Mustang Fast Facts: 1994-Present
• The fourth generation of the Ford Mustang began in 1994 and represented a reimaging of the model. The hatchback body style was dropped, leaving the coupe and convertible styles. Also, the SVT Cobra was released, powered by a 5.0-liter V8 which cranked out 240 horsepower.
• It’s 1995 and the 5.0 is no more. The venerable engine is retired in favor of a new 5.8-liter V8 design that made its premier in the resurrected SVT Cobra R model in that year. The Cobra R had 300 horsepower.
• First a new V8 for the Cobra R in 1995, then a new range of V8s for all Mustang GTs and the standard SVT Cobra. The 215-horsepower 4.6-liter DOHC V8 hit the scene in 1996 and has become one of Ford’s most ubiquitous engines, with variants powering cars like the Crown Victoria and trucks like the F-150 and Explorer. The SVT Cobra’s V8 was tuned to produce 305 horsepower.
• Refinements in the 4.6-liter V8 pumped up the power for the Mustang GT to 225 horsepower for the 1998 model year.
• 1999 was the first major revision to the fourth generation Mustang. The platform didn’t see too many changes, but the body work got an upgrade. New grille, facscias, headlamps, and a hood were installed. The SVT Cobra Mustang of that year had its engine further refined to produce 320 horsepower and it was also the first-ever Mustang that had an independent rear suspension.
• The Mustang SVT Cobra R made its third appearance in 2000 and made another first for the brand: the first six-speed transmission. And that transmission needed every single one of those gears to contain the 386 horsepower from a 5.4-liter V8. Only 300 models of this special edition were manufactured.
• For the year 2001, Ford took a look to the past. The classic 1968 film Bullitt, known for some of the greatest car chases ever committed to film, was the inspiration for a Mustang Bullitt GT model. The car featured unique side scoops mounted on a lowered body. The suspension was specially tuned and the whole car rode on custom 17-inch wheels.
• In 2002, the Mustang proved its long-lasting appeal. Two of the car’s biggest competitors, the Chevy Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird, were discontinued. While the Camaro would eventually be resurrected, the Firebird remains a part of history.
• The year is 2003 and another classic Mustang variant is back. The Mach I had a 305-horsepower V8 that was packaged under the unique Shaker scoop. The SVT Cobra model of that year upped its power yet again, reaching a 390 horsepower output.
• 2004 was a landmark for Ford: they produced their 300 millionth vehicle. And what was that vehicle? A Mustang, of course! To be specific, a 40th Anniversary edition GT Convertible. While this was cause for celebration, there was also sadness. The Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan, which had been the birthplace of the Mustang since 1964, was shut down.
• 2005 saw the production of the Mustang moved to the Flat Rock, Michigan AutoAlliance plant. 2005 was also the first year of the fifth Mustang generation. The V6 got bigger, with a displacement of 4.0-liters, and the V8 now pumped out 300 horses.
• “Warriors In Pink,” a special edition Mustang, was introduced in 2007. The money made from sales of these cars went to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, a breast cancer research organization.
• 2008 saw another production milestone, the 9 millionth Mustang and it was, you guessed it, a GT convertible.
• 2009 Mustangs got a glass roof option and the special 45th Anniversary badge.
• And the 2010 Mustang got a…wait a minute, have you been living under a rock? Click around the site for a few moments and you’ll see tons of info about the 2010!