It’s no secret that the Ford Mustang is an iconic car. It’s been in production since 1965 and is now in its sixth incarnation. In December 2013, Ford announced its plans to start building what is now the latest generation. Production started at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in April 2014.
As we speak, the new model is making its way into dealer showrooms across the globe. One notable feature about the new Mustang is that, for the first time ever, it will be available in right-hand drive guise.
That means nations such as the UK and Australia can enjoy the Mustang on their home soil without importing the car themselves! Ford decided to release the new Mustang in 2015 as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the original 1965 model.
Not only is this a high-performance model (more on this later) but it’s super safe too! And that’s a fact that the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will back up. Their New Car Assessment Program gave the mk6 Mustang a full five stars in its safety crash testing.
The car has a wealth of safety features. Examples include an all-new airbag design as well as peripheral exterior sensors and lighting. So, what is it about the 2015 Ford Mustang that has taken the motor industry by storm? Let’s run through what you can expect to find in the car.
The new sixth-generation Ford Mustang is available in a choice of three engines.
- 0-litre V8 engine. It’s a Ti-VCT unit that offers 435 brake horsepower as standard at a maximum of 6,500 rpm. Boasting sequential multi-port fuel injection, it can reach 60 mph from a standing start in just 4.7 seconds. The V8 will be the ultimate engine choice for die-hard Mustang fans;
- 3-litre EcoBoost engine. Those of you that read the news about the new Focus RS will realise that it uses the engine from the new Mustang. It’s a four-cylinder unit that has a twin-scroll turbocharger. 310 brake horsepower comes as standard on the EcoBoost engine. It also offers a 0-60 mph speed of 4.7 seconds; and
- 7-litre V6 engine. Prefer the engine note of a six-cylinder engine? If so, the V6 option is for you! Like its bigger brother, the V8, it’s also a Ti-VCT engine. But, unlike the V8, you can run this engine on regular unleaded instead of the more expensive premium. The V6 offers a not-too-shabby 300 brake horsepower. And a 0-60mph time of 6.8 seconds.
For those seeking that authentic American muscle sound under the bonnet, the V8 engine is the only choice. Otherwise, I recommend the 2.3-litre EcoBoost over the V6 for the next best thing.
All engines can get mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There is also the option of using the six-speed SelectShift automatic instead if you don’t like manuals. One advantage of choosing automatic is you can specify optional paddle controls.
Not that bothered about pretending to be a Formula One driver? No problem. You may as well stick with the manual transmission. Oh, and did I mention that the manuals come with launch control as standard?
If you spotted a 2013 fifth-gen at the www.gkgroup.co.uk, you’ll have seen it comes with launch control. It was only that model year which had them standard. And it’s a trend that continued into the new sixth generation too. You can skip this section if you know about launch control. But, if you don’t, let me elaborate.
Launch control is a system that integrates the powertrain with the brakes and traction control. When you’re on the track, the last thing you want to do is lose traction on the tarmac when that all-important light goes green!
The infotainment screen on the dashboard also gives you real-time data to help you improve your launch. The next system that also comes as standard on manuals will help your launch control statistics too!
Have you ever noticed that, when people get ready to drive on tracks or do quarter-mile races, they “warm” their tyres up? In the good old fashioned days, you would do this by accelerating whilst keeping your foot on the brake pedal at the same time.
The result is your drive wheels would spin, causing them to “warm up.” Of course, one doesn’t need to do this in the new 2015 Ford Mustang GT! That’s because it features an innovative new system called electronic line-lock.
As you may already know, the sixth-generation Ford Mustang is a rear wheel drive performance vehicle. When you engage electronic line-lock, it “locks” the front brakes for you. Meanwhile, the rear brakes are free to spin, helping you to gain more traction on the tarmac.
It comes as no surprise that the new Ford Mustang is aimed at road and track enthusiasts. Buyers of this new “pony” car will enjoy the best of both worlds.
The fun doesn’t stop there with the standard Mustang and the GT model! Ford have already planned some special editions to cater for all motorists. There’s a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition for those that wish to pay homage to the model range.
In 2016, the Shelby GT350 will be available. It will feature a 5.2-litre “Flat Plane Crank” V8 engine that boasts over 500 brake horsepower. The Shelby GT350R is an even-more limited edition model. It’s lighter than the GT350. The first model got sold for a whopping $1 million!
Meanwhile, this year will see a series of Roush RS models go on sale. The changes to the standard Mustang spec are mostly cosmetic. Although some additions include a stage one performance exhaust system. Both stage one and stage two models can have optional active exhaust systems fitted.
As you can tell, there are plenty of reasons to go out and buy a new 2015 Ford Mustang!