2015 Mustang: a thoroughbred 50 years in the making

Published on 2014-09-27

It’s been 50 years since Ford first rolled out the Mustang, a vehicle so powerful yet so sleek it became not only an instant classic but an icon. Now, to celebrate a half century on the road – not to mention 9.2 million units sold – Ford has unveiled the brand new 2015 Mustang, a vehicle that does more than just live up to the family name.

Adopting the “fastback” style synonymous with the legendary model of the late sixties – the one Steve McQueen’s darted around San Francisco in Bullitt – the 2015 Mustang comes with a familiar look that nevertheless feels fresh. Lower and wider, this particular horse feels like it was made for the open road.

The Mustang is available with not one, not two, but three different engines to choose from, thus giving Ford the accolade of first manufacturer to pump four-, six-, and eight-cylinder engines into one model. The 5.0-litre DOHC V8 is the muscle model, the one made for charging up the coast. The 3.7-litre DOHV V6 is the reserved model, a six-cylinder blast of controlled fun. The 2.3-litre Ecoboost DOHC is the dark horse in the stable, offering a genuine economical option, easy on the gas yet far from lacking in performance.

In terms of power, the 2015 model boasts 435hp and 400lb/ft of torque within its top end model. The vehicle goes 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and has a maximum speed of 155mph. The engine has been muffled though, creating a quietly powerful ride. Big Brembo brakes make stopping a smooth affair too. With plenty of optional extras available – including six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and, of course, a convertible model – there’s plenty to get excited about here.

Getting excited will cost a pretty penny though. Prices range from $24,999 to $52,899 depending on which pony you go for. The 2015 Mustang will be the first of the six generations of Mustang to be marketed around the globe, including in right-hand drive markets.