2019 Ford Mustang GT: It’s No Longer The Middle Child

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.

I am loving this RED hot Mustang

Few colors are more passionate than, and few cars are more iconic than the Ford Mustang. While the vehicle has evolved over the years from boxy to round, and then back to a retro look across 6 generations, one thing has remained the same – the Ford Mustang creates an emotion connection to everyone who experiences it. You will be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t reminisce about driving on the open road with their friends, or burning rubber… after all it is a Pony car. Click Here To Continue Reading

The sixth generation Mustang is the best Mustang yet!

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I have been a Mustang fan since I was a boy, but not of all Mustangs… I love the first generation, liked the second, hated the third and fourth, and loved the fifth. I loved the previous generation so much so that I ordered a 2011 Mustang nine months before the car was put into production.

My 2011 Ford Mustang was a metallic blue model with white stripes and saddle leather interior; it was beautiful. Under the hood was 3.7L V6 paired with a six-speed manual gearbox that delivered 305 hp to the rear wheels. At the time, it was one of Ford’s most advanced engines. It was faster than the 2010 Mustang GT, while maintaining a fuel economy of around 28mpg on the highway. I ended up selling my Mustang and buying a Porsche because I wanted a change of pace…. But I still miss Mustang! There is something about driving American muscle.

The Mustang I am driving this week is a sixth generation Mustang. The new Mustang boasts a more aggressive design with a sleeker roof line. The vehicle is slightly wider and longer, but nearly an inch shorter. The model I am driving includes Ford’s new 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. The engine is rated for 310 horsepower and 320 pounds of torque, so it gallops from zero to sixty a little quicker than my Mustang. The only thing missing is the rumble of the engine through the exhaust. My old Mustang wasn’t nearly as throaty as a V8, but the naturally aspirated V6 engine still produced a nice little rumbled. Instead, when you put the pedal to metal in this car, you hear the turbos spool. Arguably, some may enjoy the sound of turbo chargers getting ready to launch the car – with very minimal lag.

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In addition to increased horsepower and torque, the new EcoBoost Mustang offers slightly increased fuel economy over the current and previous generation V6. Fuel economy has become increasingly important to Ford. Not just because of expected rising fuel costs in the US (even though gas prices are insanely low now), but because this is a global Mustang. Ford is building and selling the Ford Mustang across the globe for the first time ever. Europeans love turbo-charged 4-cylinder engineers because of the lower emissions, increased fuel economy, and low RPM torque. In some European countries, citizens are taxed based on their vehicle’s engine size.   

The all-new interior on the sixth generation Mustang is fighter plane inspired, toggle switches and a speedometer labeled “Ground Speed MPH.” 

The interior is stunning. The new design has turned the unrefined Mustang into a sophisticated vehicle, worthy of ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, and dynamic mood lighting. Their is quite a bit of plastic in the vehicle, but Ford did a fantastic job of dressing it up with stitching accents that make it look like leather. I know I have said it before, but one of the best features of any Ford is Microsoft Sync. It is hands down one of the easiest to use infotainment centers. It offers a wealth of premium features without the need for an expensive data plan (just for your car).

I know the sixth generation Mustang has been out for a while now, but I feel like a kid in a candy store getting my hands on one!

 

Introducing the new Ford Edge

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Ford invited me to experience the all new Ford Edge in Pheonix, Arizona. The 2015 EDGE boasts an all new platform, exterior and interior.

With increase performance and handling on the Sport model, it answers a calling for a performance oriented mid-sized SUV under 50k. The vehicle corners like a sedan and offers less body roll than you would expect for a vehicle in this segment.

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I was extremely impressed with the 2015 Ford EDGE’s ride quality and noise damping. The new body and platform streamlines the vehicle in order to reduce wind resistance.

Inside the all new Ford EDGE is a premium interior with richer leathers and lots of technology. The improved craftsmanship and higher quality materials makes the EDGE feel more like a junior Lincoln than a traditional Ford.

If you are a looking for a sporty SUV with lots of technology and a premium feel, you should definitely check out the 2015 Ford EDGE.