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2020 Mustang

• Eric Peters Autos

If you buy a new Mustang – which is available with a 332 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine.

This four cylinder makes more power and performs better than classic-era Mustang V8 engines –  including the 1970 Boss 302 Mustang's V8. At the time, it was one of the highest-performance V8s you could buy.

But the times have changed.

What It Is

Mustang is the Coke of cars – everyone knows what it is, even if they aren't car people.

Ford has been building them continuously and successfully since 1964 – making it the only muscle car to have survived not only the muscle car era of the '60s but also the Disco era of the '70s, the Reagan era of the '80s and the Ricer era of the '90s and still be alive and kicking today.

Its primary rivals – the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro – both got cancelled and had to be resurrected. Neither was able to maintain the intergenerational following the Mustang has sustained since its inception. 

Prices start at $26,670 for a base coupe with the 2.3 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission.

The V8 GT – with 460 horsepower – starts at $35,630.

A top-of-the-line Bullitt GT – named after the famous car-chase movie featuring Steve McQueen – stickers for $47,180.


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