After weeks of teasing, spy shots, and detail leaks, the 2010 Ford Mustang makes its official debut on the eve of the 2008 LA Auto Show. And while the teasers gave us an impression that Ford only made minor changes to the Ford Mustang, you can now see that the new pony gets leaner, meaner and muscular with a more refined look inside-out. The 2010 Mustang also gets improved handling characteristics, more power, more options and more standard safety and technology features.
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Let’s take a walk around the exterior. According to Ford, the exterior sheet metal is all new except for the fast-back roofline. At the front, the 2010 Mustang gets new headlamps, lower fascia, fenders, grille and a new powerdome hood that adds a more muscular stance to the car. The muscular appearance is enhanced with new front rear fenders and sculptured wheel flares. Walk to the back and you’ll see a slightly new rear fascia with angled rear corners, a sculptured decklid and a more sleek rear pony badge (also displayed on the front grille of course). The rear-view camera can be embedded into the spoiler which is available as an option on some models. The most notable feature on the back is the new taillight design which features three LED bulbs that sequentially go off when you indicate before turning. The new 2010 Ford Mustang comes with wheel-and-tire combinations that are 1-inch bigger across the lineup ranging from 17 to 19 inches.
Step inside of the 2010 Ford Mustang and your welcomed by a brand new interior with a new one-piece instrument panel design with genuine aluminum-finish trims. The new center stack adds the latest version of the Ford SYNC technology along with an electronic display of the new dual-climate control system. Our favorite feature inside? Drivers will be allowed to customize their ambient and instrument lighting through the MyColor option allowing an option of 125 colors (that’s way too many to pick from).
Let’s get down to power. At launch customers will be able to choose from a V6 or a V8 with a choice of a coupe, convertible or the new glass-roof option. While the 210-hp 4.0L V6 will remain unchanged, the 2010 Mustang GT will carry an uprated version of the 4.6L V8 that now allows 315-hp with a maximum torque of 325 lb-ft. The redline for the V8 has been increased by 250 rpm to 6,500. Each engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions.
What else? The 2010 Ford Mustang will run on regular gasoline but if you put premium in it, it will give you better mid-range torque. Fueling has been made simple with Easy Fuel™, Ford”s new innovative capless fuel system that is standard on all models. Also standard on all models is the AdvanceTrac™ Electronic Stability Control (ESC) feature.
The 2010 Mustang will be built at the Auto Alliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Pricing will be announced closer to launch but according to a leak earlier today the 2010 Ford Mustang GT will start at $30,095.
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