2015 Ford Mustang GT: Not Quite a Proper GT
By Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on September 18, 2015
I can't tell you what the "GT" officially stands for in our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT's name. I asked the Internet; it didn't know.
What I can tell you is that GT has historically stood for Gran Turismo, or Grand Tourer. Wikipedia says a Grand Tourer is a car that's "able to make long-distance, high-speed journeys in both comfort and style."
Man, this Mustang is almost there. There was plenty of comfort and style on my trip to Monterey, and I dig the car's high-speed composure and refinement.
But to me, a proper GT machine needs a real-world driving range of at least 400 miles. And that's where the Mustang comes up short.
As Monticello noted, my 301.3-mile tank on the way home set a new range record, which has since been eclipsed by Monty himself with a valiant 321.6-mile effort. Not good. We're up over 13,000 miles at this point, many of which have been logged on the open road. The car's had plenty of chances and there's not much to show for it.
Could you theoretically do a little better? Sure you could. The GT's gas tank holds 16 gallons, says Ford, and the EPA highway estimate is 25 mpg. That's 400 miles if you use every drop. Now, you're obviously not going to run the tank dry, and if you've got the optional performance gearing like we do, you're probably not going to see 25 mpg, either.
But let's say you match our current best of 23.5 mpg, and you fill up with a gallon in reserve. That comes out to 352 miles. Closer to respectability.
Still, Ford's making this much harder than it needs to be. Why not put a 20-gallon tank in this thing? You could get 21 mpg — a more realistic figure, in our experience — and still hit 400 miles with about a gallon to spare.
That would be a Mustang GT worthy of the name.
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 13,714 miles