Try to contain yourselves.
The day has finally come. Some will absolutely love the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang while others will outright despise it. Regardless of where you stand, the new Mustang is still the biggest overhaul the famed model has received in its 50-year history. And for all the changes underneath, the exterior is still pure Mustang, and here are its former secrets: the wheelbase is the same as the outgoing model and yet it’s slightly shorter. But it’s also 1.5" wider, 1.4" lower and that rear track has been stretched from 62.1 to 64.9".
Think lower, wider and meaner. The car’s front end is pure Mustang and the GT model features LED "gills" imbedded within the headlights. Those round driving lamps have been ditched. Outback, you’ll notice LED taillights and a blacked-out surround. And yes, the fastback shape is prominently and proudly there. That rear rump is pure Mustang, and those twin tailpipes and body-color diffuser look right at home. Under the hood lies one of three engines: a base 3.7-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and an optional 5.0-liter V8 with 420 hp and 390 lb-ft. Both are obviously carry-overs from the 3current car.
A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will be optional, but it’s going to be quite something: an estimated 305 hp and 300 lb-ft. Transmission options will be the same Getrag six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. V8 models will also feature launch control. As we all know by now, an independent rear suspension has replaced the now-ancient solid rear axle setup. This will supposedly help to not only improve performance but also handling. Several wheel designs are on offer and will range from 18 to 20 inches in size. GT models receive Brembo brakes with some huge 15" rotors and six-piston calipers.
Step inside and you’ll see a dose of familiarity combined with bits of modern and plenty of retro styling cues. There are actual analog controls for the HVAC and audio instead of a touchscreen. MyFord Touch is also available.
Clearly, material quality has greatly improved and designers even managed to make the cabin bigger with more leg, shoulder, and hip room. There’s even more space for backseat passengers. The new leather-wrapped steering wheel is also a bit smaller and features control buttons for many things, including Bluetooth and audio. Ford has still to reveal official performance specs for its new Mustang, but we expect for that and pricing to come shortly, probably just around Detroit next month. And so there you have it, the long-awaited 2015 Mustang. Let the debating begin.