There is no denying Ford Motor Company launched the original pony car back in 1964, as a 1965 model. A car that not only started a trend, but created a legacy. Love it or hate it, the Ford Mustang has created a car culture all of its own over the past five decades. Throughout your own life, you or someone you know has definitely owned a Mustang at some point. Say the name, or see the emblem, and be immediately brought back a memory with the Mustang. That, is a powerful brand all in itself.
This new Mustang challenges the conventional idea of the original pony car and introduces a new way of thinking. Sure, there are some styling cues that remain Mustang consistent, but designers pushed the envelope in many ways with this generation. The edgier styling starts from the front where the horse remains prominently displayed in the grill, surrounded by heritage inspired framing.
For a modern twist, full xenon headlamps are framed with LED daytime running lamps that create a new identity. Follow the body lines rearward, and the greenhouse appears more rakish with a quick run towards the rear to make the sport coupe look more hatch like. A high belt line frames a bold side profile with a sleek silhouette. The rear tail lights are full LED, and keep the Mustang vertical tradition, this time with a more slanted design to finish off the aggressive cues dominated by the greenhouse.
The particular test model this week was painted in the ever so present Triple Yellow which caused quite the stir during our enjoyable week together. A continuous parade of thumbs up and smiles continued throughout. The tester was also quite special. The 50th anniversary edition features 50th seat embroidery, exterior rear badge, nickel trimmed dash inserts, and stunning 19″ luster nickel aluminum wheels. A 12-speaker pro-audio Shaker sound system also promises to distribute monstrous sound throughout the cabin.
Noted as the most technologically advanced Mustang yet, this particular model had some pretty impressive tech features. For one, even with a manual transmission, this Mustang GT had the optional $1,795.00 Adaptive Cruise Control. For hot summer days in South Florida, front driver and passengers also have A/C seats. And of course Ford’s latest Sync system is present, with a supplemental Shaker high performance sound system. Dual climate controls, digital efficiency programs, and a premium fit and finish help to complete the now benchmark of muscle car interiors. Yet, by far, my favorite feature is the Mustang horse hologram that shines down from the rearview mirror illuminating the pathway.
Under the hood, the beloved 5.0-liter V8 finds its way back with an outstanding 435 horsepower. Pulling hard through each gear, the powerplant gives off a orchestrated symphony of raw V8 sound that underlines the spirit of THE American pony car. For dynamics, engineers have added 4 different driving modes for optimized performance attributes. A normal mode, a sport plus mode, track mode, and rain/snow mode vary the transmission and traction control system to promise plenty of fun and comfort. Three different steering modes also alternate the input of feel.
The Ford Mustang will forever stand tall as the original pony car. A car that has shaped American car culture and in many cases, has the set the standard to what the muscle car should be. The 50th anniversary gives the legend a well deserved celebration, with hopes of becoming its own collectible piece in the future. For more information on the legendary Mustang GT, please visit ford.com.