Ford Mustang: 5th Generation
The 2005 Ford Mustang was based on the D2C platform, and according to Ford, the new base would make the car better looking, more nimble, faster and safer than ever before. The fifth-generation Mustang was built in Flat Rock, Michigan. That year marked a return to the classic styling that made the Mustang popular in the beginning; the 2005 had side C-scoops, 6" more wheelbase, and triple tail lights. As far as performance was concerned, the 3.6L was discontinued as an option and replaced with a 4.0L. The GT came with a 300hp 4.6L V8.
In 2006, buyers had the option to buy a V6 with GT features; this "Pony Package" had GT-style suspension, upgraded tires and rims, and a stylized grill that included fog lights. The Shelby GT-H was also released that year; it was reminiscent of the cars rented by Hertz in the 1960s. Five hundred were produced and distributed to Hertz locations nationwide.
2007 was the year the GT California Special was released. The trim package was available on the GT premium model, and it had 18" wheels, black leather seating, racing stripes, and a larger air intake. Also new that year were optional heated seats, a mirror with a built-in compass, and a navigation system. The Shelby GT and GT500 were also released in 2007; both were a collaborative effort between Ford's SVT and Mustang guru Carroll Shelby. The GT had a 4.6L V8 that put out 319hp, and the GT500 had a 5.4L V8 that could put out a whopping 500hp.
The Mustang for 2008 had HID (high intensity discharge) headlights, 18" rims on the V6 coupe model, and ambient light for the interior. The Shelby GT was brought back for 2008, and the GT500KR was introduced as a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the original KR. It featured a supercharged 5.4L V8 with an upgrade pack; it was estimated to put out about 540hp. The GT500 also returned, with another supercharged, intercooled V8. There was also a limited edition Bullitt model.
For 2009, the Mustang came with an optional glass top and 45th anniversary nameplate. Only 45,000 cars were sold for that model year; satellite radio came standard on all premium models, and the "deluxe" designation for the base model was eliminated. The car was redesigned in 2010, though it retained the D2C platform. It was a more powerful car, revamped inside and out. Available options included voice navigation, backup camera, and 19" rims. The 4.6L V8 motor put out 315hp with the addition of the 2008 Bullitt package.
For 2011's model year, the 5.0L returned for the GT model. Nicknamed the "Coyote", the engine replaces the 4.6L V8. The new engine produces a stout 412hp and 390 lb. ft. of torque. The V6 was also revised for 2011, to deliver better fuel mileage and more power. It features a 3.7L, 24-valve engine that puts out 305hp and 280 lb. ft. of torque.