4,951cc of Antidepressant. STAT. - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: 4,951cc of Antidepressant. STAT.

April 02, 2011

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I don't have any data to back this up, and I'm certainly no doctor, but after putting 939.7 miles on our LT Mustang, I'm pretty convinced that nobody who owns or drives a 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 with the six-speed manual and 3.73 gears can possibly be depressed.

First there's the start-up. After the key-twist, there's a rev and a rumble that sort of says, "let's go!"It's not even moving and there's a sense of urgency from the new 5.0. And then once you get moving --- Yeee HAW! When rolling along in first gear between 10-20 MPH, treating the gas pedal like a spider on linoleum results in tire spin, a terrific noise and best of all -- the traction control lets it all happen! Of course, if it goes too far off course, the orange light flashes and intervenes, but having some proper Mustang fun is possible even without turning off the nannies. Plus, drive it right and it'll chirp the tires into third. Love that. My Porsche-driving passenger at the time was shocked cars could do that. Welcome to 'Merica, friend.

And things don't get worse if you want to drive it like a grown up....

As we've seen in our recent Mustang v. Mustang v. Mustang v. Mustang comparison, the stock Mustang GT aint too shabby on a racetrack. Yes, there have been some changes to the track (most notably a re-paved hump that allows for more speed down the back), but the last time we lapped an STI there, it did 1:32. The GT? 1:28.2. The steering is good, the brakes are good and there's enough visibility to comfortably haul some ass.

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But for the majority of those 939.7 miles, there was no ass hauling or powersliding or burnouts or hooning of any sorts. There was just smooth, speed-limit driving (21 cops on the 101 from the time I started counting) that conluded with a sub-speed limit slog down PCH with the windows down on an abnormally warm 85 degree day. Sure, I was a gear -- or two -- too low, but that V8 rumble and the cool sea air sent me right quick to that happy place all car guys strive for. It's the place where nothing else matters or exists; it's just you, the car and the open road. It's a beautiful, rejuvinating place and the Mustang gets me there better than any other car in our fleet.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 5,715.2 miles

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