I don't think too many people go to Mustang shows to see V6 Mustangs. When we go to these shows, there are a few of these V6 Mustangs, but no one is interested in them. Why bother having a Mustang if it's a V6? If I wanted a V6 powered car from Ford, I'd buy the Fusion.
Normally I'd agree with you on this one, but 305 HP, 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, .95g on the skidpad and over 30 mpg?? I'd definitely look at a V-6 Mustang now!! You might even be seeing more of them at shows, now that they are real performers instead of a nice looking slow car. Put a super charger on that new V-6, and you'll be pushing 400 hp. Sweet!
99% of people attending car shows could care less what engine is in the car, nor can they TELL what engine is in the car. They go to SEE the CARS, not the engines. And I've seen a number of both stock and customized Fox 4's at shows, as well as a huge number of late-model 3.8 and 4.0 V-6's. One of the sharpest cars I've seen at a Mustang show was a customized '93 Fox convertible with the base 2.3. It got more attention than the Shelby GT500's (which all look boringly just alike).
WHAT?!?!? C'mon now. Gee if no one cares about the engines in classic cars at shows, then why is a Hemi powered 'Cuda worth upwards of $500,000, yet the same exact car (according to you) with a 383 or a 340 only brings in about $40,000. I'd say more than 1% of the people care about what engine is in the car. The same can be said for the Boss 429 Mustang. I don't see a '70 6 cylinder Mustang bringing in $250K do you? But it isn't about the engine is it? How about the SD Trans Am from '73 and '74... nawww there is no premium for that high powered 455 under the hood... yeah right!! Normally I wouldn't say someone is completely off the mark, but you are completely off the mark here!
Just because you and your friends don't care, doesn't mean 99% of people don't care about power and performance. They have car shows dedicated to performance cars all the time, and not average daily drivers.
The last time I went to a Mustang show, there was one V-6 I saw, and it was in the parking lot because its owner was inside salivating over the V-8 cars he couldn't afford to insure! There surely were NO 4 cylinder Mustangs to be seen anywhere, and no V-6's in the show either. There were modified GT's, Saleen's, Shelby's and Bosses though. I guess you would have been bored though huh?
The coolest part was when they all took off after the show. Hearing superchargers whining and V-8's rumbling was a major attraction, not the grating V-6 that sounds like an Explorer taking off. Trust me, NO ONE would wait around for that! There were tons of people waiting to hear the real cars go by though.
Nothing could be further from the truth... Every car show I've been to is all about the horsepower. Have you ever been to a muscle car show? I've been to Mustang shows, and never have I seen a V-6, let alone a 4 cylinder in the show. Only GT's, Bosses, Shelby's and Mach's.
Not sure where you are going to shows, but they aren't the typical fare.
Oh, and if you can't tell which engine is in each Mustang, you aren't really a true Mustang fanatic. I can tell you which engine is in each and every model of the Mustang back to 1964.
I go to art galleries to look at pretty things on display. I go to car shows to look at nice looking, great performing cars. You won't see people lining up to watch the cruise parades with 6 cylinder and 4 cylinder Mustangs around. It is all about the sound and the tire smoke!
Muscle car shows are for "muscle cars". Mustang shows are for Mustangs... ALL Mustangs. If all people attending Mustang shows cared about was the engine, touring a dealer's lot would be just as good (and BORING) as looking at a bunch of showroom stock GT's and GT500's parked at a show. I always totally ignore the showroom stocks at shows, simply because you can see dozens of them on the road driving to and from the show. I seek out the cars that owners have modified to stand out from the crowd.
The last Mustang show I attended featured a really beautiful, highly modified 2002 Mustang with fantastic body work and custom paint. It was shown by a local body shop specializing in custom work and special paint jobs. It looked sleek, fast and was definitely a stand-out in the show. The hood was closed, and when I asked the owner what powered it, his reply was "Oh, it's just a stock 3.8. No one cares about the engines." I tend to agree.
On customized (even mildly customized) Mustangs it is impossible to look at the car and tell what engine is in the car unless the hoods are up (and they often aren't). The last show I attended featured a gorgeous V-6 Mustang with 19" custom wheels, no badging of any kind, and 2" dual pipes out the back fascia. In talking with the owner, I discovered it was a stock 3.8, and even the dual pipes were fake. It was one of the most popular cars in the show.
You are just into different type of shows than I am I guess. I don't care about oversized wheels and wild paint jobs, as much as looking at old classic cars that you don't see everyday. To each their own.
So you'd rather look at cars with fake parts bolted on them that are a complete fabrication of a performance car? I'd rather look at the real thing myself. Big wheels and fake exhaust tips do nothing as far as the view and experience from the driver's seat. I like drivers cars, not just hollow nice looking fabrications, with nothing under the hood. It's easy and a lot cheaper to go half way on any custom car, and then keep the hood closed to hide the shortcomings of your car.
I only appreciate someone who goes all out to make a car that has everything from looks to performance. V-6 Mustangs (short of the 2011 that is) and especially 4 cylinder Mustangs don't have the performance potential to make me want to waste time looking at them at shows. No matter how nice it looks from the outside, if I don't see a complete package, I am not thrilled about it really. The funny thing is, though, I have really never seen a Mustang show that has anything but high performance Mustangs. The burnout show at the end of the show was always the best part!
I love the classics as well. I have no desire to look at showroom stock GT's and GT 500's. I can do that in the parking lot at Kroger or Wal-Mart. If a car is new and stock, it has no business being in a car show. At the last Mustang show I attended, the cars were displayed on the car dealer's lot. People kept confusing the new cars that were for sale with all the plain stock new cars people drove to the show. If I wanted to see stock cars, I'd just browse a dealer's lot.