My memory isn't exactly what it used to be, but I don't recall the last Mustang I drove - a 2008 GT coupe - to be quite as fast as this 2010 example. I know; power is up 15 hp thanks to few small tweaks underhood, but I don't recall accidentally hitting 98 mph in third gear in the '08. My excuse for this discovery is similar to my colleagues--that voracious roar emitted by stabbing that throttle is immensely intoxicating.
Sounds excluded, there are a number of things I really like about this revised pony. The billet shifter is a welcome improvement, as is the new interior, which coddled me in luxury while triggering flashbacks of a friends' 1968 model. I'm also glad to see Ford has finally tossed in its Sync connectivity system, which was curiously absent in the '09 Mustang range. I'm glad it was there--it managed to cue up the drive scene music from "Bullit" when I first fired up the car.
My adoration of this car places me in a conundrum. I think Ford has the edge in the pony car race when it comes to the interior and a few styling touches, but Chevrolet really took its time tuning the suspension on the Camaro, and it shows. When it comes to sales numbers, David Zenlea is correct: the Mustang camp will turn to Ford, while the bow-tie boys, geeked on the resurrection of the nameplate, will flock to the Camaro.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer