Though Ford and Mazda recently had a major breakup, the on again off again relationship is back on the table with the proposed (Code Name BM2) reintroduction of the Ford Mustang II. Though it is not being pushed as a replacement for the incumbent blue collar muscle car, fans are up-in-arms worried that the previous invading Ford Probe is back again, trying to steer the famous gas guzzler off the line-up cliff. Designers, who have dubbed it the Bowel Movement 2, claim otherwise.
The new Ford Mustang II is being based off the popular Miata Platform, also being used to try to dig Fiat out of their hole with the 124 Spider. Designers are hoping that the front-engine rear-wheel-drive configuration will separate it from the 626 based Probe that tried to edge out the Mustang in 1989, but was quickly snuffed out by loyal Mustang owners in what was the one time that the general public was able to override decisions of the corporate penny pinchers at FoMoCo. The intent of the new Mustang II is to capture the attention of those annoying tuner car fans and introduce them to the Mustang name and hopefully get them into a real muscle car in the near future.
2018 models are set to use the same 2.0l 4 banger and SkyActiv transmissions that are currently in the Miata, but it is rumored that the near future sees the 2.3l direct injected EcoBoost engine in an Iacocca Silver King Cobra version of the car. Ford is content with using the 2.0l to see how the go cart sells, and then maybe putting the engineers to work figuring out if they can put the 2.3 into such a flimsy little 4 wheeler if enough kids buy them. It also sees the advantage of leaving all of the engineering up to the Mazda team so Ford engineers can work on the big boy Mustang. Amateur spies also have been gluing strips of shredded paper together from trash taken from Dearborn and believe they have found info pointing to the possibility of a Voodoo 5.0 crammed in one to commemorate the introduction of the 5.0 label used in the 1975 Mustang II.
And though this whole article is the result of a few too many drinks and learning how to use Photoshop, I am greatly amused knowing that there are diehard Mustang fans cringing and crying over the thought of another Mazda version of our favorite galloping pony car.