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Written by Mark Maynard Creative Syndicate   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:38

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The 2015 Ford Mustang coupe goes on sale next fall, followed by a convertible.

The yearlong tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang got a kick last week with the reveal of the re-engineered 2015 pony car. It was media frenzy from New York City to Detroit, Los Angeles, Australia, Spain and China. The continental courtesy was significant because the new Mustang will be sold around the world.

The original car's comingout party was April 17, 1964, at the New York Auto Show. The 2015 Mustang won't go on sale for about a year, but each car will recall its heritage with a 50th anniversary dash plaque, "Mustang -- Since 1964."

The new model still looks like a Mustang, but the fastback styling is more aerodynamic. It will have three engine choices -- four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 -- with power ratings ranging from 300- to 420- plus horsepower. It also will continue with rear-wheel drive and there will be improved sixspeed transmissions, manual and automatic with paddle shifters. A soft-top convertible will go on sale soon after the coupe.

The BMW M3, Porsche 911 and Mustang Boss 302 were the engineering benchmarks. "(The new Mustang) has the best driving dynamics we've ever had," Ford's product development chief Raj Nair said at the L.A. reveal.

Regional Southern California Mustang enthusiast clubs (about 16) and Ford dealers were invited to see the car at the Hollywood reveal along the "Walk of Fame" at the Chinese Theatre (nee Grauman's).

Acceptance by fans is running about 80 percent, said Marc Bodrie, a longtime member of the Mustang Club of San Diego.

"I have lived through each of the redesigns since the Mustang II and I think it's a breath of fresh air," Bodrie said in an email. " Every time they change the look there is quite an uproar, then it settles down, the changes grow on everyone and the Mustang gallops off again. "

My jaw didn't drop when the Mustang was uncovered, but I think it will grow on me.

Mark Maynard is online at mark.maynard@utsandiego. com. Find photo galleries and more news at MaynardsGarage

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 14:07

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