Fourth Generation Mustangs and Beyond!
1994 ushered in a new generation for America's original pony car. Leaving behind 15 years of the original Fox body, Ford redesigned the platform and offered a new Mustang that was a rather dramatic departure from it's predecessor. Still holding onto the Mustang basics such as rear-wheel drive, two door, and several engine/transmission combinations, this generation continued Ford's unstoppable rule of the mid-market American sports car.
As with previous generations, the fourth-generation Mustang was offered with several performance level options of which included the GT. Early models of the GT had the 5.0L V-8, however GT's 1996 and later came with a 4.6L SOHC V-8. Ford wanted to continue to build on the success of the GT and employed their SVT (Special Vehicle Team) to do so. Ford's SVT crew created the new Mustang Cobra which offered bigger brakes, larger tires, and a few subtle styling enhancements above and beyond the stock GT. In 1995, the Cobra R was released which included a large 5.8L V-8 that put out 300HP coupled to a Tremec 5-speed to handle the larger output. The R was a real race car; to save weight this car had no back seat, no radio, no power options, and no air conditioning.
Ford went on to introduce the first retro-styled car in 2005 with their fifth generation Mustang. This car's body design was inspired by the 1967 through 1968 Mustangs. This is the generation still sold today, and Ford continues to make improvements to its most famous model. Available in many variations such as the GT, Shelby GT, and Bullitt, this car is here to stay. We're nearing the 10 year mark with this generation and are very curious to see what Ford will come up with next. Ford fan or not, you have to give credit where it's due: the manufacturer has kept the Mustang alive and well for over 45 years, even through tough times when we've seen other makes and models disappear. The car has become synonymous with American performance and carries appeal among a wide audience. Experts even predict that the 2012 Mustang Boss 302 (Especially the Laguna Seca edition) will be the classic car of the future. Let us know which of the five generations of Mustangs is your favorite in the comment area.
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