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Just for fun - old articles on the then-new S197 platform

One thing I am amazed by is how much the journalists love describing the current Mustang platform as "dated" and "archaic" and "retro overplayed" now that the S550 is on the horizon.

Just for fun, I whipped out some old R&T, C&D, and MT articles from the middle of the last decade.

Not only was the live axle praised as well-tamed, and said to be a great/necessary way to keep the car light and the price attainable, but the journalists even went out of their way to say the styling was NOT properly labeled as "retro" . . . instead, "that's just the way a Mustang is supposed to look" . . . ! Even the interior came in for compliments except it seemed that everyone thought the steering wheel was a bit too large.

Granted, time marches on, and all cars become dated after awhile, but let's not forget how much we and the journalists loved this platform for most of its decade on the market!


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That's what happens in 10 years. A top of the line computer that was purchased 10 years ago would now be considered a dinosaur. Or maybe even the fossilized remains of a dinosaur.

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The best thing about the new S550 platform is that mods for the 2011-2014 cars will get much cheaper

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I for one DON"T like the 2015 Mustang,to me the S197 is what a Mustang is, so what ever Ford does will not make any difference to me, to put a 4 banger in a Mustang is just wrong,and it also looks like everything else on the road,when I was in NC for the 50th birthday bash, I didn't even stop to look at the 2015 Stang.
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I think it will be a nice car. I'm satisfied with mine though. Just waiting for the cheap mods now

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I for one DON"T like the 2015 Mustang,to me the S197 is what a Mustang is,
Even though it's the first one to "look like a Mustang" since 1971?

A Mustang is a two door 4 seat performance oriented car. Regardless of whether it has 4, 6 or 8 cylinders. Don't forget that a lot of people like the SVO Fox Mustangs.
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Even though it's the first one to "look like a Mustang" since 1971?

A Mustang is a two door 4 seat performance oriented car. Regardless of whether it has 4, 6 or 8 cylinders. Don't forget that a lot of people like the SVO Fox Mustangs.
My first NEW Mustang was a GT 350 bought new in 1966,second was a 1969 Mach 1,then had some Vetts,2011 Mustang had the power and looks that I liked about the original 2+2 Mustang, I bought it NEW in May of 2010 and have loved it ever since, for me I don"t like anything about the 2015,it looks like a Fusion with 2 doors.
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The Mustang is a 2 door with rear wheel drive, I don't care about anything else. I like every single one except the Pinto years.
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My first NEW Mustang was a GT 350 bought new in 1966,second was a 1969 Mach 1,then had some Vetts,2011 Mustang had the power and looks that I liked about the original 2+2 Mustang, I bought it NEW in May of 2010 and have loved it ever since, for me I don"t like anything about the 2015,it looks like a Fusion with 2 doors.
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Even though it's the first one to "look like a Mustang" since 1971?

A Mustang is a two door 4 seat performance oriented car. Regardless of whether it has 4, 6 or 8 cylinders. Don't forget that a lot of people like the SVO Fox Mustangs.
^^I agree, + at the time the turbo 4 SVO car cost more than the GT did. I would not mind having one now.

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Im a retro guy. So the new one does nothing for me. Im glad I got my 2011. In my mind the 11-14 will go down as some of the best Mustangs ford ever made.

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It's almost like Ford is trying to have a unified design language or something...

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People that say that the S197 is outdated and such don't realize that the S197 put the Mustang back on the map. For me it was a chance to revisit the late 60's and get a new Mustang that I was too young to get in the mid to late 60's. The S197 put the sizzle back into the Mustang, and to repeat what the journalists were saying 10 years ago "that's just the way the Mustang is supposed to look" Couldn't be more true. I plan on keeping my 2013 GT for a long time. I can't get excited about a Mustang whose front end looks like a Honda.
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People that say that the S197 is outdated and such don't realize that the S197 put the Mustang back on the map. For me it was a chance to revisit the late 60's and get a new Mustang that I was too young to get in the mid to late 60's. The S197 put the sizzle back into the Mustang, and to repeat what the journalists were saying 10 years ago "that's just the way the Mustang is supposed to look" Couldn't be more true. I plan on keeping my 2013 GT for a long time. I can't get excited about a Mustang whose front end looks like a Honda.
+1000,I couldn't have said it better myself,I think Ford made a HUGE mistake with the design of the 2015,and rumor has it it gained a bunch of weight but I really don"t care, at 68 years old I will have my beloved Kona Blues GT till death do us part,LOL.
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This is what I've been waiting for!!!

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