The 1984 Mustang
While the 1984 Mustang was not a major source of change, some interesting additions to the stable were made, in terms of performance packages and engine choices.
Overall styling for the 1984 Mustang changed little on these cars, except for a new performance offering from the SVO (special vehicle operations ) division of ford. These cars came with a new closed off nose area, replacing the standard egg crate grille area, and sunk the license plate area into the front bumper, giving it a decidedly euro look. These turbo gt's were also visually distinctive with their unique hood scoops.
Standard turbos still had the reversed hood scoop from 1983.
Ford also reintroduced the GT-350, marking the
20th anniversary Mustang
celebration,with red, side body striping, reminiscent of the original G.T.350 stripes from the 1960's Shelby. The exterior color was, similar to its predecessor with Oxford white as the only choice.
The standard and GT interiors were relatively unchanged while the GT350 package was available in one choice only, with the canyon red interior. Tho only other change, was the 20th anniversary plaque on the front dash.
Engine and Powertrain
The SVO was powered by a hot hod version of the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder turbo charged motor, they kicked up the boost and managed to wring out 175 horsepower to the rear wheels.
The 20th anniversary car, was available with 3 engine choices. A 5.0 Liter 4 barrel V8, matched to a 5 speed transmission, a 5.0 Liter throttle body ( Central fuel injection ) engine, twinned to the automatic and the 2.3 liter inline 4 cylinder with sequential fuel injection and turbocharger.
The 4 barrel V8's produced 175 horsepower,while the fuel injected motors had 165 hp.
The standard 2.4 liter turbo HO motor continued to produce 145 hp.
Transmission choices, being the AOD,or automatic overdrive transmission, and the previous year's Borg-Warner T5, five speed manual tranny.
The first Saleen Mustang rolled off the line in 1984, well three to be exact, but it was the start of something good! Check out the Saleen Mustang section for more info.
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