Ford had brought back the spirit of the original Mustang with the 2005 model year generation, but it is the 5.0 model we drove that truly manages to be a muscle car that you can use everyday.
The good part of the Mustang is the impressive package if offers. This car blends tradition, power and comfort and it's just as good for the daily commute and road trips as it is for smoking tires or playing at the drag strip.
The pony has also kept its affordability. You can walk into a Ford dealership right now and get a V6 Coupe starting from $22,200. As for the V8 version we drove, this comes with a starting price of $30,300. Of course, if you want a properly equipped one you'll be looking at a minimum price of $40,000. This might seem like a steep price for a Mustang, but if you consider the bouquet of assets it has to offer, you'll no longer see things this way.
The bad part of the Mustang is the live rear axle. This might be lighter and considerably cheaper than an independent rear suspension setup, but if seriously affects the handling and thus becomes the Achilles' Heel of the 'Mustang.
As for the ugly part, this title goes to the interior, but it's unfair to call the cabin this way. The design is pleasant and ergonomic, the fit and finish of the interior has evolved and there are only certain areas that would need better materials.
Ford is preparing to launch a new generation of the Mustang, which is expected to arrive in 2014 as a 2015 model. This will come with independent rear suspension and may get a downsized Ecoboost engine alongside the traditional V6 and V8 units. However, it will probably also swap the retro-inspired styling for a futuristic one.
There's no need to panic after reading the last part of the paragraph above. That's because we'll get at least one extra model year based on the current generation and this may bring interesting upgrades. If you follow the Mustang's recent evolution, you'll notice that Ford has constantly brought significant upgrades for its pony.
The 2010 model year came with a facelift that offered important visual changes. New V6 and V8 engines, as well as fresh transmissions, arrived for the 2011 model year. For the 2013 model year, the Mustang received more technology, both for the powertrain, as well as for the gadgets. We know that the 2013 Mustang can still be filed under "freshly squeezed", but we can't wait to see what the 2014 model year has to offer.
As for the European side of this story, while the Chevrolet Camaro is already being officially imported to the Old Continent, Mustang fans still have some waiting to do. Ford has confirmed that it will bring the Mustang to Europe, but the company hasn't offered any details so far. This might as well mean that the move will be made when the new generation is launched.Continue reading