2015 Ford Mustang GT: An Unmistakable Cone of Irresponsibility
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 6, 2015
I left the taco joint in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT and pulled up to the stoplight. A Subaru WRX STI pulled up alongside, and "it" began.
"It" reminded me of an old Simpsons episode, where Principal Skinner calls in Homer and Marge to talk about Bart's behavior and the negative effect it has on those around him. Not only does the principal have a map showing the area of effect Bart has, he also presents the parents with a wonderfully needless 3D model depicting "an unmistakable cone of ignorance."
Our Mustang? It does something similar to the responsibility of your driving habits. It's loud, it's lowered, and it's orange. It doesn?t help that the high-rpm sound is rewarding and easy to access thanks to the super short gearing. Same goes for the new short shifter, which makes banging gears fun.
Like any great car, our Mustang encourages and rewards bad behavior from its driver. But it was at this stoplight that I realized its unmistakable cone of irresponsibility stretches outward.
I took it easy away from the light when it turned green, by the way. The STI didn't. With possibly the loudest and most obnoxious exhaust I've ever heard on a flat-4 Subaru, he blared ahead down into the residential street, reaching for Speed Category: Plaid.
Maybe our Mustang should have a warning sticker: "Not Responsible for Your Irresponsibility."
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor