2015 Ford Mustang
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2015 Ford Mustang

Ford Mustangs sit in the parking lot of Mel’s Drive-in before they were picked up and taken for test rides by automotive critics.  (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
A new 2015 Ford Mustang in the parking lot of Mel’s Drive-in in West Hollywood on Sept. 17. Ford brought a fleet of 50 early-production Mustangs to Southern California for 250 car critics to put the car through its paces in the local mountains and on the Pacific Coast Highway.  (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Mustangs wait for automotive critics.  (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
A detail of the familiar logo. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Under the hood. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Purists will relish the 435-horsepower V-8 Mustang GT, a surprisingly nimble muscle car.  (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
The Mustang starts at $24,425 for the base V-6 Mustang. The four-cylinder turbo, starting at $25,995, costs just $1,570 more than the V-6 model. The traditional V8 GT model starts at $32,925. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
All versions come with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters and rev-matching downshifts.  (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Ford Motor Co. aims to expand its appeal -- and sales -- across the oceans and beyond its niche of American loyalists (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
The new Mustang is the first car ever built that will offer engines in three different cylinder configurations -- all of them with more than 300 horsepower. There’s a V8, of course, but also a four-cylinder turbo and a V6. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
The all-new independent rear suspension was considered essential for Ford to update the Mustang’s handling and image. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
The Ecoboost version is the middle child of the new Mustang lineup. It starts at $25,995 and comes with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
The Ecoboost version is the middle child of the new Mustang lineup. It starts at $25,995 and comes with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT starts at $32,925 and comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT starts at $32,925 and comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT starts at $32,925 and comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT starts at $32,925 and comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT starts at $32,925 and comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT starts at $32,925 and comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT starts at $32,925 and comes with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.  (Ford)
Ford’s 2015 Mustang convertible will start at $29,925 for the base V-6 with a six-speed manual transmission, and tops out at $43,620 for a V-8 model with an automatic transmission.  (Ford)
Ford’s 2015 Mustang convertible will start at $29,925 for the base V-6 with a six-speed manual transmission, and tops out at $43,620 for a V-8 model with an automatic transmission.  (Ford)
Ford’s 2015 Mustang convertible will start at $29,925 for the base V-6 with a six-speed manual transmission, and tops out at $43,620 for a V-8 model with an automatic transmission.  (Ford)
Ford’s 2015 Mustang convertible will start at $29,925 for the base V-6 with a six-speed manual transmission, and tops out at $43,620 for a V-8 model with an automatic transmission.  (Ford)
Ford’s 2015 Mustang convertible will start at $29,925 for the base V-6 with a six-speed manual transmission, and tops out at $43,620 for a V-8 model with an automatic transmission.  (Ford)
The 2015 Ford Mustang is revealed at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the car. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Car enthusiasts and members of the motor industry media watch the unveiling of the 2015 Ford Mustang in December.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Inside the 2015 Ford Mustang. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The 2015 Ford Mustang at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The pony emblem on the 2015 Ford Mustang. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A close look at the 2015 Ford Mustang. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
The 50th-anniversary edition of the Mustang shows the distinctive pony emblem at the center of the steering wheel. (Ford)
The interior of the latest Mustang comes with stitched leather and softer materials.  (Ford)
Spoked wheels and sharp sculpting give the front end of the 2015 Mustang an aggressive look. (Ford)
The front end of the car blends a classic Mustang grill with the modern design language seen in other Fords, notably the Fusion sedan. (Ford)
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