But, the embargo didnt prevent them from filling pages and pages of their publications with speculation about how the new Mustang would be equipped or what it might look like. It was all part of the auto makers plan to build buyer anticipation and excitement to a feverish pitch during the three months prior the Mustangs launch.
For 2010, Ford unveiled a redesigned Mustang prior to the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The 2010 Mustang remains on the D2C platform and mostly retains the previous-years drive train options. The Mustang received a thoroughly revised exterior, with only the roof panel being retained, that is sculpted for a leaner, more muscular appearance and better aerodynamic performance. There were 10 models available for the 2010 Mustang. For 2011, Ford revised all the current model engines. The engines feature advanced technologies such as Ti-VCT (twin independent variable cam timing). The Shelby GT500s 5.4L block is now made out of aluminum, instead of iron as in previous years, and is rated at 550 hp and 510 lb•ft of torque. Due to being made of aluminum instead of iron, the new block is 102 lb lighter than the old one, which helps to improve fuel economy, acceleration, handling, and steering precision. All models are available with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
After a number of presentations to Ford board members, the first prototype 1962 Mustang I was produced. It was a mid-engine two-seat roadster, named after the legendary World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane. On October 7th 1962, race driver Dan Gurney drove the Mustang I prototype over the U. S. Grand Prix course at Watkins Glen, New York.
After months of debate, it was decided that the image of the galloping horse best represented the free spirit of the car and its intended buyers. To further drive home the message, the galloping horse on the Mustang logo is shown running the opposite way that trained racehorses run around a track.
All of these were VIN-identified as 1965 models, but several changes were made at the traditional opening of the new model year (beginning August 1964), including the addition of back-up lights on some models, the introduction of alternators to replace generators, and an upgrade of the V8 engine from 260 cu in to 289 cu in. In the case of at least some six-cylinder Mustangs fitted with the 101 hp 170 cu in Falcon engine, the rush into production included some unusual quirks, such as a horn ring bearing the Ford Falcon logo beneath a trim ring emblazoned with Ford Mustang. These characteristics made enough difference to warrant designation of the 121,538 earlier ones as "1964½" model-year Mustangs, a distinction that has endured with purists.
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