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

Ford built the Mustang's third generation as a car that would appeal to a wide range of buyers, developing a niche segment.

Back in '79, the number one criteria for the coupe buyers was the styling. Ford threw away the former plans of building large, curved fenders and gave the car a wedged look. On the other hand, it tried to sell the Mustang as a daily-driver sports-coupe vehicle. While the daily-driver and the coupe criteria were achieved, the sports part lacked the stamina.

Ford developed the Fox platform, which led to the Fox-body's nickname for the third generation of the Mustang. It featured four square headlights and a raked grille in front of the radiator. The car was available as a 2-door coupe or a 3-door hatchback. While the former was ended in a short decklid, the latter featured a sloped tailgate. It was noticeable the small window behind the doors and the thick C-pillar.

The interior was disappointing for customers due to its family-car design. A wood-trim on the dash-panel looked more appropriate for a sedan than into a sports-car. Fortunately, Ford decided to install a full set of dials and gauges, including amp-meter, oil-pressure, coolant-temperature, tachometer, and a speedometer. At least, the Mustang offered good space for the driver and the front passenger. There was not too much room in the back, but that wasn't important for a coupe.

Under the hood, Ford installed a four-pot engine for the base model, a V6 as an intermediate one, and a V8 for the top version. Soon after its launch, the carmaker started to have trouble with the V6 unit's supply and replaced it with an inline-six.

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FORD Mustang 1979
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.3L 4MT (89 HP)
  • 2.8L V6 3AT (111 HP)
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FORD Mustang 2.3L 4MT (89 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3L 4MT (89 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2302 cm3
Power
78 KW @ 4600 RPM
106 HP @ 4600 RPM
105 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
135 lb-ft @ 2600 RPM
183 Nm @ 2600 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/75 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.1 in (4549 mm)
Width
69.1 in (1755 mm)
Height
51.5 in (1308 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.6/57 in (1,438/1,448 mm)
Wheelbase
100.4 in (2550 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
30 cuFT (850 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2434 lbs (1104 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)

FORD Mustang 2.8L V6 3AT (111 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.8L V6 3AT (111 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2786 cm3
Power
81 KW @ 4800 RPM
111 HP @ 4800 RPM
109 BHP @ 4800 RPM
Torque
142 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM
193 Nm @ 2800 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
99 mph (159 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/75 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
179.1 in (4549 mm)
Width
69.1 in (1755 mm)
Height
51.5 in (1308 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.6/57 in (1,438/1,448 mm)
Wheelbase
100.4 in (2550 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.7 in (145 mm)
Cargo Volume
30 cuFT (850 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2518 lbs (1142 kg)
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