Here Are All the Mustang Models That Need to Return
These five Mustangs are part of the pony car's history, but we think it's time they made a comeback.
We're suckers for the Mach 1's styling quirks, no matter which generation you're talking about. The package has looked great on every Mustang it's ever been on, including later models. Of course, if we had our pick, we'd go with the 1969-1970 Mach 1's as inspiration, and offer two engine options as they did in that era. One with a bit more power than the base Mustang, the other with a snarling, torquey beast of an engine like the old 428 Cobra Jet.
SVT Cobra/Cobra R
For much of the 1990s and into the 2000s, the name Cobra struck fear into the hearts of vehicular competition. The snake emblem meant that you were driving the ultimate Mustang, one that was plenty capable both in a straight line and around the bends. We'd love to see the Cobra make a comeback in any iteration, but we'd prefer to see a rebirth of the supercharged Terminators of 2003-2004. And most definitely a naturally aspirated, lightweight track version like the Cobra R.
Asking for a new Boss probably seems a little silly right now, because the GT350 is basically the same thing. Both are lightweight, high revving, track monsters like the original. But there's just something magical about the Boss nameplate, and those styling cues are instantly recognizable by anyone who knows anything about cars. It took us over 40 years to see a new Boss after the original bowed, but we doubt it will be that long before we see another.
The GT500 is (allegedly) making a comeback in the next year or two, so that has us hopeful that we'll also see another "King of the Road" ultimate version. Considering the fact that the 2008-2009 GT500 KR made 540 horsepower and the new GT500 is rumored to have at least 650 hp, it'll have to be a beast. But Ford could easily coax some ridiculous numbers out of one and build a Demon/Hellcat destroyer. After all, why let Dodge owners have all the fun?
Okay, so we know that Ford announced this one as returning but we don't agree with what they've put together. Sticking to the original, this one didn't have any mods done to the engine but was an appearance package for Mustangs sold exclusively in California. After much asking from auto dealers in the Golden State Ford agreed to take traditional Mustangs and throw on body panels from the Shelby Mustang. Not many people know about these cars and when one comes up for sale they go for big bucks.
The one that should be made today would have an exhaust with the open and closed capabilities so as to dodge any trouble from the noise police. Throw on a nice appearance package from the GT 350 and we're good to go.
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