1989 Ford Mustang GT
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.
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.
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.
Models: GT, LX, convertible,
1989 Mustang Specifications
|Engine||5.0L (302cid) OHC V8 (iron block- 2 Valve Heads sequential fuel injection|
|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|
|Assembly Plant||Dearborn MI, USA|
|Price||$12,145 - $14,250|
|Quarter Mile||14.4 @ 96 mph|
|Top speed||145 mph|
Bright Regatta Blue Metallic
Dark Gray Metallic Deep Shadow Blue Metallic
Medium Shadow Blue Metallic
|Interior colors||Bright Red
White (convertible only)