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  Ford Mustang GT Coupe Concept

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2003
Introduced at:2003 Detroit Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith 39 years of storied automotive history, 8 million customers and legions of fanatic fans to satisfy, Ford introduced two all-new Mustang design concepts at the 2003 North American International Auto Show. The Mustang GT convertible and coupe concepts arrived ready to take enthusiasts' breath away - three design-generations after the original made history in 1964. Presented as a two-seat fastback coupe and convertible, the Mustang GT concepts are strong indicators of the next-generation Mustang's design direction. They emerge as a bold testament to the timeless value that automotive enthusiasts hold for the original American pony car.

The Mustang GT concepts draw on the very elements that have made Mustang one of the definitive American sports cars for nearly four decades. Their exterior designs are clearly inspired by some of the extroverted Mustangs of the past and have been created by a design team that took an introspective approach to updating a classic design. The designs are modern, crisp and reveal the true character of what Mustang means to so many people. The original 1964 Mustang actually evolved from the racing-inspired, two-seat concept car called the Mustang 1. After reviewing archived files, Mustang's modern-day crafters were struck by how the original design embraced the same inspirational cues that communicate performance. The design team looked beyond production models to the Mustang 1 concept for modern inspiration.

The Mustang GT concepts are instantly recognizable as Mustangs, yet they stretch the design far into the future with a distinctly modern look. Like the Mustang 1 concept, the GT concepts are two-place sports cars: one a coupe and the other a convertible. Both cars started out with a significantly modified Ford Thunderbird rear-wheel-drive architecture. The platform was sectioned to achieve the proper proportion. The front-end geometry is all original - customized to accommodate the signature Mustang MOD 4.6-liter V-8.

The silhouette of the car is unmistakably Mustang. The coupe conjures images of 1967 and 1968 Fastbacks while the convertible brings back cues of the early Shelby Mustangs, especially in its 'show bar' and wide-element tail lamps.

Inside, there's no mistaking the no-holds-barred Mustang classic cues. The cockpit is dramatic for the driver and passenger with lush red and charcoal leather accented by billet-aluminium hardware. They're reminiscent of another era yet, inside and out, the Mustang GT concepts are thoroughly modern.

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