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Ford's CEO Wants the Next Mustang to Be a Poster Car

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For me, they've ALL been poster cars, including the SN95 and definitely the S197, despite what this writer thinks.

At first, it seems obvious that an executive would want his sports car to be poster-worthy. But keep in mind that Mustangs... have not always been poster-worthy. This might be a divisive take, but it must be said: Both the SN95 and S197 Mustangs were some of the plastickiest and cheapest looking Mustangs in recent memory. They looked like they were happiest sporting a set of chrome wheels and some dumb wing. The design was forgettable at best and clumsy at worst. Whenever I see one of these things I have to look away and try to forget they ever existed.

Her opinions aside, Jim Farley is a car guy like the rest of us.

Speaking to our own Kyle Cheromcha recently at Monterey Car Week, Farley wouldn't confirm whether or not the next Mustang will appear next year. But when asked if there are any broad Mustang goals that he would care to share at the moment, Farley responded, "For my kid to have it on his wall. Or on his phone"

https://www.thedrive.com/news/42160/fords-ceo-wants-next-the-mustang-to-be-a-poster-car
 

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It was just a funny way to not give a real answer to the questions about the S650, nobody should make anything of this... 🙈
 

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For me, they've ALL been poster cars, including the SN95 and definitely the S197, despite what this writer thinks.

At first, it seems obvious that an executive would want his sports car to be poster-worthy. But keep in mind that Mustangs... have not always been poster-worthy. This might be a divisive take, but it must be said: Both the SN95 and S197 Mustangs were some of the plastickiest and cheapest looking Mustangs in recent memory. They looked like they were happiest sporting a set of chrome wheels and some dumb wing. The design was forgettable at best and clumsy at worst. Whenever I see one of these things I have to look away and try to forget they ever existed.

Her opinions aside, Jim Farley is a car guy like the rest of us.

Speaking to our own Kyle Cheromcha recently at Monterey Car Week, Farley wouldn't confirm whether or not the next Mustang will appear next year. But when asked if there are any broad Mustang goals that he would care to share at the moment, Farley responded, "For my kid to have it on his wall. Or on his phone"

https://www.thedrive.com/news/42160/fords-ceo-wants-next-the-mustang-to-be-a-poster-car
Dead nuts on these models :SN95 and S197 Mustang . I have others in my mind but that's strictly a personal taste.
 

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I grew up in the Fox body era and both the 5.0 GT and LX models had my attention.

It wasn’t until the S550 that the Mustang again got my attention.

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A car worthy of being on a poster in a kid's bedroom. I'll admit, in the 80's, the posters in my bedroom were of the Lamborghini Countach, the Ferrari 308 GTS and the Ferrari 288 GTO :)
I know a lot of kids that had the Countach poster.
 

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For me, they've ALL been poster cars, including the SN95 and definitely the S197, despite what this writer thinks.
Exactly.

She doesn't look old enough to have "own memories" that are anything but recent.

Not being able to see the substance behind the style (which was right for the times) is her way of not having to admit anything good about either of those earlier generations.


Norm
 

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As a child of the 80s, I remember the Mustang II, the fox bodies, etc. She is right, they were never great designs. The SN95 was good for the time, but only because it had been so bad previously. The Camaro was pretty bad, but I always thought the firebird beat all of them. Especially the last firehawk version. I mean, I liked the 97 T-bird, but a lot of people thought it was an ugly car.

Looks are subjective. we all like different things, and that's good.

I am hoping it can be poster worthy, and while some will always have it on their walls, I am hoping that it will appeal to car people in general, not just mustang people.
 

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This to me says they wanna take the mustang up market which isn’t a bad thing. But that comes with cost and possibly alienating the core idea of a mustang “aka being half way affordable” so more than likely you’ll probably see the mustang GT try to compete with the C8 corvette on a lap time/ performance metric and while doing it for 10k less. This next gEN mustang is either going to be a hot mess or really move units like the s550 did at launch.
 

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Exactly.

She doesn't look old enough to have "own memories" that are anything but recent.

Not being able to see the substance behind the style (which was right for the times) is her way of not having to admit anything good about either of those earlier generations.


Norm
She's probably around my age, and I think her opinion on the S197 is absolute garbage. They're great looking cars, nuff said. The SN95 isn't my favorite design, but I wouldn't call it "plasticky".

I personally love the Fox's boxy 80's goodness, even though they are "before my time". The 1st gen Mustang is also such an automotive icon.

Bottom line, it's not a matter of age. It's a matter of her having shit taste. Unfortunately, she also has a sounding board from which to broadcast her (wrong :giggle:) opinions.
 

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How can can an opinion be wrong, unless it's presented as fact?

My opinion is the Pinto with the hood ornament posted by @EcoVert above IS poster worthy. And the SN95 looks like an updated Capri and I like it.
 
 
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