School of 'Stang - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: School of 'Stang

June 08, 2011


I had a really great English and speech teacher when I was in high school. We'll call her Miss D for reasons that will be clear in a moment. She was a proponent of tough academic love. She introduced me to "The Elements of Style,"which I still use. She quite rightly critiqued me for hanging over the lectern "like a fishwife"during a campaign speech for student body VP. She staged a pre-prom dinner at her house, complete with menus and faux French service, for my friend and I me and our dates. She knew those pimply boys were too broke to afford anything but the dance tickets.

And she drove an absolutely bitchin' 1968 Ford Mustang in the rich shade that I now know is Royal Maroon. God, but she loved it. I think it was her first new car, bought right after she graduated from college. It conveyed her sense of independence and joie de vivre. And when you're 24 years old, teaching freshman English at a school where nuns dominate the faculty, you need all the joie you can get.

I thought about Miss D immediately when I got into our 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 for the first time last night. I don't know what engine her car had. Given what she was getting paid in those days, I'm going to guess she went with the standard 120-horsepower, 200-cubic-inch V6 inline 6--a far cry from what's under the hood in our car.

I don't need to tell you that our car rocks. I will tell you that I had sweaty palms before I started it up. I'm not a power-hungry girl (when it comes to cars), and I had visions of the Mustang going bat-out-of-hell with me metaphorically dangling from the bumper. But the car was well-mannered when it needed to be and a beast when it had the chance. I think Miss D would really, really appreciate this Mustang's power and speed. In fact, I know she would.

I spent some time on Google yesterday, trying to see where Miss D might be these days. Well, it turns out she's been in court recently, sorting out the minor matter of a speeding ticket. I'm not sure what she's driving now, but I'll put out the question. Hey, Miss D: Want to race?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @9,313

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