HOUSTON -

As a member of the Mustang Club of Houston, you'd be hard-pressed to find somebody more excited than Keith Howard about the newly redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang.

"I want to drive it. For me, what matters is performance," Howard said.

The Mustang has undergone a complete overhaul and there's a certain retro feel with this new design, which was inspired by the classic 1960's model. It sits lower and wider, the roof tapers down dramatically in the front and back, and the long hood is still there as is the grill with the original Mustang logo.

"The interior is based on aircrafts and based on all new kinds of technology and the exterior is still Mustang, but it has some new cues that really brings it into the Ford DNA," said John Hinrichs, Ford Company President.

Local 2 showed Howard pictures of the newly redesigned car.

"From my first impression, I think they've done a good job of meeting in the middle and I think the performance of the car will speak to what it's all about," Howard said.

The American icon is about to turn 50, and for the first time, Mustang is going global. There may be a new 4-cylinder eco-boost engine but Ford says the star of the next generation car is still the 5.0 liter V8.

Ford isn't saying how much the new Mustang will cost but the current base model starts around $23,000.

The new Mustang has been engineered to meet various international safety and emissions standards, but Ford says going global in no way impacted the design.

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