2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test


2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: Bouncy

August 15, 2011

Ford Mustang GT on 101.jpg

I logged around 300 miles on our long-term 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 this past weekend, with many of those miles on SoCal freeways. And although several styling and performance properties of our Mustang are great, one thing that's not so great is the highway ride over bumpy surfaces. And by not so great, I mean horrible.

On smooth surfaces, the ride is fine. But on choppy pavement (common on America's freeways), the chassis is bouncing like it's on a pogo stick. Delicate types can get seasick in this thing.

This not only happens on freeway stretches, but also on surfaces streets if you're going above around 40mph.

Is the crappy ride a dealbreaker? No. The Mustang GT is still tremendously fun to drive. But this is certainly an area of opportunity for the next-gen Mustang.

I wonder how much the solid rear axle contrbutes to this.

Let's discuss. (Hit the jump for nausea-inducing vid.)

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 12,950 miles

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