FIFTH GENERATION FORD MUSTANG: 2005–PRESENT
The fifth generation of Mustangs was produced from 2005 to present. All of the models within this generation were produced in Flat Rock, Michigan. These newest models of the beloved Mustang have been available in 2-door convertibles as well as in 2-door coupe. Both models, however, are a part of the Ford D2C Platform. The fifth generation of Mustangs are available in three types of engines, these being the 4L Cologne V6, 4.6L V8 and 5.4L Supercharged V8 with either 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions.
The new S-197 design also returned the Mustang to its styling roots, which made sense to Mustang lovers since this original styling was what made the line of cars a classic to begin with. Developed by exterior styling designer Sid Ramnarace and Chief engineer Hua Thai-Tang, the fifth generation of Mustang drew inspiration from the 1960s Mustangs and successfully combined the past with the present.
The 2005 model’s innovative retro coupe styling complemented its muscle car status. It featured a 6-inch longer wheelbase, C-scoops on its sides and 3-element tail lamps. In terms of performance, Ford dropped the 3.6L V6 and replaced it with a cast iron block 4L SOHC Ford Cologne V6 engine that can produce up to 210 horsepower, while the GT version was equipped with a rugged Tremec TR-3650 transmission and an aluminum 4.6L 3-valve modular V8 engine with variable camshaft timing that can output 300 horsepower.
According to a quarter-mile test, the 2005 Mustang GT can perform in 13.5 seconds with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. Added to its rear suspension is a 3-linked system that controls the vehicle’s vertical and lateral movements of the axle.
Also in 2006, Ford released the special edition Ford Shelby GT-H, which was based on the GT350H “Rent a Racer” program in the 60s. The company only produced 500 units, which was distributed to chosen Hertz rental car locations through the United States.
Ford offered additional optional features such as Shaker 500, which offered 500-watt peak output. It also offered the option of MyColor, which is a color-configurable instrument cluster that is included as part of the Interior Upgrade Package. Another standout option of the 2006 Ford Mustang is the CD/MP3 6-disc audio system, brushed aluminum panels and Shaker 1000 that offers 1000-watt peak output.
Also new for 2007 was the Shelby GT and the Shelby GT500, which were both developed as a part pf a collaborations. between the Ford Special Vehicle Team and the legendary Carroll Shelby. The Shelby GT was equipped with a 4.6L V8 engine that produced 319 horsepower, while the GT500 was publicized as “the most powerful Mustang ever” and featured a 5.4L supercharged V8 capable of generating 500 horsepower. The Shelby GT model was also equipped with an upgraded exhaust system, performance tune and Ford Racing air intake, while the Shelby GT500 was powered with Tremec TR-6060 transmission and durable cast iron block.
2007 also saw additional options on the Mustang, including a DVD-based GPS navigational system, developed by Pioneer, revised interior colors, heated seats, power passenger seats and Sirius satellite radio. Ford also launched the GT Appearance Package, which adds a non-functional hood scoop, engine cover with a pony emblem and bright rolled exhaust tips.
Another addition to the Ford Mustang vehicles is the 2008 limited edition “Warriors in Pink Mustang”, which is designed exclusively to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This limited edition Mustang will feature Pink racing stripes, pink ribbon and pink Pony fender badge.
Ford is also making plans to release Mustang GT California Special on GT Premium models and will release 7,700 units of the 2008 Bullitt Mustang. In July 2007, Ford also announced that all upcoming Mustangs would feature seats with materials derived from soybeans. This move is certain to please sports enthusiasts as well as environmentalists. On December 12, 2007, Ford announced that a new option for the 2009 Mustang, called the “glass roof,” would be introduced at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. This unique feature will be sure to cause quite a stir.