March 1, 2004

While the upcoming '05 Mustang retains many of the original Mustang's styling cues-like the long hood, short rear deck, and sculptured sides-the two cars are separated about as far as the earth and moon. Technology has advanced tremendously over the past 40 years, with carburetion giving way to multiport electronic fuel injection, points and condenser ignition replaced by coil-on-plug, and manual drum brakes ditched in favor of four-wheel power discs. As a result, today's modern Mustang is faster, safer, more fuel efficient, and more comfortable; plus it's loaded with equipment, like a CD changer and mix-and-match instrument cluster lighting, that was never even dreamed about 40 years ago. Yet the Mustang still retains its image as a sporty, fun vehicle.

  ’641¼2 ’05 {{{GT}}}
ENGINE
Displacement 260ci V-8 4.6L V-8
Compression ratio 8.8:1 9.8:1
Cylinder heads Inline 2-valve Windsor 3-valve SOHC
Induction 2V carburetor Multiport fuel injection
Intake manifold Cast-iron Composite w/charge motion control valves
Ignition Distributor w/coil Coil-on-plug
Exhaust Cast-iron manifold w/ Tubular headers w/dual
single muffler mufflers
Crankcase capacity 5 qt 6 qt
Horsepower {{{164}}} (net) @ 4,000 rpm {{{300}}} @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 258 lb-ft (net) @ 2,{{{200}}} rpm 315 lb-ft @ 4,500
TRANSMISSION
Manual 3-speed or 4-speed 5-speed Tremec
Automatic C4 3-speed 5R55S 5-speed
CHASSIS
Type Unibody Modified DEW
Steering Manual recirculating ball Power rack & pinion
Steering ratio 16:1 15.7:1
Front suspension A-arm with shocks McPherson strut
Rear suspension Solid axle with leaf springs Solid axle with coil springs
Rear axle 8-inch 8.8-inch
Rear-axle ratio 3.00:1 3.55:1 (manual)
  3.31:1 (auto)
BRAKES
Front 10-in drum Disc w/12.4-in rotor
Rear 10-in drum Disc w/11.8-in rotor