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

The Mustang's third-generation covered a wider area, but it was split into a few updates along the road.

In 1981 Ford introduced a turbo version.

After a few oil crises, the customers were concerned only when a crisis started, while the big companies began to be worried all the time. Ford tried to offer both performance and fuel-efficiency in the same package.

The Fox-body Mustang was a love and hate affair for the American carmaker. The former glory now was struggled to keep pace with regular vehicles. But, at least, it looked like it was able to score a ten-second on a quarter-mile run. It's four, squared headlights next to the raked grille, and the angular look of the greenhouse made a good impression when the Mustang was introduced. While the front was still attractive, the back of the car lost its appeal and featured bland-looking taillights.

Inside, it was no different from most compact-sized vehicles on the market, with a squared look for the instrument cluster and in-dash, buried, dials. The interior styling was influenced by European trends but applied half-way.

The Mustang's biggest news was the introduction of a turbocharger applied on the base, a 2.3-liter engine. It was a big improvement since it offered a maximum output of 131 hp. At the same time, a 5.0-liter V8 produced a mere 140 hp.

FORD Mustang 1981
FORD Mustang (1981)
FORD Mustang 1981
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.3L 4MT (120 HP)

FORD Mustang 2.3L 4MT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.3L 4MT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2302 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 5200 RPM
120 HP @ 5200 RPM
118 BHP @ 5200 RPM
Torque
135 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
183 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
103 mph (166 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
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
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
30 cuFT (850 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2659 lbs (1206 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
Highway
26.1 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
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