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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Coupe

While it was still part of the Mustang's first generation, the 1972 Coupe looked different, in a more GT-style look.

In the late '60s, the Muscle-car era was at its heights, and other carmakers offered cars that could outrun the Mustang. It was time for something bigger and powerful, but the original '65 vehicle couldn't handle larger engines. After several modifications, the 1972 Coupe was introduced in 1971 with a wider body to accommodate the 7.0-liter engine (429 ci). Unfortunately, Ford axed that engine for the 1972 model.

The design team tried to follow the original fastback design, with a wave-like beltline. Due to cost-cutting reasons, the side sculptured panels were simpler than before, ruining the original effect. Another cost-cutting measure was the vertical rear window, placed between longer body panels, which mimicked the wide B-pillars from its predecessor.

Due to the larger body, the interior was wider. The instrument cluster was far from the original design and showed a more conservative look with round dials, and some versions didn't even feature a tachometer. It was clearly a car built to compete on the GT segment but wearing the Mustang badge on it.

In 1972, Mustang lost the big-block engine and remained with the 5.8-liter unit as its most powerful version. In the top-spec version, it was still fast, but not the beast it used to be.

FORD Mustang 1972 - 1973 4 Photos
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FORD Mustang 1972 - 1973
  4 gasoline engines
  • 4.1L 3MT (100 HP)
  • 4.9L V8 3MT (143 HP)
  • 5.7L V8 3MT (180 HP)
  • 5.7L V8 4MT (270 HP)

FORD Mustang 4.1L 3MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.1L 3MT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
4097 cm3
Power
74 KW @ 3600 RPM
100 HP @ 3600 RPM
99 BHP @ 3600 RPM
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM
249 Nm @ 1600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99 mph (159 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-Sped manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/80 R 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.5 in (4813 mm)
Width
74.1 in (1882 mm)
Height
50.8 in (1290 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.5/61 in (1,562/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.6 in (117 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.5
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3086 lbs (1400 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.8 mpg US (17 L/100Km)
Highway
23.3 mpg US (10.1 L/100Km)
Combined
16.9 mpg US (13.9 L/100Km)

FORD Mustang 4.9L V8 3MT (143 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.9L V8 3MT (143 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4942 cm3
Power
105 KW @ 4000 RPM
143 HP @ 4000 RPM
141 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
242 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
328 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/80 R 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.5 in (4813 mm)
Width
74.1 in (1882 mm)
Height
50.8 in (1290 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.5/61 in (1,562/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.6 in (117 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.5
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3199 lbs (1451 kg)

FORD Mustang 5.7L V8 3MT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.7L V8 3MT (180 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
5753 cm3
Power
132 KW @ 4000 RPM
180 HP @ 4000 RPM
177 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
284 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
385 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
115 mph (185 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/80 R 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.5 in (4813 mm)
Width
74.1 in (1882 mm)
Height
50.8 in (1290 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.5/61 in (1,562/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.6 in (117 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.5
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3366 lbs (1527 kg)

FORD Mustang 5.7L V8 4MT (270 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.7L V8 4MT (270 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
5733 cm3
Power
198 KW @ 5400 RPM
270 HP @ 5400 RPM
266 BHP @ 5400 RPM
Torque
301 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
408 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
123 mph (198 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/80 R 14
DIMENSIONS
Length
189.5 in (4813 mm)
Width
74.1 in (1882 mm)
Height
50.8 in (1290 mm)
Front/rear Track
61.5/61 in (1,562/1,549 mm)
Wheelbase
109 in (2769 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.6 in (117 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3646 lbs (1654 kg)
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