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Three Reasons Why You Should Love the 2015 Ford Mustang

Since before the 2015 Ford Mustang debuted on December 5th, there were people around the world complaining about the look of the newest generation of the fabled pony car but having seen the 2015 Mustang GT in person, there are three very clear reasons why you should love the S550 Mustang.

The Ford Mustang turns 50 years old in 2014 and the 2015 Mustang that debuted in six cities around the world offers much of the same allure as the first half century of the Mustang.

3. Fuel Economy. Fuel economy doesn’t make much of a difference to most performance car shoppers but in this day and age, there are plenty of buyers who will consider the 2015 Ford Mustang because it will likely be the most efficient muscle car on the market. The 2014 Mustang is the most efficient option in the segment in both V6 and V8 form (Mustang base versus Camaro base, Mustang GT versus Camaro SS) and we would expect that the 2015 Ford Mustang will offer at least slightly better fuel economy from the 3.7L V6 and the 5.0L V8. Helping to secure the Mustang’s place as the most efficient muscle car in America is the new 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that will offer better than 300 horsepower and fuel economy figures that will likely top 30mpg. Fuel economy doesn’t matter to many muscle car buyers but when the competition is as close as the one between the Mustang and the Camaro – offering even slightly better fuel economy could help attract buyers who see the value of better MPGs.

2. Improved performance. Ford Motor Company has only offered vague estimates on the power output of the 2015 Ford Mustang but we can expect that the newest Mustang will offer slightly better performance even if the 3.7L V6 and 5.0L V8 don’t get big (or any) power increases. Ford has hinted that the 5.0L V8 in the 2015 Mustang GT will offer more power than the 2014 models but through a new chassis and suspension refinements that make the newest Mustang lighter than the outgoing models – the S550 Mustang GT should be at least a little quicker than the outgoing models. More importantly, through the addition of Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) and other high tech goodies, the 2015 Mustang should be the best handling Mustang of all times. The 3.7L V6 base engine could continue on with the same specifications as the 2014 Mustang but the next generation base Mustangs will benefit from the same chassis and suspension components as the 2015 Mustang GT. Finally, there is the introduction of the new 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. This new turbo-4 will offer at least 305 horsepower and 300lb-ft of torque so it should be comparable in stock power to the current V6 but the EcoBoost technology should allow this tiny engine to offer much better fuel economy than the base V6. There is, of course, also the fact that the EcoBoost 4-cylinder offers the same tuning advantages of all of the EcoBoost motors so turbo tuners may opt for the factory boosted 4-cylinder over the Mustang GT’s 5.0L V8.

1. .The looks. That’s right – you should love the 2015 Ford Mustang because of the striking new design. The vast majority of the 2015 Mustang exterior design is fairly similar to that of the outgoing (2014) mustang with the most noticeable – and controversial – changes being the front end and the gorgeous new rear end. Say what you want about the new front end. Yeah, it does look a little like the Ford Fusion and the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Taurus and the Ford Focus but when Ford Motor Company introduced the Evos Concept a few years ago, the company made it very clear that they intended to prominently feature that design language on the new models. Those plans came to volition and the new Mustang face is really just a new set of headlights revamping a front end design that is remarkably similar. Had the headlights been shaped like the 2014 models, the 2015 models would look a great deal like the 2014 models and nobody would be complaining about the new Mustang looking like anything but the time had come for a new look and I think that Ford executed the redesign wonderfully.

Once you get past the controversial front end of the 2015 Ford Mustang, the back portion of the new generation is a true thing of beauty. The 2015 Mustang isnt technically a fastback since there is a short gap between the trailing edge of the back glass and the edge of the trunk lid but it is fastback enough for me. There is also that revised rear face with a bold blackout panel around the raised three segment LED taillights with an integrated splitter below that all work together to create what I find to be one of the best looking rumps on a standard Mustang since the 1970s. I love the fastback design, I love the new taillight area and I love the lower rear fascia. This is a nice move by Ford since the 2015 Mustang will likely offer the competition plenty of views of the back end.

The 2014 Ford Mustang is the 10th model year to use the S197 platform and the same general look that we have seen on the Mustang since 2005. It was time for a change and the 2015 Mustang has enough change – but enough of the previous model – to serve as an excellent evolutionary upgrade for the mighty Mustang. When you factor in the improvements to the chassis and drivetrain to help make the 2015 Mustang one of the best handling ever with a drivetrain lineup that makes it among the most powerful and most efficient in the segment, you have a car that is all new but its still clearly THE MUSTANG.

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Comments

I am the owner of a 2011 mustang .
More evolution than revolution. Some people are down on the looks, but I think the performance numbers will win some more converts. And I like the look. This from the owner of the much under-appreciated '98 Mustang GT.
Just fyi, V8: 420HP, 4Cyl: 307HP, V6: 300HP