You may have noticed that the all-new 2015 Mustang was recently revealed simultaneously, in six cities on four continents, around the globe. (Earth-shattering news is hard to miss like that.)
We dropped by the NYC launch to take a look… and answer any questions you might have. Let’s begin:
So what’s new?
Pretty much everything. They say only 2% of the sheet metal from the previous generation is carried over to the new ‘Stang. (We’re guessing maybe the gas pedal?) A more aggressively sculpted front-end starts things off and leads back over the lower roof line to what we’ve all been praying for: the return of the fast back.
Wider hips then get rounded off with the iconic tri-bar taillights and a sizable rear diffuser.
And what’s been put in the Dearborn dumpsters?
The solid rear axle has been tossed in favor of an independent rear suspension system. (Welcome to the 21st century, Mustang.)
And because Ford wants the Mustang to be a global competitor, quality cowhide and brushed aluminum bring it up to the blue-blooded standards of European buyers.
Is it all blue blood and no blue collar?
Let’s say they’re taking the “America can do it better” approach. Reps from Ford say that they’re “ leaving the muscle car scene behind and going after cars like the new BMW M4 and Porsche 911.”
Obviously there will be direct comparisons to the Camaro and the Challenger, because of history and heritage, but Ford wants the Mustang to be a world-beater (and why shouldn’t they).
And seeing as how the Boss beat the M3 around Laguna Seca, that’s probably for the best.
But talk aside, they used the 2013 Boss 302 as the true benchmark. And seeing as how the Boss beat the M3 around Laguna Seca, that’s probably for the best.
Sure, it looks like a Mustang. But will it feel like a Mustang?
Though some of the Mustang fanboys are up in arms about the modern independent rear suspension, they’re probably more livid about a turbo four-cylinder being offered for the first time in Mustang history.
But with the unique-to-Mustang 2.3-liter Eco-boost putting out 309 horsepower and 300 ft/lbs, it’s hard to see why.
With a demand for economic performance on the rise, the Eco-boost isn’t solely geared toward the European market. Fanboys or not, it’s expected to sell big stateside.
But if new-wave isn’t your thing, fret not, the entry-level V6 and range-topping V8 offer up 300 horsepower/270 ft/lbs and 420 horsepower/390 ft/lbs, respectively.
And even if those numbers are modest early estimates, a 420 horsepower burnout is anything but modest. (Fingers crossed anyway.)
Once it’s finally ready for the ring in 2014, it’ll be interesting to see the original pony car go toe to toe with Europe’s finest. Say it with us: U-S-A… U-S-A…
– Bryan Campbell
- Posted December 11, 2013
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