For its final year the S197 Mustang entered 2014 virtually unchanged. The V6 Mustang had finally evolved into a serious contender in the lower end of the sports car market with a world class engine and option packages. The V6 could be had with the Pony Package or the great looking MCA Edition or even a real canyon carving Performance Package. The GT set the standard by which all other pony/muscle cars of the decade should be judged with its remarkable engine and all-around performance credentials. These truly were remarkable cars however it was the 2010-2014 Shelby GT500 and 2012-2013 Boss 302 that will forever be looked upon as the holy grail of the S197 lineage.
2014 was the final year of the S197 body Mustang. As expected the car stayed almost the same as the 2013 model year in its last year. The reality is that the design updates that came for the 2013 model year stood up pretty well in 2014 so there wasn’t a big need for big changes. The 2013 received some significant revisions, to make them more muscular looking.
The 2014 cars were more about color and package upgrades, rather than major styling or performance additions. Color-wise, Ford has deleted last year’s High Performance White, in favor of a new Oxford White (YZ), while eliminating the Boss exclusive School Bus Yellow. In place of last year’s Red Candy Metallic, the 2014 Mustang order guide now shows a Ruby Red Metallic with tinted clearcoat finish (RR).
A great option for 2014 is the “GT Track Package”. When you upgrade to the Track Pack, you get:a TORSEN helical gear differential with 3.73:1 gears, Larger radiator, oil cooler, Brembo brake upgrade with 14″vented front rotors, a unique tuned suspension, 19″ wheels and RECARO Sport seats. This package is only available on the GT coupe with manual transmission.
So what is a Torsen helical gear differential and why is it good. First of all let me define a limited slip differential. A limited slip differential is usually referred to as a viscous coupled differential because when one wheel starts to slip, a series of discs and plates act like clutches and then transfer drive power to the other wheel. A Torsen (Torque Sensing) differential is like an open differential unless one tire starts to lose traction. Then if that happens, depending on the design of the gears, the differential transfers more power to the non slipping wheel. The amount of power transferred is determined by the torque bias ratio. For example if the ratio is 4:1 the amount of power transferred to the non slipping wheel is 4 times greater than is applied to the slipping wheel. The bad thing about a Torsen differential is that if one wheel has no traction, neither does the good wheel!. TORSEN is a registered trademark of Zexel Torsen, Inc.
There are three types of Torsen differentials. The helical gear style uses cross axis helical gears to increase the internal friction. Although tis is the oldest style of Torsen differential, it can achieve a higher Torque Bias Ration than other types. Its downside is that it can be noisier and requires a more precise setup to eliminate noise and vibration. Ford started using the Torsen differential in Mustangs in 2012.
Another nice feature is the Track Apps this tool monitors g-forces, braking times, acceleration times in the 1/4 mile and 0-60 increments. The tool’s display is mounted between the speedometer and tachometer right over the steering wheel.
Ford modified the FP8 appearance package slightly for 2014, keeping the special black painted mirror caps, decklid spoiler and quarter window louvers, but bumping up the black painted aluminum wheels in favor of some nice new 19″x 8.5″ bright machined aluminum wheels with what Ford calls, “Black Painted Windows”.
Special Edition Models & Variants
Gone was the Boss 302 Mustang for 2014. Looks like Ford wasn’t lying when they said it was only going to be a two-year model. The good news, is that we still got the Mustang GT and California Special available for the Coyote Engine V8 Mustangs and a 2014 Mustang Club of America special for the 305 horsepower V6 cars. Most importantly we still got the 650+hp Shelby GT500. Yay.
The basic formula of the 5.0 has stayed the same for 2014. The 2014 Mustang GT kept the crisper silhouette and updates from the 2013 model year and was unchanged for 2014. We loved the 2013 Mustang GT‘s more aggressive front and rear styling so seeing it stay the same for 2014 was totally fine by us. There were a couple of new paint colors (Oxford White and Ruby Red Metallic), trim and wheel revisions and thats about it.
The 402A Spec level is the California Special Package was back again for 2014. The California Special returned virtually unchanged which was fine given that it got an exterior makeover in 2013. Mimicking the GT500 that year, the GT/CS’ wide side stripe was moved to the lower body and additional stripes were added to the hood. Interior upgrades included suede-like seat inserts, while black accents were added to the wheels and hood vents.
The Mustang Club of America Edition was back again for the 2014 model year as option code 203A for the V6 Mustangs. It was made available in both coupe and convertible body styles for the 2014 model year. It continued to be a sought after car. Ford wanted to pay homage to the thousands of devoted members of the Mustang Club of America and the Mustang MCA Edition was the result.
Last year’s Shelby GT500 coupe carried a base price of $54,995, including a destination charge of $795. A 2014 Shelby GT500 will run you $55,445 (including destination), an increase of just $450. If you prefer the open-air GT500 convertible, the 2014 model is priced from $60,445, which reflects the same $450 bump in price. The good news is that the 2014 Shelby GT 500 still has a 5.8 liter supercharged aluminum engine that develops 662 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 631 lb/ft torque @ 4,000 rpm.
The Cobra Jet returned in 2014 as your ultimate drag racing machine. Once again it had the latest in drag racing technology delivering speed and consistency for NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing. Pricing for the 2014 Cobra Jet Mustang started at $97,990 plus optional paint and graphics. All 2014 CJs were NHRA tech ready for Stock or Super Stock competition and were available in a new green color and a custom flat-black as well as standard white. Once again only 50 units were built.
This is a custom Mustang developed by Ford’s own design and engineering team for the annual EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. As in past years, the custom Mustang was auctioned off for charity, with all proceeds going to support the EAA Young Eagles youth education program. It sold for $398,000 at auction during the EAA AirVenture.
The Hertz Penske GT is a 2014 Mustang GT, loaded up with all the good stuff (Brembos, the Recaros, etc), plus around $4,500 in Ford Racing Performance Parts (the Handling Pack, CAI tune, supplemental gauges, and GT500 mufflers to name a few). They’re all black, dressed up with Penske Racing fender badges, a screaming yello offset hood/roof stripe, and the cool door stripe. There are only 150, and it’s the last special-edition Mustang of this generation.
A total of 134,075 Mustangs were sold in the final year of the fifth generation Mustang. Unfortunately, we cannot get our hands on the detail breakdown by variant or option. We continue to dig around for it so if you have that information definitely let us know.
Options and Pricing
A great option for 2014 is the “GT Track Package”. When you upgrade to the Track Pack, you get a TORSEN helical gear differential with 3.73:1 gears, Larger radiator, oil cooler, Brembo brake upgrade with 14″vented front rotors, a unique tuned suspension, 19″ wheels and RECARO Sport seats. This package is only available on the GT coupe with manual transmission. The glass roof feature is offered again this year. It’s available on the Premium versions and the Shelby. For more detailed options and pricing please check out our 2014 pricing and options research.
2 Door Hardtop
2 Door Premium Hardtop
2 Door Convertible
2 Door Premium Convertible
2 Door GT Hardtop
2 Door GT Premium Hardtop
2 Door GT Convertible
2 Door GT Premium Convertible
2 Door Shelby GT500 Coupe
2 Door Shelby GT500 Convertible
Exterior & Interior Colors
A total of 10 colors were available for the 2014 Mustang model year. Ford has deleted last year’s High Performance White, in favor of a new Oxford White (YZ), while eliminating the Boss exclusive School Bus Yellow. In place of last year’s Red Candy Metalic, the 2014 Mustang order guide now shows a Ruby Red Metallic with tinted clearcoat finish (RR). For detailed colors, color palettes, codes and interior colors please check out our in depth 2014 colors information post.
There were no major changes to the dimension and weight of the main models.
55.6 / 56.1 inches
Width excluding mirrors
Width including mirrors
Interior front Head room
38.5 / 38.8 inches
Interior front Shoulder room
Interior front Hip room
Interior front Leg room
Interior rear Head room
Interior rear Shoulder room
51.6 / 45.0 inches
Interior rear Hip room
46.8 / 45.2 inches
Interior rear Leg room
Passenger volume cubic feet
83.3 / 81.0 cubic feet
Luggage capacity cubic feet
13.4 / 9.6 cubic feet
Total interior volume cubic feet
96.7 / 90.6 cubic feet
Fuel capacity - gallons
Below we have included 0-60 mph times, 0-100 mph times as well as quarter mile times and top speed where available for the 2014 Mustang model range. The base GT was still bang for your buck performance king and with no Boss 302 for 2014 it was only the 662 hp Shelby GT500 that could claim ludicrous performance numbers. 0-60 mph was a mere 3.5 seconds and it had 200+ mph top speed capability. Below we have 0-6mph, top speed and quarter mile times for the 2014 Mustang range where they are available.