2015 Ford Mustang Premium Coupe: Better, Badder and Bolder

17 Jul 2015 | 1,240 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Breathes there a soul on the planet who does not love a Mustang? I love them. And judging from the reaction I got with the 2015 Mustang coupe I drove for a week, a  lot of other people love 'Stangs too. 2015 Ford Mustang Begins Production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant This is one fabulous Mustang, and for me at least, it's got just about everything I would want if I was buying a sport car.  It's brutishly fast, even in four cylinder form, its more beautiful than ever, and has hints of the 1970s era Mustangs that did not the traditional side scoops that had become synonymous with Mustang. The list of improvements is long.  First, its quieter and more solidly built than ever--Ford must really burned the  midnight oil with this one. It doesn't rattle and squeak as some previous Mustangs of past years that I test drove. And the ride is much improved too, but you still will find some issues with it if you can't tolerate a stiff, no holds barred jaunt around town. This car is definitely no marshmallow or shrinking violet. The independent rear suspension, new with Mustang starting this year, is excellent, and brings the car back into solid control for handling, cornering and braking. Some old timers will probably have a fit, but this one change was long overdue as far as I am concerned. They already are having panic attacks over the styling, claiming the car looks too European.  My reaction is "Are you kidding? Where? Really?" It really is a gorgeous design, and I don't see a single thing about this car to suggest that it is anything but All-American through and through. Sounds like some new glasses are in order for some of the critics! The car is about 1.5 inches slower, and the steeply sloped roofline and huge tires that totally fill the wheel wells make this Mustang look like it's about to pounce. Low slung, full of brute force impressions, and that hunkered down profile intoxicated everyone who saw this car and admired it.  The fastback roof line is lower than ever before, and yes, the car is about 1.5 inches lower, adding to it drama. Still have that long hood rising before you though. No price was disclosed because ours was a pre production model, but I think the price, as equipped with adaptive cruise control, the six speed automatic, tripe yellow paint, voice activated navigation system reverse park assist and other items  would bring a price tag of anywhere from  $35,000 to $39,000.
       This car can certainly kick up its hoofs, that's for sure.  The 2.3 liter, 310 horsepower EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinder really does the trick, giving you lot of oomph with gas mileage rating of 22/31 and 26 overall.
Way more than adequate, even for a turbocharged,2.3 liter, I4.
But be warned.  This car will take off like a rocket if you ask it to, and your pockets will be  the emptier for it, if you overindulge, thanks to driving tickets. Be very careful and judicious with the accelerator pedal!
I ought to know.
 I could not resist the charms of the new selective driving mode feature.  Using a toggle switch on the lower dash, you can  enjoy a drive experience that will be uniquely your  own. The settings are normal, sport plus, track and winter modes.
And there is a huge difference between the normal and sport plus modes, when shifing speeds up dramatically, the pipes roar, and the car launches and moves like a rocket on wheels. Great fun!
There are  adjustable steering modes for the car too. And remember, this is NOT the GT model we are talking about.  I strongly encourage you to test the premium model before springing for anthing further up the Mustang ladder
fuel economy
Rated at  22/31 and 26 mpg overall,  this new Mustang certainly not a gas guzzler--and that's true in spite of the fact the fact that the new Mustang is actually a bit heavier than before. But again--watch how you drive this car if you want to get the best  out of it.
    There are some new safety features this year for Mustang, too.
    There's a rear view camera that keeps you safe when you back up is a very important safety addition, especially given the compromised view out the back while driving. Other safety plusses: AdvanceTrac with ESC, SOS PostCrash Alert System, and lots of other things.
 Standard equipment includes Sync with My Ford Touch, intelligent access with pushbutton start, premium sound system, electric power assisted steering, those selectable drive modes, track apps, power windows, locks, mirrors; limited slip differential, easy fuel capless filter cruise, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, ambient lighting, cruise control, split fold rear seat, interior trunk release, center console with armrest, dual zone electronic auto climate control, leather seats, sequential rear turn signals, dual exhaust system with bright  tips, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, integrated spotter mirrors, and many other features.
 The interior is quite nice, in far better materials than we've seen heretofore. A few niggles though--the car has  lots  of chrome that glares from time to time.
And the rotary chrome dials for the climate system were somewhat counter intuitive to operate.
 Meanwhile, toggle switches take getting used to. The switches are done in chrome, and the little tiny symbols have white lettering that is almost impossible to figure out quickly. Interior room, as usual is quite limited and cramped.  And the recliner lever has no markings or lettering on it, and it takes some time to grope around and find it. The parking brake lever was really stiff, and you'll build some muscle when raising or lowering it.
    The Mustang carries a 3 year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, and five year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.
       This latest Mustang will steal your heart in a flash, and you will probably find its impossible to resist its many charms.

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