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2010 Ford Mustang Production Mule Spotted!

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Brenda Priddy's done it again, snagging the first shot we've seen of a test mule for the 2010 Ford Mustang. Here's what she has to say, and take a look at the high-res shot of the mule after the jump:

"Our shooter managed to get only one shot of this Mustang, as once the driver saw the camera - he quickly ducked for cover. But this Mustang, with a well-padded bra, is believed to be an engineering mule for the 2010 mid-cycle overall.

Not too much is currently known about the upcoming changes to the Mustang, but we're expecting the "new" (as in extensive facelift) Pony car to start production in January of 2009, with an on-sale date early in the first quarter of '09. Although it will reach dealerships very early in 2009, it's expected to be sold as a 2010 model.

The 2010 Mustang will debut will all-new front and rear styling details, and the new BOSS 5.7-liter V8 is expected to be offered as an option, but we'll have to wait a bit longer to find out about other engine offerings."


So yeah — it looks like a Mustang wearing a mattress on its head if you ask us — still, we're excited for these Muscle Car Wars to be getting it on!

[2010 Ford Mustang Mule]

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Handling? That is an overly used, genericized word. Specifically what part of a car's handling?

Anyways, let's ignore the burning-rear-tires-crowd for a second... even if they are the majority of Mustang customers (which I highly doubt). A solid axle would be fine (even preferrable maybe) for roads that were glass-smooth since you don't have camber changes with body roll. However, in the *real* world with bumps and potholes... a solid rear axle is horrible at maintaining traction due to camber changes *on both wheels* from road imperfections.

All that aside - my main complaint with solid axles is the ride quality. I abhor unsprung weight and moving that heavy differential (100 lbs on my tiny e30) for every bump just translates to a very, very, very compromised ride quality.

And really - which do you do more often: Hit potholes and speed bumps or change differentials?