1994 Ford Mustang
The year 1994 will go down in Ford Mustang History as not only its 30th anniversary, but also bringing the widely celebrated 4th major redesign of the Mustang. The famous pony from the 64 mustang pranced its way back onto the grill of the 94 Mustang, an unexpected present to Mustang fans that set them wild throughout the country. Ford also finally caved in to modern pressure and gave the Mustang a sleek and curvy look, rather than the “block” like edges of the previous Mustangs. The Fox-4 platform was also redesigned to reduce the strong vibration and noise that its predecessors had. All of the various changed combined to produce a very solid sports car, and Mustang fans rewarded Ford with a significant increase in sales.
The 1994 Mustang really set itself apart from the other sports cars of that era, hailed as one of the first sports cars with every day practicality. The majority of sports cars at the time idled in its owner’s garage save for a Sunday stroll. The main reason for this huge improvement in the Mustang can be attributed to the new chassis giving both stability and a reduction in noise. The improved suspension of the V6 Mustang was also a factor in the Mustangs versatility. Included in this new Mustang was a feature not only new to the Mustang line but to the car industry in general, ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System). Even though ABS came as an optional add-on on the Mustang, many customers decided that safety was worth the extra money. Looking under the hood reveals the 3.8 Liter V8 engine , an upgraded version packing a powerfull punch. The standard engine had the capacity to crank out an unprecedented 145 horsepower and 215 foot pounds of torque. A vehicle cannot be called a sports car unless it has a 5 speed stick shift, and naturally this was the standard option. An automatic option was also available for the faint of heart.
The 1994 Ford Mustang has some noticeable hints and throwbacks to the Mustangs of the 60’s, bringing back some old styles without clashing with the new look. The most noticeable change that is reminiscent of the 60’s would be the famous pony on the grille, a change that Ford received a lot of positive criticism for. Other design features such as the side air intake gave that classic Mustang feel combined with the power of the 94′ engine. Ford released the 1994 Mustang with over 10 unique color schemes for the car, the most popular being Laser Red.
Ford released their three standard Mustang Versions, The base model, the GT, and the Cobra. There was no need to significantly update this trio, as any solid car only needs a few tweaks from year to year. The engine in the GT was significantly more powerful than its Base Model counterpart, with 215 horsepower and 285 foot pounds of torque under the hood. The Mustang Cobra, though, outperformed both the GT and the Base Model, with over 240 horsepower. The Cobra also received recognition in the competitive racing seen, as it was selected to be the Indy 500 pace car.
The interior of the 1994 Mustang will defiantly go down in history as a work of art in car terms. The seats were covered with a fabric known as mohair, which is extremely comfortable for both long and short trips. The back seats in the Mustang had an option to fold down, if more trunk space was needed. The 1944 Mustang interior is also known for its ease in control and management of the car, every button and instrument was in arms reach and easily viewable.
All of the positive changes made to the 1994 Mustang, in addition to the already solid car Ford had been producing, was rewarded with great public appreciation, and the highly sought after Motor Trend Car of the Year award. THese new changes resulted in increased sales for Ford and a better drive for all those who love a good Mustang!