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    Default 50th anniversary mustang - IRS, shorter, and lighter

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    The car is going debut at next year's N.Y. auto show. One foot shorter, with IRS and a 400 lb weight loss, it could be a strong contender in the "affordable new car" category.

    But, in the meantime, and in another "direction", I keep waiting for news releases on the new Miata.

    Regardless, along with the FRS/BRZ, it does seem like the industry will be offering a some promising performance cars in the sub $30K price range.

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    In 10th grade, the first real girlfriend I ever had owned a 1964 1/2 Mustang coupe. This was in about 1969 or 1970. I was too young to drive, so she drove us everywhere in the Mustang. Iconic car . . . That new prototype is very different. Will it have an independent rear suspension, which is 50 years in coming?
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    It is supposed to finally get IRS on its golden anniversary.

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    If it gets IRS and is maybe a tad less nose heavy, I could see driving a V8 version. The article seems to point to the car looking like an evolution of the current car, not the swoopy Aston look-a-like pictured.
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    But you have been spoiled by owing a real V8 sports car.

    Regardless, these renderings are nearly always wrong. Still the Aston Martin influence would be nice, and it does somewhat mirror the new Fusion . . . if it happens.
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    The turbo 4-cylinder should have a great weight distribution and very tuner-friendly.

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    . . . from a guy that knows his Mustangs.

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    The S195 Cobras had an independent rear, which was adapted from the Thunderbird. I never understood why Ford went with the beam axle on the S197 when it had the parts on the shelf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    The S195 Cobras had an independent rear, which was adapted from the Thunderbird. I never understood why Ford went with the beam axle on the S197 when it had the parts on the shelf.
    Can you think of another sub-30k car that's overall as capable as a current-gen 5.0 Mustang? Axles are cheap, IRS isn't.
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    + 1 Emelio. It is evolutionary - and more Mustang than Fusion/Aston Martin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savington View Post
    Can you think of another sub-30k car that's overall as capable as a current-gen 5.0 Mustang? Axles are cheap, IRS isn't.
    FRS or BRZ?

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    It is Frankenstang!

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    ^^^ How can they test drive a car with that much crap on it to disguise it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    The S195 Cobras had an independent rear, which was adapted from the Thunderbird. I never understood why Ford went with the beam axle on the S197 when it had the parts on the shelf.
    Because the vast majority of mustang enthusiasts are drag racers or stop light warriors. Many cobras went under the knife for a solid rear axle swap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savington View Post
    Can you think of another sub-30k car that's overall as capable as a current-gen 5.0 Mustang? Axles are cheap, IRS isn't.
    Shame, too, since they went though all the trouble of designing one All about the missing S197 Mustang IRS | DrivingEnthusiast Blog
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savington View Post
    Can you think of another sub-30k car that's overall as capable as a current-gen 5.0 Mustang? Axles are cheap, IRS isn't.
    I agree it's plenty capable. Hell, I want one every time I hear one go by, but Ford had the technology, which very likely had been paid for through sales of T-Birds, Lincoln Mark VIIIs and a few Cobras. They might have used it on the Australian cars, too. I guess my point was to lament how much better the car could have been, in hindsight even if Ford only offered the IRS on a Cobra version for road racers.

    Drag racers could have bought a GT with a live axle.

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    People love to forget that the SN99 IRS Mustangs were several hundred pounds heavier than their solid axle counter parts. I have a stock (terrible) 4-link with panhard bar in my Fox, but I'd still take it over that kind of weight. The 2000 Cobra R which was stripped down still weighed in at over 3500lbs, the 03-04 SVTs were even worse.

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