgrounds to suit their personality, mood, outfit or whim.
|The technology makes use
of light-emitting diodes – green, blue and red – projected
through "light pipe" fittings on the sides of the speedometer,
tachometer and vehicle operation indicator panel. It allows Mustang
owners to blend these colors and create more personalized instrumentation.
|Ford engineers came up with
the idea when reviewing concept instrument panels with suppliers.
One such cluster displayed different colors to show options for single-color
|"During Mustang research
clinics, we noticed that many of our customers already were customizing
their interiors with different instrument panel features," said
Dean Nowicki, Ford Mustang electrical engineering team leader. "The
concept display was intended to offer choices, and we just decided
we wanted all the colors."
|Attention to Detail
|History and heritage are
evident in the chrome-ringed air vents that are aligned vertically
across the dash, precisely in line with the gauges. As in the 1967
model, the steering wheel has three spokes with a black center hub
marked by the horse and tricolor bars logo.
|The center stack is clean
and uncluttered for easy use of the radio, climate control and other
controls. The short-throw five-speed manual shifter is topped with
a substantial knob to deliver a feel of precision and control. The
automatic shifter is beefy, with a classic T-handle top.
|In addition to the color
accent package, Mustang boasts an available appearance package that
adds real aluminum panels across the width of the dashboard. These
panels are horizontally ribbed, providing a tactile, as well as visual
accent. As part of the package, manual transmission cars get an aluminum
shifter knob, while automatics feature aluminum trim on the shaft
and T-handle. A bright trim ring surrounds the base of the shifter,
and steering wheel spokes are wrapped in aluminum.
|The appearance package also
includes black door panel inserts that help set off the extra metal
hardware, such as brushed-metal-finished door handles. Bright aluminum
kick plates on the doorsills bear the Mustang name in capital letters.
|The base Mustang features
highly supportive, cloth bucket seats that are comfortable on even
the longest drives. Options include leather seating surfaces, six-way
power seat adjustment and a tilt steering wheel.
|Most frequently used controls
are located within easy reach, including speed control buttons that
are mounted on the steering wheel spokes. Consoles overhead and between
the front seats provide handy spots for small items. Dual cup holders
in the center console and deep pockets in each door offer additional
|Two 12-volt power points
are standard – a single in-dash power point and a hidden power
point in the armrest storage area of the center console.
|Less of a Squeeze
|Thanks to efficient packaging
and the larger overall size of the new Mustang, all four occupants
enjoy more room. Overall, the new model offers the driver 0.5 inch
more headroom and 1.8 inches more shoulder room. Rear passengers also
enjoy 1.1 inches more legroom and 1.2 inches more shoulder room in
their sculpted bucket seats.
|"The tallest drivers
in our customer base have not been fully happy with previous Mustangs,"
said Keith Knudsen, package supervisor. "We’ve addressed
that in this all-new car, while maintaining the ‘cockpit feel’
essential to a driver’s car. But we wanted to improve comfort
for passengers, too. The extra cabin space makes a world of difference
on long drives."
|Beyond these gains, the
seating position is more natural and comfortable for most drivers.
The steering wheel, shifter and pedals are all placed optimally for
enthusiast driving. For cargo versatility, split-folding rear seatbacks
are standard, and the trunk capacity is 12.3 cubic feet – an
increase of 13 percent.
|More Standard Equipment
|Mustang has always stood
for value. The 2005 Ford Mustang has a standard feature list that
makes its low purchase price an even better value.
- Standard power windows on all models
with driver and passenger one-touch up (a new feature for 2005)
- Standard "global open and close"
windows – holding down on the unlock button lowers all windows
while turning and holding the key in the lock raises them
- Standard power exterior mirrors
on all models
- Standard power locking system with
remote keyless entry, panic alarm and a key fob trunk release
- Standard auto locking on automatic-equipped
- Standard heated rear window on
- Standard interval wipers on all
- Standard fog lamps on GT
- Standard speed control
|Audio: All Systems
|There are three audio systems
offered on the 2005 Mustang. Base models get an 80-watt system with
a single-CD player and four speakers. An optional 500-watt system
includes two gigantic subwoofers mounted in the front doors, premium
speakers in the rear and a six-disc, in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability.
|An even more powerful 1,000-watt
Shaker Audiophile system adds dual 500-watt subwoofers in the trunk.
Computer-aided engineering was used to help package a bass chamber
with the same volume as the old unit while leaving more room for luggage.
The new subwoofers, mounted to the right side of the trunk, use about
a third of the space of the previous system offered in the Mustang.
|The groundwork for Mustang’s
new features and content is the car’s all-new, state-of-the-art
electronics architecture, which allowed the design team to add content
while minimizing cost, weight and complexity.
|Almost all of the car’s
electronic functions are integrated on a controlled area network,
or CAN. At the heart of the system is a "smart junction box,"
which analyzes and disseminates many of the car’s electronic
functions, including the powertrain, safety, traction, security and
|The CAN electrical system
is the enabling technology behind a host of new features, including:
- A new optional message center information
display that provides trip-meter functions
- Global open and close windows
- Standard delayed accessory power
and a standard battery saver feature that disables the interior
lights and headlamps when inadvertently left on
- Standard power windows, mirrors
and door locks plus "smart locking," which will not
allow the driver's door to be locked inadvertently