New for 2015
The Ford Mustang is all-new for the 2015 model year, sporting new sheetmetal, an independent rear suspension, and a new EcoBoost I-4 engine. The Flat Rock, Michigan plant will produce left- and right-hand-drive versions for markets around the world.
The iconic Ford Mustang enters its 50th year, and is available in coupe and convertible forms. The Mustang rounds out the performance lineup as Ford’s most powerful car (until the GT arrives), slotting in above the Focus ST.
The mainstream variants of the 2015 Ford Mustang comes with three different engines. The standard engine is a 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Balanced between the V-6 and the big V-8 is the 310-hp turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4, which makes 320 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful available engine on mainstream models is the 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Buyers choose from a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters or a Getrag-sourced short-throw manual: both are excellent choices. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17-19/28 mpg city/highway for the V-6, 21-22/31-32 mpg with the EcoBoost I-4, and 15-16/25 mpg with the 5.0-liter V-8.
Some of the most notable features on the 2015 Mustang include the fully independent rear suspension, four selectable drive modes (normal, snow/wet, sport, and track), heated and cooled front seats, and adaptive cruise control. Performance packages are available, such as the GT Performance package which includes a gauge pack (oil pressure and vacuum), strut tower brace, larger radiator, unique chassis tuning, heavy-duty springs, Brembo 6-piston front brake calipers, unique 19-inch wheels, summer tires, and a 3.73 Torsen rear axle. A similar package for the EcoBoost engine adds comparable equipment for the turbocharged I-4 equipped models.
The 2015 Mustang convertible’s revised top now takes up less space and goes down in half the time of the previous model’s top.
The latest Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang will be powered by a flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V-8 that will produce more than 500 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque and gets paired with a six-speed manual and a standard Torsen limited-slip differential. The GT350 also gets comprehensive aerodynamic, chassis, and visual upgrades. Unique suspension tuning lower the car by two-inches over the standard GT and MagneRide adaptive dampers are added; this is the first time Ford has offered the technology. The interior was also revised, including Recaro seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, an 8-inch infotainment screen, and fewer reflective materials to eliminate sun glare that could distract drivers.
The 2015 Ford Mustang has not yet been evaluated by the NHTSA or IIHS.
What We Think
After sampling three new flavors of the 2015 Mustang, we were impressed.
Just as advertised, the new multi-link independent rear suspension makes you forget all about the pony-like kick that the old solid-axle Mustang would make at every mismatched seam in a concrete freeway.
In addition to the major suspension changes, the electric assisted steering is surprisingly good, with a crisp steering action. The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine doesn’t feel like its only focus is fuel economy. The twin-scroll turbocharger eliminates most of the lag associated with a turbo, and provides plenty of boost across a wide rpm band.
The 2015 car can now be a Mustang every day and in every weather – rain or shine, 20 miles or 2000 miles, Paris, Texas, or plain old Paris, France. It’s not just a niche car for Ford but instead a flagship of smart engineering, cost-effective technology, and unapologetic ambition. The 2015 Ford Mustang has moved beyond being just fun. Now it wants to be great.
- Good build quality
- Improved on-road demeanor from independent rear suspension
- Available V-8 power
You Won’t Like
- Drag racing without a solid rear axle
- For those who care, the stigma of driving a four-cylinder muscle car
- Forgetting to set line control and rolling forward while bracket racing
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