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Concepts from Future Past: Giugiaro Concept Mustang

by Paul Strauss
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Typically, when we speak about classic concept cars, we have to go back at least a couple of decades. But in this case, we have a concept that was shown off just a few years back – in 2006. Hot on the heels of its retro-infused 6th generation design (which lived from 2005 to 2014), Ford showed off this gorgeous vision for a future pony car, designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro of Italdesign Giugiaro.

This gorgeous, one-off Mustang concept was unabashedly European in style, with its Lambo-esque scissor doors, and beautifully sculpted, curvaceous rear end. And from the side – it was truly a fastback. The design also featured modern touches like LED accent lights and aerodynamic video cameras in place of side mirrors.

Under the hood was a 4.6-liter V8 with a twin-screw supercharger, capable of outputting 500 horsepower. Inside, the Giugiaro Mustang was kitted out with overly literal Western touches like simulated horse hide seats, and a hand-stitched leather sport wheel. And its one-piece glass roof that ran from front to rear was truly spectacular.

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Now that we’ve all seen the 2015 Mustang redesign, we kind of wish they had gone with Giugiaro’s design. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the new Mustang, it’s just that Giugaro’s vision was one with many more extremes – something we prefer in a sports car. Though we’d be happy if they skipped the cowboy interior.


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