Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT

UNIQUNESS OR TRAP

Will the unmistakable Mustang design survive in the longer term or the retro-design approach will spell death? Time will tell.

Will the unmistakable Mustang design survive in the longer term or the retro-design approach will spell death? Time will tell.

The sixth-generation of the creator of pony cars is on the market. Mustang is thoroughly modern, but reveals its royalty to the “School of Retrodesign”.

It has the potential of provoking some debate whether or not retro design is good in the longer-term or a “cul de sac” for the continuity of an important brand (or for any brand).

I had a critical look especially while sitting inside and looking at the dashboard. The material and finishing quality is quite good but still lagging behind European rivals. It was probably due to efforts to replicate a design from the sixties, subjectively speaking. It has a character though.

Nevertheless, it would not be fair too much overemphasize the design of an automobile with a great history.

The new model family, for the first time offers 4, 6 and 8-cylinder engines. I had the privilege to test the most powerful version

The new model family, for the first time offers 4, 6 and 8-cylinder engines. I had the privilege to test the most powerful version

There are important technological changes worth looking at: After 50 years, Ford has moved to an independent rear suspension instead of a solid rear axle. With McPherson strut setup in front, the new Mustang is now a much more modern sports car. You feel the difference of 50 years when you experience the improved ride and handling.

Before driving this car, orange was not the colour I imagined with this or any other car. However during one-week driving, I not only got used to it, but I loved it. The “colour of fire” reflects the power of the V8 and the sporty character and contrasts well with the environment, in city as well in the countryside. Consequently, this is a great colour to take pictures of.

With more than nine-million-units sold for 50 years and continuously in production since 1965, the Mustang has a deep history. Ford plans to sell Mustang in Europe and Asia and wants to make the “Pony” a global brand.

The Mustang is available in both coupe (and fastback as Ford calls it) and convertible variants.

The interior and dashboard is not as good as a European sports car. But, without any doubt, it is a retro-design.

The interior and dashboard is not as good as a European sports car. But, without any doubt, it is a retro-design.

You better consider the Mustang as a two-seater. Then, you will not be disappointed.

You better consider the Mustang as a two-seater. Then, you will not be disappointed.

The fastback starts at $25,349 and the convertible is a $5k jump at $30,349. Ford offers three engine choices: the base 3.7-litre V6, a 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder or the 435 hp 5.0-litre V8 featured in my GT test vehicle.

According to Ford this is the first car to offer four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines each delivering at least 300 hp. Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are offered. I am not a fan of manual transmission. But with this car, I simply enjoyed of having more control and closer communication with the vehicle.

Mustang is known as the creator of what is called “pony car” with a long, sculpted hood and short rear deck. And the 2015 model strongly expresses these design features with a sleeker profile, with a more steeply raked windshield and rear glass. The car also has a lower, wider stance with a reduced roof height and wider rear fenders and track.

Another feature worth mentioning is improvement is in trunk volume, which is up 19 per cent over the outgoing model to 322 liters.

Even with winter tires, the GT offers exceptionally sporty driving

Even with winter tires, the GT offers exceptionally sporty driving

Testing the pony abilities in a closed-to-traffic facility

Testing the pony abilities in a closed-to-traffic facility

In terms of practicality, a Mustang is a Mustang and you have to accept its shortcomings. With only two, “over-sized” doors and a cramped back seat, it’s definitely not your typical family car. For a guy like me weighing nearly 100 kilos jumping in and out may and does turn into a small torture especially in tight parking spots. However, once you hit the road and hear the sound of the V8 engine, complemented by dual exhausts, delivering 435 hp and 400 lb/ft of torque, you forget the pain and hope the journey never ends.

A compromise between hard-core sports car and contemporary comfort is electric steering with Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. Select different modes via a button at the base of the centre stack and find the best that suits to your style. There is also a toggle switch next to it to select drive modes— Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet.

At more than $58k, the Mustang GT Convertible is hardly an inexpensive ride. But it is an icon among American cars that is better than ever for 2015 and now set to take on the world as Ford continues its global outreach.

Turn baby turn...

Turn baby turn…

Conclusion

For a baby-boomer, who had youth memories with the original Mustang, driving a new one offers a thrilling and emotional experience.

The Specifications

Type of vehicle Sports coupe
Power 5.0, V8 engine ecoboost engine, 435 hp with 400 lb-ft of torque
Transmission Six-speed automatic
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Price: base/as tested $42,499 / $55,449
Destination charge $1,600
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km)  city, highway
Standard features AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control, tire pressure monitoring, ABS (anti-lock brakes), hill start assist, power mirrors with integrated blind spot mirrors,
Options Floor mats: $150, Engine Block Heater: $150, Security Package: $700, Adaptive Speed Control: $1,600, GT Performance Package: $3,700, Reverse Park Assist: 350, Base Recaro Leather Seats: $1,800, Navigation System: $800, Destination & Delivery: $1,575, Green Tax: $100

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by JLR Canada via BHG Media

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