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2015 Shelby American GT Front Three Quarter In Motion 1
It’s 50 miles from 6405 Ensworth St., at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, to 3601 State Highway 160, just outside Pahrump, Nevada, with its odd contrast between brothels and Mormon ward houses. Neither looks like it could have much to do with a car, let alone a good one. Yet the former address is the location of Shelby American, a 135,000-square-foot building where Ford Mustang GTs become 2015 Shelby American GTs. The latter is home to Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club, where we’ll get to thrash several freshly built prototypes of the car.
The new 2015 Ford Mustang GT is a formidable car -- one of this magazine’s All-Stars. Improving upon it might seem a foreboding challenge for a relatively small aftermarket company. Shelby doesn’t see it that way. “We sat down and said the ’15 Mustang is a great car out of the box. We then said, ‘Let’s build the car we want to drive,’ ” says A.J. Feher, vice president of operations. Feher invoked a conversation with Carroll Shelby before the master’s passing in 2012, the lesson being that their cars should be lighter, faster, and better-looking. Even with carbon-fiber pieces from tip to tail, the 2015 Shelby GT may not be lighter -- “It’s a wash,” Feher said -- but otherwise it is true to the master’s precepts.
2015 Shelby American GT Rear Three Quarter In Motion 2
At the track, with the snowy Spring Mountains and cloud-capped Charleston Peak in the background, yellow, black, and red Shelby GTs glisten in the sunshine. (A Shelby GT buyer can select any color in the Mustang book before shipping his car to Las Vegas, where stripes and graphics are applied as part of the deal.) For our first laps we chose yellow with black stripes, unpainted carbon -- and more premium, optional suspension components. After climbing in, it’s easy to settle into a comfortable driving position and capitalize on the already superb visibility. We press the start button, firing up the 5.0-liter engine, which has been supercharged for 627 hp. We gleefully nudge the short-throw shifter into first. A blip of the throttle gives us an idea of the Borla exhaust’s euphonious range. Then, out of the pits we go.
2015 Shelby American GT Above Front Three Quarter 2
After a warm-up lap, the 2015 Shelby American GT reveals itself in full. The car is as consistent and straightforward as a Vegas cocktail waitress asking, “How about another?” We eye the exit point of a corner and delicately open the throttle, waiting to unleash the beast. Then, the ready-to-rev V-8 dropkicks us down the straightaways. Just as we can never remember how many aces are out, we forget about the supercharger, which neither whoops nor whistles. This is power delivery par excellence.
But for all the quick buildup of straight-line speed, where this Shelby really impresses is in the esses, sweepers, and hairpins. The technical course rewards precision, and for all its size -- 107.1-inch wheelbase and 190.3 inches long -- the 2015 Shelby American GT masters every step. With six-piston Wilwood Engineering front calipers, there’s massive, progressive braking capability. We feel the even-handed redistribution of forces every time we ease out of the pedal, raise the nose up again, and turn into a corner. The chassis rotates with Copernican consistency, in no small part due to the new independent rear suspension. The tenacious Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (275/35R-20 front, 305/30R-20 rear) enhance the car’s predictability. Then it’s back into the throttle as we sight the exit point and zoom forward.
2015 Shelby American GT Decklid 2
Finally returning to the pits, we feel every bit of exhilaration the $39,995 conversion (added to the Mustang GT’s $36,925 base price) would provide an owner. Keith Belair, Shelby American chief operating officer (and not a Chevy guy), claims the GT’s content, performance, and styling are available at a “value price,” and we can see it. More than being just a trim package, the embellishments supplied by Ford Racing, as well as those developed with partners such as Carbon by Design and Weld Racing, add capability. The development phase only started last July, yet its completeness makes the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 look like part of Penn & Teller’s stage act and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat like a specialist in one of Pahrump’s establishments. (We’ve yet to test another, somewhat closer competitor -- the Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang developed by Ford engineers.) Although we only drove on the circuit, the Shelby GT’s amiability was apparent: It very well could be a daily driver.
2015 Shelby American GT Front End 2
And what a distinctive car for going to the office! Shelby lettering on the trunklid, “Powered by Ford” fender badges, and a GT label on the billet aluminum grille reveal the unique identity. The bulging carbon-fiber hood (with customizable vents); decklid with spoiler; and full surround of splitter, rockers, and diffuser may or may not amplify the statement, depending on whether they’re left in carbon black or painted to match the body. Inside the cabin, headrests emblazoned with the Shelby name and a gauge pod on the upper dash are obvious. Too bad about the stock plastic door panels, which diminish the spirit. Supporting it all is the fortified suspension. Elegant, forged-alloy Venice Weld wheels pay tribute to Shelby’s commercial beginnings in a shop in L.A.’s Venice neighborhood.
Even greater distinction comes from options that increase engine output beyond 700 hp, upgrade the rear brakes with four-piston calipers, and fully customize interior seating. The modular front grille can incorporate foglamps; the subsequently vacant front corners are fitted with carbon-fiber air intakes to additionally cool the front brakes. Even more aggressive suspension pieces can be specified. And the plethora of choices in striping and graphics means no two Shelby GTs need look alike. Top it all off with a Las Vegas delivery experience that allows the buyer to add to the factory’s signature wall before having a track experience like ours.
2015 Shelby American GT Rear Three Quarter
As Belair notes, the 2015 Mustang is marketed globally, so the 2015 Shelby American GT has international potential, too. Shelby American is setting up installation points in the United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere and will ship parts to meet demand. Meantime, in 2015, it expects to build 400 cars at 6405 Ensworth St., where it has been located for about a year. It still seems strange that the Las Vegas Strip traffics in something other than cocktails, showgirls, and jackpots. Yet, in coming from this milieu, the 2015 Shelby American GT treatment makes perfect sense. It’s the hangover pill for muscle cars.

2015 Shelby American GT Specifications

On Sale: April
Price: $76,290
Engine: 5.0-liter supercharged DOHC 32-valve V-8/627 hp @ 6,700 rpm, 514 lb-ft @ 5,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD coupe
EPA Mileage: N/A
L x W x H: 190.3 x 75.4 x 53.4 in
Suspension (front/rear): MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar/multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Brakes: Slotted discs
Tires (front/rear): 275/35R-20 / 305/30R-20
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Front End In Motion 02
West Hollywood, CALIFORNIA – It’s been a hot day, yet the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost is looking pretty cool poised against the canopy over the entrance to the Sunset Marquis, one of those quietly trendy, oh so snappy hotels in Hollywood.
We started out this morning with the Mustang at Mel’s Drive-In, a very 1960s place with Googie-style architecture that is probably not more than a couple hundred yards from here on Sunset Boulevard. And all it took the Mustang to get from there to here has been about five hours and 50 years.
That’s because the Mustang is driving away from that place where it was just a ride to the malt shop, and now it is moving toward a place where it has the looks, technology and personality to been seen at a fine hotel. In fact, the 2015 Ford Mustang is the kind of car that you can drive to Mel’s Drive-In and the Sunset Marquis in the same day and feel pretty hot and pretty cool at both places.

Technology and the four-cylinder engine

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost, with 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque on tap, is not the first four-cylinder engine in a Mustang, but it is certainly the best. Since 1974, when the Mustang II was just a Pinto in a ponycar costume, Ford has tried to give the Mustang a powertrain with smart performance. It hasn’t been an easy thing to do, and even the 1984 Ford Mustang SVO, with its 175-hp, 2.3-liter turbo four, didn’t make any friends with its unpleasant noise and vibration.
So we’re surprised that the EcoBoost 2.3 turns out to be pretty darn good, as you might expect from its turbocharged output. The 16-valve DOHC cylinder head is meant to squeeze as much power as it can from every drop of gas, while its forged-steel connecting rods and crankshaft are up to the stress of turbocharging. A balance shaft quells engine vibration, a tall compression ratio of 9.5:1 enhances throttle response, and a twin-scroll turbocharger helps ensure plenty of boost across a wide rpm band.
This sort of hardware is rally car tech, really, but sadly we’re creeping along in traffic on Sunset Boulevard trying to get out of town, so we’re not able to use everything on hand. But it turns out that this engine is pretty friendly during town driving, delivering plenty of thrust despite being wrapped in a 3524-pound ponycar.
Since the EcoBoost is matched in this particular car with a six-speed automatic transmission, we’re not surprised that the powertrain lets the Mustang creep effortlessly in stop-and-go traffic (maybe just a bit too quickly, though). The transmission shifts smoothly and the engine is fairly quiet. Of course, things are far from quiet when you need a burst of power, as you can hear and feel all those mechanical bits thrashing around inside the engine. But since there’s no fan noise or transmission whine, the total effect is not so bad.

Escaping to Angeles Crest

With all the chatter about the 2015 Mustang’s new engine selections -- the EcoBoost is joined by Ford’s 300-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 and 435-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 -- we kind of forget that one of the most important bits of new technology is the independent rear suspension. Words can’t express our relief at the Mustang’s composure across the worn concrete slabs of the freeways around Los Angeles, as the car seems to magically pick up its feet across the seams between the slabs. The Mustang still pitches a little, yet a long 107.1-inch wheelbase manages to make the car feel very stable.
We’re extra happy to be driving the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost when we hit Angeles Crest, the famous road for fast driving in the San Gabriel Mountains above Pasadena. Sure, we have to work the turbocharged four-cylinder engine harder than we would a V-8, but we can feel less weight on the front wheels, as if we were magically free of that annoying guy from next door who always wants to go for a ride when he sees a fast car in our parking space.
Shift paddles on the steering wheel give you some manual control, although the transmission is still plenty lively with the ratio swapping, even in automatic mode. You can change the calibration of steering effort, throttle action, shift points, and stability control engagement with the toggle switch on the center console, which gives you the choice of Normal, Snow, Sport+ and Track. The suspension calibration remains the same, though. If you want a different feel from the tires, then you buy different sizes, as the standard 17s can be replaced by 18s, 19s or even 20s (cheaper and better than adjustable dampers, we think).

Sports coupe or econo-box?

Ford wants us to believe that the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost is a sports coupe, not an econo-box. It pains us to admit Ford might be correct, even though we haven’t yet been able to drive this chassis and engine combination with the optional Getrag-built six-speed manual transmission.
It begins with the way in which the chassis calibration has changed. The body’s high-strength steel construction feels solid. The suspension action, with its double-ball-joint front struts and multilink independent rear setup, feels precise. Its supple, predictable dynamics feel like a revelation.
As we climb through the long horseshoe curves toward Mt. Wilson and then cross the little crest and swing down through the long stretch of esses that comes afterward, the Mustang is completely impressive. As the front end steers into corners athletically and the electric-assist steering communicates effectively, the chassis rolls predictably and then squats its outside rear tire so you know where the power meets the pavement.
Once we arrive at Newcombe’s Ranch (est. 1939) at an elevation of 5340 feet, it’s as if the 2015 Mustang has left behind all those stereotypes from 50 years of bad behavior back at the Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank. Apparently it just takes a while for some kids to grow up.

Part Mustang, part Thunderbird, and part GT40

So we’re thinking about this the whole rest of the day as we drive down Big Tujunga wash, take the old Box Canyon road into Simi Valley, cut across the heart of the San Fernando Valley, cross the Malibu Mountains and drive along the beach, and then survive the long commute on four-lane Sunset Boulevard from Pacific Palisades to West Hollywood.
And now the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost is back sitting in front of the Sunset Marquis, and it’s just in the right place, we’re thinking. It’s still a Mustang, just like the Sunset Marquis is still the place where the musicians who played on the Sunset Strip used to behave badly. But now this car has a more fully developed personality, just like the Sunset Marquis. The 310-hp Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost is youthful, not cheap. The 435-hp Mustang 5.0 V-8 is powerful, not brutal. And the forthcoming 300-hp Mustang V-6 should be stylish, not silly.
Maybe there will be people who will be disappointed that the 2015 Ford Mustang has a full range of active-safety technology, or when you lay into the gas pedal it moves forward instead of just jumping straight up into the air.
But for us, driving the 2015 Ford Mustang is like being greeted in the Sunset Marquis’ lobby by guest services manager Francois Martin. You can tell that this car has been places, and it will tell you stories of travel, romance, and its past mischievous ways. But it’s finally learned to relax a little, and it brings a casual, yet deeply professional personality to everything it does. And we think it’s always cool to be around a professional who knows how to enjoy life.

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

On Sale: Fall 2015
Base Price: $29,995
As Tested: $36,490
Engine: 2.3-liter, turbocharged, 16-valve DOHC I-4/310 hp @ 5500 rpm, 320 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Layout: Two-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive coupe
EPA Mileage: 21/32/25 mpg (city/highway/combined)
Suspension: MacPherson struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar/multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Brakes f/r: Vented discs/discs
L x W x H: 188.3 x 75.4 x 54.4 in
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Weight: 3524 lb
2015 Ford Mustang GT Front Three Quarter In Motion
West Hollywood, California—The 2015 Ford Mustang comes to life in the parking lot of Mel’s Drive-in, a retro-style place in Hollywood where you can still feel the 1960s. With the car eager underneath our throttle foot, we turn right on Sunset Boulevard and drive away from Mel’s as fast as we can. The Ford Mustang doesn’t belong to the past anymore, and so we figured it was time to leave the vicinity.
Ford has reimagined its muscular, sporty car. To be sure, it still breathes fire, but now it can also express itself through technology, and the result is a car with far broader horizons than past models. In fact, the 2015 Ford Mustang is actually nice. (Imagine, “Mustang” and “nice” used together in the same sentence.)

Not from the Valley anymore

This being Los Angeles, we don’t get far from Mel’s before we get bogged down in traffic. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Mustang’s sleek new shape with its tightly fitted greenhouse looks like it belongs here among the glamorous cars that choke Sunset Boulevard at all hours of the day or night. No one looks at us as if we should be at cruise night someplace in the San Fernando Valley.
2015 Ford Mustang GT At Mels Diner
Unlike any Mustang from the past, the 2015 car swims through stop-and-go traffic painlessly. First of all, you can see where you’re going, as the instrument panel and the window sills are fairly low. In addition, you have technology on your side in close quarters, because this 2015 Ford Mustang 5.0 offers forward-collision warning and impact mitigation with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors as option packages on top of the 5.0’s Premium Package. A rear-view camera is standard on all models.
Even in traffic, you’re aware that this Mustang GT has a beast within, since there’s no other way to describe a 435-hp 5.0-liter V-8 matched with a six-speed manual transmission. Fortunately, this powertrain has been to charm school. The engine’s docile personality at low rpm, the slick short-throw shift linkage of the Getrag-built gearbox, and the smooth clutch take-up combine to help you drive like a pro. You can make the shift from first to second gear so seamlessly that your passenger’s head will barely bobble. And if you come to a bad place where the nose of the car points skyward at a stoplight, hill-start assist takes care of your getaway.

Making your getaway

There’s no reason to drive any Mustang slowly for too long, so we soon break out of town and head for the San Gabriel Mountains bordering L.A. The 2015 Mustang gives new meaning to the phrase “pounding down the freeway,” because mostly it doesn’t. 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.
Of course, we’re not talking about suspending the laws of physics here. Even with its long, 107.1-inch wheelbase, this car pitches a bit across the ripples in the road, and there are certain pavement surfaces that can trigger a little harshness in the tires or a noisy resonance in the suspension bushings. But, really, you hardly notice.
Don’t try flipping the toggle switches on the center console to change the ride quality, because the suspension calibration is fixed. When you change chassis modes between Comfort, Snow, Sport +, and Track, you’re changing steering effort, throttle action, shift points, and stability control calibration. Speaking of steering, you’d never guess that this car features an electric-assist setup. There’s no stickiness to the steering action, and the car doesn’t wander from side to side in the lane.
2015 Ford Mustang GT Cockpit

No one can be nice forever

Finally, we get to a place beyond the city limits, so we let the engine off its leash. It goes without saying that 435 hp @ 6500 rpm and 400 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm from this DOHC 4951cc V-8 are plenty for the 3705-lb Mustang 5.0, not the least because you can expect an EPA-certified 15/25 mpg. This engine also is eager to charge toward its redline, and we think this delivers a stronger impression of performance than an engine that runs at very low rpm.
The engine sounds great through the little audio symposer that funnels engine sounds into the cabin. The manual gearbox and clutch deliver excellent response, although it’s frustrating to feel the way that the throttle pedal and brake pedal have drifted apart because of concerns over unintended acceleration, so now heel-and-toe downshifts are not easy to make. When it comes to burning away the speed, the brakes are effective, although there’s so much bite from the brake pads even with light pressure on the pedal that it’s best to be deliberate.
What you notice most, of course, is the new suppleness with which the Mustang negotiates the corners. The wheels move up and down with a sure-footed style that feels carefully damped, and the old springy skittishness is long gone. A bit of anti-dive and anti-squat in the suspension adds a measure of control. It’s really quite something to feel this Mustang GT’s optional 40-series, 19-inch Pirelli P Zero tires soak up the undulations of the road as you feed in some steering lock, then sense the chassis rolling predictably and finally sitting down noticeably on its outside rear tire as the car carves around the corner.
The 2015 Mustang’s resilient suspension calibration makes the car feel amazingly graceful. You’re aware of the big, heavy 19-inch wheels moving up and down, of course, but never do they feel as if they’re steering the car. This car is gloriously happy on its tires.

More Mustang on the way

There’s more to the Mustang than just this 5.0-liter 2015 GT, of course. We’ve also driven the Mustang with its 310-hp, 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder matched with a six-speed automatic, and the 300-hp 3.7-liter V-6 that will be the choice of most drivers will soon find its way into our hands. Then there are the high-performance models to come that will put the 2015 Ford Mustang on par with the specialty versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
Yet the thing that we’re most excited about right now is the complete transformation in the Mustang’s personality. The 2015 Ford Mustang is a Mustang through and through. More than that, this is a purebred American car that’ll run down a road in the way that you’ve always hoped since the Mustang was introduced in April 1964, and it will make you a better driver in the bargain.
So no more excuses need be made for the Mustang. 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.
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Around Corner
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Let’s not make too much of this. We spent about five minutes riding in the 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost during a recent Ford Racing event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is about the same amount of time that you spend on a roller coaster ride.
So it’s no surprise that we learned about as much as you would on an amusement park roller coaster. Even so, the ride made us pretty happy. In fact, the small gaggle of Mustang engineers swirling around the two cars in which we rode was awfully happy, too. They were practically jumping into the air every few seconds, just like ten year olds.
In all the childlike excitement, the Ford people told us a few things about the 2.3 EcoBoost version that make us look forward to the official introduction of the 2015 Ford Mustang in September 2014 with even more eagerness.

The 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost is not a dog

First, let us assure you that the new Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost is nothing like the 1986 Ford Mustang 2.3 SVO, a car that we drove when it was new. We still remember the look of disappointment on the face of SVO president Michael Kranefuss as we gave him our initial impressions of the Fox-platform Mustang with its turbocharged, 200-hp Pinto engine.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing is expected to make 305 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. This is an impressive amount of power that should help justify Ford’s decision to identify the engine as a premium application in the 2015 Mustang, slotted between the standard 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8. (We expect the premium to be somewhere between the $995 option price for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four in the Taurus and the $2395 price of the EcoBoost V-6 in the F-150.) The Mustang’s 2.3 sure sounds like a premium engine, winding up with a sonorous warble as the boost gauge in the instrument binnacle tickles 18 psi during full-throttle acceleration before settling at 15 psi under normal operation.
Other applications of turbocharged four-cylinder engines in premium cars are often meant to deliver mpg rather than mph, even high-output ones that we’ve seen in the Cadillac CTS and Jaguar XF. And while mpg is certainly part of the program for the Mustang EcoBoost, this turbo four feels lively, and it reduces the amount of weight sitting on the front tires, which is a fine thing to cut.

Flip the switches for speed

The Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost will come with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual, and our ride had the automatic, just as you’d expect in a pre-production car. The 2015 Ford Mustang will come with electronic chassis calibration featuring four modes: normal, sport, track and snow/wet. The Mustang’s automatic also has shift paddles on the steering wheel, and when you select sport mode, a throttle blip helps quicken the gear engagement for every downshift.
Naturally, the four chassis modes determine throttle response, shift points, and stability-control calibration. In addition, the electric-assist rack-and-pinion steering also has different modes: comfort, normal, and sport. We did our little loops around a short autocross circuit behind some infield grandstands at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and the engineer at the wheel did his best to show us the quickness with which the transmission can react in sport mode and the unobtrusive permissiveness of the stability control.

Chassis control comes at a slight extra cost

The two cars at Charlotte were both equipped with the Performance Package, which enhanced the goodness of the Mustang EcoBoost.
The performance package features chassis braces for more structural rigidity, harder suspension bushings for quicker handling response, firmer springs and firmer monotube dampers, and stiffer (by five percent) anti-roll bars. Moreover, the Mustang’s standard 12.6-inch disc brakes are replaced with the Mustang V-8’s 13.9-inch front rotors with fixed four-piston calipers and 13.0-inch vented rear rotors with sliding-piston calipers. Finally, 19 x 9.0-inch cast-aluminum wheels carry 255/40YR-19 Pirelli PZero summer performance tires, replacing the standard 17-inch wheels and 235/55WR-17s.
The most important bit of hardware in the performance package is probably the shorter rear-axle ratio, a 3.55:1 setup that replaces the standard 3.33:1 hardware, one more reason why this particular 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost felt so lively.
At the same time, we were most aware that this new chassis also felt remarkably supple for a car with a performance-oriented suspension setup. It turns out that the engineers have dialed in twice as much anti-dive, anti-lift, and anti-squat into the suspension geometry as before to make the Mustang chassis more stable under acceleration and braking. As a result, there’s no need to use especially stiff spring rates to prop up the chassis, and the result seems to be a very composed, modern sort of handling dynamic from the car. The old, familiar Mustang hop and shudder didn’t seem to be in evidence.
We were told that line lock will come as standard equipment for the manual transmission model of the 2015 Mustang, so you can engage the brakes on the starting line at the drag strip and be able to concentrate on the throttle and clutch for a good getaway.

Yes, it’s only a thrill ride

So we can’t really report much hard news about the new Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost. After all, three loops around a simplified autocross course in each of two cars don’t add up to much. But maybe it’s enough that we had a good time, just like we would on a roller coaster ride.
It’s looking like the 2015 Ford Mustang is going to be fun. And when you cut through all the palaver about the Mustang’s new technology, new independent rear suspension, new styling, and new models – all the stuff that Ford tells us will ensure that this car is the Mustang that will sustain the nameplate for the next 50 years – fun is the thing that matters the most.
And if we’ve discovered how much fun the new Mustang is going to be, then maybe we’ve done something pretty important after all.

2015 Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Performance Package

Base Price: TBA
Powertrain
Engine: 2.3-liter, turbocharged DOHC I-4
Power: 305 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 300 lb-ft @ 2500 - 4500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
Chassis
Steering: Electronically assisted rack-and-pinion
Front suspension: MacPherson strut, coil springs, monotube gas dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: Multi-link, coil springs, monotube gas dampers, anti-roll bar
Brakes: Ventilated discs, ABS
Tires: 255/40R-19 Pirelli PZero
Measurements
L x W x H: 188.3 x 75.4 x 54.4 in
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Track F/R: 62.3/64.9 in
Weight: TBA
Passenger Volume 84.5 cubic feet
Cargo Volume: 13.5 cu ft
2015 Ford Mustang
2015 Ford Mustang

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.

Vehicle Overview

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.

Summary

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.

Shelby GT350

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.
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  • 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
Key Competitors
  • Chevrolet Camaro
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Hyundai Genesis Coupe

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2015 Ford Mustang And 2015 Chevrolet Camaro And 2015 Dodge Challenger 03
When the days lengthen and the mercury rises around metro Detroit, Woodward Avenue comes alive with the scent of unburnt premium, the burble of uneven firing orders, and the squeal of tires against asphalt. Here, as in many other parts of the country, lazy summer nights mean cruising around in musclecars, street rods, and tuner cars of every permutation. Sure, the horsepower-crazy fans who cruise streets like these take an interest in everything from slammed Subarus and factory-fresh Ferraris to growling GTOs and classy Cadillacs. But there are three very special machines that steal the heart of nearly every American car enthusiast: Camaro. Challenger. Mustang.
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Rear Three Quarter 01
I was sitting at the stoplight in our Four Seasons 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, “minding my own business” to use the street racing parlance, when I heard a V-8 engine revving with intent in the next lane. It was a mid- to late ’90s Mustang GT equipped, as most of these cars are, with an aftermarket exhaust and a girl in the passenger seat. I was rather flustered. Do I respond to a bark with a yip? Only as the light turned green, did I recall that I have some 95 hp more than V-8 Mustangs from the ’90s. I jumped on the throttle and buried the GT before we’d crossed the intersection. The 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost can bite, but we’re having trouble getting used to its bark.

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2015 Ford Mustang Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
3.7L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
Horsepower:
300 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
280 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SEAT BELTS
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured August 18, 2014, to October 2, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the passenger safety belt tension sensor may misclassify the size of the front passenger seat occupant. This could cause a child size occupant to be classified as an adult and an adult passenger to be classified as a child passenger. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequences
If the tension sensor misclassifies the front passenger, improper passenger air bag deployment may occur, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will replace the passenger safety belt buckle, free of charge. The recall began on October 28, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14C08.
Potential Units Affected
55
Notes
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Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured February 14, 2014, to February 10, 2015, and equipped with 2.3L engines. Prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures can cause degradation of the fuel tank and/or fuel vapor lines, which may eventually result in a fuel leak. In addition, this condition could cause seals in the parking brake cable to degrade, potentially affecting parking brake function.
Consequences
If the vehicle experiences a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source it can, increase the risk of a vehicle fire. Reduced parking brake function could potentially result in unexpected vehicle movement, which may increase the risk of injury.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel tank shield, add thermal patches to the fuel tank and parking brake cable, and add thermal wraps to the fuel vapor lines. The repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on July 9, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S19.
Potential Units Affected
19,095
Notes
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Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles manufactured September 25, 2014, to October 9, 2014. The fuel pressure sensor may not have been seated properly to the fuel jumper line, which may cause a fuel leak.
Consequences
A partially seated fuel pressure sensor could cause a fuel odor or a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire in the presence of an ignition source.
Remedy
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel jumper line, free of charge. The recall began on December 17, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S27.
Potential Units Affected
712
Notes
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NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Ford Mustang

Depreciation
31.7%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$10,886
31.7%
Insurance
$7,200
21%
Fuel Cost
$10,421
30.4%
Financing
$2,583
7.5%
Maintenance
$2,166
6.3%
Repair Costs
$638
1.9%
State Fees
$416
1.2%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $34,310 What's This?
Value Rating: Above Average