That's why, among other reasons, this new Mustang offers four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines, each of them able to produce at least 300 horsepower: the 3.7-liter V6, the 5.0-liter V8, and the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.
2.3-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost
The smaller displacement comes in the Mustang’s EcoBoost engine, with direct injection, variable cam timing and twin-scroll turbocharging, producing 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. (434 Nm) of torque (with 93-octane fuel)
With the 6-speed automatic gearbox, EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings (US mpg) are announced at: 21 city (25.22 UK mpg, 11.2 litre/100 km) / 32 highway (38.4 UK mpg, 7.35 litre/100 km) and 25 combined (30 UK mpg, 9.41 litre/100 km).
With the 6-speed manual gearbox, EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings (US mpg) are announced at: 22 city (26.4 UK mpg, 10.7 litre/100 km) / 31 highway (37.2 UK mpg, 7.6 litre/100 km) and 26 combined (31.2 UK mpg, 9.05 litre/100 km) (with the 6-speed manual).
5.0-liter V8 GT
The Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the 5.0-liter V8, now with an upgraded valve train and cylinder heads that help boost (with 93-octane fuel) output to 435 horsepower and torque to 400 lb.-ft. of torque (542 Nm). A new intake manifold features charge motion control valves to partially close off port flow at lower engine speeds, increasing the air charge tumble and swirl for improved air-fuel mixing, efficiency and idle stability.
With the 6-speed automatic gearbox, EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings (US mpg) are announced at: 16 city (19.22 UK mpg, 14.7 litre/100 km) / 25 highway (30 UK mpg, 9.41 litre/100 km) and 19 combined (22.8 UK mpg, 12.4 litre/100 km).
With the 6-speed manual gearbox, EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings (US mpg) are announced at: 15 city (18 UK mpg, 15.71 litre/100 km) / 25 highway (30 UK mpg, 9.41 litre/100 km) and 19 combined (22.8 UK mpg, 12.4 litre/100 km).
With 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. (366 Nm) of torque, the standard 3.7-liter V6 Mustang gets an updated manual gearbox, while a reworked automatic transmission features new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
With the 6-speed automatic gearbox, EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings (US mpg) are announced at: 19 city (22.8 UK mpg, 12.4 litre/100 km) / 28 highway (33.6UK mpg, 8.4 litre/100 km) and 22 combined (26.4 UK mpg, 10.7 litre/100 km).
With the 6-speed manual gearbox, EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings (US mpg) are announced at: 17 city (20.42 UK mpg, 13.8 litre/100 km) / 28 highway (33.6 UK mpg, 8.4 litre/100 km) and 21 combined (25.2 UK mpg, 11.2 litre/100 km) with the 6-speed manual.
The new design of both Mustang fastback and convertible retains key design elements, such as the long sculpted hood (alumimium, like the front fenders) and short rear deck.
Body length is 188.3 inches (4,783mm), width is 75.4in. (1,915mm), height is 54.4 in. (1,381mm) for the fastback and 54.9 (1,394mm) for the convertible, and the wheelbase stands at 107.1 in. (2,720mm) with a seating capacity of four.
Passenger volume is 84.5 cu.ft. (2,392 litres) for the fastback and 80.8 (2,288 litres) for the convertible, with a cargo volume of 13.5 (382 litres) and 11.4 cu.ft. (322 litres) respectively.
Key design features of the all-new Mustang include the lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, wider rear fenders and track, the return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile with the more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass, the three-dimensional, tri-bar tail lamps with sequential turn signals, a modernized signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille.
A large instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver, in a roomier cabin, with improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs for better control. The added width and a new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for rear-seat passengers, and a more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.
Ford says that each of Mustang’s three available engines gets a unique grille that allows in only as much air as that specific powerplant needs. Active grille shutters help make the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine more fuel efficient by further reducing drag at higher speeds when extra cooling capacity is not needed. The shutters can completely close off the grille, sending air over and around the car instead of through the engine compartment.
With its rear-wheel drive and limited-slip differential, Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a more predictable wheel control for better handling, steering (Electric power-assisted steering with rack-and-pinion gear) and ride. The new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes. The 2015 Mustang has the most capable brake lineup ever offered on a Mustang.
At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been modified and tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminium rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.
The new Mustang fearures include Intelligent Access with push-button start, SYNC and MyKey, plus standard Track Apps, MyColor gauges and a new Shaker Pro Audio System, enabling drivers to customize their time behind the wheel.
The driver can tap the toggle switches on the console to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response as well as transmission and electronic stability control settings, using the available Selectable Drive modes at any time, depending on road configuration and the desired driving style.
For the track, Mustang GT includes standard launch control on manual-transmission models that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
For a more relaxed driving, optional driver-assist features include Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control, while SYNC AppLink lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.
New are enhancements for the SYNC 911 Assist are debuting on the 2015 Mustang, to deliver information such as the maximum change in velocity during impact, indication of crash type (front, side, rear or rollover), safety belt usage as detected by the vehicle, awareness of whether multiple impacts occurred and whether airbags were deployed.
An all-new inflatable airbag restraint design provides the front seat passenger with knee airbag protection while reducing system size and weight. This new airbag is part of a standard comprehensive safety system that includes a more robust package of sensors, safety belt anchor pretensioners, improved exterior lighting and double the total number of airbags on the fastback Mustang.
Prices and availability
The price announced for the United States is $24,425 (MSRP, including $825 destination and delivery charges) for the 2015 Ford Mustang fastback with 3.7-liter V6.
Available from this fall at Ford dealers in North America, Mustang is built in the United States, at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant (Michigan), which also produces the Ford Fusion.
The Flat Rock Assembly Plant has been producing vehicles since 1987, when it opened as Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA and built the Mazda MX-6 midsize sedan. Ford purchased a 50 percent share in the facility in 1992, and it was renamed AutoAlliance International. Over the years, the plant has produced Mazda 626, Mazda6, Mercury Cougar and Ford Probe.