“The role we’re in now requires us to stick our necks out. We’ve got to place big bets. We’ve got to have a point of view about the future.” —Bill Ford, Executive Chair and Senior Ford Family Member, Ford Motor Company
I have so much respect for Bill Ford starting with his philanthropy and his music, so I’ll parse up: ah Bill, I know your company’s “view about the future” is “cancellation” that you all put us through this year, so I’ll move on from there. I won’t hold you to the “placing bets” part, let’s start at the beginning with the “neck sticking” you were talking about to the Wall Street Journal. Do I even need to go on to the next sentence? Two words Bill: Electricity and Mustang. And when I mean electricity, not the red glow inside the cigarette plug when you keep holding it into a Mustang ash tray, and please, even GM is slaughtering their PHEVs that you people still want to put that into your money machine pickup truck! Oh, and Bill, how’s that electric soccer mom Mustang CUV coming along? For groceries, is it going to be a vertical liftback or a fastback to pretend it’s a ‘68? Or was that a ‘78? Nothing like the Mustang II I hope! Oh no Bill, that reminds me, please don’t call it whatever it was you were thinking and especially not Mustang III ! After what all you people put us through this year, if soccer mom Mustang fails, I don’t think they’ll be a Fox-like successor this time to be even considered, a Mustang 4!
Okay, I got that out of the way.You can tell I’m still pissed off about the Continental cancellation news, Is it still at the dock waiting to go to China?
Here’s some specs on the Russian Mustang while sit around waiting for Ford’s:
Aviar R67 Details:
- Based on the 1967 Mustang Fastback.
- Aluminum frame carbon fiber body
- Dual motor each that yields 840 horsepower, 700+ lb. ft. torque
- 100 kW battery pack, 315 mi range
- All wheel drive train
- 0-60 2.2 secs 45-66 1.2
- Top speed limited 155
- Active rear spoiler activates at 75 mph, retracts when slows
- Interior grumbling exhaust note Shelby Gt500
- Dynamic speed variable suspension control
- ESC ETC
- Front splitter
- LED lights
- 12 way adjustable heated seats
- Keyless entry
- Panoramic roof
- Dual auto climate
- Tesla door handle
- 17” Tesla like infotainment tablet with voice activation
- Cellular Bluetooth and wifi
- Coached to Tesla like decor with a split cowled Mustang like dash
- Backup camera
- 20 wheels forged aluminum
- “Automatic Pilot” infers autonomy
- Are all the Ford looking parts licensed? If not DHS won’t allow it in.
- This would be the first Mustang classic car BEV build to resolve the problem of the body inhibiting range while enhancing performance.
- Critics question what two electric motors yield over 800 horses, but that’s a supply chain issue, and they can look toward power plant people like Borg Warner for solutions.
- Some question how you can stuff a 100 kW pack into a tiny old Mustang. especially when its frame is aluminum and carbon fiber, and I can’t help them with that.
- Pricing: no word
- Availability: no word. We don’t even know how they got these performance specs to wonder if they have a prototype or a mule.
- 1 year warranty. Who’ll fix it?
- Bespoke and mass production Russian builds are not historically reliable, a BEV probably makes no difference.
You give people reason to trust them until they give you reasons not to. History and diplomacy on both sides serve as examples on each side I’m sure, but more to trust us and less to trust the Russians, but I’m always looking for friends with an open hand and heart, and I love underdogs in these industrial ventures. Those are the real heroes of industry, usually sweated by hard working class people. But frankly as a customer I probably wouldn’t buy this car. This is a good home market, in fact home city car.
So the last few days I’ve been reading about what my counterparts from other publications have to say about this proposed Russian Aviar Motors R67 840 HP BEV Mustang. What annoyed me a little from my colleagues is that they’re calling it “An Electric Mustang Wannabe.” I didn’t hear anyone calling the UK’s Charge Automotive’s build, a “wannabe?” How can anything be a “wannabe” when a tried and proven authentic original doesn’t even exist? Can some of our Torque News readers address this please?
Because if an original doesn’t even exist, neither can a wannabe. Actually that can be insulting because it can be interpreted as saying the wannabe is nothing, which it technically is at the moment. But they got paper, specs, warranties, and renders. They’re ready to go. I don’t know if Aviar has any test mules of this thing. But has anyone seen even a test mule or something even resembling one about BEV Mustang from Ford?
Photos courtesy Aviar Motors.
What do you think of the Aviar RS67? And how about the nonexistent Ford Mustang BEV? Let us know below.