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November 2015 The Shop 65 performance with supercharged 390-hp engine, 6-speed gearbox and independent rear suspension. Then, 2005 saw a fifth-generation rede- signed Mustang (that was code-named S197 during development) and with the redo came "retro-futurism" looks, including a fastback roof design that echoed back to the original 1965 model-year Mustangs. The public liked the new car and sales went up some 25 percent, totaling 160,412. Following in 2007 was the introduction of the SVT-engineered GT500 Shelby version. The Mustang suffered a big decline in sales in 2008, down to 91,251 units, and 2010 Mustangs were treated to new muscular styling with reduced wind drag (4-percent more slippery with base models, 7-percent slicker on GT models, tests showed) and big news came in 2011 with the release of the Coyote V-8, and then the reintroduction of the Boss 302 in 2012. Recently, 2013 GT500 Shelby Mus- tangs were fitted with the TVS Roots-type supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 (351-ci) with 662 hp—enough to reach 202 mph! And for the 2014 model year, the top Shelby GT500 model known as the Super Snake with power output bumped to 850 hp was a result of a Kenne Bell (3.6-liter capacity) supercharger added. This will undoubtedly be known as the pinnacle of the outgoing solid-rear-axle Mustang line. The run of 2014 Mustangs was the last year for the S197 body style and with its chiseled, sharp, crisp lines, these "last of a breed" cars are sure to be a favorite with collectors for years to come. Just over 50 years after its introduction, the sixth-generation Mustang came com- pletely new for 2015. It's 200 pounds lighter and features independent rear suspension (with a 3-inch wider rear track), something enthusiasts have long been waiting for. Base models are equipped with a 300-hp 3.7-liter V-6 with available options of a Coyote 302-ci V-8 that has been revised from the Boss 302, and while the factory is hush-hush about output numbers, it is believed to be in the area of 420 hp. In addition, a 305-hp (reported) Eco- Boost turbocharged four-cylinder is optional. Six-speed transmissions are part of the packages (revised GETRAG manual and automatics) and new double-ball joint front suspension were added. Top speed is computer-limited to 155 mph and up to 40 miles per gallon can be achieved with the turbo engine. The 2015 body is slightly smaller and there are no side scoop impressions on the rear quarter panels—something Ford stylists felt were not needed to identify it as a Mustang. A new feature added to the hood is a pair of flared nostril-type vents located on the forward side towards the grille, (which still has the traditional galloping horse emblem). Convertibles have a strengthened top mechanism and a single twisting handle is used to secure the top when moved into the "up" position, rather than separate left and right handles from the past. Also, to provide a lower, sleeker appear- ance when the top is down, the folded stack sits some 6.7-inches lower. Black is the only color choice for soft top cars. Of course, the performance aftermarket is playing its part to up styling and power, even as we head into 2016—something that started five decades ago with an original design team that likely had no clue just how big their idea would be.

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