Unlike Ford Mustang GT predecessors, the latest Mustang GT edition doesn’t have middle child syndrome. It is no longer simply “a more powerful Mustang, but not as cool as the Boss or Shelby.” The 2019 Mustang GT can now stand on its own. Yes, the powertrain on the Mustang GT has (almost) always been a true force to be reckoned with, but the newest model has visual and audible sensory cues that make it a special car in its own right.
Under the hood is 460 horsepower V8 with dual overhead cams. This can be paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. My recommendation is the 10-speed automatic because it offers quicker shift times and better fuel economy – You still get that feeling of raw power due to the aggressive shift patterns. To get power to the rear wheels, multiple TORSEN limited slip differentials are available based upon your need for quick acceleration or top speed. Either way, you are looking at a car that will do 0-60 in less than 4-seconds. That is Corvette and Porsche territory.
Unless you are at the track every weekend though, playing the numbers game won’t leave you satisfied. Enthusiasts want to feel a connection to their car during everyday commutes to and from the office. And that is why the 2019 Mustang GT is dynamite! It creates an explosion of emotional energy just by looking at the car – something I have only previously seen with the Mustang 302 Boss and Shelby GT500. The sculpted athletic lines and the new rear wing make the Ford Mustang GT look like a special car even though Ford will likely sell tens of thousands of these vehicles each year. Did I mention the rear wing? This visually stole my heart as it looks aggressive but not boy racer or aftermarket.
After walking up the car, what comes next will excite you even more. A quad-tip adjustable exhaust system will bath you in the sound of glory when starting the car. The rumble will make you question if the car you are sitting in is “just a Mustang GT.” Then when you smash the gas pedal engine gets even angrier. As the RPMs go up, you get a surge of adrenaline that makes you feel unstoppable. This array of perception will leave passengers questioning the speedometer because it sounds and feels like you are going a lot faster than you – even though you are still rocketing down the interstate.
The new Mustang GT350 is an incredible vehicle, but it starts at around $60,000 where as you get a fully loaded Mustang GT with a similar cerebra experience for around $50,000. So after a week of testing the car, I am left wondering why would anyone need more than the 2019 Mustang GT for daily use? And with a starting price of around $35,000 for the base Mustang GT, the upgrade from a regular Mustang to the Mustang GT is a no-brainer… The middle child finally wins.