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October 2020 Newsletter

Driven: 2015 Ford Mustang

Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang by giving it a complete makeover, one that moves it several notches up the refinement ladder.

The 2015 Mustang gets a new look that in a few small ways, harken back to earlier versions, inside and out, while the overall effect is that of a new, contemporary Mustang.

In a further move to modern times, the old solid rear axle has been finally put to pasture, replaced by an independent setup and a third engine joins the Mustang family — a four-cylinder.

But far from the bottom rung on the ladder, this four is turbocharged and an option fitting in between the base V6 and the V8 of the GT.

This week, we sample the base Mustang, the one you’ll find filling rental car lots in sunny climes where tourists get to drive what they want for a week or two instead of what they have to.

The takeaway from my week with the V6 Mustang? Surprise.

I had low expectations for this base ’Tang, wishing instead for the wonderful sound and fury of the V8 or even some wheel time with the new turbo four.

I had driven the V8 for hundreds of kilometres at the car’s introduction in California a few months ago and spent a few minutes with the EcoBoost four but Ford did not make the V6 available at the time. Turns out the six was a last-minute addition.

The original plan for the all-new Mustang was for four and eight-cylinder models only. The six was added at the last minute to keep the base price down because it is much less expensive to build than the EcoBoost unit.

Wise move.

The 3.7-litre V6 in the 2015 Mustang, the base engine, produces 300-horsepower. To put that in perspective, 10 years go the 4.0-litre V6 in the Mustang produced 210-horsepower. The GT’s 4.6-litre V8 was rated at 300-horsepower.

As much as my preconceptions were destroyed by the smoothness and power of the V6, the real eye-opener was the overall refinement of the car. It was solid as a rock, from the sound when you close the doors, to the feel when you run across a nasty road blemish — especially if that happens mid-corner.

Source: thechronicleherald.ca


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