Following a long year of of speculation, the new Ford Mustang was officially revealed on December 5. For those that revel in the comfort of conformity, this new Mustang will taste of bitter nog; a beverage both unfamiliar and foul. For those relishing something fresh, it may prove to be a tasty treat.
With the 2015 Mustang, Ford has officially thrown tradition into the fire. Gone are the solid rear axle and retro-style queues. In their stead, Ford has fused their new global design aesthetic, emphasizing flow, function and fun.
Three engines will be available in the new Pony car: the most interesting are the more powerful 5.0 V8 (420-hp and 390 lb.-ft) and a direct-injection turbo-charged 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Yes, you read that right, the Mustang is going turbo. And not just any turbo, but 305-hp and 300 lb.-ft worth of snail. Of course a V6 will also be available, with 300hp and 270 lb.-ft of torque, but why would anyone pick that one? Probably a solid axle fan.
As noted above, the 2015 Mustang has thrown out the old solid rear axle and instead installed integral-link independent suspension, bringing it up to date with all other sports coupes of the last 10 years. Even the rear knuckles have been updated with aluminum to minimize unsprung mass.
In terms of design, it’s easy to tear it apart as being “too much like the Nissan 370z” or “like a BRZ on steroids,” but both of those complaints are actually quite complementary, since both those cars are also quite nice looking. I do agree the nose is a bit too much like the Fusion, but that’s not horrible, since both are modern Fords, one should expect a trace of similarity.
We’re looking forward to getting some seat time in this new car and hope to have a full report soon. In the meantime, check out the video and enjoy the photos.