Aside of a few blips on the radar, the Ford Mustang has maintained several cues throughout its existence. Even the much-maligned Mustang II looked like a Mustang, but the ever-popular Fox-bodied Mustangs resembled little in the way of the original ponycar. Ford gradually brought back the Mustang’s DNA into the fold until it evolved into what you see here in the 2015 Mustang.
“All great sports cars are living, breathing machines that reflect both their drivers and their creators,” says Ford vice president of global design, Moray Callum. “Like a living organism, they must change and adapt, or go extinct. As one of the few cars that has been in continuous production for 50 years, Mustang has successfully adapted while retaining its essence.”
The classic long-hood, short-deck proportions are what gave the Mustang its sporty reputation, but it’s just one of the DNA elements that combine to create the Mustang look. Other elements, such as the trapezoidal grille, shark-bite nose, tri-bar taillamps, and hockey-stick side profile, all have all been themes throughout most generations of Mustang.
“With a car as iconic as Mustang, it’s important to retain enough visual identity to tie it to its predecessors. Part of the designer’s job is to edit, selecting the elements needed to create an overall interpretation of the car that is both modern as well as unmistakably Mustang,” adds Callum.