Time magazine broke the embargo on the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang. It looks more like an evolution of the retro theme that Ford started with in 2005. Just like with the C7 Corvette, the new Mustang looks beefier and more muscular than the one that came before. Just like Daniel Craig’s Tom Ford Skyfall suit that threatened to burst at the seams every time he took a step.
Car and Driver leaked back in October that the new Mustang would have an independent rear suspension. This is going to be VERY interesting, and I’m going to look forward to all of the reviews around the drive and handling. For decades, the Mustang has always been given a pass when it came to handling, because it used a solid rear axle suspension (Caveat: 1999-2004 SVT Cobra). You couldn’t TRULY compare it to other sports cars because of the live axle crutch.
“Oh,” the reviewers went, “the Mustang has great power but can’t put it down because of it’s live rear axle!”
“Despite it’s live axle, the Mustang handles ridiculously well!”
The fifth generation Mustang has achieved slow, but steady progress over time. The exterior and interior redesign in 2005 opened the doors to many new buyers looking for a modern retro look and feel. I remember loving the look, but still wondering how they could eke out such a small amount of horsepower (210 hp) from a 4.0L V6 engine. The BMW 3-series was able to get 230 hp from a 3.0L straight 6, a full liter less of displacement!
I remember the 4.6L V8 Mustang GT at the time produced 300 hp. That was pretty dreadful, as the Nissan 350Z produced the same amount of horsepower from a 3.5L V6.
It took 6 years for Ford to catch up. The 2011 Mustang housed both a 3.7L 300 hp V6 as well as a 5.0L 412 hp V8. This blasted the Mustang into true sports car status once again.
Four years later. The 2015 Mustang. Independent rear suspension. I’m optimistic.