2011 Ford Mustang GT: If it Was Mine
September 26, 2011
There's little to fault our Mustang for. I felt the same way about my 1998 SVT Cobra. That was until I started racing it. In some fortunate alignment of the planets and stars, I had the opportunity to have a full suspension upgrade; courtesy of a magazine I used to work on. And while I think our 5.0 is a vast improvement over Mustangs past, I think it can still benefit from a little tuning.
If it was my Mustang, I'd give it the same treatment, which consisted of a Hotchkis TVS kit and Koni adjustable shocks. The progressive springs had just enough initial compliance to make it livable on a daily basis, yet stiff enough to dial out that sloppy body roll. Our Mustang can benefit from a little tidying up in the suspension department.
The kit costs $2,633, and that's without the shocks. Then there's installation. The masterminds at Hotchkis installed it for free and even though they're pros and know the kit backwards and forwards, it still took a whole day. I can't imagine how much it would cost at a less experienced shop.
Would you do it?
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor