Mustang Generation Nicknames: What Do They Mean?Last Updated November 17, 2016
If you’re new to the Mustang realm, you may have heard the terms “S197” or “SN95” in passing and wondered what they mean when it comes to the Ford Mustang. These are nicknames assigned to the platform by Ford before they’re released. You can think of this as “code” when Ford is in the process of research and development for the up and coming body style. Cool, right?
Once the new body style is released, the “code name” or “nickname” sticks with that body style. From that point forward, many enthusiasts and people in the automotive industry refer to cars within that body style by the codename. These nicknames really didn’t become well known amongst the public until the Fox Body platform and are still widely used today.
Fox Body: 1979-1993 Mustangs
1979 was the birth of the Fox Body Mustang platform. Still widely used today for drag racing and even road course events. Due to its lightweight design, the Fox Mustang has the ability to be nimble around the turns with the right suspension modifications and extremely quick in a straight line due to its attractive power-to-weight ratio.
SN95: 1994-2004 Mustangs
Beginning in 1994, Ford Motor Company introduced a new body style, the SN95 Mustang. Running until 1998, the SN95 Mustang received a refresh, nicknamed the New Edge, which lasted until 2004.
S197: 2005-2014 Mustangs
With the birth of the Mustang retro-styling in 2005, the S197 platform was born. Featuring a refresh in 2010, this body style lasted until 2014. The birth of the 5.0L Modular “Coyote” Engine was also an iconic moment in Mustang history with over 400 horsepower from the factory on a GT beginning in 2011.
S550: 2015-2017 Mustangs
The newest body style for the Mustang is the S550 platform. Introduced in 2015, this new body style for the Mustang had many firsts from standard independent rear suspension for all models along with offerings not only in the USA, but Europe, China and Australia as well! These Euro-Spec Mustangs are also quite different than their US counterparts.
Ever been at a Mustang event, whether it’s a car show or drag race and hear someone utter the term S197 or S550 or even Fox Body, perhaps? These are body codes set by Ford Motor Company in their Research & Development process for the Mustang.
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