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Slideshow: The New Mustang's Technology Leads the Way

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Elizabeth M
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Great American car
Elizabeth M   2/3/2014 9:23:16 AM
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Well this classic car has certainly come a long way! Its contemporary design is looking great. But in my opinion, nothing beats the classic Mustang from the 60s. My first car was actually a Mustang--a 1976 (not nearly so stylish) that didn't last long because no one told me I had to put oil in the engine! Still, even if I am biased, it's nice to see this classic design looking so modern and being equipped with such advanced technology. I may be wrong, but isn't it one of the oldest American designs still going?

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What is and what could have been
naperlou   2/3/2014 10:34:00 AM
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Chuck, the Mustang is truly an icon.  I had a girlfriend who had a mid-1970s Mustang.  That was when cars just got larger and larger.  It was a boat. 

I am really intrigued by the Ford I concept car.  If they had come out with that at the time, they would have given the European two seaters of the time some real competition.  While the English and Italian cars were really cool and fun to drive, they were very poorly made.  Many people might have opted for a Ford at the time.  I also think that the body style seems to lend itself better to modern bumpers than many of the Europeans.  I had an MG B, among many others, that had an aluminum hood to reduce weight, so the use of aluminum on the Ford I is interesting, especially given current trends.  In addition, we were designing open wheel race cars with space frames at the time.  The bodies were fiberglass.  Very racy thinking.

The 2.3L four is an interesting development.  Do you have any info on gas mileage?

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Engine Changes
bob from maine   2/3/2014 11:01:57 AM
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It would seem that the newest engines have gone to supercharging to effectively increase displacement, and also changed the basic concept of a gasoline engine from requiring a constant ratio of fuel to air to something more along the line of diesels where only enough fuel is injected to do the job. If fuel is injected directly into a cylinder and the fuel/air ratio at the spark-plug was just right, the flame front would propagate into the leaner portion of the cylinder. It would be interesting to see a CFD analysis of a cylinder running at an air/fuel ratio of 50 or 60 to 1 as opposed to the 18:1 our old carburated and fuel injected engines have been using. Cooling of the internal metal parts must still be an issue. I can't imagine any other method a 300HP engine could achieve 29+ MPG.

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Charles Murray   2/3/2014 5:52:05 PM
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Believe it or not, Liz, the Chevy Suburban nameplate has the Mustang beat by about 30 years. I believe it was launched in around 1933 or '34. There may be other nameplates that were launched between the original launch of the Suburban and the Mustang.

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Charles Murray   2/3/2014 5:53:18 PM
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No input on gas mielage of the 2.3-liter Mustang just yet, naperlou. That will come out some time later this year.

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angelicagheptanB   2/4/2014 2:43:18 AM
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That was interesting. It is fuel economy and a fast car. I love it.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/4/2014 4:59:55 AM
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I had a feeling you would know a fact like that, Chuck! Interesting. The Mustang was a good guess, though, wasn't it? (Especially from a non-car expert. ;)) It's good to see these old brands still going strong. What is the Suburban like these days? As modern and updated as the Mustang?

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ramjet@metrocast.net   2/4/2014 8:49:44 AM
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The Suburban is a Ponderous Heavy Very Large SUV with poor gas milage. It was also rated so-so on Maintenance. (3 of 5)

Says so right here: http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Chevrolet_Suburban/

I have not driven one but it is BIG.

I prefer my New 2012 Xterra, it's Bigger than the original but not massive.

It has interesting cargo options and a better power to weight ratio yet did not reduce the fuel milage from the old one. Yes, I traded my 13 Year old one in on it. I expect this one to last just as well.

I like the new mustang but living in the Frozen north where I do it would be a poor choice for a primary vehicle. (6 to 12 inches of snow forecasted tonight /tomorrow) & I can't afford a spare one same as most folks.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   2/4/2014 8:52:17 AM
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Hmmm, so perhaps the Suburban brand hasn't held up and modernized the way Mustang seems to be doing...I'll have to do a bit of research on this. I don't live in the U.S. anymore...here in Europe there aren't that many American cars around. I drive a VW Transporter minibus more for lifestyle reasons than anything else.

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fredsay   2/4/2014 9:07:33 AM
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Before y'all break out the party hats over gas mileage, since it is turbocharged, it WILL require premium gas, which around here is $0.30 - 0.40 higher than regular gas. Consider that when looking at it's mpg. A turbo will mean more gas (due to increased compression or it will go lean and melt a piston or two) so it's mileage will not be as good as a n/a 4cylinder. While the V-8 may have lower mpg, if it runs on 87octane, it may be almost as economical as far as gas costs. Plus, a naturally aspirated engine will last longer than either a turbocharged or supercharged engine. And unless you add a per-oiler which will continue to drip oil on the turbo bearing after the car has shut down (while the turbo is still spooling down), you can expect to replace the turbo around 60,000 miles. Make mine a V-8 the way the Mustang Gods intended.

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