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1985 Ford Mustang GT

The 1985 Mustang GT was nearly identical to the 1986 Mustang GT on the exterior. However, there are numerous and important differences between the years. In particular, the 1985 Mustang GT was the final year of the carbureated 5.0 engine.

The exterior of the Mustang GT was quite similar to previous years with a minor grill change and some new GT badging options. Color choices were varied and all GT

Mustangs received the 10 hole aluminum wheels with the Gatorback tires developed by Goodyear. Included on GT's were GT badging in front of the rear wheels, hood strip, front and rear spoiler, and fog lamps.

The interior of the Mustang GT was also a carryover from previous years and featured large circular gauges and an 85mph speedo.

The big news for 1985 was the addition of 35 horsepower! This was accomplished through the use of a 600cfm Holley with a dual snorkel air cleaner, high lift roller camshaft, tubular exhaust, forged pistons, and a better flowing exhaust system. Automatic owners were stuck with a weezy one year only CFI system so the Holley version was reserved for those who chose a 5 speed overdrive manual transmission.

1985 Mustang GT

1985 Mustang interior

 

1985 Mustang Motor

In order to make the Mustang a better handler on the road the sway bar sizes were increased and larger wheels and tires were used. The major weak spot for the 1985 Mustang was the small 7.5 inch axle which was available with 2.73 (standard) or 3.08 gears.

1985 also featured the second year of the SVO Mustang. The car was built on a fox body platform but featured many high tech features not currently found on Mustangs. It featured a turbo charge 2.3L motor delivering 210hp. The exterior received special enhancements such as unique aerodynamic chin spoilers, wheels, and a hood scoop. The interior also featured custom seating, steering wheel, and a host of other unique options such as a high and low boost switch. The suspension was also upgraded and used koni shocks and struts and four wheel disc brakes. The lower weight of the 4 cylinder engine and the upgraded suspension made for a very solid handling and performing vehicle.

Models: GT, LX, convertible, SVO

1985 Mustang GT Specifications

Powertrain

Engine 5.0L (302cid) OHC V8 (iron block- 2 Valve Heads) with 600 cfm Holley 4V (5 speed) or CFI (AOD)
Displacement 302 cid
Horsepower 210 @ 4000 or 180hp (CFI)
Torque 270 @ 3000 or 260 (CFI)
Compression 8.4.1 to 1
Fuel Premium (91+ octane)
Exhaust aluminumized steel. LX models featured chrome tips
Transmission 5 speed T-5 or 4 speed automatic AOD
Final drive ratio 2.76:1 , 3.08:1. 3.27:1 (automatic)

Suspension

Front Independent, modified MacPherson strut with Separate spring on lower arm and stabilizer bar
Front springs Helical coil, rubber-insulated
Rear Four-bar link with coil springs on lower arm
Rear springs Helical coil, rubber-insulated
Rear shocks gas pressurized hydraulic (4 shocks in total)
Sway bars front: 26.5 mm, rear 23mm
Steering power assisted rack and pinion with 15.3:1 ratio
Front brakes 10 inch rotors
Rear brakes 9 inch drums
Wheels 15 by 7 inch ten hole aluminum wheels
Tires 225/60ZR15 Goodyear Gatorbacks

Interior Dimensions

Head Room (Fr/Rr): 38.1/35.5
Leg Room (Fr/Rr): 42.6/29.9
Shoulder Room (Ft/Rr): 53.6/52.1
Hip Room (Ft/Rr): 52.8/47.4
 

Exterior Dimensions & Weight

Curb Weight: 3160 lbs
Wt. Dist.: 59/41
Wheelbase(Ft/Rr): 100.5
Track (Ft/Rr): 56.6/57.0
Length: 179.3
Width: 69.1
Height: 52.1
 

Capacity & Volume

Cargo Volume (EPA/Mfr): 11/10.9
Fuel Capacity: 15.4 gal
Seating (Std.): 5
Seating (Opt.): NA

Consumer Information

Assembly Plant Dearborn MI, USA
Air bags N/A
ABS N/A
Price $12,145 - $14,250

Performance

Quarter Mile 14.9 @ 92 mph
0-60mph 6.6 seconds
Skidpad  
Top speed N/A

Production

Total

156,514
42,428 (GT)

GT Colors Black
Bright Red
Light Regatta Blue Metallic
Medium Canyon Red Metallic
Medium Charcoal Metallic
Oxford White
Silver Metallic

 

1984 Mustang Top

 

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