Driven: Ford Mustang GT
Its fantastic power and stonking soundtrack make burying the accelerator a real joy.Neil Churchill April 6, 2016
Ford made a big deal about this car’s entry into the Middle East market.
It ran a spoof action video on a big screen in Downtown Dubai with a helicopter flying overhead in real life, before executive chairman Bill Ford delivered the pony badge to the yellow ‘Stang sitting on the 112th floor of the Burj Khalifa.
It was a statement full of new-age thinking, daredevil risks and the latest technology. And while it was all tongue-in-cheek, it inevitably put the car on a pedestal of high expectation.
So, does the 2015 Mustang GT deliver on such a showbiz opening? Yes… for the most part.
It certainly does with its appearance. The car’s classic sportback look is as achingly gorgeous as ever, the roof running smoothly to the rear, sinking down to meet the lipped spoiler on the boot lid.
The sides and bonnet are sculpted with some very hard lines, two air intakes sit on the bonnet, new headlamps and a big grill – no split – give the front a menacing scowl, while 19-inch Pirelli tyres keep the car hovering off the road.
Being a Mustang though, what matters most is what’s underneath the lid.
- Engine: 5-litre V8
- Power: 435bph @ 6,500rpm
- Torque: 542Nm @ 4,250rpm
- Transmission: 6-speed auto
- 0-100km/h: 4.8 seconds
- Top speed: 263kmh
- Price: AED 190,000
With a 5-litre V8 engine the GT boasts 435 horsepower, with 400 lb ft of torque at 4,250 rpm. Its 6-speed automatic transmission gives you a small kick as it goes through the gears, sending the Detroit pony from 0-100 kmh in 4.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 263 kh.
While the car performed perfectly well in traffic and on daily city functions – it has a surprisingly large boot so golf clubs are no problem – you need to slip it into Sport+ and head for a mountain road to see what it was made to do.
It has so much power, and a stonking soundtrack, that burying the accelerator is a real joy. When you finally pull over and step outside, you’re deafened by the silence; a ringing in your ears matched by the smile on your face.
The 2015 model has received new, fully independent front and rear suspension mated with a stronger and lighter platform, improving the ride quality and body control. There is a hint of understeer in the corners, but otherwise the handling is true and firm.
The GT’s weight distribution has 53 per cent of the car’s mass over the front wheels, with its power-to-weight ratio measuring just 8.52 pounds per horsepower – that explains its phenomenal torque in the mid-range gears. There’s also no tail wagging on acceleration and barely a squat to speak of.
Its on-board tech is a mixed bag though. The sat-nav and infotainment touchscreen are underwhelming, while the cruise control and retro switches on the centre console are excellent.
But you don’t buy this car for the mod-cons. You buy it for that roaring V8. And roar it certainly does.