RE: Ford Mustang GT facelift: Driven

RE: Ford Mustang GT facelift: Driven

Monday 26th March 2018

Ford Mustang GT facelift: Driven

More power, more torque and more technology for the V8 'Stang, and an even more likeable car as a result



Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: the Ford Mustang is not a car for shrinking violets. Get behind the wheel, and you can forget all about blending in with the motoring masses.

Perhaps this overt lack of anonymity is a product of the Mustang's romanticised, cult status in automotive culture, or the fact that it has that whopping great 5.0-litre Coyote V8 under the bonnet, with a soundtrack to boot. It could be down to that muscular, iconic silhouette, or the fact that you can have one in bright orange. More likely, though, is that it's a combination of all of these things and more.


The Mustang, then, is a car that appeals to a certain type of person. One that doesn't shy away from attention, and won't be irked by something so mundane as its claimed 22.8mpg fuel economy figure.

This hasn't stopped Ford from trying to broaden the pony car's appeal outside of the United States, though. After all, the sixth-generation Mustang was the first to be developed with right-hand drive in mind, and this facelifted model brings with it further features to supplement its primary, V8-flavoured USP.

For 2018 there's a new, sharper face, a greater emphasis on safety, a flashy digital speedometer and the option of a 10-speed automatic transmission - just like the one found in the gargantuan F-150 Raptor. More importantly, though, Ford's engineers have worked to improve the 'Stang's handling, retuning the dampers to make it more planted and adding a cross-axis joint to stiffen up the rear suspension. Adaptive MagneRide dampers are available as a £1,600 option, too.


The headline change, though, has to do with the engine. By fitting new dual-fuel, high pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection system, the 5.0-litre V8 is now good for 450hp at 7,000rpm - a 30hp improvement over the 2015 model. Torque, meanwhile, remains at 390lb ft and is available from 4,600rpm. This is all sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.

Keep the crank spinning at below about 3,500rpm, and the Mustang doesn't feel particularly energetic or urgent - despite the deep, purposeful accompanying soundtrack. There's a need to work this engine to get the most out of it; get your shifts right and the Mustang will take off with savage urgency. With the active exhaust fixed to its angriest setting it sounds volcanic, too, if not quite as outlandish as Jaguar Land Rover's supercharged 5.0-litre V8.

The steering is heavy - suitably so for such a car - and weights up nicely depending which driving mode you're in. There's limited feel here, but the rack is still communicative enough to inform you of what the car's front wheels are doing and while body roll hasn't been completely ironed out, the MagneRide dampers do a commendable job of keeping it under control. It's by no means the last word in precision - instead relying more on the brute force of its powerplant to sprint between bends - but that's all part of its charm.


And that charm is exactly why you'd fork out £41,095 for one. Well, that and the fact that at this price bracket, the V8-powered Mustang is practically in a class of one. Yes, it's a bit of a dinosaur and yes, something like a BMW M2 will offer sharper handling and a more refined interior, but for sheer character the Mustang has it licked.

 Ford Mustang GT - Specifications
 Engine 5,038cc, V8
 Transmission 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
 Power (hp) 450@7,000rpm
 Torque (lb ft) 391@4,600rpm
 0-62mph 4.6sec
 Top speed 155mph
 Weight 1,743kg (to EU, including 75kg driver)
 MPG 22.8 
 CO2 277g/km
 Price £41,095

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Fishy Dave

Original Poster:

544 posts

187 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Lots to like there, not sure about the pointy nose and headlights though. The 5 litre GT is one of the only new cars on the market I would consider. smile

Edited by Fishy Dave on Tuesday 27th March 07:13

Stu08

412 posts

59 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Does the car have more torque than the 2015 model? The heading states it does, yet the article states it remains the same.

Ignore me if I've missed something obvious.

Turbojuice

404 posts

31 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Anyone else think the new front end looks downright hideous?

kapiteinlangzaam

17,868 posts

175 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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"yes, it's a bit of a dinosaur" in the summing up.

Could the articles author care to explain this, as to me it seems like the usual unconsidered journo bks.

Perhaps PH Towers could enlighten us, because as far as I can tell, it has.

-oleomagnetic damping
-the most advanced automatic transmission on the market (anywhere)
-a very trick exhaust system with 4 modes
- fully digital interior
- finally all the safety stuff the market expects
- LED headlights etc etc.

I'm struggling to see the dinosaur part. Technology wise it's on a par with all of its contemporaries (and then some).

Lazy writing in my opinion.

GranCab

1,482 posts

88 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Why the fk does another Specsavers dodger think this looks like a friggin' MX5 ? ... The other week it was the Ferrari Portofino !
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Ahbefive

11,610 posts

114 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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kapiteinlangzaam said:
"yes, it's a bit of a dinosaur" in the summing up.

Could the articles author care to explain this, as to me it seems like the usual unconsidered journo bks.

Perhaps PH Towers could enlighten us, because as far as I can tell, it has.

-oleomagnetic damping
-the most advanced automatic transmission on the market (anywhere)
-a very trick exhaust system with 4 modes
- fully digital interior
- finally all the safety stuff the market expects
- LED headlights etc etc.

I'm struggling to see the dinosaur part. Technology wise it's on a par with all of its contemporaries (and then some).

Lazy writing in my opinion.
Totally agree. Seems to have all the tech that other manufacturers offer.

carl_w

6,247 posts

200 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Annoying that the list price has gone over the £40k tax bracket.

LuS1fer

35,133 posts

187 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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GranCab said:
Why the fk does another Specsavers dodger think this looks like a friggin' MX5 ? ... The other week it was the Ferrari Portofino !
I always mistake them for Audis.
Never been a fan of this generation though. Roll on the next.

cerb4.5lee

11,663 posts

122 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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I'd love one, although I think I prefer the front end on the 2015 model.

kambites

56,709 posts

163 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Ahbefive said:
Totally agree. Seems to have all the tech that other manufacturers offer.
I assumed it was referring to the availability of a naturally aspirated engine and manual gearbox.

irocfan

19,574 posts

132 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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kapiteinlangzaam said:
"yes, it's a bit of a dinosaur" in the summing up.

Could the articles author care to explain this, as to me it seems like the usual unconsidered journo bks.

Perhaps PH Towers could enlighten us, because as far as I can tell, it has.

-oleomagnetic damping
-the most advanced automatic transmission on the market (anywhere)
-a very trick exhaust system with 4 modes
- fully digital interior
- finally all the safety stuff the market expects
- LED headlights etc etc.

I'm struggling to see the dinosaur part. Technology wise it's on a par with all of its contemporaries (and then some).

Lazy writing in my opinion.
I'm sure that the dinosaur part is the NA 5 litre V8 (as well as stereotyping Yank iron)

nickchallis92

42 posts

28 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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In my view, the 2015 model looks cannot be beaten - it is a modern take on a classic muscle car and it looks terrific.

I think something is lost in the pointy nose on this model, but I wonder if it will grow with age?

OddCat

1,367 posts

113 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Epic car. Really epic. I like the new front end. I liked the old front end. Both look great to me. Definitely on the list.....

big_rob_sydney

2,327 posts

136 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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I'm wondering about its size. It just "looks" like a big footprint. If they put this side by side with, say, an early model, I'd be curious to see how they compare size wise. Mind you, that's the same for a lot of cars these days, and I'm not suggesting it should or would be any different, but it was more as a curiosity.

Seems okay; whats the interior space like in the back seat?

Hows the visibility?

unsprung

2,810 posts

66 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Ahbefive said:
kapiteinlangzaam said:
"yes, it's a bit of a dinosaur" in the summing up.

Could the articles author care to explain this, as to me it seems like the usual unconsidered journo bks.

Perhaps PH Towers could enlighten us, because as far as I can tell, it has.

-oleomagnetic damping
-the most advanced automatic transmission on the market (anywhere)
-a very trick exhaust system with 4 modes
- fully digital interior
- finally all the safety stuff the market expects
- LED headlights etc etc.

I'm struggling to see the dinosaur part. Technology wise it's on a par with all of its contemporaries (and then some).

Lazy writing in my opinion.
Totally agree. Seems to have all the tech that other manufacturers offer.
+1

coffee


TristPerrin

95 posts

120 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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big_rob_sydney said:
I'm wondering about its size. It just "looks" like a big footprint. If they put this side by side with, say, an early model, I'd be curious to see how they compare size wise. Mind you, that's the same for a lot of cars these days, and I'm not suggesting it should or would be any different, but it was more as a curiosity.

Seems okay; whats the interior space like in the back seat?

Hows the visibility?
I test drove one(well the pre facelift) and it felt very big and very heavy. Visibility was pretty awful though no worse than most modern cars. Rear leg room was non-existant. Everything about the V8 was glorious however.

JD

1,773 posts

170 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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Why has no one in the UK seemingly tested the V8 with the 10 speed auto?

It sounds like an epic package, I love the concept, adopting all of the modern stuff that makes a car easier/better but keeping a proper engine.


Gecko1978

2,372 posts

99 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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carl_w said:
Annoying that the list price has gone over the £40k tax bracket.
yeah my thoughts too shame really the whole 40k double VED thing is just total BS really. Emissions I get to an extent an well you pay tax on fuel but the 40k thing is nonsense as cars go up each year so its just BS fiscal creep

V10Ace

247 posts

35 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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JD said:
Why has no one in the UK seemingly tested the V8 with the 10 speed auto?

It sounds like an epic package, I love the concept, adopting all of the modern stuff that makes a car easier/better but keeping a proper engine.
That spec does sound a little odd and dare i say a little too high tech for a Mustang...

Does make me very interested in hearing/reading the thoughts on it tho...

gweaver

561 posts

100 months

Monday 26th March 2018
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irocfan said:
I'm sure that the dinosaur part is the NA 5 litre V8 (as well as stereotyping Yank iron)
The Coyote V8 has aluminium alloy head block and heads, so it's not even fair to call it Yank iron any more.