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1989 Ford Mustang GT

1989 Mustang GT

The 1989 Ford Mustang was a virtual carryover from the 1987 Mustang and 1988 Mustang models.

The major change was the introduction of the Mass Air fuel injection version of the EEC-IV on all Mustangs.

This was great news to enthusiasts who could now modify their engines endlessly as the mass-air system is able to adapt easily to airflow changes.

The earlier speed density equipped Mustangs were not very adaptive in their stock form which resulted in poor driveability for owners who chose to modify their cars.

Also, the cam profile was modified slightly this year to lower valvetrain noise. According to Ford the new cam resulted in a loss of 2 to 3 horsepower over the 1988 model.

1989 Mustang ad

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

25th anniversary emblem

During the 1989 Mustang model year Steve Saleen created his first "Super" coupe Mustang model (although the Saleen model could be had in convertible, hatchback, or coupe). Until 1989 all Saleen Mustangs had utilized a mostly stock drivetrain. This all changed in 1989 and establish a new direction for the highly desirable Saleen nameplate. In 1989 Saleen did extensive porting to the intake and heads, attached a 65mm throttle body, upgraded the exhaust, installed a hotter camshaft and wider ratio rockers. All these changes resulted in 292 horsepower (nearly 70 over stock!). All 1989 Saleen Mustangs were white with grey and white interiors.

1989 Mustang SSC

1989 Mustang SSC

Models: GT, LX, convertible,

1989 Mustang Specifications


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)


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
Price $12,145 - $14,250


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



59,701 (GT)

Colors Almond
Bright Red
Bright Regatta Blue Metallic
Cabernet Red
Dark Gray Metallic Deep Shadow Blue Metallic
Light Gray
Medium Shadow Blue Metallic
Oxford White
Tropical Yellow
Interior colors Bright Red
Opal Gray
White (convertible only)


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