Mustang's long-serving platform changed so much for '94 that Ford renamed it "Fox-4." Four-wheel disc brakes were now standard across the board.
The 1994 Ford Mustang Suspension and Engines
For the 1994 Ford Mustang, steering and suspension were left basically as they'd been since 1979, Quadra-Shock rear end included, but the stiffened structure allowed slightly softer springs and shock absorbers for enhanced ride comfort.
A repositioned front crossmember and longer lower control arms improved geometry and increased wheelbase by 0.75-inch to 100.3.
For better directional stability, front caster was dialed up from 1.5 to 4 degrees, and tracks were widened at each end -- by a whopping 3.7 inches in front on base models, 1.9 inches on GTs. To save weight, antiroll bars went from solid to tubular, with larger front/rear diameters for 27/21mm for base models and 30/24mm for GTs.
Other exterior dimensions went up a bit, the SN95's measuring 181.5 inches long, 71.8 inches wide, and 52.9 inches high. Helped by a "faster" 60-degree windshield, the new styling was measurably more "aero," with stated drag coefficients of 0.34 for base models, 0.36 for GTs -- small but useful gains.
Larger rolling stock was a growing industry trend, and the new Mustangs got their share. Base models, no longer called LX, came on 6.5 3 15-inch steel rims with 205/65 Eagle GA touring tires and offered three-spoke 7.5-inch-wide alloys at extra cost. GTs were treated to standard 7.5 3 16 five-spoke alloys with high-speed Z-rated P255/55 all-season tires; 8 x 17 five-spoke rims were optional.
Wheelbase and most exterior dimensions changed little with the 1994 redesign, though track was significantly wider. Convertible tops, as on this GT, were power-operated and now folded nearly flat.
Brake upgrades were extensive. All-disc brakes were standard (at last) and quite large with diameters of 10.9 inches for the vented front rotors, 10.5 inches for the solid rears. Also new were a larger brake booster, asbestos-free brake pads, and an optional Bosch antilock brake system (ABS).
1994 Ford Mustang Engines
There was welcome news under the hood of the redesigned 1994 Ford Mustang.
In base model, the anemic four-cylinder engine gave way to a 3.8-liter V-6. This was basically the same overhead-valve engine last offered in '86 Mustangs but with all the interim improvements made for its use in the Taurus and other newer Dearborn models. Horsepower was 145, up 38 percent from the final four-cylinder figure. Torque swelled no less than 59 percent to 215 pound-feet.
The 1994 Mustang GT's 5.0-liter V-8 gained 10 horsepower, to 215. Note the engine-bay bracing that improved structural rigidity.
The GT's venerable 5.0-liter V-8 got a low-profile intake manifold (to clear the lower new hood), plus aluminum pistons and Ford's latest EEC-V electronic engine controller, all of which upped horsepower by 10 to 215. Torque improved to 285 pound-feet, the same output as the 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra.
Both engines teamed with five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic, but the latter was Ford's latest "AOD-E" unit with electronic shift control.
Prices for '94 Mustang models jumped significantly, but critics claimed the cars weren't all that changed from previous years. Keep reading to get the specifics on 1994 Mustang pricing.
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- Saddle up for the complete story of America's best-loved sporty car. How the Ford Mustang Works chronicles the legend from its inception in the early 1960s to today's all-new Mustang.
- The Fox generation of Mustangs got a new lease on life with a 1987 restyle and further refinements into the early Nineties. Learn all about it in 1987-1993 Ford Mustang.
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