Columbia’s first look at the 2015 Ford Mustang

Yes, it was approaching midnight and the temperatures were dropping fast, but that didn’t stop me from driving to Joe Machens Ford when I heard the news that the 2015 Mustang had been rolled off the delivery truck earlier in the evening. At last, my eyes could finally take in the sixth generation Mustang styling in person. And boy was it worth the wait! While various magazine photos from different automotive publications showcase the aggressive front and rear fascias, the styling must be seen in person to truly appreciate the Mustang’s menacing body lines and elongated, fastback roof. For a car that starts at $23,600, the new Mustang could easily be confused with a car that’s more than three times as expensive, which is a huge step in the right direction by Ford. It’s similar to the leap they made with the second generation 2013 Ford Fusion, which shared many of the same styling cues as an Aston Martin in a car with a base price of $21,970.

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The styling isn’t the only thing new for the 2015 Mustang. Although the car in the photograph features the all-to-familiar 5.0L V8 engine that now packs 435 ponies, Ford’s renowned EcoBoost engine is now offered as a premium option for Mustang owners who want a more-than-capable performance platform without sacrificing fuel mileage. With a best-in-class 32 mpg highway, the EcoBoost Mustang gets an estimated 7 mpg better than the GT and 4 mpg better than the V6 on highway trips. With 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft. of torque, it’s already makes more power than the V6 despite the displacement disadvantage. It’s the first turbocharged factory Mustang since 1986, and the aftermarket scene is already salivating at opportunity to unlock the tremendous power potential of the 2.3L engine.

With the average forced induction setup for the V6 or GT ranging anywhere from $5000-$8000, the EcoBoost with a starting price of $25,170 seems to be a tremendous bang-for-your-buck value. With a Ford Racing PCM tune, off-road exhaust, minor suspension modifications and drag slicks, this EcoBoost Mustang ran a 12.56 quarter mile, which is more than 0.3 tenths/second faster than Motor Trend’s first test of the V8-equipped GT. While GT owners may make fun of you for the EcoBoost’s artificial exhaust note, with just a few modifications, you’re sure to get the last laugh at the track with a fatter wallet to boot.

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