It looks like the tables have turned once again on the whole “what the hell does the 2015 Mustang weigh?” mystery–according to two highly reputable sources, the 2015 Mustang will actually weight MORE than the 2014 Mustang. That’s right, and a whole refrigerator more than the S197 at that.
Both Patrick George of Jalopnik and Zach Bowman of Road & Track (R&T) are reporting that “inside sources” have confirmed the 2015 S550 Mustang will weigh more than the current 5th generation Mustang. The R&T article goes on to say the 2015 Mustang’s weight ” will top out at roughly 250 lbs heavier than the 2014 car ” for the top trim level V8 while the V6 and EcoBoost models are to gain 50-70 lbs over the 2014 6 cylinder. A typical base model GT could gain 170 lbs. Jalopnik basically confirmed this saying a 2015 Mustang V6 will weigh as much as the current GT.
With virtually every part on the 2015 Mustang being new, the replacement of the solid rear axle with and IRS and the tougher roof-crush standards the new Mustang is set to meet, apparently the weight began to add up.
More Weight = Disappointed Mustang Enthusiasts
There’s no sugar coating this one–many Mustang fans aren’t happy to hear this. The earlier rumors stating the Mustang might lose as much as 300lbs instead of gaining 250 pounds had many potential buyers excited. However, those rumors seemingly did not pan out for the S550’s chassis and unless they were referring to the next generation GT500 replacement, it looks like they got it completely wrong.
A thread over a Mustang6G–which goes on for 60 pages and counting–is filled with many unhappy enthusiasts. When you go from expecting a loss of ~300lbs that would bring the Mustang’s weight down somewhere around SN95 levels to an increase of close to that amount, the results aren’t going to be pleasant.
One important fact worth noting is that Ford still has not made an official claim one way or the other on the car’s weight (or power specs for that matter…). Others aren’t phased by a beefier Mustang because the Mustang’s Chief Engineer Dave Pericak has gone on record saying the 2015 Mustang will beat the 2012-2013 Boss 302:
” we want our V-8 Performance Pack to beat a Boss on a track. And we’re definitely going to achieve that ”
Still, it’s a tough pill to swallow and could put a damper on pre-orders, at least until Ford announces power, fuel economy and performance numbers.