Video: AmericanMuscle’s Official Review of the 2015 Mustang GT

2015 Mustang GT Review

You’ve probably heard some of what the outside world has to say about the new 2015 Mustang, now here it from the very people who build, race and drive America’s ponycar every day. AmericanMuscle brings you a through overview of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT.

A Global Ponycar

It’s been known for some time now that with the release of the S550 comes the first ever global Mustang. Now people from California to Berlin can enjoy all the emotions and inspiring creations the Mustang has brought us over the last 50 years. The Ford Mustang will surely continue being enjoyed by enthusiasts through its 6th rendition and there’s plenty of New with this car to be excited about.

Very few cars in history have received so much publicity and attention leading up to their release as did the S550 Mustang, and as such, it’s easy to overlook the more impressive features and improvements over the last version and focus solely on the visuals. So before we begin dissecting, keep in mind that nearly every aspect of this car has been completely rethought and tinkered with in some way–this simply is not a re-skinned S197 Chassis!

Engine Performance

Little needs to be said here. It’s a reworked 5.0L Coyote motor with many of the forged internals from the previous Boss 302. Horsepower can be expected to look something like this:

93 Octane Stock RWHP/RWTQ: 381/359

93 Octane Bama Tuned RWHP/RWTQ: 402/382

93 Bama Tune w/JLT Intake RWHP/RWTQ: 412/382

Yep, that’s more than enough HP/TQ to melt those factory-fresh tires. Moving on…

2015 Mustang GT Front Grille - Stock2015 Mustang GT Tail Lights Up CloseExterior Styling – A New Era For The Mustang

Before you pull out the Fusion pitchforks and lambaste this car as “not being Mustang enough” just follow Justin as he takes you over each exterior aspect. When you break it down, it’s hard to argue this car doesn’t fall right in line with previous generations. It’s arguable that the S550 actually has taken more of its looks from a wider variety of past Mustangs than any other generation before it. You have the expected styling of the S197 and 1960s Mustangs seen in the car’s front grille, as well as plenty more 60s cosmetics like gill-shaped daytime running lights and the fastback rear. Some also say the car has a New Edge feel to it with its sharp, tight-skinned body lines and heat extracting hood that closely mimics that found on stock 2003-2004 Cobras.

One of the tougher to swallow visual aspects brought on by the 2015 is the color matched rear valance. While some enthusiasts are fans, many more have voiced a level of disapproval that ranges from being mildly unsatisfied with the look to placing a plasti-dip or repaint at the top of their mod list. With so many aftermarket options for the 2015 Mustang set to hit shelves, it’s hard to not wonder why Ford didn’t leave the color matching to owners instead of making it a factory option.

2015 Mustang GT Interior ReviewA Much Better Interior

The 2015 Mustang’s cockpit is a fully refined version of the S197. Many of the quirks–like the cup holders preventing you from shifting and enjoying a Big Gulp during the same road trip–found in the previous GT have been eliminated. What you’re left with is less cheap feeling plastic, more billet interior pieces that are actually forged out of metal and a steering wheel that begs to be thrashed back and forth throughout windy back roads or smoky doughnuts. This car hugs the road, and the steering wheel delivers all the car touches without the harshness found in solid rear axle Mustangs of the past.

New Features

The 2015 Mustang now comes with selectable driving modes–a different setting for different road conditions and performance levels. Steering, engine performance and stability control are all custom-tailored based on which setting you tell the computer to obey. If you’re a person who tracks the car often or burnout junkie, Ford has something special for you folks. Built-in Line Lock and Launch Control features come standard on the GT, so no more brake stands in the burnout box or less than optimal launching rpms. Less stress on your braking system equals less broken and replaced parts down the line.

Key-less entry is another breath of fresh air for the Ford Mustang. You no longer need to insert a key or even use an unlock button, simply carry the fob in your pocket and you’ll still have full access to locking and unlocking the car, as well as starting the motor. Automatics receive the added benefit of remote start–a very undervalued feature for those of us in the cold states.

Rolling 2015 Competition Orange GTDriving Impressions

Everything else aside, this is still a Mustang with a 5.0L V8–of course it’s awesome! As anyone who has had the pleasure of driving a 11-14 GT knows, the Coyote motor shreds tires and blurs the road in front of you each and every time you stab the gas pedal. But we’re not here to tell you what you already know–what makes you want to experience the 2015 Mustang over the 2014 model is simply drive-ability and road feel.

The MT-82 has a new clutch and new syncros for better shifting, though you’ll probably still want to keep a new short throw shifter on your mod list.

2015 Mustang GT Rolling ShotThe new Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) let’s the 2015 Mustang GT beat the 2012-2013 Boss 302 around a track–no lie. Not only does it beat the Boss, it handles much better and the ride quality difference is equivalent to making the switch from Analog to HDTV. The IRS gives you a ride that is clearer, more defined and void of the harshness you’ve come to expect from the Mustang’s traditional solid rear axle. It’s one of those situations where you’ll have had no idea how good it could get until making the switch. Test drive one and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

However, the IRS does come with one major downside and that’s wheel-hop. As you may have seen in our 2015 Mustang burnout video or during our track time with the 2015 GT, wheel hop is still a major issue, much as it was with the 2003-2004 Cobra. If you’re a straight-line kinda guy or gal, you’ll want to upgrade your drivetrain to help deal with wheel-hop issues at it will be you 60-ft time’s biggest enemy.

Final Thoughts

This is the first rendition of a new era of American muscle cars–a hybrid of the completely raw, untamed American V8s of the past and the smooth driving, feature-heavy sports cars pioneered by European manufacturers. The traditional understanding of a muscle car or ponypar has evolved, and with it the Mustang as well. Now you have a 400+ horsepower V8 capable of a 12 second quarter mile that’s also comfortable and capable enough to drive across the country as soon as you leave the track. No longer do you need to install hot rod mods like Line Lock or swap in an IRS if you’re road coursing, Ford accomplished this before the car ever left the factory. You don’t need to choose between a quarter mile monster or daily driver worthy of more than a few extra looks. Technology has brought the automobile a long way since the 1960s, and we’re now entering a time when we can have our cake and eat it, too.

Video: Bama Performance Makes Over 400RWHP Tuning A Stock 2015 GT

The Bama Team made some big power gains with on the AmericanMuscle 2015 Mustang GT on the dyno; you won’t believe the power it put down! Bama Performance has been at the forefront of Mustang Tuning for some time and continues to stay at the tuning forefront for the 2015 Mustang. After spending some time tuning our 2015 EcoBoost Mustang, Bama shifted their focus over to the 2015 GT and its revised coyote motor.

Stock Performance

Immediately upon receiving our 2015 Mustang GT, we drove it right onto our dyno to see what kind of numbers it was putting down. In stock form, our 2015 GT put down 381 RWHP and 359 RWTQ as a baseline with 93 octane in the tank. Once the Bama Team had their stock numbers, they wasted no time at all getting into the ECU of the 2015 to start developing more power.

2015 Mustang on the Dyno2015 Mustang Tuning

The members of the Bama Performance Team are experts at tuning Mustangs and had no issue making more power with 2015 Mustang. After adjusting the Mustang’s computer parameters, the Bama Team rolled the 2015 Mustang GT back on to the dyno to see the gains they made. After tuning, the 2015 Mustang GT  put down an incredible 402 RWHP and 382 RWTQ.

Seeing ashow more and more 2015 Mustang parts keep coming out, Bama decided to keep things going by throwing on a 2015 Mustang cold air intake from JLT Performance.  The 2015 JLT Cold Air Intake features a 110mm MAF housing and a large reusable filter that allows for the robust coyote engine to breathe easier. After tuning the 2015 GT with the JLT CAI, it put down 412 RWHP and 382 RWTQ.

To simplify the power growth of our 2015 Mustang GT:

93 Octane Stock RWHP/RWTQ: 381/359

93 Octane Bama Tuned RWHP/RWTQ: 402/382

93 Bama Tune w/JLT Intake RWHP/RWTQ: 412/382

2015 Mustang GT Tuned by Bama Performance

Within the dyno graph, there are curve gains of 27RWHP and 42 RWTQ. The Bama Team found that tuning the 15 GT was similar to tuning the out going 14 GT with some minor differences. For starters, there are 12 additional spark and torque tables thanks to the charge motion control valves. The Bama Team also remarked that the 2015 Mustang relies more heavily on torque calculations than previous generations.

With nothing more then a 2015 Mustang Tuner, the Bama Team was able to make huge gains out of the new coyote motor; one can only imagine what the Bama Performance Team has in store for the future!

2015 Mustang GT Tuned by Bama Performance 2015-mustang-gt-bama-tuned Black 2015 Mustang GT Burnout 2015 Mustang on the Dyno 2015 Mustang GT Engine Photo 2015 Mustang Being Dyno Tuned 2015 Mustang GT Strapped to the Dyno

Ford readying dozen+ Mustang models for SEMA

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Galpin Auto Sport 2015 Ford Mustang

2015 Ford Mustang Petty Garage show car for SEMA 2014 - rendering Ford is unsurprisingly bringing a herd of its new 2015 Mustang models to next month's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Over a dozen of them are arriving from top aftermarket outfits like Galpin Auto Sports, Steeda, Roush and others. The Blue Oval isn't just shining a spotlight on the V8 model, though. The new EcoBoost 2.3-liter version with 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque is also getting its time in the sun.

Among the shined-up ponies will be a showcar helping Galpin celebrate the Mustang's golden anniversary, with the car is covered in the precious metal. The black paint over the body has gold flecks in it, and the wheels, side sills, brake calipers and badges all match, as well. However, it takes more than something shiny to truly impress at SEMA, and Galpin's Mustang also packs a Whipple supercharger for the 5.0-liter V8, boosting the bottom line to 725 horsepower. Take that, Hellcat. There's even a window in the hood to look through, not unlike a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The coupe also wears new headlights with LED turn signals that activate in sequence, just like the taillights, and the interior features black-and-gold Recaro seats.

Also set for its SEMA debut is an MRT showcar that takes the EcoBoost Mustang for a gallop with its TKO treatment. The black and orange two-tone car has been designed to incorporate select road racing elements. Mechanical upgrades include 14-inch brake rotors with new ducts, a Vortech air-to-air intercooler and an Air Lift suspension. The Mustang also shows off the company's products for added style and performance including a hood with integrated heat extractors and a unique front splitter.

Also in the mix, Petty's Garage will show a Mustang featuring a Roush supercharged engine, and it's painted in Richard Petty's famous No. 43 livery (inset). The car will later be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson for charity.

SEMA certainly looks like quite a corral for the latest Mustang. Scroll down to read the press releases from Ford, Galpin and MRT about what they have in store.

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Ford readying 2015 F-150 drift truck for SEMA

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Vaughn Gittin Ford F-150 SEMA 2014 drift truck

Between the Mustangs you'd find in Formula D and the Fiestas in the Global and World rallycross championships, there's no shortage of Ford drift cars on the scene. But at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Blue Oval automaker intends to show off a different kind of drift machine.

Created in collaboration with driftmeister Vaughn Gittin, Jr., this custom F-150 has been designed for "on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping." It's got a suspension with components from Kibbetech King and Air Lift Performance to give it 12 inches of travel and comes packed with 5 Recaro seats. Other details remain limited, but if the rendering above is anything to go by, it ought to be pretty awesome.

Alongside the Gittin truck, Ford will also be showcasing another F-150 designed together with freestyle motorcross rider Brian Deegan, packing the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a long list of enhancements. Between these two trucks, Ford hopes to extend its winning streak for the Hottest Truck award that it's taken four years running now. Feel free to read more in the press release below.

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2015 Ford Mustang already under recall, but just 53 units

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2015 Ford Mustang

Ford has issued a small - but significant - recall for one of its spotlight cars: the 2015 Mustang.

The recall affects just 53 cars, with 50 in the United States and three in Canada. Ford said the passenger side safety belt buckle tension sensor may not have been calibrated properly by the supplier. This could lead to "misclassification" of the passenger seat occupant, and could cause the airbag to deploy improperly.

A Ford spokesperson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement, the automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries, and dealers will replace the buckle assembly at no cost to customers. The cars affected were built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan from Aug. 18 to Oct. 2.

Along with the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150, the Mustang is one of the most important launches for the Blue Oval this year. The Mustang, which has fresh styling, a new suspension and uses turbocharging, is attempting to retrench Ford's position as a leader in sports cars against strong competition from traditional Detroit rivals Chevy and Dodge.

Scroll through Ford's statement for more details.

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