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The vehicle uses a live rear axle with a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension system with progressive coil springs to create a car-like ride instead of the more dated leaf springs that are still used by several rivals.
The ride is stereotypically pick-up-like, which is only to be expected from a solid chassis, live rear axle and leaf springs, and a set-up designed to deal with big payloads.
The handling of this pick-up is ultimately limited by its basic drawbacks of construction - namely its ladder-framed body, rear leaf springs and rigid live rear axle. None of that is conducive to a magic carpet ride, intended as it is to support prodigious weight across the enormous rear load deck.
Despite the car being slower than later six-cylinder cars, its handling was excellent with independent coil-spring front suspension and coil-spring live rear axle. Stopping power was by virtue of Girling BRAKES.
Despite the car being slower than later sixcylinder cars, its handling was excellent with independent coil-spring front suspension and coil spring live rear axle.
The archaic live rear axle of the Mustang has been replaced by a more sophisticated multi-link set up.
Ford drew criticism when they unveiled the specification of the Mustang because of their insistence on using a live rear axle, technology that is still commonly used on larger US cars and trucks but considered something obsolete to Japanese or European car manufacturers.
Powered by the 2.6-litre C-series engine giving 95bhp, the early models had a basic live rear axle, but Series II models - from 1956 - gained semi-elliptic springs.
And while Ford stepped up to engineer an advanced independent short-and-long arm (SLA) rear suspension in pursuit of a smoother ride and superior rear packaging, Chevrolet is sticking with a live rear axle, albeit with coil springs (replacing semi-elliptic leaf springs) and a highly refined five link locating system.
For example, the live rear axle is retained, although the front suspension gains a more sophisticated setup, which is derived from the Thunderbird.
Ford insiders are claiming this is the most powerful Mustang ever, describing it simply as "a monster", which doesn't sound over-the-top, given its beefed-up six-speed box, live rear axle (although it really should have independent rear suspension), stock Mustang springing and massive 14in brakes.
The new Xterra has an independent front suspension, a live rear axle suspended on leaf springs, and a 250-hp 4.0-liter V6 mated to either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.