The Mustang GT was built for the open
road. If you keep this rule in mind, you'll be able to enjoy the car in many, many ways.
From the first moment you bring the 5 liters of the engine to life, you'll be accompanied by a nice sound that's rather metallic than deep. We would've liked a louder voice, but we have to keep in mind that the car uses a classic setup, with no valves and it offers one of the best compromises for this type of exhaust. The best part is that, as you're standing in the car, the sound is coming rather from the front, not the rear of the car. That's because there's a plastic pipe that brings the engine sound from the intake manifold straight into the cabin.
The Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) 4,951cc V8 engine delivers 412 hp (418 PS) and 530 Nm (390 lb-ft) of torque and shows a great flexibility. The unit joins forces with a six-speed automatic which works well in both cruising and full-throttle modes. While most of you are familiar to the setup, others may be surprised to find that the gearbox offers you the possibility to manually place it in 1st, 2nd or 3rd gear.
You can enjoy the vast interior space, comfortable seats and suspension, as well as the muscle of the engine and use the Mustang as a Grand Tourer. Whenever you find yourself at the beginning of a straight line, you can indulge yourself in throttle pedal pleasures and the car will reward you for doing so. The Mustang GT is that kind of car that would make a good argument against teleporting - It's pleasant to cover long distances behind its retro-styled steering wheel.
We enjoyed quite a lot of moments in the car, which asked for 13.5 l/100 km (17.4 mpg) in return during our test drive.
But you're in a Coyote V8 Mustang, you can also think about some tire-shredding maneuvers. The GT Mustang handles burnouts and donuts with a nonchalant attitude. The low-end torque and the solid mechanical parts mean that the car doesn't even feel it's being abused. All you need to do is adjust the throttle depending on how much tire smoke you want to generate. And a fresh set of tires, of course.
And once you've brought the tires to the right temperature, you can try a quarter mile session. The result will be placed somewhere in the high 12-second area. As for the 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint, this will be dealt with in 4.5 seconds.
Unfortunately, not all roads are simply open, some of them also include various types of bends and here is where the live rear axle of the Mustang quickly shows its limits.
The AdvanceTrac traction and stability control leaves the car to follow its natural movements for a few brief moments, so you get a good indication of what's going on and then brings things back on track. And boy does it have a lot of work to do.
The live rear axle, coupled with the suspension setup, which is a bit on the soft side, means that the handling at the limit is anything but inspiring. When you drive the Mustang hard on a twisty road, you'll always find yourself waiting rather than pushing the car hard. To be more specific, the aforementioned problem keeps you from putting the pedal to the metal. When you finally do, the accelerator pedal map, which is surprisingly soft, almost like a "winter" one, will bring a delay.
The Nexteer-sourced electronic power assisted steering, which replaces the hydraulic one used up to the 2010 model year, may be good for cruising, but the fact that it offers 3 levels of assistance can't hide its relative lack of feedback.
When it comes to stopping power, you simply have to choose the optional Brembo package. Despite the serious pitch induced by the aforementioned suspension setup, the Brembo brakes give you plenty of confidence on the road.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
I never found the time to go horse-riding, but the Mustang seems to offer an experience that I think comes pretty close. Just push that pedal to the metal and you’ll understand what this car is all about! That big V8 up front makes me feel like I’m in control of a whole heard, not just one stallion and all I want to do is give it some gas. It doesn’t matter if I have enough space, I’ll rev it while standing still If I have to, I just want to listen to it all day long!
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