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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