By: Andrew Cilio
: 1985 Mustang models included the L and LX, both with 4 cylinder engines producing 88 HP. The GT Mustang power plant, like the previous model, consisted of the 5.0L H.O. 302. The motor was upgraded with a new high performance camshaft and low friction roller tappets, along with E5AE cylinder heads and a new exhaust. This brought a substantial horsepower increase - from 175 to 210. Along with that increase Ford gave the GT model variable rate springs and gas shocks for the front, along with higher rate shocks for the rear. To grab the pavement Ford mounted a beefier “gatorback” tire on cast aluminum rims (from the SVO). The fuel injected automatic also received a 15 horsepower increase due to similar motor upgrades. Cosmetically, the 1985 sported a new slotted grill similar to the SVO, along with an SVO style steering wheel, a revised dash, and new door panel trim. Seats came in the form of multi-adjustable buckets.
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