2010 Ford Mustang

2010-ford-mustang With the Dodge Challenger recently released, and the inevitable release of the highly anticipated Chevy Camaro, Ford couldn’t very well sit on their hands and leave the Mustang hanging out to dry.  Their engineers were hard at work, tweaking the best selling pony car, rather than trying to reinvent it.  The result is the latest evolution, the 2010 Mustang.  It’s instantly recognizable as a Mustang, as it should be.  The front end and taillight have been tweaked, and it continues to be a stylish car.  Where Ford spend most of their tweaking dollars was the interior – it’s world’s better than the previous version.  You won’t mistake the interior for that of an Audi A8 by any means – but it’s a pretty nice upgrade.  Classy, simple, but more upscale than in prior years.

Would-be buyers of the V6 may talk themselves out of the purchase.  Ford left the 4.0 liter V6 unchanged – still putting out 210 horsepower.  With the Camaro V6 slated to push 300 HP, that’s troublesome.  Ford does have a roughly 400 lb weight advantage to help things… but a bump in horsepower ( and perhaps the addition of Ford’s excellent 3.5 liter V6 ) would have been welcome.

V8 lovers will be more satisfied, as Ford bumped the 4.6 liter’s output to 315 HP.  While no match for the Camaro’s 400 HP 6.0 liter engine, the GT should run a little less expensive.  The GT also gets the Bullitt suspension upgrades – which makes this one of the best handling Mustangs, ever.

 

2010 Ford Mustang Specs

  • 315 HP 4.6 liter SOHC V8 ( Up from 300 HP ), 325 lb-ft of torque ( GT only )
  • 210 HP 4.0 liter OHV V6 ( unchanged from 2009 )
  • 17″ wheels standard on V6, with 18’s standard on GT
  • Curb weight ( V6) 3365

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It’s hard to say how the Pony Wars will pan out over the next few years.  The state of the US economy will have a big impact of course.  But it will come down to price, performance,and looks, as it usually does.  All the big three pony cars look fantastic – the Mustang refresh helps keep it looking modern.  The Mustang can’t really compete on performance – even with the huge weight advantage.  Price, though, may be the wild card.  You can buy a Mustang for far less than you’d pay for a Challenger or Camaro.  Will that be enough for the Mustang to keep the sales crown?  We’ll know soon enough. 

Published on January 5, 2009 in Ford

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