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First Drive Review- 2015 Ford Mustang

Since 1964 the Ford Mustang has been the quintessential affordable American muscle car. 2015 marks the newest generation of Ford’s most muscular car and underneath the new sheet metal, and new sexy curves, lies some controversial working bits.

In addition to the spicy 5.0 V8 GT and the mild-sauce 3.7L V6, which have been offered in Mustangs for years, the new generation includes the option of a 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder. This is where the controversy lies, most die-hard muscle car fans will scoff at the idea of a turbo four planted underneath the same body as their fire-breathing 5.0 V8. The move to a hot turbo four is not surprising, with C.A.F.E. (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) regulations getting tighter and tighter, auto manufacturers have to find ways to satisfy the government, the environment, and the consumers- which all have different interests.

The previous body style began in 2010 and was a seemingly natural progression from years past. Interior quality was nothing too special, and saying the media interface was dated would be an understatement.

The new Mustang however, is a no-detail-overlooked, finely crafted, more mature interpretation of Ford’s muscle heritage. The interior, especially on Premium trim levels, showcases all of Ford’s current technology and high-quality materials. Each Mustang now features keyless push-button ignition, Premium trim levels get the huge touch-screen interface, which is much appreciated and really updates the cabin. All Mustangs get a backup camera as standard, which is something every car in this class should have, in my opinion. GT models have adjustable driver modes, which connect to the new Electric Power Assist steering, which replaces a hydraulic assist unit, which most will argue gives the steering a more hefty, and organic feel. The GT Performance Package adds Brembo 6-piston fixed calipers, unique Traction control tuning and chassis tuning, and special bracing and suspension components.

The leather is smooth, soft-grain and seems durable. Seats are bolstered adequately, but are comfortable.  Everything in the interior feels well put together, but the doors don’t create a supple yet solid thud I expect from every new car built this year.

The styling is a more modern interpretation of the Mustang form, but still calls heritage to many strong body lines. Ford design has been suspiciously Aston Martin-esque ever since the Fusion’s redesign a few years ago. In my opinion, it is a smart move on Ford’s part, it almost implies quality.

The 6-speed manual transmission may just be my new favorite manual transmission (previously 6-speed from the SRT Challenger). The clutch grabs low on the pedal travel, isn’t too limp nor too stiff, and the detents in the shifter make gear shifts feel confident and solid.

All in all, the new retro-muscle offering from Ford is a stellar competitor to the recently updated Challenger, and the Camaro. I expect the new model to outsell it’s cheaper predecessor, and outsell the competition.

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned to see reviews of Acura’s lineup and some luxury offerings from Infiniti.

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