After manufacturing the Mustangs exclusively for 50 years for Americans only, Ford has come finally out with one for the rest of the world.
The all-new 2015 Mustang unlike that original four-cylinder Mustang SVO, is to be marketable in, “every continent except Antarctica.”
Same as its predecessors Focus, Fiesta and Escape, the Mustang has been developed under the “OneFord” banner, whereby a single platform will be utilised for multiple world markets.
The review of the all new sixth-generation of the original pony car is here.
New Design and Performance:
The evolved Mustang is molded in European styling featuring narrowed headlamps and grille, long hoods and short rear decks – as in the archetype Jaguar E-Type and edgy rocker panels that are unlike anything we’ve seen from Ford’s pony car before. The windshield and rear glass are aggressively raked.
The new Mustang enters the 21st century with its pushbutton start standard on all trim levels.
The new generation still contains the old features like the hood bulge (reduced, with added vents on GT V8 models), funky progressive rear turn signals, twin-outlet exhaust and the classic Mustang roofline.
The feature includes the modern sheetmetal surfacing, the slim HID headlights, a set of faux-aluminum toggle switches four your traction control, drive mode and hazard lights that now appear at the base of the centre stack.
The interior of the new Mustang has the plastic door panels, console and dashboard are soft to the touch and have a consistent hide-like grain. Ford used real aluminum on the broad trim panels,focusing that anything that looks like aluminum is the real deal.
The seats follows the American tradition loaded with lots of cushioning. There is the massive subwoofer that comes with the optional 12-speaker ShakerPro audio system. Recaro sports seats are likely to be optional in Australia as they are in the US.
For the first time the Mustang series will contain a fully independent rear suspension, forgetting the traditional live axle. The new setup comprises of a compact multi-link arrangement along with coil springs and separate dampers to optimize rear wheel placement on the road to give maximum traction.
At 3,532 lbs. the 2015 Mustang is not that easy to wake up after rest.
Here enters a new chapter in the series of Mustangs, with a four-cylinder 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine making 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque comes along with the long-standing Ti-VCT V6 (300 hp, 280 lb.-ft.) and V8 Coyote (435 hp, 400 lb.-ft.).
The new turbo Mustang, on 93 octane gas, packs a minimum of 105 more ponies (310) than the SVO with more torque (320 lb-ft.). At $25,995, this Mustang hits the value/performance sweet spot. The EcoBoost engine has economy between 9.0 litres per 100 kilometres (manual) and 9.4L/100km against the V8′s 12.3L/100km (auto or manual).
The Mustang GT is the king, with a 5.0-liter V8 that is capable of propelling the fastback to 155 mph. For the V8, power is up 15 horsepower and torque up 10 lb.-ft. from 2014.
The drag racer’s Line Lock feature that is available only on V8 models allows full lock on the front brakes while leaving the rears free to spin, letting the rear tires to put on a smoke show.
2015 Ford Mustang (3.7L V6) :
Base price- $24,425 including $825 destination,
6-speed automatic- $1195.
2015 Ford Mustang Eco Boost (2.3L I4/turbo) :
Base price- $25,995 including $825 destination,
Premium Package Base price – $29,995 with leather interior and $825 destination.
6-speed automatic- $1195,
Performance Package- $1995
For the Recaro seats- $1595
2015 Ford Mustang GT (5.0L V8) :
Base price- $32,925 including $825 destination,
Premium Package Base price- $36,925 with the leather interior and $825 destination,
6-speed automatic- $1195,
Performance Package- $2495,
Leather Recaro seats- $1595