2015 brings the new era for the Ford Mustang. Celebrating 50 years of production, Ford revealed the new model with some groundbreaking changes. First off, there are some big changes with the choice of engine. The base model will have a 3.7L V6 capable of producing 300hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The next step up, so to speak, is the new 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost. This particular engine is new to the EcoBoost family, exclusive to the Mustang, sports an estimated 305 ponies and 300 lb-ft torque with a much wider power band than the standard V6. The top of the line at time of release (there will obviously be a Shelby model to come) is the GT with the same 5.0L engine as the current car. It has been improved with some parts from the outgoing Boss 302 to make an estimated 420 horsepower and 396 lb-ft torque. Also new is the launch control with the 6 speed manual as well as the 6 speed automatic. Both transmissions have been designed to perform with rev-matching technologies for optimum shifts and launches.
Perhaps the largest change, for Mustang faithful, is the long anticipated change in suspension setup. The live axle is gone, ditched in favor of a rear multilink unit that offers new levels of performance and customization that will work in tandem with the new selectable driving modes. Up front, the configuration is now a double ball joint setup with enhanced precision and better balance. Ford’s chief Mustang engineer noted that the removal of the live rear axle exposed flaws with the old front system so, in turn, that was redesigned as well. In regards to the selectable driving modes, there are four to choose from: Normal, Sport, Track, and Wet Weather. The good news for the most customized vehicle in America, is that you can customize the driving modes yourself, to your liking.
The new face of the Ford Mustang is a very appealing one. The designers asked for input directly from Mustang enthusiasts. They have developed a more blunt front grill, naming it the “shark bite.” It also eliminated some of the bulkiness that is common to the current generation Mustang. The new Mustang is now lower and wider which makes for improved road presence as well as handling. Before, you could only fit one golf bag in the trunk. Now you can bring a friend. On top of the added cargo space, more hip and leg room for both front and rear seat passengers should help make everyone more comfortable. Other creature comforts will come from Ford’s SYNC system and MyKey built in to each car as standard. Optional Track Apps, MyColor gauges, and an upgraded Shaker Pro audio system add more customization.
Style and function have come together for 2015. Ford knew they had to bring something to the table for the Mustang’s 50th year and they delivered. At launch, look for both the coupe and convertible. We’ll be waiting for the chance to test drive one and see if it drives as well as it looks.
-Scott Villeneuve & Danielle Assenheimer