Ford Mustang Generations
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Ford Mustang Generations

By Autolist Editorial | September 13, 2021

The Ford Mustang is the quintessential American pony car and has been in continuous production since 1964. The Mustang has long been credited with creating the class of affordable sports coupes that inspired competition mainly with the Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird.

2015 - Present Ford Mustang (S550 6th Generation)


The current generation of Mustang departed from the previous two generations in a few ways. It now has a fully independent rear suspension, and the exterior design was adjusted to a more futuristic, European look versus the earlier retro-oriented style. The design update was a nod to the fact that this generation is the first Mustang to be sold globally. Four main engines became available on this version, including a 310-horsepower, 2.3 liter EcoBoost turbocharged inline-four, a 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter Cyclone V6 through 2017, a 435-horsepower, 5.0-liter Coyote V8 and a 5.2-liter Voodoo V8. A six-speed manual transmission was standard, and a six-speed automatic was offered through 2017 before a 10-speed automatic took its place in 2018. Also in 2018, the base 3.7-liter V6 was dropped from the lineup and the EcoBoost turbo four became the base engine.

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2005 - 2014 Ford Mustang (S-197 and S-197 II 5th Generation)


The fifth generation of Mustang committed even more to the retro styling of earlier models with a truly muscular look. The front grille and headlight placement highly resembled the earliest Mustang models. For the first half of this generation, the Mustang featured a 4.0-liter V6, a 4.6-liter V8 or a 5.4-liter supercharged V8. Transmissions included a five or six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. The second half of this generation saw a reworked design for better aerodynamics, though it looked ostensibly the same save for some other cosmetic details such as a redesigned emblem and headlight placement. A 5.8 liter V8 became the biggest engine offered, and a six-speed automatic transmission was introduced as well.

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1994 - 2004 Ford Mustang (SN-95 4th Generation)


A major redesign was in the works for the fourth generation of Mustang. Though it was still built on an updated Fox platform, the Mustang was nicknamed SN-95 by the automaker. The design had a distinctly retro flavor with sharper lines and more heft compared to the previous smaller generations. The base Mustang in 1994 through 1998 offered a 3.8-liter V6 and a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission was optional. The Mustang GT boosted performance with a 5.0-liter small-block V8 and was clocked going from zero to 60 mph in the higher range of six seconds. Special editions were also in the works for this generation, including the SVT Cobra and Bullitt. Thanks to the attractive redesign and more powerful engine, the 1994 Mustang GT won Motor Trend's Car of the Year award.

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1979 - 1993 Ford Mustang (Foxbody Mustang 3rd Generation)


The third generation of Mustang was built on the Fox platform, which was used extensively by the automaker on its midsize cars, and it thus became known as the Fox or Foxbody. Initially, Ford executives wanted to transform the Mustang into a front-wheel drive vehicle to go with the current trends of the time, but fans of the car wanted the Mustang to stay as a rear-wheel drive. The fans won, and a front-wheel drive vehicle that was supposed to be the Mustang instead became the Ford Probe. The Foxbody Mustang offered a variety of engines during its run, including an inline-four, an inline-six, a V6 and a V8. Four or five-speed manuals were standard as well as three or four-speed automatics. The appearance of this Mustang took on a more modern look with less heft than the earlier generations. The front end was unspectacular with large rectangle style headlights. However, the long hood and short rear deck remained intact.

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1974 - 1978 Ford Mustang (Ford Mustang II 2nd Generation)


This generation was also known as the Mustang II, and it's easy to see why as it bore little resemblance to the first generation at all. It was built on the Ford Pinto platform, which was a subcompact car. Engine sizes changed as well. Although a 4.9 liter V8 was still offered, smaller engines were available for the first time, including a 2.8 liter V6 and a 2.3 liter inline-four. Despite the downsizing, the Mustang II was highly anticipated by American consumers due to the market's desire for smaller vehicles. The Mustang II sold quite successfully and was awarded Motor Trend's Car of the Year in 1974. It would not receive that honor again until 1994.

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1965 - 1973 Ford Mustang (1st Generation)


The first generation of Mustang debuted in 1964 to wild popularity and spawned a class of cars that inspired a number of competitors. At the time, the long hood and short deck gave the Mustang a unique appearance, and it came in both a hardtop and convertible. Eventually, a fastback version was also made available. Several engines were offered during this first generation, which was mainly variations of either an inline-six or a V8. Three and four-speed manual transmissions were available as well as a three-speed automatic. The appearance of the Mustang also changed slightly through this generation. 1969 saw the most obvious change with a body length extension that gave the car a heftier look. The 1971 car grew in width by three inches to hold a big block 7.0 liter V8. This made the hood noticeably larger compared to previous years.

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