With a redesigned 2014 Mustang just around the corner, we already know that the current Ford Mustang it will be based on is a huge success much like the original 5.0 Liter Mustangs of the late eighties and early nineties. But lets not forget what made the older Fox Mustangs popular in the first place – unbelievable power to weight ratio. The 2011 Mustangs have bundles of power, but they also tip the scale at a much higher number than their predecessors.

The heavier models from Ford can weigh as much as 4,000 pounds. That’s heavier than one would expect for a car that’s not much roomier than two seat sports cars and features an aluminum engine. The latest rumor we’re hearing from the blue oval is the the 2014 Mustang will be lighter in weight, as well as smaller in size. They changes are expected to improve on the overall performance of the 2014 Mustang – including acceleration and handling characteristics.

Aside from these changes, we’re hearing Ford will be giving the 2014 Mustang an independent rear suspension. Alot of Mustang loyalists cringe at this thought because of the problems we all saw when they gave the 2003 Mustang Cobra’s an independent rear suspension. We don’t know the details on this new setup, but we’d have to imagine Ford will improve on the previous design before it goes live in 2014. Let’s not forget, Chevrolet has been using setups like this for decades in their high performance Corvettes with much success. If they can do it, we see no reason Ford can’t as well.