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2008 Mustang Specs
Mustang Adds More Standard Safety Features and Personalized Options For 2008
Standard Safety. Side air bags are now standard on all Mustang models.Cool New Features. Available interior ambient lighting and HID headlampsadd a touch of upscale class. Bold Design. Three new colors andavailable 18-inch premium wheels on the V-6 coupe enhance Mustangis boldAmerican style. Shelby Mustang Magic. The 2008 Ford Shelby GTconvertible and 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR the most powerful productionFord Mustang ever produced n complete the modern Shelby Mustang lineup.More Choices. Warriors in Pink Package join Mustangis extensive lineup.
Ford Mustang charges into 2008 as the one and only pony car on thestreets, and looks to stretch its segment leadership with new featuresfor that personalized look and feel that Mustang enthusiasts love.
Mustang remains one of the greatest automotive sales success stories ofall time. Nearly one out of every two sports cars sold in America is aMustang, and Mustang remains one of the hottest-selling cars in America.It is also Americais best-selling convertible.
The 2008 Mustang intends to hold on to that sales leadership with newavailable features that will add personal appeal, including HighIntensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, 18-inch wheels on the V-6 coupe,and an interior ambient lighting system.
Three new colors (Vapor Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Candy Apple RedClearcoat Metallic, Silver Clearcoat Metallic replace Tungsten, Redfire,and Satin Silver) enhance Mustang's bold, American style while safetyimproves with the addition of standard side air bags.
Two new Shelby Mustangs are available for 2008 n the 2008 Mustang ShelbyGT and Shelby GT500KR. The 2008 Mustang Shelby GT offers consumers a newVista Blue exterior color with silver stripe, and the choice of two bodystyles, coupe or convertible. Under the hood, the Shelby GTis 4.6-literV-8 engine is modified with Ford Racing Performance Parts and generates319 horsepower. Coil springs drop the overall ride height by aninch-and-a-half and stiffer dampers and a front swaybar further enhancecornering feel and body control.
To mark the 40th Anniversary of the original 'King of the Road' Mustang,2008 sees the return of the Shelby GT500KR. Hailed as the most powerfulproduction Ford Mustang ever produced, the 2008 Shelby GT500KR featuresan estimated 540-horsepower 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 with a FordRacing Power Upgrade Pack, 3.73:1 rear axle ratio, short-throw shifter,and unique suspension tuning. Available in spring 2008, the exteriordesign draws inspiration from the classic Shelby KR Mustangs andfeatures unique carbon composite hood, Shelby-designed 18-inch wheels,and special 40th Anniversary badging and unique striping.
Also new for 2008 is a limited-edition Warriors in Pink Mustang ndesigned exclusively in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.Produced in celebration of Susan G. Komen for the Cureis 25thAnniversary, the vehicle features unique pink exterior and interiordesign accents. Sales from the Warriors in Pink edition will help raisefunds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Highlights include:
* Pink ribbon and Pony fender badge.
* Pink 'Mustang' rocker tape stripe.
* Charcoal leather seats and Charcoal floor mats with Pink contraststitching.
* Leather-wrapped aluminum spoke steering wheel with Pink contraststitching.
* Unique Pony grille with chrome bezel and fog lamps.
Mustang comes in both coupe and convertible body styles, V-6 Deluxe, V-6Premium, GT Deluxe and GT Premium. All Mustangs are built in Flat Rock,Mich., with final assembly of the Shelby GT and GT500KR taking place atthe Shelby Automobiles facility in Las Vegas.
Design and Equipment
Mustang epitomizes pure American muscle. The signature long hood andshort rear deck capitalize on more than 40 years of Mustang heritage, asdo classic design cues that have defined Mustangs since the 1960s:C-scoops in the sides, three-element taillamps, and a galloping horsebadge in the center of the grille.
The Mustang's menacing shark-like nose imparts an attitude not seensince the 1967 model, while jeweled, round headlamps in trapezoidalhousings are part of its modern architecture. The caris aggressive rakegives the design visual motion, while the short overhangs and up to18-inch wheels and tires anchor the design visually and physically tothe road.
Mustang continues to offer unique packages for 2008
The Pony Package, available on the V-6 model, first launched in 2006. Itfeatures a GT-handling package that includes a larger front stabilizerbar, the addition of a rear stabilizer bar and
P235/55ZR17 tires on painted cast-aluminum wheels. Also included arebright, machined rims and unique tri-bar Pony center caps. Furthertouches include fog lights, Pony front fender badges, lower door tapestripe, carpeted front floor mats with special brushed chrome iMustangilogos and a rear spoiler.
The Mustang GT California Special is available on GT Premium models andincludes 18-inch wheels, side scoops, unique tape stripes, rolled brightexhaust tips, black leather trimmed seats with unique iCal Specialicontrasting Dove or Parchment leather inserts, a larger air intake, achin spoiler (1.5 inches lower than GT), and unique front and rearfascias.
An appearance package is available for the Mustang GT featuring rolledexhaust tips, an engine cover with a Pony emblem and a hood scoop.
The California Special and GT appearance packages can be orderedseparately or combined to give Mustang enthusiasts one of the mostexpressive Mustang GTs ever offered.
Customizable Interior to Fit Any Mood
Inside, Mustang's industry-first MyColor color-configurable instrumentpanel offers the ultimate in personalization. Mustang owners can mix andmatch lighting at the touch of a button to create more than 125 colorbackgrounds to suit their personalities, moods, outfits or whims.
For 2008, Ford also lets Mustang owners color outside the lines with anavailable interior ambient lighting package. This unique feature offersthe option of illuminating the front and rear footwells and frontcupholders with any one of seven colors. The driver or front passengercan choose from red, orange, blue, indigo, violet, green and yellow.
Additional modern interior touches mix with Mustang history andheritage. Chrome-ringed air vents are aligned vertically across thedash, precisely in line with the gauges, and the steering wheel hasthree spokes with a center hub marked by the horse and tricolor barslogo, echoing the design of the 1967 Mustang.
Numerous standard features include an auxiliary audio input jack,one-touch up-down power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry and powerlocks, a heated rear window, interval wipers, air conditioning, speedcontrol and a CD player. Available interior options include SIRIUSSatellite Radio, heated front seats, voice-activated navigation and aShaker 1000 premium audio system.
Power and Performance
Muscular engines infuse Mustang with tire-smoking performance. The4.6-liter aluminum V-8 has three valve heads and cranks out 300horsepower. Thatis more than 50 percent more power than the small-block,289-cubic-inch V-8 found in the classic 1964.5 model.
The standard engine, a 60-degree, 4.0-liter, single-overhead-cam V-6produces 210 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines are paired with a standard 5-speed manual transmission oran available 5-speed automatic, which provides a unique combination ofoff-the-line jump and good highway fuel economy.
At the front suspension, MacPherson struts with reverse "L" lowercontrol arms deliver comfort. The three-link rear suspension has alightweight, tubular Panhard rod that provides precise control of therear axle. This technology stabilizes the rear axle as the wheels move,particularly during hard cornering.
The standard four-wheel disc brakes have the biggest rotors and stiffestcalipers ever fitted to a mainstream Mustang. Twin-piston aluminumcalipers clamp down on 12.4-inch ventilated front brake discs on GTmodels. In the rear, the brake rotors are 11.8 inches in diameter.
A four-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with traction control isstandard on GT models and available on V-6 models. It uses electronicsensors to constantly monitor road conditions and feed the informationto a dedicated control computer thatis capable of determining withinmilliseconds whether the vehicle is on dry pavement or negotiating aslippery surface. When traction control isnit desired, drivers candeactivate the system with a button on the instrument panel.
Safety and Security
The 2008 Mustang adds standard side air bags to an already comprehensivesafety package. Along with the addition of seat-mounted thorax side airbags, safety features also include dual-stage driver and front passengerair bags, safety belt pretensioners, seat weight sensing system for thepassenger seat and crash severity sensing.
An optional active anti-theft package offers customers an added level ofsecurity. It includes a sensing module to guard against tow-away thefts,an interior motion sensor to detect smash-and-grab break-ins, a separatealarm sounder o in addition to the vehicle horn o to thwart thievestrying to disable the horn, and a high-capacity, 60-ampere-hour batterythat sounds the alarm longer.
Major Features and Options
V-6 Deluxe: Auxiliary audio input jack; One-touch up-down power windows;Power mirrors and door locks; Keyless entry; air conditioning; AM/FMaudio system with single CD; Tilt steering wheel; Speed control; Rearwindow defroster; Stainless steel exhaust; 16-inch wheels; Four-wheelpower disc brakes; Cloth bucket seats with 50/50 split-fold rear oncoupe models; Seat-mounted side air bags; LATCH; Personal SafetySystemAE; SecuriLockAE; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
V-6 Premium adds: 16-inch, painted bright machined-aluminum wheels withchrome spinner; Shaker 500 audio system with six-disc CD changer and MP3capability; Six-way power-adjustable driver seat.
GT Deluxe adds: 4.6-liter, 3-valve, V-8 engine; ABS with tractioncontrol; Stainless steel dual exhaust; Front fog lamps in grille;Complex reflector halogen headlamps with integral turn signals; Rearspoiler; Performance tires with 17-inch, painted cast-aluminum wheels;and AM/FM audio system with single CD.
GT Premium adds: Shaker 500 audio system with six-disc CD player; andAberdeen leather-trimmed, Embossed sport bucket seats.
Options include: Ambient interior lighting; GT California SpecialPackage; GT Appearance Package; Comfort Group; Shaker 1000 premium audiosystem; SIRIUSAE Satellite Radio; Touch-screen navigation system; V-6Pony Package; Interior Upgrade Package with satin-aluminum trim or darkaluminum trim and MyColor custom instrument panel; Sport InteriorAppearance Package; Premier Trim with Color Accent Package, SportExterior Appearance Package; Five-speed automatic transmission; Twostyles of 18-inch, cast-aluminum wheels; Active anti-theft system.
1964 - Mustang introduced April 17 at Worldis Fair in New York
1964 - 250,000th Mustang sold
1965 - Mustang becomes the most successful new car by selling 418,812 units in its first model year
1966 - One millionth Mustang rolls off the line at Dearborn Assembly plant in Michigan
1967 - Mustang 390 GT wins Cars magazineis "Top Performance Car of the Year"
1974 - Mustang II wins Motor Trend's "Car of the Year" award
1983 - The California Highway Patrol purchases 400 Mustangs to help troopers keep pace with high-speed pursuits
1983 - Mustang SVO introduced as 1984 model
1993 - First-generation SVT Mustang Cobra introduced with a 5.0-liter V-8 producing 235 horsepower
1995 - SVT Mustang Cobra R model produces 300 horsepower from its 5.8-liter V-8
2003 - With a 4.6-liter supercharged V-8, SVT Mustang Cobra offers 390 horsepower
2004 - Mustang celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special edition and a concept car at the North American International Auto Show
2005 - All-new platform and clean-sheet design make Mustang faster, safer, more agile and better-looking than ever
2006 - The modern Shelby Mustang lineup is born with the debut of the 2007 Shelby GT500 coupe and convertible
2006 - Ford, Carroll Shelby, and Ford Racing joined forces to create a retail version of the Shelby GT-H Hertz rental car called the Shelby GT for the 2007 model year
2007 - Ford Mustang receives top honors as Best Midsize Sporty Car in 2007 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS)
2007 - Celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the original Shelby Cobra GT500KR, Ford and Shelby collaborate on and debut a new eKing of the Roadi Mustang with the 2008 Shelby GT500KR