Caught in the classifieds: 2015 Ford Mustang V8
The Ford Mustang is one of the most popular cars on the planet, but itís also one of the most confusing ones to understand. What was initially Americaís most popular muscle car (called a pony car) slowly evolved into something more akin to a sportscar. The Mustang always sold amazingly well in the US, but it didnít have a ton of success anywhere else in the world. It was considered too large, bulky, unwieldy and unsophisticated for most markets outside the States.
Because everyone wants what they canít have, or that which is extremely rare, people in the UK are infatuated with muscle cars, so much so that thereís an entire industry centered on importing muscle cars over from across the pond. There are currently over a thousand left-hand drive Mustangs registered on the roads in Great Britain.
When it was time to revamp the Mustang completely, as part of their ďOne FordĒ campaign, Ford decided to build right-hand drive models for the UK market (and other similar markets globally). The end result was the S550, the most competent and modern Mustang they had built to date.
For this weekís ďCaught In The ClassifiedsĒ section, Iím highlighting a rare, manual, bright red Mustang GT with just 5,000 miles on the clock. This is a car which has barely been worn in yet, as its break-in period ran out just a few thousand miles ago. Itís a 2015 model year first-owner car, meaning itís been driven less than 1,000 miles annually so far.
As this is one of the most competent Mustangs ever built, as well as the most expensive, Ford has placed it dangerously close to cars like the BMW M3, BMW M4 and Audi RS5. In becoming a full-fledged sportscar, the Mustang has opened itself up to attacks from already-established sportscars, especially those of the German variety.
Looks are purely subjective, but Iíve yet to meet someone who doesnít like the way this latest generation of Mustang looks. Sure, the M4 is a great-looking car, as is the C63 Coupe, but theyíre not what youíd call rare these days. It seems I see an M4 every time I go out for a drive, so much so that I donít find them as attention-grabbing as I used to once. But a bright-red Mustang GT driving down the road? Now thatís what Iíd call a real head-turner.
The Mustangís Achilles heel has, traditionally, always been its interior. The Mustang used to be a muscle car built to a cost, and its interior reflected that with cheap materials and poor build quality. The very latest one solves those issues by using premium materials through and through, as well as upping the build quality significantly.
I love the fact that Ford hasnít forgotten the Mustangís roots or its heritage though. The way the dashboard protrudes out over on the passenger side is very Mustang-like, paying homage to classic Mustangs built in the 60s and 70s.
Theyíve even gone as far as to equip it with their latest Ford infotainment system running on the central screen in the centre console, making it a very usable daily driver, not just another weekend toy. But honestly, this is a Mustang, so who really cares about any of that stuff?
Engine and Performance
The GTís centre piece is a 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine, cranking out 440 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels only through either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed auto. The manual box is my personal preference as itís really smooth and precise, so unless you canít be bothered to shift gears yourself, Iíd suggest avoiding the automatic.
The Mustang GT will sprint to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and top out at 155 mph (limited). The engine is a real gem too. It makes a really intoxicating noise at the high end of the rev range, burbling and shaking the entire car at idle.
If youíre expecting a one-trick-pony, this new Mustang will pleasantly surprise you. It isnít just great in a straight line, but itís amazing in the corners as well. For the first time ever, Ford has given its two-door muscle car turned sportscar real independent rear suspension. Theyíve ditched the old solid-axle setup in favour of something thoroughly modern too. Add in a limited-slip differential in the equation, and youíve got a driving experience to rival that of most German and Japanese sportscars.
In many ways, the S550 Mustang feels like an old-school BMW M3 more than it does like a classic Mustang. Itís so fun and enjoyable in the way it drives that you almost canít call it a muscle car, because it isnít one. The steering has plenty of feedback and feels decently communicative, and the pedals are perfectly positioned for heel-and-toe. The throttle response is immediate because itís naturally-aspirated, reminding me of the E92 M3 in many ways.
Model: Ford Mustang
Why buy one
The S550 Mustang GT is all the car youíre ever going to need, and then some. Itís relatively affordable for what it is, it has room for four people (just), and itís ridiculously fun to drive. If you donít mind the fact that the V8 likes to guzzle fuel at a silly rate, I guarantee youíll fall in love with the car almost instantly. Check out the used Ford Mustang cars for sale available right now on the DesperateSeller.co.uk
Rating: 9.5 out of 10