We’ve spun out in all the variants from the 912 to the shovel-nosed 930. We’ve twisted driveshafts in all the Carrera 4s. We’ve compared 911s to everything from Corvettes to De Loreans to motorcycles to airplanes. The best line ever published about a Porsche was in this very magazine in 1980, when P.J. O’Rourke called it an “ass-engine Nazi slot car.”
While the current Mustang is slavishly, unimaginatively retro, Ford has pretty much mined out its glory days, the as-yet unrealized Mustang II redux notwithstanding. So the next car will be fearlessly modern. Many Mustang faithful are up in arms at the prospect of Ford’s next hot rod looking too much like the 2011 Evos concept car, but we have confidence. Between the Focus and the Fusion, Ford’s styling department is on a hot streak.