The Ford Mustang was originally introduced in 1964 and officially became 54 this month. To celebrate this milestone and the National Mustang Day, the Motor Trend employees have put together a list of our favorite Mustang models in a specific order. Read on to see which ones we have chosen.
1964.5 Ford Mustang
The original Mustang may not be the fastest or most expensive car on this list, but it's the one that started it all. Whether it's a Base Inline Six or an optional 289-cubic-inch V-8 under the hood, the 1964.5 Mustang will always be cool.
1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet
When Ford updated the Mustang for 1967, he added more energy in the form of a 390-cubic-inch V-8. A year later, the 335-hp Cobra Jet 428 appeared, making the Mustang essentially a street-legal drag racer.
1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
No list of Legendary Mustang is complete without at least a GT500, and the 1967s are legendary. But in 1968, Shelby used the Cobra Jet 428 to build an even faster version called King of the Road. It's a cool name, but it's an even cooler Mustang.
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1
To close In the 1960s, Ford introduced the Mach 1 based on the SportsRoof-Body Mustang. It could be equipped with an improved Super Cobra Jet 428 and had a functional shaker hood – a bonnet with a cutout for the engine-mounted inlet. Not only would you add cooler air to your engine, you could also see the scoop dancing while you were driving.
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
The mustang of the early 70s body style is not as iconic as previous versions, but it's hard to argue that the Mach 1s # 71- # 73 is not great were. The two bonnets, the two-tone hood and the graphic package scream "cool". Performances in Diamonds are Forever and Gone in 60 Seconds contribute to this generation of Mach 1 only.
1986 Ford Mustang SVO
No, the SVO did not have a V-8, but it still belongs to this list. When introduced, the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder SVO produced as much power as the 5.0-liter V-8. In 1986, Ford even increased it to 200 hp. It was very impressive after the standards of the 1980s.
1987-1992 Ford Mustang 5.0 LX
Ford built a SVT Cobra version of the Fox Mustang body, as well as a Cobra R. But the great thing about the 5.0 LX was that it looked slower than it actually was. The LX has the same 5.0-liter V-8 as the GT, but was much quieter with less ground effects. It was a serious sleeper in the early '90s, and thanks to the high production volumes, 5.0 Fox bodies are abundant nowadays and relatively cheap.
2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R
The 1999 Cobra deserves recognition for being the first Mustang with an independent rear suspension. The 2000 Cobra R, however, has added side exhausts that are always great. It also used a more powerful 5.4-liter V-8, which required more power bulge than the & # 39; 99 Cobra and a huge, park bench-mounted, fixed rear wing.
2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the legendary Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt Ford returned the 2008 Mustang Bullitt. Like the 2001 version, it was essentially a debugged version of the Mustang GT with more power and improved handling. It came with an ultra-cool engine-turned aluminum line and aluminum shift knob.
2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca
Once Ford gave the 2011 Mustang GT a 5.0-liter V-8, it was only a matter of time before the Boss 302 nameplate made a comeback. But no one could have predicted that the Boss 302 would handle it so well. The rail-focused Boss 302 Laguna Seca version went further and set lap times that shamed a BMW M3.
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
The Boss 302 Laguna Seca was perhaps a fantastic Mustang, but the 526 -hp Shelby GT350R is truly world class. In fact, with better steering, it would probably have won our best driver car competition of 2016. Instead, it placed second and lost only to the $ 200,000 McLaren 570S.