Our first drive with the 2015 Ford Mustang GT was a manual transmission version, black on black with black wheels. It certainly looked the part. We like the overall look too, it’s more aggressive and modern, despite weighing a little bit more than the outgoing model. Also worth noting is its new independent rear suspension, instead of the cart suspension it has been using for the last 50 years. The new HID headlamps are finely designed, although some have complained they aren’t Mustang enough, whatever that mean. We think it looks menacing. The fastback rear slopes more steeply forward. It all looks much more fluid.
Engine and Transmission
Even though it makes 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque from the 5.0-liter V-8, a 15-hp and 10 lb.-ft. increase over the previous generation 5.0-liter engine. It doesn’t quite go as fast as the old model. though. Why? Well, the GT weighs in at 3814 pounds, 196-pounds more. Not to worry, we ripped to 60 in 4.5 seconds in the manual equipped car after a couple of attempts. The gear shifts are very precise but the clutch bites hard, it’s either in or out with no middle ground. It’s worth noting that around town you can stick it in 3rd gear and potter around on the V8’s gobs of torque down to very low speeds without a hint of a stall.
Ride and Handling
We love the new interior. The interior ergonomics have been greatly improved, with more knee room and an easier to use shifter. The layout is logical and the infotainment touch screen is very pleasing. We also like the rocker switches and the 2 analogue dials for vacuum and oil pressure. A bit of retro thrown here and there that works. Front seats are excellent, very supportive if maybe a little tight for larger occupants. Rear seats are pretty much token and although legroom is adequate headroom is bent neck only.
|2015 Ford Mustang GT Specifications
|PRICE AS TESTED||$46,380|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||5.0L/435-hp/400-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8|
|CURB WEIGHT||3814 lb|
|0-60 MPH||4.5 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||12.7 sec @ 113 mph|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||15/25/19 mpg|