Before you dig into the 2015 Mustang, check out AmericanMuscle’s complete coverage of the 2015 Ford Mustang reveal, including the first, exclusive look anyone got of the car outside the Good Morning America studio.
1. An Independent Rear Suspension
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the time has finally come–Ford is permanently set on having an IRS backbone the Mustang. The good ol’ days of the SRA (solid rear axle) are gone. If you’re a drag racer who isn’t sure what to do, ask the ’03-’04 Cobra guys for advice. What this means for you? Well, “better all around performance,” but that doesn’t necessarily translate to faster quarter mile times, folks. Ford hasn’t released any specs on the 2015 Mustang’s IRS just yet (UPDATE: 2015 IRS Specs), but we can assume it’s going to be similar to the Fusion’s current suspension setup. You can hold out and hope Ford offers an SRA option from the factory, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
2. Less Weight
Some have been concerned the 2015 Mustang would only see weight loss in the SVT and EcoBoost 4 cylinder models, but it looks like that’s not going to be the case. Expect the GT to drop ~200 pounds, while the 4 cylinder and future SVT S550 models may weigh as much as 400lbs less than their S197 counterparts. Ford hasn’t spoken officially on weight just yet, but we’re all hoping AutoWeek has their facts straight.
We’ve seen it in many of the leaked photos and renderings and, of course, you can expect it on every trim level of the 2015 Mustang. The new tail lights are pretty cool and are one of the main selling points for Ford–hopefully a mutual feeling shared by their fan base. They also represent one of the more retro aspects of the “modern” S550 redesign.
4. An EVOS Inspired Design
There’s no denying it, this car is highly based off the EVO concept Ford presented back in 2011. It has a face that reminds many of the Fusion, as well as other Ford models. The only difference in that this is the Mustang, and a lot of Ford purists aren’t happy their beloved ponycar is headed in the same direction as other Ford vehicles. While the Mustang is loosing a bit of distinction with this latest facelift, with the boost in performance and the purported track times that top a 2012-2013 BOSS 302, we can only hope it retains the Mustang “feel” behind the wheel. It is certainly identifiable as a Mustang and isn’t particularly retro, but how new is it really?
5. Interior Changes Galore
The pictures say it all. More gadgets, more buttons and more technology–all things the S197 has been lacking. Hey, if you can cram-pack a Mustang full of fancy technologies like key-less entry and an antenna that’s not 4 feet tall without adding weight then, you go Ford. This should be one change that few, if any, Mustang fans will be complaining about. That is, so long as it all works as advertised, something Ford has probably taken many measures to ensure and one aspect they wouldn’t let us down on, especially after the previously not-so-hot reviews of the Ford MyTouch.
6. Bonus Time – 2015 Mustang Parts & Accessories
Of course, AmericanMuscle will be the first to bring you all the parts and accessories you need to customize the 2015 Ford Mustang. Don’t worry about wait time–we’ll have plenty of performance and styling parts ready to ship, well before the first S550s show up at dealerships and in customer’s driveways. The new Mustang and its fanbase is here to stay and AmericanMuscle will be right there with you guys, helping you create the perfect ride and the Mustang you’ve always wanted.