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Opinion: The 2019 Mustang GT looks too European

Call me nuts, but a Ford mustang should look like a Ford mustang.

1y ago

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In recent model years Ford has found a fool proof ways to make their cars look good; copy the Europeans. Just look at a quick side by side of the front of a new Explorer vs the front of a Range rover, there not carbon copies but there is definitely some striking similarity. The 2019 Fusion looks like someone squished an Aston Martin with a Mercedes then shrunk it down. There are other examples such as base modes of the Focus. In the past few years Ford added some much needed style, so, they turned to the Europeans, and copied them. Range Rover vs Ford explorer Aston vs Ford

Photo credit: Ford Motor company

Photo credit: Ford Motor company

Now make absolutely no mistake about it. The newest edition of this fine automobile is stunning, and I don't think many people dispute that. In addition if Fords current trajectory is any indication this car oughta preform brilliantly as well.

The first time I saw this car I was taken aback by the looks, sleek, powerful, and agressive are all appropriate adjectives. Then I looked a little closer and really took a look at it, the grill is slightly Audi esque, the vented hood is straight off the F type, the grooved sides and bulging rear wheels are akin to the latest vanquish, and lastly that tear drop roof screems Porche. While it does take from many other cars it does take the best from each; it's a beautiful frankenstien of sorts.

Photo credit: Fiat Chrysler automobiles

Photo credit: Fiat Chrysler automobiles

So whats a good look for a modern muscle car? Take this Dodge challenger SRT it looks modern however it also has the distinct, unmistakeable look of a classic challenger. Dodge didnt take from modern good looking cars, instead they took inspiration from the cars of ages past. To me this styling reflects on what a modern American muscle car ought be. A modernized and refined version of the Detroit v8 muscle that started the pony car revolution that thundered on on since the first ever Mustang rolled off the prodution line.

photo credit: pixabay

photo credit: pixabay

Now Ford has plenty of inspirarion to choose from there's the classic and gorgeus 1965 gt350, the bonkers Mach 1, or the fierce Boss 302. So if you ask me the best looking modern mustangs come from the 2014 model year. It was the last of the Mustangs to have that unmistakeable yet unidentifyable quality that defines the look of a muscle car. It shares more with the classic mustangs that made us all fall in love. It may not be as over all good looking as the shiny new mustang, but it looks like a mustang.

photo credit: auto week

photo credit: auto week

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Comments (16)

  • I think there is an important distinction to be made here- the Mustang is a Pony Car, not a muscle car. They are supposed to be quick but more nimble than a muscle car. I think it’s really cool that Ford went retro for a few years, but it’s time to “advance the ball” again so to speak. The new Mustang design modernizes the looks but retains all the correct features that scream “Mustang.” As far as the Dodge goes I wouldn’t be surprised if they move to a more modern looking design soon. Consumers get bored when a company sells a gimmick for too long and they will have to get with the times too.

    I disagree with the “too European” looking, I think it’s just modern looking. All of the other new American cars are “looking European” if we apply the same standards. My opinion is just modern.

      1 year ago
    • That’s a fair point many people prefer the revamped look. However you cannot deny the similarities in the Explorer and the Fusion

        1 year ago
    • True, I can’t deny that. Perhaps it has to do with the intermarriage of Ford with Aston and Land Rover in the past?

        1 year ago
  • I agree. 2013/14 were pretty damn good looking. Especially in gt500 trim

      1 year ago
  • Don't call it a horse if it looks like a fish?

      1 year ago
    • Precisely, still a beautiful fish though

        1 year ago
    • Yes it is a good looking car, I dont understand the tall nose and huge grille? I think a retro Lincoln MK Continental from 1970 would make a nice impression if they feel like they need a blast from the past in their line up.

        1 year ago
  • I don’t think the new Mustang looks “European” in the slightest. To me it still screams American Muscle and actually looks more angry like a current Dodge vehicle but with a Ford twist on it.

      1 year ago
  • This is the very challenge for designers tasked to work on Icons. Carry on the line but appeal to modern times. I think the current Mustang does a good job at it. I agree that the Challenger pictured does an even better job at staying truer to the Challenger of old; yet arguably the blocky, slab-sided shape may not appeal to many and could be viewed as dated. It's a fine line and you won't please everyone. If anything my complaint about these modern muscle cars is how much they've grown in size, they're just massive and don't project an air of nimble performance like the originals.

    Shared to the D_TRB USA facebook page John.

      1 year ago
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