What I Needed - 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: What I Needed

April 26, 2012

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I've been under some stress lately, and last night I got some therapy from our long-term Mustang GT.

I can't remember the last time I drove this car, as I often shy away from its impractical packaging when the weekend comes around (hard-to-access backseat, small trunk made smaller by the Shaker sub). But geez, the 5.0-liter V8 sounds wonderful, whether I'm rumbling up my driveway or making a move in freeway traffic.

I don't love the clutch takeup and shift feel you get with this Getrag six-speed manual gearbox, but somehow it's all well suited to the car's personality. There's a slight brutality and imprecision to the way gearchanges come together, as if the car's saying, "eh, close enough."

Heel-and-toe downshifts never feel as perfectly right as they do in something like the NSX, but they feel good nonetheless and sound even better. Most importantly, our Mustang's gearbox still feels just like it did when the car was new.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 22,849 miles


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