The new, more powerful V-6 Mustang is a very solid performer for sure. Still, I have to wholeheartedly agree with Phil: I'd happily fork over the extra $7500 (plus the extra fuel costs over the life of the car) for the V-8 engine just for the better noises it makes. Perhaps I'm old school, but to me, an American pony car should make strong burbly V-8 sounds.
The V-6 car handles a bit softer than the GT, too, but it still can be fun to power it through country-road corners. The ride remains fairly rough, though, with noticeable head toss over rough pavement. I found the V-6 Mustang's steering to be too light although very direct. As Phil also notes, this Ford's hanging throttle is annoying. A six-speed stick is the way I'd order any Mustang, but I'd add a Roush or Hurst shifter to make the gearbox feel more precise.
As the dad of a toddler, though, I'd be tempted to avoid the Mustang altogether ... I won't bore anyone with the specifics, but let's just say that I had a MUCH easier time installing both kid seat and baby in the back seats of new Chevy Camaros and Dodge Challengers recently. The Mustang is no better than a Nissan GT-R in this regard -- and worse than an Audi TT coupe.
Rusty Blackwell,Copy Editor