Ford is unleashing a new special edition Mustang into the wild for 2022, and the Blue Oval says it’s inspired by the Triple White Fox edition from 1993. White-on-white is the theme of the 2022 Ice White Edition Coupe, which will be available for the EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium models. Though Ford is taking a page from its past design boards for the Ice White Edition, Ford says this is the first time it has given the white glove treatment to the coupe body style. The Triple White Fox was offered as a limited run of 1,500 convertibles, and has since become a highly collectible item. Ford hopes the new Ice White Edition of the 2022 Ford Mustang will become a collector’s item as well—an indication that limited units will be available.
Mustang enthusiasts are likely chomping at the bit to see one of these rare beauties in person, and orders are currently open on the Ford Mustang webpage. Like so many vehicles inspired by prior generations, there are differences between the two white special edition packages—and not all of them are related to generational styling.
We’ll dig into how the Triple White Fox and Ice White special editions compare, including engine options available. Note, however, that both of the white special editions are cosmetic treatments only. Engine options are related to the specific trim levels on which these editions are available for factory order.
Engine and Performance Features
Owning a muscle car is always about the power under the hood, though the Mustang hasn’t always come with a particularly powerful engine—unless you range beyond the entry-level trim. When Ford produced the 1993 Mustang Triple White Fox, it was built upon the LX model, which came with a 5.0-liter V8 that made 205 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission was standard for the trim, and it was powered by rear-wheel drive. With this engine, the Triple White Fox produced an average of 17 miles to the gallon.
For a muscle car, it wasn’t particularly fast. Zero to 60 times were over eight seconds, and even the GT trim for 1993 made 7.9 seconds with its high-output, 5.0-liter engine.
Compared to the 1993 Mustang, even the 2022 model’s standard EcoBoost engine will blow its predecessor out of the water. Because the Ice White edition can be optioned for the EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium trims, each comes with a different engine. Sadly, the Ice White Edition can’t be optioned with a High Performance Package, which offers the most powerful engine choices.
For the EcoBoost Premium, the standard engine is Ford’s turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder paired to a standard, six-speed manual transmission. An automatic 10-speed transmission is optional. With this turbocharged engine, the Ice White Edition will make 310 hp with 350 lb-ft of torque. That’s a far cry from the 5.0-liter V8 of 1993.
Bumping up to the GT Premium trim adds the more powerful 5.0-liter V8. However, with all the retuning since ’93, it now makes 450 hp with 410 lb-ft of torque. No data is provided for the 2022 Mustang yet, so zero to 60 times are not available. It’s fair to say, however, that the horsepower alone will make the 2022 models much faster than the 1993 versions. Too bad the High Performance Package can’t be optioned for the Ice White Edition, since the sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, and limited-slip differential would all be nice additions to a model Ford would like to see become a collector’s item.
Covering the exterior of 1993 Triple White Fox Mustangs was white paint brighter than that of other models: a tone called Vibrant White. It may explain the fervor for snapping up models of this particular year. However, there were also other color options, including a Canary Yellow exterior and gray—which found its way into the cabins on some models. For the Triple White, Ford covered nearly everything it could with white, including the 16-in. five-spoke wheels. The trim, mirrors, and spoiler were all white, and the soft-top convertible cover was also white. Again, all unique features were wholly cosmetic for this edition, which meant the color and graphics were the only difference between the Triple White and the standard LX trim.
For the 2022 Ice White Edition, meanwhile, distinguishing features for the exterior will include a new paint color called Oxford White. Like the 1993 Triple White, the wheels and spoiler will be clad in white. Although, for the 2022 model, the wheels measure 18 in. for the EcoBoost Premium and 19 in. for the GT Premium trims. Both will feature machine-surfaced pockets. Ford states that “iced-out” tail lights will also be a feature of the Ice White Edition—a feature trending in vehicles with LED lights capable of changing color (so the light assembly doesn’t have to be red). It gives the exterior an immensely sleek, white appearance, and white pony badging will top off the look of the white-on-white exterior.
Inside the Gift Horse
Slipping into the cockpit of the 1993 Triple White Fox revealed a cool mixture of black and white. Seats were upholstered in white leather, and black floor mats featured the running pony embroidered on one side. Each front seat had the white galloping horse embroidered into its headrest, and door inserts were also brilliant white. The dashboard and steering wheel were black, as were the carpet throughout the cabin and trunk.
Updates for the 2022 Ice White Edition’s cabin are centered on color distribution. Ford retained the black-and-white interior, but has refreshed the color layout. Seats will feature Oxford White leather inserts wrapped in black upholstery. Door panels will also be white—similar to the Triple White Fox, but white accenting stitching and aluminum appliques in the dash will give the 2022 edition a contemporary flair.
Also, both trim options for the 2022 Mustang Ice White Edition include significant tech enhancements. These include ambient lighting, powered driver’s and passenger’s seats, and an 8-in. infotainment screen. Comforts such as heated and ventilated front seats and dual-zone climate control are also included, as well as a nine-speaker audio system. Upgrading to the GT Premium version offers full leather upholstery instead of the inserts for the EcoBoost Premium, and puddle lamps and a universal remote offer extra conveniences.
Easter Eggs Everywhere
Finding Easter Eggs is part of the fun of buying a new car. There’s a rush of childlike joy when drivers discover hidden gems throughout their vehicles. Ford is fond of hidden features in many of its best-sellers, including the Mustang, F-150, and Bronco. Enthusiasts often share these finds in videos or blogs as they discover them. We’ll spoil some of these surprises in the 2022 Ice White Mustang now.
Easter eggs include Mustang icons, which you can spot in a number of places. You can find one in the center of all four wheels; another horse is hidden in the headlight assembly. Easter eggs may go beyond hidden icons as well, as people have discovered interesting features in recent Ford vehicles—hidden storage chambers or ways to use the infotainment system when the vehicle is off, for example. There are other surprises that you will have to hunt down on your own.
Pricing for the Ice White Special Edition
Ford published pricing for the trims specific to the Ice White Edition, starting with the EcoBoost Premium with an MSRP of $32,225. Upgrading to the GT Premium trim brings the starting price up to $40,450, not including destination fees or applicable taxes. Adding the Ice White Edition package tacks on an additional $1,995—which may be a fantastic bargain if this edition does become a collector’s item. Only time will tell, but there are probably folks lining up to buy the limited-run Ford as you read this.