You Won't Believe This New Orange Mustang

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

For its last model year before swapping to an all-new platform, Ford plans to offer the much-loved Mustang in a hot new shade of orange. Tangerine now pairs with the orange-adjacent, almost peach-like Chamois.

Apparently, customers can have their ‘Stang — downsized severely just in time for those recent OPEC shenanigans — in whatever flavor they desire ahead of Dearborn’s new Fox-bodied successor. T-tops, which appeared last year, can be had by any hatchback buyer, while the King Cobra joins the roster for those who find the Cobra II package too tepid.

Read on for more details.

If economy’s your bag, you’ll dig the returning 2.3-liter four-cylinder — a solid little powerplant that’s arguably carried more Americans to the supermarket this decade than any other mill in the FoMoCo barn. Pair it with a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic. A Cologne V6 displacing 2.8 liters is on tap to scratch the horsepower itch of those unwilling to move up to the extra weight and expense of a V8.

Those of you with stock in Sears and AT&T might want to pony up (get it?) for the value-added luxury of the Ghia hardtop, and for those who don’t, don’t worry — the Mach 1 also returns in hatchback guise for the new model year. Expect a $435 markup for that trim. However, if an even fatter stack of bills is burning a hole in your slacks, the limited run King Cobra’s your baby. Featuring the top-tier 302 V8 under its reverse-scooped hood, it tops the Cobra II with fender flares, a front air dam, a beefier suspension setup, and a rear spoiler. You’ll attract more stares than John Travolta walking past a hair salon!

Time will tell just how popular the Mustang’s looming replacement proves, but Americans have shown their willingness to give a downsized pony car with a potent horsepower history a chance. The Fox platform’s appearance beneath the latest compact sedans from both Ford and Mercury shows its promise, too. It just might be with us for a while!

Wait, hold on —

Sorry, or wires got crossed there. It seems the big news today is that the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT — not the ’78 Mustang II seen above — can be ordered with eye-catching Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat paint.

Joining Dark Matter Gray, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Star White Metallic Tri-Coat, Grabber Blue, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver, and Space White in the Mach-E GT’s color palette, the new shade is a recipe for getting noticed, claims Janet Seymour, Mustang and Mustang Mach-E color & materials design manager.

“There’s a certain passion in Mustang customers who really want to show off their Mustang – especially those that look to make a bold statement,” Seymour said.

Color us impressed.

Deliveries should commence in late summer of next year.

[Images: Ford]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jun 12, 2020

    My least favorite Mustang is the Mustang II. I don't dislike the Mustang Mach E but I am concerned that Ford will dilute the Mustang brand by overusing it in the future.

  • Rpol35 Rpol35 on Jun 12, 2020

    I hated the Mustang II in the '70s and still do. As for the Mustang Mach E, probably one of those things that will be a turn-off at first but then gain acceptance.

  • EBFlex Yawn. It’s still a white refrigerator. A Camry has more soul and passion than this.
  • Jkross22 For as nice as these were at the time, I always preferred the 850, even with wrong wheel drive. Especially the early 90s. In sedan form. The 850R. Mmmmm.
  • FreedMike Well, if you want a Swedish cockroach that's easy to work on, here's your ticket. Tad overpriced but it's an asking price, after all. And those old Volvo seats are divine. It'd be worth a look.
  • SCE to AUX "...has arguably advantaged the Asian nation by subsidizing electric vehicles, it has attempted to prioritize more domestic manufacturing by pouring money atop the relevant industries via the so-called Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act"Seems like you're trying to diss the Biden Administration before crediting its protectionism in the IRA.Chinese-made EV batteries aren't part of the subsidy program, so subsidizing EVs hasn't advantaged China. But the general sourcing of Chinese-made components - whether in a subsidized car or not - does help China.This is a general problem in the US economy. Everybody wants to wave the flag, but nobody wants to be the high-cost supplier, and nobody wants to pay more.The same scenario played out 50 years ago, except the competitor was Japan. At the end of the day, protectionism didn't work, and consumers got what they wanted.
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