How many times do you hear about an existing car model being “all new,” only to get a look at it or take a drive in it and it’s pretty much same old, same old?
That is most assuredly not the case with the “all new” 2015 Ford Mustang. It has received a legitimate makeover, and the results are stunning.
The muscle car segment has received an infusion of new life over the past few years, with iconic products from Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford being revitalized, much to the delight of fans.
But this Mustang is clearly the winner so far among the segment’s 21st century renaissance.
Ford plans to sell this car internationally. Good move, for the question is not whether this car is ready to take on the world, it’s whether the world is ready for this car.
The Blue Oval has been hesitant in recent years to make significant changes to the Mustang, which is wise, because this pony car has developed a a loyal legion of fans over many years.
But there seems to be no way that Mustang traditionalists will have any beef with this version, and it is also sure to win new aficionados.
On the outside, the Mustang’s sleeker design and plunging roofline immediately catch the eye. Up front, new sets of headlights with three-lined LED daytime running lights and a restyled grille modernize the Mustang without losing its traditional identity.
The 17-inch standard wheels look good, but to get a bit sportier, opt for the 18- or 19-inchers.
In the rear, the three stripe taillights with the sequential turn signals are attractive and distinctive.
The interior continues the successful integration of retro and modern. The circular gauges and the three big round vents on the center console are a nod to the look of the past. But controls for the four driving modes, hazard lights and the optional touch screen are thoroughly modern.
The usual list of today’s popular standard features is present, including the SYNC technology system, a pair of USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and push button start.
For a sweet taste of luxury, check out options such as the Recaro front leather seats, dual-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control and navigation system.
Ford has upped the safety features on the Mustang as well, with such items as a standard rearview camera, an “active” glove box that gives airbag protection to the front passenger’s knee area and the other usual stuff like electronic stability system and antilock brakes.
But to truly love the new Mustang, you must drive it – hard.
It is more than up to the task.
There are three engine options. The base is the 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 300 horsepower, then there is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 310 horsepower and 320 pounds-feet of torque. The beast of the family is the 5,0-liter V-8 that makes 435 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque, Fortunately for us, that’s what the test drive model had.
Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
Ford got bold also by installing a fully independent rear suspension, leaving behind the live rear axle that had been its mainstay.
The result, for driving dynamics, is simply amazing. The ride and handling on this model are almost beyond compare. But turn on the electronic line lock feature, and you can still cut out the rear end and burn up the rubber on the back tires as much as your heart desires.
This Mustang offered us probably the most enjoyable driving dynamics of anything we’ve been behind the wheel of in the past five years or so.
The clutch on the manual is an absolute dream.
We thoroughly enjoyed every second of seat time in this model, and that’s not always the case in manual transmission models, which can be loads of fun out on the open road, but a pain in the behind when in traffic.
Acceleration is smooth, effortless and awe-inspiring. Cornering, braking and body control are breathtaking.
The Mustang starts at around $25,000 and ranges to about $46,000.
One of the things we value in evaluating cars is value, so we tend to favor the lower ends of the price ranges of cars we evaluate. But in this case, we strongly urge you to go all out and get the works with this Mustang, as it will still be an amazing value.
The all-new Mustang is altogether outstanding.