Regular car reviews claim the 2021 Ford Mustang is a real Mustang

We’ve heard many times that the Mustang Mach-E isn’t a real Mustang, but a question we rarely hear in the automotive world is, well, what does “real” mean in that context? Brian Reider of Regular Car Reviews makes a good point when reviewing each ‘Stang from a technical perspective.
Defended by Lee Iacocca, the first generation dates back to the Falcon, a low-cost passenger car produced in the 1960s to 1970s model years. The second generation, also known as the worst Mustang of all, is derived from the notoriously Pinto. bad that tended to ignite in a rear collision due to the position of the fuel tank.

The Blue Oval made amends with the Fox vehicle architecture, which was first shown at the Fairmont in 1978 and lasted until 2004 if we include Fox’s derived platform of the SN-95. Loosely based on the DEW platform, the fifth generation pony car’s D2C was replaced by the S550, the closest Ford came to a dedicated set of foundations for the Mustang.

Now that we have completed the history lesson, the “not a real Mustang” the argument clearly does not hold water. Enthusiasts are most likely upset with the Mustang Mach-E’s body style, which is understandable at first glance. But looking at the big picture, they wouldn’t have taken up arms against the Mach-E if the Ford Motor Company had turned a 1965 Mustang sedan concept into a production car. The same can be said of a 1966 wagon body concept, a mid-engine design study with the Boss 429 engine, and the Mazda probe that was originally intended to replace the Fox- Mustang body instead of the SN-95 Mustang.

Look, I’m not as excited about the Mach-E as I am about a Coyote V8-powered pony car, but times have changed, and we’ll have to live with it as long as there is demand for an electric all-crossover with the pony logo.

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