The Ford EXP is a sports compact coupe that was produced and sold by Ford Motor Company in North America from the 1982 to 1988 model years. The first two-seat Ford since the 1957 Thunderbird, the EXP made its debut at the 1981 Chicago Auto Show. Sharing the dashboard, wheelbase, suspension, and powertrain with the Ford Escort, the EXP was longer, lower, and more aerodynamic than its five-seat counterpart.
Now at the risk of being controversial I actually liked the Mustang II and worked on them back in the day. I felt it was a bit of a return to the original concept of the uncomplicated parts bin type car from the 60’s. Now the fact that the clean air movement strangled the performance was a definite downside.
The article from Aaron Gold at Autotrader argues that the Mustangs problems were well before the arrival of the much maligned Mustang II.