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

Some Mustangs made history for their performance or their looks, but the 1978 Mustang made it into the books for its short-lived production time.

The second generation of the Mustang was about to die, and its successor was on the pipeline. But Ford still had to sell the car, even though it was not that appreciated by its fan-base since it was based on the infamous Pinto platform. The Mustang 1978, with its King Cobra version, was not the same thing as the rest of the range.

While it looked more like a stretched Pinto than a fastback Mustang, the King Cobra featured some specific design elements. Moreover, it was available as a targa body version, which was considered nicer than the regular, rag-top versions. Its sloped rear end with a tailgate that opened the trunk caused a mixed feeling among its regular customers. But the nicest part of the car was the hood, with its dome in the middle.

Inside, the car featured sport-bucket seats for the front occupants and a bench good only to store a sandwich. Ford designed the car to be useful as a commuter car, not a long-travel cruiser. Its wheelbase was way too short for that.

Under the hood was one of the lowest-power 5.0-liter engines from its times. The V8 unit provided three ponies less than the European BMW 323, which featured a 2.3-liter displacement. But Ford tried to convince people that the car was sporty and could handle better than its competitors.

FORD Mustang 1978 - 1993
FORD Mustang (1978 - 1993)
FORD Mustang 1978 - 1993
  1 gasoline engine
  • 4.9L V8 3AT (141 HP)

FORD Mustang 4.9L V8 3AT (141 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.9L V8 3AT (141 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4942 cm3
Power
104 KW @ 3600 RPM
141 HP @ 3600 RPM
139 BHP @ 3600 RPM
Torque
250 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM
339 Nm @ 1800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
104 mph (167 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
DIMENSIONS
Length
175 in (4445 mm)
Width
70.3 in (1786 mm)
Height
50 in (1270 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.8 in (1,461/1,468 mm)
Wheelbase
96.3 in (2446 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.4
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2822 lbs (1280 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
10.4 mpg US (22.6 L/100Km)
Highway
17.8 mpg US (13.2 L/100Km)
Combined
14.3 mpg US (16.4 L/100Km)
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