For this review we approached things a little bit differently as Ford introduced a wide array of very different Mustang variants for the 2015 model year with the biggest news being the addition of a 2.3 liter turbocharged 310 horsepower/320 lb. feet of torque EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine. And frankly we felt that especially when mated to the slick shifting six-speed manual gearbox that the EcoBoost motor was more than powerful enough to keep us grinning. The only downside being that it prefers Premium Unleaded but then again so does the 5.0 liter V8 and the EcoBoost has an EPA fuel economy estimate of 22 city/31 highway. The V8? 15 city/25 highway.
We would mention the base carryover 3.7 liter 300 horsepower/ 280 lb. feet of torque V6 that does admittedly run on regular unleaded but it does so in a comparatively loud and unrefined manner compared to the EcoBoost and the 5.0 liter 435 horsepower/400 lb. feet of torque V8. Oh, didn't we mention the power readings from the V8? Well, before you start to worry about Dodge Hellcat owners mocking you do take solace knowing you are about 400% less likely to crash your new car into a center divider as you pull out of the dealership. And as a bonus, a Mustang is fun to drive at all speeds and will not catch you unawares traveling at 140 miles per hour. Try getting out of that ticket in your shiny new Hellcat.
Going back to the Ecoboost motor, to some a Mustang with a 4-cylinder is akin to heresy much like claiming the Mustang Two was anything more than a Pinto in drag. But true aficionados of the pony car will know this isn't the first time Ford has given its ultra-successful sporty two door four cylinders as the 1984-1986 Mustang SVO turbo model could attest. It is a highly collectible vehicle today even though the public and perhaps even Ford didn't know what to make of this Mustang which was supposed to be more fuel efficient. In fact, Ford never publicly admitted the SVO's engine made a healthy for that time 175 horsepower and if the road had curves it could really rattle a V8 Mustang owner's nerves.
So that was a little bit of what has come before for the Mustang nameplate but truly all eyes are on the 2015 Mustang models to show everyone if this pony car can ever truly be tamed after years of a reputation for being somewhat unruly especially with the V8 engines. Well, this was the first Mustang designed to be sold around the world in right and left hand drive so Ford must have allocated more funds to the project because this is like watching a pop diva returning from a filmed, drunken embarrassment broadcast on TMZ rise out of it with a stunning, simple and powerful performance.
This, now, is the chance for the Mustang to show the world all that it has been, all its many newfound talents and more importantly to make people hopefully feel good about themselves when behind the wheel. We know we did but we never look very cool so we take any opportunity.