It can be difficult to move icons out of history and into the modern world, but like the Volkswagen Beetle and the MINI Cooper, the latest Ford Mustang has done a brilliant job synthesizing elements from the past into a cohesive look.
In other words, it kicks quite a lot of butt. It's one of the few vehicles that remains instantly recognizable, unmistakable in silhouette. Ford hasn't messed up a good thing, and it hasn't needed to. With the 2005 model, and the 2010 revamp, the old cues have been formed into a body that's grown more aggressive in its details while the proportions have gotten more lean and more tidy. The classic coupe stance is intact, but today's Mustang looks crisper than ever, with more retro details in front and in back.
Ford also has jumped on the personalization bandwagon, so it's easy to re-create the Mustang you may have driven in high school, or college. Side scoops, hood scoops, spoilers and age-inappropriate decals are all offered as accessories--there are even side louvers to recall the classic Mustang fastbacks of the late Sixties.
The Mustang's interior keeps a light grip on retro style too, but it's given more ground to infotainment LCDs and other modern trappings. The deep-dish, classic-look gauges are big and beautiful; the squared-off instrument panel and the wide center console just work, especially with the bright metallic touches and, where offered, the metallic shift knob. The somewhat stark cabin's not into curves for curves sake, and it renders best when two-tone trims are a part of the package.