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2015 Ford Mustang GT Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: The Mods Make It Better

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on February 5, 2016

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I was skeptical. When the idea of modifying our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT originally came up, I figured the Ford Racing suspension would wreck its ride/handling balance and that the short-throw shifter would suck.

I was wrong on both counts.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Short Gearing Makes It Slower

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 26, 2016

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Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the optional 3.73 final drive in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT. It makes the powertrain more exciting and rewards you for using the shifter more frequently, so we drive it harder.

The primary downside is fuel economy: Our lifetime mpg is hovering around 15 (!!) mpg. The other downside is that the frequency with which you want to shift actually slows the Mustang down when you're leaving from a stop light. The windows of useable acceleration in first and second are tiny, such that it seems you spend more time engaging and disengaging the gear than actually using it for acceleration.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: My Favorite Car in the Fleet

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 22, 2016

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I may have logged the most miles in our Dodge Viper, driving it across the country and all, but I've spent the most nights with our 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Why? It's become my favorite car in the fleet. Like any car enthusiast, I have a predilection for fast, loud, and rear-drive cars. Our fleet has a few of these, but only the Mustang meets the obscure Venn diagram of things I look for.  

For example, our Viper is loud, but it doesn't sound good. Our BMW M235i sounds good, but it isn't loud. The Mustang does both, and this sound adds to the overall character. It's a bright orange muscle car with black wheels and a lowering kit.

It gives off a vibe, man.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Ride Height Makes Me Happy

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 4, 2016

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If I had my way, most of the cars in our fleet would be lowered. Put some new wheels on the SRT8 and move it closer to the ground. Our M235i is cool, but put an exhaust on it and drop it, then suddenly you've got an infinitely cooler BMW. The Miata is great too, but who doesn't want wider tires and a lower stance on a car that does so well in the canyons?

It's about function first, but form doesn't hurt either and our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT is now a great example of the two living side-by-side.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Auxiliary Gauges Are Entertaining, If Little Else

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on December 21, 2015

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Our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's optional Performance Pack includes these two auxiliary gauges. They show oil pressure and vacuum (boost on Ecoboost models), and they are superfluous on a stock car.

Brent Romans gave an overview and debated their usefulness, but I want to take a closer look. Some might argue that a vacuum gauge is helpful for driving in a more fuel-efficient manner. This is true, but this argument vanishes like tire smoke when you're pairing 435 horsepower with a 3.73 final drive.

Monitoring oil pressure helps when you're worried about it dropping, like when sustaining more than 1.0 g in a long corner. Two problems, however:

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Performance Testing Redux

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on December 11, 2015

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The Mustang is one of the most commonly modified vehicles in history. We decided to join the party with our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT by making it a lot louder, a little lower and its shifts slightly shorter. Finally, we wrapped the Mustang in fresh rubber and traced down the source of a mysterious noise.

As with all our long-term test vehicles, we tested the Mustang shortly after it was purchased. With all these new parts installed, we put Senior Editor Josh Jacquot behind the wheel for another go. Like many modifications, the numbers alone don't tell the full story.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Source of Mysterious Noise Identified

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on December 2, 2015

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The saga of our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT didn't end when the wheel locks were removed with force. It was a goat rodeo that was just beginning.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: An Unmistakable Cone of Irresponsibility

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 6, 2015

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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."

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Noisy Shifter Reminds You That You're Driving a Machine

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on November 4, 2015

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The short-shifter in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT makes noise. It isn't loud or annoying. Turning up the radio or rolling the window down mostly masks it. But the sound is prevalent.

You can hear the whine of meshed gears spinning and the clunk of the shifter engaging. Rest your palm on the knob and you'll feel vibrations, too. These are important sensations, constant little reminders that you're using a machine.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Animals Agree — It's Loud

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 30, 2015

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I came across the above scene while taking our 2015 Ford Mustang GT up my favorite road. The mountain pass has the perfect recipe. It winds and winds for miles heading to nowhere in particular, and it's empty on weekdays. It also has, free for use, an extended sonic amplificatory chamber.

A tunnel.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: A Hike, a Bike, and a Track-Day Wedding, Part 4

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 25, 2015

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For this final installment of our hiking, biking, wedding and track day road trip in the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, I started off the final morning with a photo shoot. Didn't have to drive far; that lead shot was taken from my hotel's balcony.

You might notice I left the numbers, required by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, on the Ford overnight. No, it's not that I think I'm cool driving around town with numbers on my car. Rather, I'm inherently lazy and didn't want to re-apply them at the track for Day Two.

Plus, Senior Editor Josh Jacquot's wife had done such a nice job applying them on in the first place. Apparently she noticed I was incapable of making a five, kindly shoved me aside and took over. Go ahead and add "taping numbers" to the list of things I stink at.

By the way, anyone know the connection between the number fifteen and an orange Ford Mustang?

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Path to Performance Continues With Short-Throw Shifter

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 22, 2015

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The suspension isn't the only thing sitting lower on our 2015 Ford Mustang GT.

While it was up on the lift at Galpin Auto Sports getting the Track Handling pack installed, we also installed a short-shift kit from Ford Performance Racing Parts.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: A Hike, a Bike, and a Track-Day Wedding, Part 3

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 18, 2015

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If you've followed our road trip adventure in our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT then you'll know at this point we still had yet to set tires on track. We've hiked in Yosemite, mountain biked on the trails outside of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and even attended a wedding on the Corkscrew. But we had yet to burn up rubber and brake pads in anger.

That changes now.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Path to Performance Potential Requires New Suspension

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 13, 2015

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We're taking the first step down the rabbit hole.

Although our 2015 Ford Mustang GT has shown itself to be respectably fast and surprisingly capable, its handling has left a few of us wanting. It has performed admirably at track days and on curvy roads, but we've found the more you turn up the wick, the less communicative each end of the car becomes. Compounding this vagueness is a constant sense of pitch and roll when you settle the car down into a corner. 

The solution?

We're trying out — deep breath — the Ford Performance Racing Parts Mustang Track Handling Pack (part number M-FR3A-M8). That long name comprises a pair of front struts, larger anti-roll bars, and dampers, springs, and toe links for the rear. The kit also includes new bushings, bump stops, and strut mounts.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: A Hike, a Bike, and a Track-Day Wedding, Part 2

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on October 5, 2015

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I'm an unabashed map fan. Real maps. Made out of paper. I love opening one up, spreading it out and planning the cool route I'll take on my next road trip. Maybe I'm old, maybe it's my romantic outlook on hitting the open road, I'm not sure. But for me, looking at a map on the computer just doesn't give me the same feeling of adventure.    

But sometimes, ya gotta go Google. That's what happened the morning I left Oakhurst in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT heading to Monterey. I slept in a bit the morning after the hike up Half Dome and didn't have time to fully plan out my route to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

I was meeting Senior Editor Josh Jacquot and another buddy there for a mountain bike ride before going to a wedding. There are some great trails right outside the track. It's a county park, after all.

So I put myself blindly at the mercy of Google Maps.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Brings the Noise, Needs the Suspension

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on September 28, 2015

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I finally got a chance to drive our 2015 Ford Mustang GT with the new Ford Racing exhaust (install, before and after). Allow me to briefly parrot everyone else's comments: It is rad. Super rad.

The new exhaust solves one of my two issues with the Mustang.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Is a Focus ST the Perfect Compromise?

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on September 15, 2015

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Our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT is a good car if you want some American muscle with two doors. It's a good car if you don't have adult-sized children or you don't need to carry a lot of stuff on a regular basis. It's an especially good car if you've got $45,000 to spend and you like the color orange.

But if you've got a little bit less money and you need more space for activities, you might wander around on the Ford lot and find one of these: A Ford Focus ST. Specifically, this Mountune-modified Focus ST.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: New Muffler Only Sings the High Notes

by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on September 11, 2015

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First let me say I didn't feel an overwhelming need to get a louder exhaust for our 2015 Ford Mustang GT. I kinda liked the mellow-yet-throbby sounds from the stock setup, a noise focused more on the 5.0-liter V8 rather than a tuned exhaust.

But that's just me. And no one asked. That said, I typically love a loud exhaust.

If nothing else, this new cat-back system from the Ford Performance Racing Parts catalog proves how difficult it is to build an exhaust that sounds just right at all times.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Now That's What I Call Music 5.0

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on September 3, 2015

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Step one of our performance enhancing campaign on the 2015 Ford Mustang GT is done and I am happy with the results. The new exhaust sounds great, replacing the far-too-quiet stock pipes.

Even better, it doesn't sound too obnoxious. It reminds me of our old long-term Challenger in some ways. A low, smooth burble at idle, a mechanical growl with some pedal and a fierce bellow when it's floored. The throttle overrun also sounds great and it doesn't have any startling backfires or crackles like our dearly departed Jag.

I do, however, expect our fuel economy to take a hit. I find myself holding gears and revs longer to enjoy the music.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: New Exhaust, Before and After

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 1, 2015

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Yesterday, Jay reported on the new Ford Racing exhaust system on our 2015 Ford Mustang GT and encouraged you to provide your own exhaust sounds when reaching the end of the photo gallery.

Now, you can stop vroom-vrooming.

Click through the jump to see what our video crew put together comparing the acoustics of the stock exhaust to the new one. There's sound recorded of blipping the throttle outside the car, inside the car, and winding out the throttle on the road.

Leave a comment, let us know what you think of our pony's new sonic signature.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Better, But Good Enough?

August 25, 2015

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Full disclosure: I've owned two Mustangs in the past. It can be said that I'm a "Mustang Guy."

Back in November I wrote up the full test on the 2015 Ford Mustang GT and noted that this latest generation has improved across the board. I still stand by that assertion, but I'd also like to add that I expected more.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: In Support of the Recaros

August 11, 2015

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It's been a pretty common theme for Edmunds staffers to knock the optional Recaro sport seats in our 2015 Ford Mustang GT, and not just in long-term updates. There's been a lot of grumbling around the office that's never made it into print. I'm here to disagree. Not in general; that would be, well, disagreeable. But I think these Recaros are superb and I'm glad we opted for them.

Of course seats are a personal, extremely body-specific part of cars. No seat is going to fit every body perfectly. We come in too many shapes and sizes for that. But here's what I realized after reading through old posts: Most of the issues aren't even related to seat fitment or comfort.   

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Threw It Back in the Water

July 29, 2015

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I fished out a 2015 Ford Mustang GT from the Edmunds long-term pool last weekend. It seemed nice enough at first glance. V8 engine, manual transmission - what's not to like?

Then I drove it in typical Los Angeles conditions, Friday evening, near the tail end of rush hour. My evening plan was to have dinner with a friend who lived nearby.

After 20 minutes of driving, I regretted taking the Mustang.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Competes With Everything

July 27, 2015

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I recently compared driving our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT to wearing a fatsuit, which may have left the impression that I had a low opinion of the car.

In point of fact, I ended that post by noting that the car had "totally won me over on an extended drive." But that was a 50-mile jaunt through the Santa Monica Mountains, consisting largely of tight, curvy roads that let our Mustang's sport suspension shine.

With the Mustang key in my pocket for the entire July 4th weekend, I decided it was time to get serious - up the coast to Monterey on Friday, then back to Los Angeles on Saturday.

That's about 650 miles of the best damn blacktop on the planet. And now that I'm back, I'm here to tell you why the new Mustang GT is competitive with practically every performance car you can buy.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Can Your CEO Do a Burnout?

July 24, 2015

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Can Tim Cook do a burnout? What about Google's Larry Page? Nissan's Carlos Ghosn or GM's Mary Barra? We suspect Barra can lay some stripes, given her background and engineering experience. But those other guys? Pfft.

But ours can.

Edmunds.com CEO Avi Steinlauf recently took the wheel of our since-departed (sigh) Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, with Road Test Editor Carlos Lago sitting shotgun and showing our chief executive how to generate wonderful plumes of noxious smoke from the rear wheelwells. With 550 horsepower sent through an automatic transmission, the Jag is the perfect foil for our man to stand on the brake and mash the gas.

Things get a little trickier when Avi and Carlos move to the three-pedal 2015 Ford Mustang GT, but our CEO quickly nails the sequence of clutch, brake and modulating throttle. When they engage the Mustang's line lock feature later, the tires don't stand a chance.

Is your car ready for new tires? Are the freshly paved streets in your neighborhood in need of some local art? Don't know how to do a burnout, or just rusty?  Click the jump for a primer on one of the most satisfying and primal acts of car control that NHTSA, the EPA and your local law enforcement certainly do not approve of.

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2015 Mustang GT: Better In Every Way - Recollections on a Time-Travel Road Trip

July 3, 2015

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I had the opportunity to take a few days away from the office and decided to make a quick dash to Sedona and decompress for a bit. I thought it'd be fun to take the new Viper and log enough miles to complete the break-in cycle, but scheduling conflicts intervened. The 2015 Ford Mustang was an excellent stand-in.

According to the Mustang's nav, it was 476 miles and about seven hours to Flagstaff. That's where I'd pick up a girlfriend from two decades ago. I owned my first Mustang in the mid-1990s, so this was really a multi-level reunion of sorts.

Within the first 50 miles, I was glad I had the Mustang, not the Viper.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Suspension Walkaround

June 29, 2015

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Automotive journalists have griped about it for as long as I can remember. Some worked to retirement as generations of new Mustang came and went with a simple straight rear axle. Along the way Dodge and GM abandoned the pony car segment, leaving the Mustang to go it alone against imported sports coupes with independent rear suspension (IRS).

And then the dormant Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro were resurrected in 2008 and 2010, respectively, and both reappeared on dealer showroom floors with IRS setups. The market pressure ratcheted up yet another notch.

It eventually became clear that the fully redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang would finally enter the modern age. It would have independent rear suspension, for real, across the board. And this would not be another half-baked 1999-2004 SVT Cobra scenario, a low-volume Mustang special with a compromised IRS system wedged under a car never designed for it.

We wasted no time when the order desk opened and put money down on a 5.0-liter GT with the Performance Pack. We have not been disappointed. Our 2015 Mustang GT is impressively composed on the road, and I for one was thoroughly blown away by its balance, grip and stability when I thrashed it about on a tight, bumpy autocross course and a high-speed racetrack on the same day.

But it's not all down to the long-awaited IRS. The front suspension of the 2015 Mustang has a few tricks of its own. Let's hoist it up on our Rotary Lift and work our way front to back.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: We Got the Right Car

June 26, 2015

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Recently there's been some grumbling by staffers that maybe, just maybe, we didn't order the right 2015 Ford Mustang GT. James Riswick thinks we shouldn't have opted for the GT Performance Package. Ron Montoya says he'd skip the Recaros. Kurt Niebuhr says he won't drive the car because it's orange.  

Apparently everyone around here is entitled to their own opinions.

As for me, I enjoy driving this new Mustang GT, whether I'm running errands around town, cruising down the highway and even when I'm stuck in traffic. Sure, the gearing is short and the brakes can feel touchy at first, but once you get used to them they're no big deal. Recently I took the Mustang GT on one of my favorite mountain roads, and I fell in love with it even more.  

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: More Insights On the GT350 Voodoo V8

June 22, 2015

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Ford recently (finally?) dropped details on the 5.2-liter "Voodoo" V8 that's going into the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350, GT350R, and a handful of other 2015 models. As a follow-up to my previous pontifications on the subject — the gist being that this is one of the most fascinating modern performance car engines to come out of Detroit — let's take a more informed look at how Ford arrived at this engine's unusual anatomy.

Yeah, this has little to do with our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT, specifically. But if you're a Mustang geek or an engine nerd, read on.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Okay, I'll Drive It - All Day Long!

June 18, 2015

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The first new car I bought myself was a 1967 Mustang GT 2+2. I've got a 1965 coupe in my garage. I may be Edmunds's green-car editor, but I still do love me a V8 on occasion. So it was only right that I pick our 2015 Ford Mustang GT for a recent 1,500-mile California road trip.

I'd been a bit worried after a few of my fellow editors poked at the pony for being a bit bloated with, as Josh Sadlier put it, a bulbous hood and the overall feel of a fatsuit, not to mention Kurt's rant against its color and habit of pogoing on concrete freeways and over Southern California's increasingly deteriorating surface streets.

But it turned out to be a great ride for a long trip up the middle of the state, to the coastal redwood forests and wineries of Sonoma County and back.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Why I Don't Drive It

June 3, 2015

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In an earlier update, James wondered why no one was driving our 2015 Ford Mustang GT.  Well, here's my reason. Scratch that. Here are my two reasons.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Short Gearing Is Fun Gearing

May 29, 2015

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The $2,495 Performance Package on our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT includes a bunch of upgrades, but the biggest change on the day-to-day driving experience comes from its 3.73 final drive.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Sizing It Up

May 26, 2015

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Well, it's been a while since my last long-term post, and before last night, I had only driven a 2015 Ford Mustang GT once, at a manufacturer-sponsored event on the big track at Willow Springs. After a few medium-hot laps, I recall walking away as impressed as Mr. Edmunds by its capabilities.

But even on a wide-open track, I thought the new Mustang seemed awfully large.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Performance Package Worth The Money?

May 4, 2015

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We ordered our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT with the $2,495 GT Performance Package to fully exploit the car's new independent rear suspension. The package includes 19-inch wheels, staggered-size summer tires, six-piston front brake calipers, 380 mm rotors, a strut bar, a front splitter,  a Torsen differential and a 3.73 final drive ratio.

The additions helped during our long-term Mustang's recent track session. We wondered how it compared to a GT without the package, so we borrowed one with the 6-speed automatic and brought it to our test track.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Basic Pony vs. Boosted Pony - How Does The Ecoboost Compare?

April 27, 2015

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Our 2015 Ford Mustang GT is quick. But the big news surrounding this latest pony is the four-cylinder version, which we've recently tested. Below, for your perusal, are the details of both tests.

The detail that matters, based only on my track driving, is obvious: The GT is the driver's car. Yes, it's heavier than the Ecoboost, but that extra 140 pounds vaporizes when it's up against the additional 125 horsepower the GT produces. Sure, the Ecoboost bears 131 fewer pounds on its front axle alone, and it's noticeable, but it's not an advantage that would sway me to the turbo four, even at less cost.

The GT is easier and more fun to drive because its additional power provides a meaningful influence over its chassis. Want to rotate the car on throttle? The GT obliges. Need to crawl out a slow corner one gear too high? The GT is your willing partner. Want engine sound with soul? Get the GT.

Both our long-termer and the Ecoboost came equipped with the Performance Package ($1,995 on the Ecoboost and $2,495 on the GT), which adds 19-inch summer tires, larger brakes, unique suspension tuning, a numerically higher axle ratio and more. As-tested prices are $45,490 for the GT and $38,455 for the Ecoboost.

Here are the results:

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Pedal Placement Keeps Lost Art of Heel-and-Toe Alive

April 24, 2015

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Realistically, with some work and/or practice, you can perform heel-and-toe downshifts on just about any manual transmission car. But some cars definitely make this soon-to-be-lost-art easier than others. There are two keys to heel-and-toeing, besides lots of practice: Good brake-to-gas-pedal placement and a responsive throttle.   

The 2015 Ford Mustang GT has both.

In olden times, people really did the true heel-and-toe action, with the ball or toes of their right foot on the brake pedal and the heel blipping the throttle.

These days — and the Mustang is a good example of this —the pedals are arranged so that you do it more with the left side of your right foot on the brake pedal and the right side of your right foot on the gas, instead of a true heel-and-toe. We still call it heel-and-toe anyway.      

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: V8 Makes You Forget Stiff Ride, Touchy Brakes

April 20, 2015

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Somehow our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT had 5,000 miles on the odometer before I ever even sat in it. How is that possible? Popular car, apparently. Now I can see why. It?s big-time fun.

Although it's a hoot to drive, the Mustang involves a bit of a learning curve, at least if you care about driving it smoothly. Most of it's related to the GT Performance package, but don?t think for a second we shouldn't have ordered that option.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: No Performance Pack + Standard Seats

April 17, 2015

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Back in February, I wrote that there were a few elements on our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT that I would leave off the build sheet. The first was the GT Performance package, second were the 19-inch black wheels, and third were the Recaro sport seats. Well, I recently got a change to drive an equally orange Mustang GT without any of those items. So, did I like it better?

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: JDRF Track Day Fundraiser

April 10, 2015

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to participate in a fundraiser for the JDRF, the largest charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and finding a cure. The event was held Willow Springs International Raceway, about 90 miles north of Los Angeles, and I was asked to bring our 2015 Ford Mustang GT to give rides around the main track, “Big Willow."

How could I say no? I mean, really. It’s an excellent cause and a great way to spend a day.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 3, 2015

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The very first fill-up of March was a lost cause. I'm not entirely sure what happened, but our 2015 Ford Mustang GT fuel logbook contains the simple note "pump issues" where the gallons-added entry should be.

I suppose we'll never know the fuel economy of those 227 miles.

And I think I should also exclude another 90.9-mile fill-up, even though no mistake was involved. It was a full fill, too. I personally added 15.363 gallons of premium with just three miles to go on the distance-to-empty meter.

How could this be?

I was at a track-day fundraiser at Willow Springs raceway that you'll read about in a future post. Near the end of the day, the car stumbled while cornering hard in Turn 5, whereupon I returned to the pits and drove straight out the gate to the nearest gas station. The in-car gauge read 6.3 mpg, but the math worked out to just 5.9 mpg.

Not a very representative activity, I must admit.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Manual Transmission's Thud or Clunk Sound

March 23, 2015

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I've noticed an odd aspect to our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's manual transmission. When shifting gears, there's often an accompanying "thud" or "clunk" like sound. This sound is not obvious, and I think it took me a few days of driving the Mustang before I picked up on it. But now that I know it's there, I notice it all the time. It bugs me, and I doubt it's "normal."

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: 5.0 Mojo

March 18, 2015

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Ford upgraded almost everything for the new-generation 2015 Ford Mustang. But the company must have used the adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" when it came time to look at the GT's 5.0-liter V8 engine. This mill was awesome when it debuted for the 2011 Mustang and still has plenty of mojo today.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Adaptive Cruise Control

February 27, 2015

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The adaptive cruise control in our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT is almost perfect. It's a $1,195 stand-alone option, but there's no doubt in my mind that it's worth the cost.

For starters, when set to the closest following distance (pictured) the system follows the car in front of you (if they're travelling slower than your set speed) close enough to deter most other motorists from wedging into the gap, but it's not so close that it feels like I'm tailgating. The ACC doesn't react too abruptly to minor changes in traffic flow either and it even has a feature that seems to anticipate passing maneuvers before you make them.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Exhaust (With Video)

February 23, 2015

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For the most part, I like our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT. It's bright orange, it's got a 435-horsepower V8 and a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission, but I wish it were louder. I have the same opinion as Mark when he wrote about the exhaust in an earlier update but here are a few videos of the Mustang's exhaust note so you can judge for yourself.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: GT Performance Pack + Recaros

February 12, 2015

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I've already gone on record saying we were right to get the 2015 Ford Mustang GT instead of the EcoBoost. It's certainly the engine I'd opt for, and I would sure as hell get the manual transmission. However, after my first extended amount of time in our new Mustang, there are several elements on our build sheet I would think twice about if I were in the market for one.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Performance Tested

February 2, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang GT

It's only taken 50 years, but every Mustang finally gets an independent rear suspension for 2015. The combination of our 2015 Ford Mustang GT's 435-horsepower V8, IRS and optional Performance Package should make this pony charge through our slalom gates.

The current-gen Dodge Challenger RT and Chevrolet Camaro SS both use IRS, so how does the Mustang compare? And how will our tests results differ from our old long-termer? Read ahead to find out.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Break-In Road Trip

January 30, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang GT

Break-in periods are the worst. Especially on a new 2015 Ford Mustang GT. We just dropped $45,490 on a new, 435-horsepower sports car and can't even get on the sauce for the first 1,000 miles.

I've got a tendency to cycle through cars pretty quickly, so if this one were mine, I'd probably skip this step, try out the line-lock and melt the tires off long before the odo hit the millennium mark. As this one's not mine, I very carefully loafed our Mustang to Las Vegas.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Adjustable Launch Control

January 29, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang GT

We put our 2015 Ford Mustang GT through its paces recently at the track recording a baseline set of performance data. Among the tests we perform is, of course, acceleration. The test gave me an opportunity to experience the Mustang's launch control for the first time.

Fortunately, accessing launch control and activating it is easy. Here's how.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Coyote Voodoo Cross-Plane Flat-Plane

January 21, 2015

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Fresh from the Detroit Auto Show, I am flush with thoughts of our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang's engine family. Ford's "modular" V8 in its current 32-valve, 5.0-liter "Coyote" form has potency and refinement in equal measure. It's a pleasure to drive. You might think this is as good as the Mod motor gets.

You'd be wrong.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: It's Too Quiet

January 14, 2015

2015 Ford Mustang GT

Our 2015 Ford Mustang GT is really quite entertaining, even though we're still breaking it in. But it's missing some of the theatrics that I've loved about Mustangs past.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Should We Have Gone EcoBoost?

December 31, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang GT

Should we have bought our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang with the new EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder? I've heard that question quite a bit, and with virtually no reservation, my answer is a resounding...

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Grabby Brakes

December 18, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang GT

Not too long ago, I had the great fortune to write up the full test of the new 2015 Mustang. In the piece, I briefly noted that the test vehicle with the GT Performance package and Brembo brakes were unusually sensitive.

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2015 Ford Mustang GT: Introduction

December 15, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang GT

It's been 50 years since Ford unleashed the most iconic vehicle in its history, the Mustang. Over the past five decades, the coupe that launched the so-called "pony car" segment has taken many forms, from the basic no-frills coupe to the modern sports car that is the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. While the overall shape and proportions still echo the 2005 redesign to some extent, the newest version of the 'Stang looks forward as much as it pays homage to the past.

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