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1990 Ford Mustang GT

The 1990 Ford Mustang was essentially the same as the 1987 through 1989 model years. Given an economic slump Mustang sales dropped by nearly 40% in 1990. Minor changes could be found on the exterior and interior of the 1990 Mustang but the drivetrain remained unchanged.

The interior of the Mustang saw the introduction of a drivers side airbag as a standard item in 1990. This change necessitated the removal of a tilt column and a few gauge indicators.

Other minor changes included shoulder belts for passengers in the rear seats and slightly different HVAC controls with larger and easier to read dials.

The exterior of the 1990 Mustang saw the removal of the belt line tape stripe and the introduction of a few new colors: titanium silver, a new strawberry red, and two new blue tones.

The 1990 Mustang also represented the 25th year of production for the Mustang lineup. As such all 1990 Mustangs and some 1989 Mustangs received a special 25th anniversary badge on passenger side of the dash.

1990 Mustang GT

25th anniversary emblem

During the 1990 Mustang model year there was one very unique model called the "7 Up" model. Supposedly, The 7-UP Copmany was going to give away several of these cars at the NCAA basketball finals as a contest. However, at the last minute, the contest was canceled.

1990 7 Up ford mustang

1990 7 Up mustang

The 1990 Limited Edition Convertible featured deep Emerald Green Metallic Paint (code PA), color matched side moldings, fascia, and mirrors, white leather interior, white convertible top, and 15 inch GT turbine styled aluminum wheels. The cars began as V8 LX coupes and were shipeed to Cars & Concepts of Brighton, MI for modification into converitbles. The plan was to build 5,000 but only 4,103 were built. The breakdown of the production numbers is as follows:
~Total production: 4,103
~ 5-Speeds: 1,360
~ Automatics: 2,743
~ Vehicles exported: 261

All 7-UP cars came with the 225 horsepower 5.0 EFI engines, but for Steve Saleen provided an aftermarket supercharger installation for an additional charge. At least a dozen cars were so equipped.

Models: GT, LX, convertible, Limited Edition LX convertible

1990 Mustang Specifications

Powertrain

Engine 5.0L (302cid) OHC V8 (iron block- 2 Valve Heads sequential fuel injection
Displacement 302 cid
Horsepower 225 @ 4000
Torque 300 @ 3000
Compression 9.5.1 to 1
Fuel 87 Octane, unleaded
Exhaust aluminumized steel. LX models featured chrome tips
Transmission 5 speed T-5 or 4 speed automatice 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 10.84 inch rotors
Rear brakes 9 inch drums
Wheels 15 by 7 Turbine styled aluminum wheels / LX versions received the 15 by 7 inch ten hole aluminum wheels
Tires 225/60ZR15 Goodyear Eagle VR60

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 14.4 @ 96 mph
0-60mph 6.1 seconds
Skidpad 0.83 g's
Top speed 145 mph

Production

Total

128,189
34,435 (GT)

Colors Black
Bright Red
Bright Yellow
Cabernet Red
Crystal Blue
Deep Emerald Green Deep Titanium
Light Titanium
Oxford White
Twilight Blue
Wild Strawberry
Interior colors Bright Red
Titanium
Black
White (convertible only)

 

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