[YesAuto Chassis Analysis] As the saying goes, the times make heroes. In the 1960s, the popular drag racing in the United States drove a wave of performance cars, but the excessively expensive value of performance cars discouraged many young people who were keen on it, in order to eliminate The gap between price and performance, the first generation of Ford Mustang (hereinafter referred to as “Mustang”) came into being. The rough lines and roaring engine noises are believed to have become indelible memories in the minds of subsequent generations of Americans.
Nowadays, facing the general trend of economic globalization, the Ford Group has launched a new sixth-generation Mustang model. Compared with the current Mustang, the positioning of the “world car” makes the new Mustang a bit less unruly and wild. Of course, this change in style is not only reflected in the appearance, the more heavy-handed chassis design also makes it no longer as difficult to control as before. Today, through the dismantling of the chassis of the new and old Mustang models, we will explore with you what changes the different historical backgrounds will bring to the Mustang chassis.
It’s not an exaggeration to describe the characteristics of Mustang models as being born for running. Whether it’s the classic first-generation, or the fifth and sixth-generation Mustangs we dismantled today, it’s always the nature of this American Pony Car to gallop with indulgence (Pony Car is literally translated as a small carriage. Its ancestor was the first generation of Mustang. If you are interested, please click here). I believe that friends who have seen the movie “60 Seconds of Speed” will agree with me.
In the film, Cage drives a 1967 Ford Mustang GT500, avoiding the police chasing in the noisy city, and the final leap into the air is a classic clip that is even more memorable. But at that time, if you want to achieve this wonderful in front of the camera, the driver needs to have very superb driving skills to achieve it. Indeed, you can see this intuitively when returning to the classic fifth-generation Mustang chassis. The chassis design of this generation of Mustang is very rough, and the materials used are not restricted. Therefore, it will affect the handling of the vehicle to a large extent. Coupled with the powerful large-displacement engine, the vehicle appears to be driving. The wild is untamable. In contrast, on the sixth-generation Mustang chassis based on a global strategy, the rough design style has been weakened, replaced by improved handling and comfort performance, which is more congested for the Eurasian continent. In other words, this trade-off is sure to win a lot of goodwill in the local area.
● Dismantling models:
The models participating in the comparison are the 2013 Mustang 3.7L model and the 2015 Mustang 2.3T model. In terms of configuration, there may be differences between different models, please understand.
● Chassis overview
● Front suspension structure
In terms of the front suspension form, the differences in the design styles of the new and old Mustangs have begun to emerge. In order to improve vehicle handling, the sixth-generation Mustang uses an improved McPherson-style front suspension. The more flexible lower control arm allows the vehicle to have a more direct control response when cornering, while the fifth-generation Mustang The design focus is placed on the strength of the lifting components. Although the overall material of the suspension is slightly extensive, the tolerance to high-speed and heavy-duty driving conditions is theoretically better.
Both the new and old generations of Mustangs use a full-frame steel front subframe, which has advantages in structural strength and impact resistance compared with a non-full-frame subframe. But even if the subframes are of the same type, you will find that there are still some differences between the two.
The rear of the fifth-generation Mustang’s sub-frame has a large-angle “eight” opening. This design will affect the front lateral stiffness of the body to a certain extent, and aggravate the characteristics of rear-drive vehicles that are prone to tail-flicking. Vehicles become more difficult to control. In order to solve this drawback, the fifth-generation Mustang is equipped with a lateral stiffener at the rear of the front subframe to make up for the lack of lateral rigidity.
The front sub-frame of the sixth-generation Mustang has been considered at the beginning of the design. By reducing the opening angle, the load-bearing structure can be changed. Even without anti-roll bars, the lateral rigidity of the sub-frame can be sufficient to meet the needs. , So that the number of parts of the chassis can be streamlined.
● Front chassis details
If “targeted innovation” is used to describe the differences between the new and old Mustangs in terms of front suspension, it is more appropriate to use “selective inheritance” to describe the relationship between the front chassis details of the two cars. In the sixth-generation Mustang, many components such as the front anti-roll bar, front wheel brake, and front underbody guards are not significantly changed compared to the fifth-generation Mustang. They are only optimized in some details that emphasize power too much. , To adapt it to more people’s car preferences.
Generally speaking, through the disassembly of the front suspension and front chassis details, the new Mustang has changed in design style. The fifth-generation Mustang uses rough materials and pays attention to the improvement of the suspension strength, which makes the vehicle more resistant to severe driving conditions; the sixth-generation Mustang pays more attention to the handling of the vehicle. The improvement of the sub-frame and other components makes the vehicle have better driving stability and steering response, and has a stronger ability to adapt to complex road conditions.
● Rear suspension structure and related details
In terms of rear suspension, the difference between the new and old Mustangs is even more so. The fifth-generation Mustang uses the overall bridge-type rear suspension of the previous generations of Mustangs (except the fourth generation). From the structural point of view, the rear suspension of this generation of Mustangs is more like a hard-core off-road vehicle. I believe that the general road bumps For it, that is not a problem, of course, this is still designed based on the American perspective, and to a large extent retains the original flavor of the traditional Mustang. The sixth-generation Mustang’s rear suspension is very similar in style to European models. It not only has a multi-link independent rear suspension, but also uses a large number of lighter aluminum parts to reduce the unsprung mass and improve vehicle handling. Sex.
If you only look at the above picture, it’s hard to imagine that they are the same models produced by the same manufacturer. Indeed, the overall bridge-type rear suspension of the fifth-generation Mustang is largely a traditional Mustang style. continue. Those who have a certain understanding of the history of Mustangs must know that, except for the fourth-generation Mustangs, the first three generations of Mustangs have adopted the same design. Although this will sacrifice the handling and comfort of the vehicle to a large extent, it is not as good as the high-horsepower engine. The endurance will increase, which is exactly in line with the American Pony Car performance car culture that pursues the limit of speed.
Of course, in many cases, culture also has national boundaries. The rugged and bold American style of the fifth-generation Mustang has obviously reached the Eurasian continent. People here are more enthusiastic about comfort and control. Therefore, the sixth-generation Mustang for the world has been changed. With a multi-link independent rear suspension, try to make the car easier to drive and more comfortable. At least in terms of structure and materials, this tendency is very obvious.
Through the disassembly and comparison of the rear suspension and related details, we can see the difference in the chassis design style of the two generations of Mustang more clearly. Compared with the new Mustang, the overall bridge-type rear suspension of the fifth-generation Mustang is theoretically poorer in handling and comfort, and the sixth-generation Mustang also introduces a large number of lightweight designs to reduce the unsprung suspension of the rear suspension. The quality, while improving the control, is also very beneficial to reducing fuel consumption. However, this does not mean that the fifth-generation Mustang has no advantages at all. From the perspective of the rear suspension structure, the integral bridge-type rear suspension with heavy materials is not easily damaged when subjected to impact, and is supplemented by ventilation with better heat dissipation. Disc brakes should theoretically be more resistant to extreme environments.
The overseas media's evaluation of the sixth-generation Mustang starts at 2:08. Interested friends can jump directly to this time to watch.
● Other chassis details
Due to the obvious differences in design styles, the two generations of Mustangs are not the same in the choice of tire specifications and types. The fifth-generation Mustang uses Michelin’s Energy Saver series tires, which are known for its short braking distance and long tire life; while the sixth-generation Mustang uses Goodyear Eagle® F1 Asymmetric high-performance tires, which are used It has more advantages in terms of ground power, comfort and quietness.
At present, Mustang is still a relatively niche brand for Chinese people. Its rough lines and unruly temperament make this exotic visitor with a strong American flavor a little bit different from other imported products. . Through the disassembly, we can see that the chassis structure of the fifth-generation Mustang continues the design style of Pony Car that always advocates driving passion. The rough materials and heavy suspension may affect the handling of the vehicle to a certain extent, but driving it , You will definitely not have a dull and boring feeling.
Of course, for people who are not keen on this, the overall bridge-type rear suspension of the fifth-generation Mustang will surely become the focus of complaints. For this reason, the sixth-generation Mustang based on global strategy has changed its former appearance. It is equipped with a multi-link independent rear suspension that focuses more on handling and comfort, and uses a large number of lightweight components to reduce the unsprung mass, making the control response of the entire vehicle more active. This drastic change also It brings a broader market space for it, in line with Ford's original design intention.
In general, whether it is the original fifth-generation Mustang or the wild sixth-generation Mustang, we cannot use a single evaluation standard to measure it, telling you which car must be better, because they are The historical environment and the consumer audiences you face are different, but for you, no matter which one you prefer, as long as it suits you and can bring you driving pleasure, that is the best.
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