The Mustang Coupe was assessed by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). It was subjected to a crash test that simulates a frontal offset crash with a vehicle about the same weight. The car received a "Good" rating, the highest one, for all areas.
The safety structure kept its shape well during the impact and the dummy movement was well controlled on both the forward and the rebound movements. The same rating was also given for protection offered to all areas of the body, including head & neck, chest, as well as both legs and feet.
But passive safety is just a part of the deal and Ford has made efforts to keep drivers from ending up using the two frontal and the two seat-mounted side airbags.
Among the upgrades bought by the 2010 model year, Ford made the AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control system a standard feature. In addition to that, for 2011, the Mustang received the MyKey programmable key. This means that while your dad may have just bought you a Mustang GT, he can limit your top speed to 80 mph (129 km/h), among others. Oh and he can also keep you from disabling the electronic stability and traction controls, so you can forget about burnouts and donuts.
If you are reading this as the father and you've bought the car for yourself, there's something we need to talk about. The GT's top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). Even if you can get around the electronic nannies and remove the limiter with or without voiding the warranty, you shouldn't do this. That's because the car's mechanical bits and pieces were designed with this top speed in mind and they may not withstand the loads generated at higher speeds.
To give you an example, we'll remind you of a situation that we previously wrote about
. We are talking about a video that shows a 2011 Mustang V6 owner destroying his car. The man had removed the 112 mph (180 km/h) top speed limiter and took the vehicle up to 135 mph (217 km/h). At that point, the singe-piece driveshaft of the car disintegrated, generating a mechanical storm under the car. Ford explained that the driveshaft used a light one-piece construction to balance performance and fuel efficiency and therefore this was not suitable for such high loads. In case you were wondering, the Mustang GT comes with a two-piece driveshaft, but we still don't advise you to try to trick its electronic speed limiter.Continue reading