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 |  Jun 08 2012, 7:31 AM

The 2015 Ford Mustang will say goodbye to its Pony Car heritage and embrace its future as a legitimate sports car, in the process tossing aside its solid-rear axle for an independent rear suspension.

A rumor for years, new spy photos recently captured show a test mule for the 2015 Mustang, even revealing its underside. And in the place of the archaic solid rear axle are what appear to be aluminum control arms. We won’t know for sure for quite some time now if the production model will get this setup, especially as Ford has admitted the current generation ‘Stang tested out a similar independent rear suspension but eventually went with the solid axle.

Making it all but certain, however, is the fact that Ford has been obvious that it plans on transforming the Mustang for its 50th anniversary. Included in the overhaul is styling inspired by the Evos concept (and similar to that found on modern Ford products like the 2013 Fusion). To give a better idea of exactly how that might look, we’ve commissioned the rendering above.

Also set to help revolutionize the 2015 Mustang is an EcoBoost engine, most likely a twin-turbo V6.

Many in the Mustang faithful will protest the dramatic change for the 2015 model year car, but Ford has good reason for the change. Apart from corporate ambitions to take on European sports cars, Ford has to think about the future of the iconic nameplate – something that’s currently in jeopardy as Generation Y turns away from Pony Cars towards new-era vehicles like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

[Source: Car & Driver]

  • T Beech

    Time marches on but I’ll stay with my ’69 Fastback.

  • Leo_mob_leo

    this is nothing but bull shit i hate all these changes am a teen and always loved mustangs but not the 2015 cuz its going to be a evos not a pony car like it should be i might as well start liking camaros more 

  • Tyedyed69

    Is it just me or did they copy a late 90′s, early 00′s Ferrari design ?  This car looks more like it should be named “The Shark Car” instead of being called a Pony Car.   Ford did a good thing with the retro design and now screwed it up with this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FOTS6SNA7IOJOFQTSN4S52K7AM Chad W

    Ford, did you learn nothing from the Mustang II?  Go ahead, throw away everything that says “Mustang”.  Guess I better one of the Mustangs while really are a mustang, and not this travesty of management.

  • Felix

    First off, everyone, this is a rendering from autoguide, not the design from Ford. Don’t expect it to look anything like this. Second of all, Ford has decided on the IRS yet, they looked at IRS for the previous gen Mustang but decided against the idea. I think that they should offer both IRS and SRA. Make everyone happy

  • T. Roll

     That just isn’t a feasible business plan.

  • Felix

     I know, but i can dream!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7DO2GVUWMBS536XXSTOAXCU4VQ Michael

    Let’s get something out of the way right now, not just for you but everyone.  The idea that SRA should stay is assinine.  A well engineered IRS is superior and nothing about it pulls away from “mustang” as a brand.  So it’s really REALLy nuts to argue against it.  Yes, Roush is impressive with it’s tuning.  But let’s not be the best in the world at polishing a turd so well that it competes with a Vette/Ferrarri suspension.  Let’s untie our hands shall we?

    Now, to Chad…What you have to understand is that…

    A) This is a rendering only.  There are actually good and bad queues here.  The lean in the direciton of a Genesis coupe would be a travesty.  “Let’s look like Genesis” is nothing close to an idea any other world supercar leaders are doing.  But again, it’s a rendering.  And there are still historical design cues in the front that say mustang better than the early 2000′s generation.  Can’t see the back.  Let’s just see what they do.

    B)  The Mustang II?  I have a BIG problem with that analogy because the real problem with Mustangs in that era was the era.  Meaning, they were pieces of crap cars, like many American makes at the time.  There was no way to get behind crap no matter what it looked like.  Ford’s today are making so much better cars.  There is no comparison.  And they would presume to up the anti in engineering, performance and quality moving into this segment.  If, for example, this thing runs close to a 3 second 0-60, 11 sec or under quarter mile at 130 plus, over 200 mph top speed, runs the Nurburgring in 7:30 or under in it’s highest performance offering, does this with decent daily-driver fuel mileage on pump gas with good emissions, AND it keeps design cues and proportions that look genuine Mustang even if more sports car, THEN it’s going to dominate and win everyone over.  “Mustang II” issues are laughable.  This would catch fire.  And a winner like that always looks good and feels good.

    Clue:  those specs are the motivation for shifting any at all, and only as much as needed.  They would create a new high performance model/name offering in the Vette/Viper category seperate from Mustang if it looked nothing like a Mustang.  But what they are doing is saying we’re taking Mustang to the next level, and the Vette and Viper are going to have to really bring it to keep up.  Not a new GT40 again.  But a Mustang that exceeds the performance of any Ford car in history, and makes it tough for the competition to match.  Some of that competition being the likes of a GTR nowadays.  Well, like GTR, lets go tap a Porsche 911 Turbo S on the shoulder as well and say “BOO!” competitively Ford style (sans AWD), and probably more competitively than the GTR.

    Be patient on this.  Let’s see where they take it.

  • KeysBarnes

    Ford continues to make horse’s ass decisions, like stopping the E series and bringing in a wimpy boxey Euro full size van, stopping the Ranger, making crap FWD transaxles instead of going back to rear wheel drive in their Fusion and Taurus. However, Independent rear suspension is much better than the solid rear axle.

  • Johntberg

     ”Stopping the E-series” — not yet in fact, Ford will continue to make this antique platform for a bit longer, while also offering (at last) at Euro/world style high roof van.  “Wimpy”?  I think not!  The Ford (and Chevy) vans are pieces from a bygone era, with much poorer ergonomics in both the driver’s and the load sections — long and skinny rear, not nearly as useful as the Transit Euro style approach that has been found around the globe for several decades now.  But like I say, if you insist on having your old friend, you can still get the platform — as long as you want it for an RV or similar purpose.  (And you can go ahead and buy three or four 2012 E series vans and just keep ‘em around for nostalgia purposes, alongside your horse-and-buggy rig.)

  • Homeytwist

    Finally, a Mustang I would consider buying! Koodos to Ford for looking at the world market rather than just the drag-strips of the U.S. I’m sure the aftermarket will offer a SRA kit for those who just want to go in a straight line, heck if Ford were smart they’d offer that through their Ford Motorsports / Racing channel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Baker/100000540161367 Danny Baker

    Ford Tried it on 2001-2003 Cobras. It must cost more to build and that will run away some buyers.

  • Jme927

    I’ll believe that Mustang when I se it…………

  • Mcgilm

    You know, Ford did a fantastic job of making the solid axle perform better than anyone could have expected.  However, if they had left the car alone and fixed just a few things, they could have had a car that would have shocked even the euro crowd.

    1. Dump the solid rear axle and move to IRS.  This has been a drawback to the awesome power from the SC V8 that you’ve been putting in the GT500.

    2. Allow more control over the steering column position so that the driver felt more a part of the car than on top of it.

    3. Get some cooling duct work into the body design to help cool the brakes.  They are only good for less than one track lap before they fade beyond reliability.

    Seriously, this is not that significant of a change, and would put the Mustang head and shoulders against anything in its price range. FORD!!!!  What are you waiting for!!!!!

  • Cperr2000

    Remember when the Probe was going to be the new sports car that would displace the Mustang? Not totally opposed to the independent rear, but hope they don’t go too modern on the look, and keep a V8 option (preferably 5.0 based engine option). I’m currently averaging just shy of 24 mpg in my 2013 auto GT. my 4 cylinder Sonata is only averaging 28.

    I know cost is an issue, but it would be nice if Ford would have a “muscle car” and “sports car” offering a-la Camaro and Corvette.

    Us drag racers appreciate a solid rear axle!

  • http://www.facebook.com/higginsmc Michael C Higgins

    This new design is awesome!  The Mustang GT keeps getting better and better – great job Ford!!

  • Nicholaskeene

    this is dumb, ford you change the mustang I am not a ford person anymore

  • Dsmith3109

    Love this car never had a mustang but if they build this i will buy.

  • Roger Moss

    King Cobra coming ? 

  • McCheeseFist

    Looks its a CAMARO!

    Will it have wheel hop also?

  • HankHH

    Ford engineers, listen up! I sold my 2011GT500 and bought a Genesis Coupe. The Genesis Coupe has three things my GT500 lacked – a torsen differential that actually puts power to both rear wheels. My GT500 would spin the right rear only on a tight right hand curve exit. My Genesis Coupe spins the tires without trying to self destruct with insane wheel hop. My Genesis Coupe has a stereo system that is a pleasure to hear. My GT500 had a garbage system that I never used. Fortunately, the exhaust and supercharger sounded so good that I listened to that instead. So Ford – NO WHEEL HOP, and use a torsen differential! Oh yeah my Genesis Coupe has performance calipers on all four corners – not just the front..

  • bob

    Ford had IRS in the Thunderbird from 89-97. The cobras were almost a copy of that system.

  • Christopher G

    I would definitely consider this car if it offers a turbo V6 with a strong manual transmission and clutch. I’ve never owned a Ford, but sophisticated suspension and a jump in tech and quality can win me over. :-)

  • Christopher G

    I test drove a GT and the lack of adjustable steering really ruins it for a tall person. This is one of the reasons I could never buy it.