Not only were the lines lining up for the car, just a few months after the debut of 1964, there were already several hundred car owners clubs in the States, and souvenir manufacturers bombarded the market with sunglasses, trinkets and caps with a horse silhouette. “I fully realized our success when I saw a large poster in the pancake shop window:“ Our pancakes are selling as fast as mustangs, ”recalled one of the spiritual fathers of the car, the famous Ford manager Lee Iacocca.
The secret of the Mustang's triumph is simple: it was possible to make a stylish car with a sporty character inexpensive ($ 2386 in 1964 prices) and therefore affordable. The peak of the model’s popularity occurred in the 60s, and by the mid-70s, its star began to roll. In the numerous modifications released over the past 20 years, the spirit of legend, perhaps, only blows on behalf of.
But Ford read the Mustang take off career. This should happen next year, when a completely new generation of the car goes on sale. Its prototypes - coupe and convertible Ford rolled out as "shock" exhibits of the Detroit Auto Show.
According to the designers, they were required to create a truly American car, recognizable for one hundred percent - like a bottle of Coca-Cola. Short feed and a long hood, three-section taillights and "gills" of air intakes - these are the details that instantly evoke associations with a famous ancestor. The car is similar in size and size: like 40 years ago, the Mustang, by American standards, is small: its length is 4622 mm.
Unlike future conveyor “mustangs, ” showrooms with red perforated leather can hold just two. Under the hoods of the prototypes, a powerful 400-horsepower G-8 with a turbocharger of 4.6 liters. But the serial four-seater versions will also have very decent performance: at the disposal of the driver will provide about 300 liters. with.
Following the traditions, this “herd” drives the rear wheels. Only the primitive three-stage transmission of the ancestor cannot be revived. For a young stallion, a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic box are developed.