The Mustang Giugiaro Concept was first introduced at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show and was based on the original Mustang model. The design for this extremely stylish concept model was developed by Fabrizio Giugiaro, the style director of Italdesign Giugiaro. Very few people have knowledge of the fact that the 1965 Bertone Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette Moray were primarily designed by Fabrizio’s father Giorgetto Giugiaro.
Under the hood, the Giugiaro Concept was equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine coupled to a twin-screw supercharger which allowed it to generate more power than the Mustang GT. Italdesign Giugiaro reworked the engine by incorporating the use of conical air filter and fuel injectors. The tuned engine of the Mustang Giugiaro was able to generate over 500 horsepower at 0.8 bar boost from the supercharger. The exhaust system was also enhanced by Italdesign by employing the use of Racing mufflers and an X-pipe.
The interior and the exterior of the original Mustang were completely overhauled by Italdesign Giugiaro and the new design had hints of European influence. The final concept model was 80 mm wider at the rear end and 30 mm wider at the front end compared to the original Mustang. The most striking feature of the Mustang Giugiaro concept was the single panel that was supposed to act as the roof as well as the windshield. This glass panel was built using a particular crystal which has a peculiar property of filtering UV rays and allowing only unpolarized light to enter cabin.
The Mustang Giugiaro also featured periscope type air conditioning vents, elegant looking leather seats, and reverse cameras on both touch-operated doors. The car interior was overhauled and the gear lever, dials and knobs, instrument panel and the door panels were some of the components that were aesthetically improved.