I was really shocked to see they were coming out with a four-cylinder turbo. It’s great, I’m really big on turbocharging. I have a Ford Flex with a turbocharged V-6. This should definitely help pull in the younger generation.
As for the car as whole, if I’m a teenager, I think it’s great. If I’m an old guy like me, I think it’s great. I think young people will go for it. The look of the car makes you want race it; it makes you want to get in and drive.
Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson auction company
When I first saw it, I felt the way I did when I first saw the 2005 version. You still see it’s a Mustang, but it’s been updated. This car needs to keep evolving, and Ford did a wonderful job with the way it’s evolved.
It’s still got some of that retro look to it, but it’s definitely a modern-looking car, definitely a Mustang when you look at it. This should help the demographic for the car go younger, like our customers have been. Kids like the retro and the modern technology together, and I think this car covers that.
The fastback design, that’s part of it. It’s not as big a change as when the ‘05 came out, where it really looked like a 1965. But this is still a modern car with the basic lines and proportions. It’s got an aggressive front on it; I love the headlights. And you can see the wind tunnel design to it; it's got some aerodynamics to it in the rear.
People who love Mustangs will love this. The Mustang has always been well loved by men and women; it’s not just a guys’ car. And multiple generations have grown up loving Mustangs.
This car is evolving, just like the [Corvette] C7 did. You still know it’s a Corvette, it’s got all the right dimensions. If that car went by you on the autobahn you’d wonder what it was; it doesn’t scream that it’s an American car. It’s the same when you see this Mustang. You know it’s a Mustang, but everything has to evolve, and I think it’s evolved in a very sophisticated way.
GM raised the stakes with the [Camaro] ZL1. Now with this Mustang’s IRS technology, and all-new body style. And I can’t wait to see the Shelby version.
It’s game on again.
Dave Sullivan, senior analyst at AutoPacific
It’s predictable. It’s like they grafted on a Fusion front end to the current Mustang.
There’s nothing Earth-shattering, or that’s going to turn the pony-car world upside down. If you’re looking for an all-new Mustang, this is not an all-new Mustang. Unlike the new Corvette C7 that was all new from the ground up, this is pretty much the exact same car with a new rear suspension, a new front end and a new interior. This is a way of extending the lease on life for this vehicle without spending massive amounts of cash.
The Mustang has always been a car that doesn’t look like any other Ford for about as long as I can remember. This now at least looks like other Fords on the road; it kind of looks like a Ford Fusion coupe. Look at the Chevy Camaro; that doesn’t look like a Chevy Malibu coupe.
Whether that’s a successful move remains to be seen. They’ve been losing the sales battle to the Camaro for a while now, so maybe this is what they need. Coupes are a hard sell no matter what since it’s a limited market; they’ve kind of disappeared from the marketplace.
Mustang has kind of been in its own little world, almost as a unique brand of iconic American goodness. Now it’s going to this softer and less edgy and less retro design that looks good on a sedan, but it remains to be seen how this pans out for the consumer.
Stewart Reed, chair, transportation design department, Art Center College of Design
I’ll confess, all the Ford design guys are friends of mine. But I’ve been anxious to see it; what I see here, it’s clearly a little more international from what Mustangs have been. That’s a very conscious decision on [Ford’s] part to sell this car around world, and yet it maintains the Mustang-ness and American-ness, which I think is wanted around the world.