Chief Engineer Dave Pericak Breaks Down the 2015 Mustang

 
 
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A lot has changed in the past 50 years: world leaders, currencies, celebrities, bread prices and, of course, the Ford Mustang.  Since the days of LBJ's administration, the iconic pony car has hit the highs of record sales and undeniable cultural relevance and the lows of performance-strangling emissions regulations and anemic power trains.  Five decades of experience, development and refinement have lead to the 2015 Ford Mustang.  The car's chief engineer, Dave Pericak, and Automobile do a fine job of summing up its highlights:

  • An all-new platform.  (The 107-inch wheelbase is the same length as the 2014 model's)
  • Independent rear suspension!  That means higher performance and a smoother ride than that from the old live rear axle.  The front set-up has also been altered to be compatible with the rear's abilities.
  • Pericak says he and his team are going to beat the last-generation Boss 302 on the track with the new 'stang.
  • The 305-horsepower V6 is a carryover, but the Boss-influenced 5.0-liter V8 now features better airflow, which equates to "420-plus" horsepower, more torque and better fuel economy.
  • A new 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine packs a twin-scroll turbocharger, a steel crankshaft and high-flow injectors.  Torque will build quickly and spread across a wide range.  Pericak calls the mill the "I-want-it-all solution" for buyers looking for performance, gas mileage, technology and environmental responsibility.
  • An available EcoBoost performance package will include an upgraded axle and brakes, suspension mods and summer-only rubber.

Of course, you'll have to wait until later this year to get your hands on (and your right foot into) the 2015 Mustang.  Are you going to be the first one at your local Ford dealer to test-drive it?


originally on [The Mustang Source]


 
 
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(Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:47:03 -0800): It looks like the Ford Focus and the Mustang had a mutant love child. Do I want one? Not just "No" but "Hell no!". I'll wait until they pull their heads out of their collective @sses and make Mustangs with their own distinctive look. I don't like Mustangs because they look like just another Ford, I like Mustangs because they look like a Mustang.
Bill Glueck (Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:40:03 -0800): Bad Ass! Looks great. Love the front end and the rear deck even more. The new platform with independent rear suspension should allow this car to take more horsepower and still stick like glue with the upgrade to an independent rear suspension. Love my 06 GT but this platform should be even better. Absolutely love the new body style. Great job of updating the current look while making sure it is still unmistakably a Mustang.

 




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