The new platform for the 2015 Ford Mustang will be called the S550. Unlike previous Mustang models, Ford suggest the 6th generation Mustang will have more of a Euro look, they are ditching the retro look. England and Australia studios will be aiding in the design of the new generation muscle car. I guess it make sense with this new global economy market. Ford claims the Mustang will be sold in countries such as England, Japan, and Australia.
So chances are we’ll probably see a smaller displacement for the powertrain with some sort of power booster like a turbo. The 2015 S550 Mustang will also be lighter and smaller. Since the new muscle car will be sold in other countries where gas prices are higher, Ford is designing the Mustang to be more economical and greener, not to mention stricter regulations. But that’s not to say there won’t be a coyote 5.0L V8 option, probably not for your Europe though. And while a solid rear axle was added to cut down on costs over the past years, the base model Mustang will now be getting an independent rear suspension.
While all this sounds pretty exciting, I’m not so sure! Over the years, every time Ford released a new Mustang design, they never really disappointed Mustang fans. But this time around I’m a bit worried, this is the first time they have ever leaned towards a European design, dare I say “ricer” look. While I don’t mind a sportier design, I just don’t want it to look like a Mazda. The Mustang logo and theme stands for something over here in the US. The car has always been pitted against foreign cars, if it ends up looking like one I can tell you a lot of Americans will be disappointed. If Ford ends up ruining the image, like GM did with the Pontiac GTO, it could hurt the Mustang lineup and possibly get canceled like Pontiac. A cancellation would probably never happen with the Mustang model, because it’s so strong, but I think they’re taking a big risk in this wishy-washy economy.
I think it’s safe to say that 99% of Mustang owners love the retro muscle car look. If Ford ends up changing the theme too much, will we be able to still call this a muscle car, that is the question? I’m going to leave my readers with some really cool renderings of what could possibly be the new 2015 S550 Mustang. Some are really awesome, while some not so much.