2015 Ford Mustang specs revealed

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  1. #1 V8stangman, Jul 18, 2014
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    The 2015 Ford Mustang sounds great so far – at least on paper. Ford has just announced specs for the latest version of the iconic pony car in Dearborn, telling Autoblog that it will pump out as much as 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque from its 5.0-liter V8.

    Those gaudy figures power the naturally aspirated GT model, and they easily eclipse the "more than" 420 hp and 390 lb-ft that Ford originally estimated.

    The 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft, and it's the first turbo Mustang since the 1986 SVO.

    The 3.7-liter V6, which has by default become the entry-level model, is rated at 300 hp and 280 lb-ft. Power is down slightly from 2014's output of 305 hp to slot the naturally aspirated six-cylinder below the EcoBoost four banger.

    The Mustang will start at US$24,425*, including destination charges, when it goes on sale later this year. *Canadian pricing yet to be announced.

    Ford significantly redesigned the Mustang for 2015. It has a new suspension featuring an independent rear setup, beefier brakes, an upgraded infotainment system with MyFord Touch and more interior space. It's all wrapped in sleeker styling that accentuates its fastback silhouette and improves aerodynamics while still channeling the appearance of the original 1960's pony car.

    Meanwhile, fears that the Mustang's new technologies would result in a significant weight gain were overstated. According to a Ford slide shown at the Dearborn presentation, the lightest model is the EcoBoost four-cylinder with an automatic transmission, which checks in with a base curb weight of 3,524 pounds (1,598 kilograms). That's only 28 pounds (13 kilograms) heavier than last year's lightest model, the V6 with a manual.

    The rest of the lineup is similarly trim. The base curb weight of the 2015 V6 fastback with a six-speed manual transmission is 3,526 pounds (1,600 kilograms), a 30-pound (13.6-kilogram) increase from the 2014 model. A V6 with an automatic is 3,530 pounds (1,601 kilograms) (up just 12 pounds / 6 kilograms), followed by the EcoBoost with a manual (3,532 pounds / 1,602 kilograms).

    The GT packed on 87 pounds (39 kilograms), and now weighs 3,705 (1,681 kilograms), and the GT with an automatic gained 54 pounds (24 kilograms) to now weigh 3,729 pounds (1,691 kilograms).

    Ford product chief Raj Nair said the focus was on the power-to-weight-ratio (11.36 pounds /5.15 kilograms per hp for the lightest EcoBoost, 8.52 pounds / 3.86 kilograms per hp for the GT) and called the new generation "the greatest, most advanced performing Mustang we've ever done."

    As we've noted, these performance figures are even better than Ford (albeit conservatively) projected. But if they aren't enough to quicken your pulse, sit tight. Ford's Special Vehicles Team is hard at work on something that promises to be still more menacing. Stay tuned.

  2. any economy figures for v6 vs ecoboost?

    serious question
  3. The Ecoboost is the one to have. Ford has historically left a lot on the table with the EcoBoost in terms of gains from tuning. In the SHO (rated at 365 BHP), makes over 400 WHP with just an aftermarket downpipe and Livernois tune.
  4. Found nothing yet, but when I do, I'll post them up.
  5. Don't understand the purpose of the v6 anymore.
  6. This is kinda what I was getting at in asking for economy figures.

    the V6 is pretty much obsolete now
  7. #7 V8stangman, Jul 23, 2014
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    2015 Ford Mustang Weight-to-Power Ratios Explored

    The 2015 Ford Mustang promises to be a better car in just about every measurable way compared to the outgoing model. It’s got extra power, a much more advanced chassis and loads of advanced technology. But how will it perform? Let’s explore this car’s weight-to-power ratio.


    Much to the relief of enthusiasts everywhere the car is NOT dramatically heavier; you could almost hear the internet release a collective sigh of relief when the numbers were posted. Sure it’s put on a few pounds but you might have gained more this year than the Mustang has.

    The fastback model with an EcoBoost engine and automatic transmission should be the lightest. They’re expected to check out at 3,524 pounds, which is just six pounds more than a similar six-cylinder 2014 Mustang, its closest competitor since obviously a turbo-four is not currently offered.

    The greatest mass delta is found when comparing GT fastback models equipped with manual transmissions. The 2015 car is expected to gain 87 pounds compared to today’s version. Accordingly it should weigh 3,705 pounds. If you prefer an automatic transmission this variant should check out at 3,729 pounds, a 54-pound increase.

    The base V6-powered Mustang coupe should gain anywhere between 12 and 30 pounds depending on transmission. Cars with the manual gain more but weigh slightly less. Total mass should measure 3,526 pounds with the manual and 3,530 with the self-shifting gearbox.

    Pony Power

    With the exception of its base V6 the 2015 ‘Stang is gaining a lot of oomph. The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-banger promises to put out a stout 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. With a dual-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and careful tuning it should sound pretty good and offer abundant low-end responsiveness.

    But the engine you really want is Ford’s freshly tweaked Coyote V8. The five-point-oh-my-gosh is set to deliver 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of twist. The engine incorporates lessons learned from the Boss 302 program. It features new intake ports, larger valves, more aggressive camshafts and charge-motion control valves in the intake manifold to promote swirl for better drivability and cleaner emissions.

    By comparison the 5.0-liter V8 in today’s Mustang delivers a still-impressive 420 hp with 390 lb-ft.

    The 2015 car’s entry-level engine remains a 3.7-liter V6. It should put out an even 300 horses and 280 units of twist, five fewer ponies than today’s car. That drop is attributable to a redesigned intake manifold that was necessitated by the hood, which has been lowered by something like 35 millimeters.

    Pounds Per Horsepower

    One of the best metrics for evaluating a vehicle’s performance capability is looking at its weight-to-power ratio. This is a measure of how many pounds every pony has to lug around. The more mass each equine is saddled with the more blunted the performance should be.

    A 2014 Mustang with the V6 engine and a manual transmission weighs about 3,496 pounds. Dividing that figure by 305, which is the car’s horsepower rating, results in 11.46 pounds per horsepower. Not too shabby.

    A similarly equipped 2015 model weighs 3,526 pounds and brandishes 300 ponies. Doing the math that works out to about 11.75 pounds per horsepower, slightly worse. An EcoBoost fastback with a stick weighs 3,524 pounds and has 310 horses, numbers that work out to 11.37 pounds per pony, slightly better than the 2014 car can muster. That’s progress, albeit a baby-step forward.

    Shifting our attention to the 2014 Mustang GT with a manual, it strains the scale at a burly 3,618 pounds. Dividing that figure by 420 results in a rating of 8.61 pounds per horsepower, which is significantly better than either the V6 or EcoBoost models.

    The 2015 equivalent should clock in at 3,705 pounds, which means each one of its 435 ponies is saddled with just 8.52 pounds. That’s a better power-to-weight ratio than an Audi R8 V8 Spyder (8.82) or a Porsche Cayman S PDK (9.16), two very well-respected performance machines.

    Looking way back in the rear-view mirror it’s incredible how far the Mustang has come over the last 10 years. For a little perspective a 2004 GT coupe was powered by a SOHC 4.6-liter V8 that delivered just 260 hp, 40 LESS than the new six-cylinder engine despite having almost a liter’s worth of additional displacement! With a curb weight around 3,006 pounds this decade-old car had a weight-to-power ratio of 11.56, only slightly better than the 2015 base model.

    For an even more dramatic comparison, check out a 1965 Mustang’s specs. Hardtop models weighed around 2,556 pounds. If customers sidestepped the standard inline-six and opted for the available 289 V8 instead they were treated to 220 horses. Crunching these numbers results in a rating of 11.61 pounds per pony, not as far off as you might expect thanks in large part to the car’s feather-light curb weight.

  8. Oddly, the ecoboost auto weighs less than the ecoboost manual....
  9. Only advantage now adays to a manual is the cost of repair, and that's about it.
  10. And cool kid factor.
  11. The 2015 Mustang GT with Performance Package will outperform the Boss 302.


    Jul 17, 2014 | Dearborn, Mich.
    Agile Ford Mustang Features All-New Suspension; Performance Pack Raises Bar for Handling and Braking

    2015 Ford Mustang features new, fully independent front and rear suspension mated with stronger and lighter platform for improved handling and ride quality through better wheel and body control

    Three new brake systems ensure new Mustang stops as well as it accelerates and turns

    Available performance packs for Mustang EcoBoost® fastback and convertible and Mustang GT fastback raise the bar for handling and braking performance on both the road and the track

    With new fully independent front and rear suspension systems, the all-new sixth-generation Ford Mustang is expected to be the nimblest and most comfortable example of the breed to date. Mustang EcoBoost® and Mustang GT fastback customers can also add an available performance pack for maximum all-around capability, continuing 50 years of Mustang personalization.

    “When we began development of the sixth-generation Mustang, we knew we had a challenge ahead of us to beat ever-increasing customer expectations, as well as new competitors in the marketplace,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “We added content where it mattered – including an independent rear suspension for better handling and ride, and bigger brakes for better, shorter and more consistent stops. We also doubled the number of airbags.

    “Even with all of that extra hardware, smart engineering throughout every component of this car enabled us to achieve a base curb weight of 3,524 pounds for the new Mustang EcoBoost fastback – just six pounds more than the lightest 2014 Mustang V6, and still the best power-to-weight ratio of any car available in the United States for under $50,000.”

    Building on a solid foundation
    With an all-new platform and fully independent suspension, the 2015 Ford Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, achieving world-class performance in both dynamics and ride quality.

    “In order to develop precise and predictable handling characteristics, a car needs a solid platform where the suspension mounts don’t move relative to one another,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “The structure of the new Mustang is much more resistant to twisting, with 28 percent more torsional stiffness for the fastback and a 15 percent improvement for the convertible.”

    Despite being so much stronger, this is a very efficient horse, with a body-in-white that is actually lighter than the previous version. This was achieved through extensive use of advanced technologies and materials including hydroforming, laser welding and high-strength steels. Lightweight aluminum is used for the hood and front fenders to help reduce body mass and improve the weight balance.

    Attention to detail throughout the design process yielded significant weight savings that helped to offset the increases from adding performance-enhancing features such as larger, more powerful brakes and independent rear suspension. The result is a vehicle that is more capable than before while remaining significantly lighter overall than key competitors.

    The structure of the 2015 Mustang is also designed to meet new, more stringent crash safety standards. Some of the other components now made of aluminum include the rear suspension knuckles, rear axle housing on automatic transmission cars, rear control arms and rear brake calipers. Even parts made of steel and other materials such as the hollow rear stabilizer and the new seats have been intelligently designed to meet performance standards while keeping weight down.

    “We added a lot of content to the new Mustang in order to hit our performance targets and meet today’s customer expectations,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “With a base curb weight of 3,524 pounds for Mustang EcoBoost fastback, and increases ranging from six pounds to 87 pounds for V6 and GT fastbacks, Mustang is still substantially lighter than the competition.”

    Mustang EcoBoost fastback has best-ever weight distribution for a Mustang, with 52 percent of its weight over the front axle and 48 percent to the rear, while Mustang GT has 53 percent of its mass on the front wheels. In combination with a lineup of new or upgraded powerplants, Mustang improves on its already leading power-to-weight ratios. Mustang EcoBoost carries fewer than 11.36 pounds per horsepower, while Mustang GT has as little as 8.52 pounds per horsepower.

    With a stronger yet lighter structure to build on, the hardware was added to meet aggressive performance targets. Every new Mustang features an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The suspension architecture is based on a lower control arm, integral link, upper camber link and a toe link. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings have all been specifically modified and tuned to deliver improved mechanical grip for this high-performance application.

    The new suspension geometry of Mustang now generates twice as much anti-squat and anti-lift force for better pitch control to keep the body level under hard acceleration and braking. New aluminum alloy rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass to enable the tires to follow the road for better ride and handling.

    At the front, a new non-isolated perimeter subframe replaces several individual crossmembers to help stiffen the structure while reducing mass, contributing to a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride quality.

    The new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes without resorting to excessive wheel offsets that would hurt steering feel. Like the rear, the front end contributes to improved pitch stability with additional anti-dive in the geometry.

    The total system now does a much better job of keeping the four Mustang tires in contact with the road where they can contribute to improved dynamics while making cruising and daily commutes more comfortable.

    This is expected to be the best-stopping Mustang yet. Three brake packages will be available:

    Mustang V6, Mustang EcoBoost: Two-piston, 43-millimeter floating calipers, 320- millimeter rotors, front; single-piston, 45-millimeter calipers, 320-millimeter rotors, rear
    Mustang EcoBoost performance pack, Mustang GT: Four-piston, 46-millimeter fixed calipers, 352-millimeter rotors, front; single-piston, 45-millimeter calipers, 330-millimeter rotors, rear
    Mustang GT performance pack: Six-piston, 36-millimeter Brembo™ calipers, 380-millimeter rotors, front; single-piston, 45-millimeter calipers, 330-millimeter rotors, rear

    The standard brake package on Mustang GT is equivalent to the system used for the 2014 Mustang GT track package. The new GT performance package includes the same brake package found on the 662-horsepower 2014 Shelby GT500.

    When maximum performance is needed
    “We already set a very high standard for Mustang driving dynamics with the 2012 Mustang Boss 302, and our goal was to go above and beyond that with the performance pack on this new car,” said Pericak. “Mustang is all about performance and customization, and the available performance packs give our customers what they are looking for straight from the factory.”

    The 2015 model is already the best-handling, best-braking standard Mustang ever right out of the box. Drivers looking to take their cars to even higher levels of capability can add a performance pack to Mustang EcoBoost fastback or convertible or Mustang GT fastback.

    Both performance packs get:

    Retuned springs, bushings and monotube rear dampers
    Additional cooling capability for track-day durability
    Thicker rear sway bar
    K-brace connecting strut towers to bulkhead
    Unique tuning for ABS, electronic stability control and electric power-assisted steering
    Center gauge pack

    The 2015 Mustang EcoBoost performance package also includes:

    Front brakes: Four-piston, 46-millimeter fixed aluminum calipers with 352-millimeter rotors
    Rear brakes: Single-piston, 45-millimeter floating iron calipers with 330-millimeter rotors
    Unique 19x9-inch alloy wheels painted Ebony Black with Pirelli 255/40R19 Y-speed-rated tires front and rear
    3.55:1 final drive ratio

    The 2015 Mustang GT performance package includes:

    Front brakes: Brembo six-piston, 36-millimeter fixed aluminum calipers with 380-millimeter rotors
    Rear brakes: Single-piston, 45-millimeter floating iron calipers with 330-millimeter rotors
    Unique 19x9-inch Ebony Black painted alloy wheels with Pirelli 255/40R19 Y-speed-rated tires, front; 19x9.5-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli 275/40R19 Y-speed-rated tires, rear
    Strut tower brace
    3.73:1 final drive ratio with Torsen differential
    Unique front splitter to channel cooling air to the front brakes

    “We set out to create an all-new Mustang that would go, handle and stop better than any previous Mustang, while also being a better all-around daily driver,” said Pericak.

    The results speak for themselves – during track testing, the 2015 Mustang GT with performance package consistently beat the lap times of the 2012-2013 Mustang Boss 302.
  12. Tl;dr
  13. For the intellectually lazy,

    "The 2015 Mustang GT with Performance Package will outperform the Boss 302."

  14. i wouldn't read that even if it was about a car i actually liked
  15. That's sad, really.
  16. that's just like, your opinion man
  17. You're arguing with God, if you keep this up, he'll send you to hell.
  18. First Ferrari's has gone all turbo crazy

    Now Ford Mustangs are sporting IRS

    WTF is going on??
  19. "progress"
  20. 4 banger in a mustang
  21. #21 V8stangman, Aug 2, 2014
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  22. If it's faster than the V6, what does it matter?

    The V8 is still available.
  23. #23 84FordMan, Aug 3, 2014
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  24. #24 V8stangman, Aug 21, 2014
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    Ford Mustang to Get 10-Speed Transmission

    How does a Ford Mustang with 10 gears sound to you?

    Now that the American automaker’s sports car is becoming a global model, Ford is working on ways to make it more appealing in various markets. While the company is clearly preparing high-performance variants such as the Shelby GT500 and the GT350, the company is also working on implementing a 10-speed automatic transmission in the future for those more conscious on fuel economy.

    The sixth-generation Mustang will start arriving dealerships in the U.S. at the end of next month and will be available with three different powerplants: a 3.6-liter V6 (300 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque), a 5.0-liter V8 (435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque) and a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder (310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque). All Mustang models will be available with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The company recently announced that it had begun testing the right-hand drive version of the Mustang, the first time the sports car will be going right-hand drive in its history.

  25. #25 V8stangman, Aug 21, 2014
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    2015 Mustang EPA Data Revealed (For Most Models)

    The window stickers of 2015 Mustang models are now showing EPA data for the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost (manual) and the Base V6 Mustang for both auto and manual transmissions. While the V8 data is not yet viewable, this is enough to make some educated guesses.

    Here is how the MPG data breaks down so far:

    Mustang EcoBoost (manual): City 22 / Highway 31
    V6 Mustang (manual): City 17 / Highway 28
    V6 Mustang (auto): City 19 / Highway 28


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