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Ford Mustang Timeline: The Good, The Bad, and The Muscly Page 4

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The 1980s Mustang: A New Wave


1980: The new Mustang's got a ways to go for power. There's a four-cylinder engine, with a V-8 option--but the V-8 makes just 119 horsepower, about what today's base Kia Soul can muster. On the upside, Ford's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) opens its door to produce limited-edition performance cars.

1981: A turbo four-cylinder joins the family, while the V-8 backslides to 115 hp.

1982: The 5.0 returns! For the second time, that is. The 302-cubic-inch V08 puts out 157 hp in the Mustang GT, which also gets T-tops as an option. (Remember T-tops?)

1983: Unbeweaveable! The Mustang Convertible is back, giving the comb-over crowd second thoughts on their allegiance to Ford.

1984: The first truly interesting Mustang in years, the Mustang SVO hits the streets with a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine producing 175 horsepower. With sport seats, a distinct interior and a dual-wing spoiler influenced by the Merkur XR4Ti (!), the SVO is pitched as a GT alternative.

1985: The V-8 Mustang GT is up to 210 hp with manual gearbox. The struggling SVO Mustang...gets flush headlamps. Uh oh.

1986: Smooth operator: the Mustang gets electronic fuel injection.

1987: Ford futzes around with the Mustang. First it plans a front-drive replacement. Then it wakes up to the Mustang reality, and reskins the car with more "aero" lines. The almost-stillborn front-drive Mustang becomes...the 1989 Ford Probe. The SVO gets its walking papers.

1988: Half of all Mustangs sold are V-8s.

1989: The 25th anniversary of the Mustang is commemorated with badges. "Thanks, I guess," the Mustang might have said.


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  1. Who would have thought a Mustang would still be so popular in the great age of the Prius.
     
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  2. wow you really missed alot of the recent high points for the mustang. six speed gear boxes standard in the new models for starters, but also the 390hp 2003 cobra as well as the 500hp 2007 Shelby GT500 and the 540hp GT500KR. also worth mentioning the 2009 Iaccoca mustang
     
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  3. The Mustang is the only pony/Musclecar that is still original..Chevy,Dodge just now bringing back the Camaro/Challenger after a few years I don't think that they will be around a lot longer (depends on sales my own opinion of course)Due to GM,and Chrysler in the shape that they are in..Mustang Long live the Legacy....
     
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  4. The Mustang is great but I'm also surpised at how popular at is.
     
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