The key was to give the 2015 Mustang a new proportion whilst retaining some of the aesthetic cues that link to its golden history. The team made the new car considerably lower, with a 32mm lower hood; shaved 30mm off the roof height and lowered the decklid 70mm.
To lengthen the profile, the A-pillar was moved 32mm rearward and the ‘hockey stick’ motif on the bodyside was removed. A unified DLO graphic covering the B-pillar added visual length, while the
surfacing topography was revised. “We wanted to address the Mustang aesthetic to introduce a more sculp-tural quality,” says Paiskowski.
The most significant perceptual change is in the rear ¾ view. The 70mm wider rear track and the tapering greenhouse allow the body to extend 40mm over the rear wheels, giving the car powerful haunches absent from the previous generation.
Referencing the 1968 Shelby Mustang fastback, the forward canted grille pays homage to its forebears while the ‘shark gill’ DRL graphic of its headlamps lends a more contemporary expression and adds graphical consistency.
The steeply raked rear fascia also mimics the forward momentum of the ‘shark nose’ trapezoidal grille at the front but with a more contemporary 3D quality.