All 2024 Ford Mustangs have a digital gauge cluster, and as you’d expect, it’s highly configurable. There are settings or “themes” associated with different drive modes to highlight different bits of information. Dive deeper into the menu and there’s one theme that will please many Mustang fans: Fox Body. Not really.
Fox Body running from 1979 to 1993 and become an icon. It was a return to the nameplate after years of choking power output. In 1984, Ford introduced the high-tech, turbo-powered 2.3-liter Mustang—developed by the team that eventually evolved into today’s Ford Performance—and the 5.0-liter V-8 finally hit 200 hp for the first time in years. Fox also lent himself to the first SVT Cobra and Cobra R near the end of his run. Over the years, Fox has proven itself to be a powerful platform for all sorts of modifications, and a mainstay in pop culture.
So why not pay tribute? “I grew up with a Fox body,” says Craig Sandvig, interaction design manager for Ford. “I don’t have it, I want to have it. It’s really an aspirational thing. I have a lot of friends who have it, I have a boyfriend who has it, it’s really cool.”
Sandvig tells Roads & Trails The idea for the fox body theme arose early in the design process. “Utilizing the digital display, it’s completely reconfigurable, right? So what can we do? We experimented with it for a bit and had fun.”
Ford chose to specifically remake the white needles of face-lifted Fox bodies made from 1987 to 1993. Thankfully, it didn’t remake the 85-mph speedometer that was installed in many Fox Mustangs over the years. And yes, when you turn on the headlights, the gauge “lights up” in green. Sandvig said that there wasn’t enough time to create a gauge cluster that paid homage to every previous generation of Mustang, so Fox was chosen, given the popularity of Eighties and Nineties cars today.
We suspect many new Mustang owners will opt for this gauge cluster theme. Especially if they buy white convertible 5.0 liter.
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