Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
September 12, 2018

When the 2005 Mustang hit showroom floors it became an immediate hit for Ford. The retro-themed styling, which both GM and Mopar followed with several years later, resonated with both longtime Mustang fans and new enthusiasts alike. The S197 chassis offered a vast improvement over the outgoing New Edge by utilizing a three-link rear with Panhard bar and revised rear spring location, while up front the Mustang finally got a true MacPherson strut with reverse “L” lower control arms. Besides the retro exterior styling that included three-element taillights, a pronounced body side style line and a Shelby-like rear quarter window, the interior also benefitted from a retro styling touch as well with a heavy 1967-1968 Mustang dash influence.

The new 4.6L Three-Valve may be easily bested by today’s Coyote (which you could get in the S197 starting in 2011), but for the time, the new Three-Valve and it’s 300 hp was a nice bump in the performance department. Of course the return of the Shelby GT500 in 2007 with its supercharged 5.4L Four-Valve didn’t hurt either! There was also the S197’s swan song in 2013-2014 with the Shelby GT500’s 5.8L Four-Valve besting all comers with its 662 supercharged horsepower! So whether it was the base V-6, the GT, or the GT500, the S197-era offered a lot of Mustang for the money and are fun, easy cars to modify. Today, a 2005-2014 GT is a bargain buy for a fun driver, especially if you can get by the whole Coyote movement and pick up a clean 2005-2010 Three-Valve GT car! Enjoy this gallery of all the S197s at Mustang Week 2018 and we hope they give you some ideas for your S197 or future S197 purchase.

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