Qtd from the February 2004 Motor Trend sitting in my lap:
"Don't write off the base powerplant as strictly for rental car use. The old, grumbly 3.8-liter OHV 90-degree V-6 has given way to an updated 4.0-liter V-6 rated at 202 horsepower. This engine is an inherently balanced 60-degree design and is also a SOHC unit. It's much the same "Cologne" unit as found in the Ford Explorer, but this is its first appearance in a car platform. It, too, can be had with your choice of a five-speed manual or automatic."
Qtd from the February 2004 Car and Driver now in my lap:
"The SOHC 12-valve, 4.0-liter v-6 with 202 horsepower and 235 pound-feet, also running in the ranger pickup, opens the Mustang's power resume."
As far as pricing goes...same 2004 Car and Driver says :
"Although not announced yet, the base sticker prices for the four-seat coupe and convertible should be close to 2004 pricing, says Ford: about $18,000 for a V-6 coupe to about $28,000 for a V-8 convertible."
My main problems with the new mustangs...
"Buy the V-6 model, and the 16-inch alloys can be fitted with optional three-eared chrome center spinners."
Blah, I refuse to see that. I will rip them off all new Mustangs I see. That is just plain wrong...
The new platform should be pretty nice overal in my opinion. To quote Car and Driver again :
"Expect 60 mph to whiz by in the low-five-second range in a manual V-8, somewhere around seven seconds for a V-6."
Not too shabby in my opinion.
Any more questions?
I'm in the process of digging out my latest Automobile magazine to get the stats from it.