2015 Ford Mustang GT is Slower Than two thousand fourteen Models
While we are certain to see better stock numbers once the two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang GT reaches the forearms of owners who have a chance to get slew of seat time in the fresh pony car, these very first published numbers serve as a superb benchmark of the two thousand fifteen Mustang spectacle levels. However, the very first reports from some sources might not be the glowing numbers that some Mustang fans were expecting, as the reported figures from some sources are actually slower than the previous generation Mustang GT.
Spectacle Numbers for the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT
The very first three drive reviews I have seen for the two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang GT come from the three largest print publications in the industry – Car & Driver, Motor Trend and Road & Track. All three of these magazines tested the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT with the 6-speed manual transmission and they turned in the following spectacle numbers:
(Source – 0-60 – ¼ Mile time)
Car & Driver – Four.Five – 13.0
Road & Track – Four.6 – 13.0
Motor Trend – Four.Four – 12.8
As you can see, Motor Trend turned in the quickest spectacle figures for the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT this far and, fortunately, I was able to find tests for a comparable Mustang from the previous generation. With the 6-speed manual transmission, MT was able to get the two thousand thirteen Mustang GT from 0-60 in Four.Trio seconds while running a 12.7 quarter mile.
That’s right – the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT is slower than the outgoing models.
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, considering that the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT has picked up almost two hundred pounds for the fresh model year while “only” gaining an extra fifteen horsepower. However, some had hoped that Ford had found a way to improve real-world spectacle even with the added weight.
The two thousand fifteen Mustang GT Offers Improved All Around Spectacle
So based on these very first few reviews of the two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang GT has gotten a little slower in a straight line. That is a bummer for so many haul racers out there, but there is some good news for those who want their pony car to treat as well as it accelerates. Thanks to the fresh independent rear suspension setup, Motor Trend was able to get significantly better treating figures out of the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT compared to the previous generation.
2015 Ford Mustang Galleries:
Very first, on the skidpad, MTs two thousand fifteen Mustang GT pulled 0.96g’s while the previous models pulled 0.94g’s. 2nd, in terms of braking the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT remained the same even with the added weight, getting stopped from sixty miles per hour in just one hundred seven feet. Eventually (and most significantly), the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT was able to get around the figure eight test in 24.7 seconds – almost a utter 2nd quicker than the previous generation.
In other words, while the two thousand fifteen Ford Mustang GT has gotten a little slower in a straight line, the improvements to the chassis and suspension setup have made the next generation Mustang a better all-around spectacle car that will work to debunk the myth that American cars are only good in a straight line.
Again, I am certain that private owners will be able to turn in better numbers than those posted by the magazines, but the drop in spectacle of those published numbers from the last generation to this fresh generation is likely to draw some harsh criticism from fans and, unlike those folks complaining about the looks of the two thousand fifteen Mustang GT, these complaints are valid.