It's A Live! - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: It's A Live!

February 25, 2011

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Much has been said about the fact that Ford still uses a live rear axle on the Mustang GT, as opposed to some totally newfangled contraption, I believe it's called independent rear suspension, or something like that.

We usually attribute this to Ford cheaping out.

But maybe it's not about being cheap, but is in fact a totally intentional aspect of the car. How so?

Because a live axle makes the Mustang GT more exciting to drive. Hit a big bump while in the slightest bit of a turn on the highway and you're in for a good bounce. Even better, accelerate hard as you hit that bump and suddenly you're ridin' a buckin' bronc, as the rear just can't cope. Yee-haw!

Sure, the Mustang would be easier to drive and more refined, especially on rough roads, with an independent rear. But it would be less of that Mustang experience.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 3,773 miles

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