2015 Ford Mustang GT: 30 Years
February 25, 2015
When John and Marla moved in next door to my mother in 1989, they brought their 1985 Ford Mustang GT with them. Almost thirty years later, they still live next to mom and they've still got their Mustang. And yes, it still runs and drives.
I drove to mom's house last weekend to take her to lunch in our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT and with the two cars parked next to each other, I wondered exactly how much had changed in the last three decades.
Here's a closer look at the numbers.
|1985 Mustang GT||2015 Mustang GT|
|Length||179.6 inches||188.3 inches|
|Width||69.1 inches||75.4 inches|
|Weight||3,170 lbs (est.)||3,796 lbs|
|HP/Torque||210 hp/265 lb-ft||435 hp/400 lb-ft|
|0-60 mph||6.3 seconds (est.)||4.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||134 mph||164 mph (limited)|
|MPG||17 mpg combined (15/22)||19 mpg combined (15/25)|
|Cost||$13,500 (est. when new)||$45,490|
So, the Mustang has gotten bigger, heavier, more powerful, faster, more efficient and not surprisingly, more expensive. Adjusted for inflation, a 1985 Mustang GT would sell brand new for about $30K these days.
I can't spot any styling cues on our long-termer that are borrowed from the third-generation Fox-body, other than maybe the "5.0" emblem on the side, but I prefer the fastback styling anyway.
It's hard to say whether this current Mustang is the kind of car I'd want to keep for 30 years. And by 2045, who knows how fast the new GT will be? Buying a car new and keeping it for this long appeals to my car-guy sensibilities though. It tells a story just by virtue of the fact that it's still around.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor