Ford has spun a lot of magic – and a lot of mileage – out of the Mustang that bowed in 2005. Just this year the Shelby GT500 scorched auto-show crowds with 500 horsepower and the touch of the snake charmer himself.
Now, Ford’s reaching into the Mustang history bag again for a coachbuilt concept based on the latest pony car – the Mustang by Giugiaro concept, making its public debut at the 2006 Los Angeles auto show.
The new concept, the PR lore goes, is that Giugiaro styling director Fabrizio Giugiaro approached Ford as soon as the new ’Stang appeared. After getting Ford design chief J Mays’ blessing, Giugiaro worked on what would become the successor concept to Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 1965 concept, the Bertone Mustang.
The concept takes the Mustang’s fundamental proportions and tightens them somewhat. Stylists cut a bit from the rear overhang and tapered most of the angles on its sheetmetal, all while widening the car and adding a pair of scissor-action doors. Fastback styling and distinctive arrow-shaped taillights finish the exterior modifications.
And under the hood, Ford taps its own racing division to add some steam to the stock Mustang V-8. The 4.6-liter V-8 engine gets an intercooled twin-screw supercharger, fuel injectors from the Ford GT project, and bigger air intakes. Power jumps to 500 horsepower. To accommodate the bump, Ford Racing tunes the handling with new springs and roll bars and with a 1.5-inch drop in ride height.
“The Mustang by Giugiaro drives as good as it looks,” Fabrizio Giugiaro said in a release. “After taking it to the limits on streets outside of Turin, I can honestly say this car was well worth the 30,000 hours of blood, sweat, and tears that we invested to create a modern performance classic.”
2006 Los Angeles Auto Show by TCC Team (11/27/2006)
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