2015 Ford Mustang GT: Would You Rather a Jag?
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on January 11, 2016
No, I'm not talking about our dearly departed F-Type R coupe. The supercharged Jaguar/Land Rover V8 is a thing of beauty that makes anything containing it worth the price of admission. End of story.
But how about an F-Type S with the six-speed manual? It starts at $77,300 for 2016. Some folks think it's the man-eating cat's meow.
I'd rather be driving our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT.
Hey, don't look at me; look at the numbers. The manual F-Type's 380-horsepower supercharged V6 yielded a 5.2-second sprint to 60 at our test track, with the quarter-mile arriving in 13.5 seconds at 103.9 mph.
At last check, our long-term Mustang GT laid down a 4.8-second sprint en route to a 12.9-second quarter at 111.5 mph.
Interestingly, the curb weights were almost exactly the same on our scales (3,778 pounds and 3,777 lbs, respectively), so this was basically powertrain versus powertrain. The trap speeds suggest that the 435-horsepower Mustang has even more of an edge than the 55-hp rating gap suggests, and indeed, according to the Hale formula, the 'Stang is pumping out a real-world 421 hp to the F-Type's 331 hp.
But it's about the feel, you'll tell me. The character of the car.
Again, I'll take the Mustang. The trusty shifter is miles better than the Jag's imprecise, uninvolving stick. Subjectively, the Ford V8 seems just as refined as the Jaguar V6, and it thrills where the lesser motor merely amuses. Of course, the F-Type is a beautiful thing, 350Z-aping nose notwithstanding, but I continue to believe that Ford nailed the styling on the current Mustang. It's a stunning car that doesn't look the least bit cheap or tacky.
And having just spent a week in a Lincoln MKC with the new Sync 3 infotainment system, which the Mustang also gets for 2016, I can tell you that Ford has put its MyFord Touch troubles firmly in the rearview. Sync 3 is one of the quickest, sharpest and most intuitive interfaces on the market. It's another reason to buy a Mustang and not look back.
In conclusion, I said it before and I'll say it again: the latest Mustang GT competes with everything. Even if the money meant nothing to me in this case, I'd still get the Ford and spend the extra $40k on, I don't know, all sorts of fun stuff. An E55 AMG wagon and a maintenance fund, for example.
I do like the Jag's wheels, though, in that they're silver and therefore don't disappear in most kinds of light and make the car look like it’s riding on four spares. That's one thing I'd rather our Mustang did differently.
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor