Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 23

Video: Drifting – The Right Way to Park a Roush Mustang

Pro Drifter Justin Pawlak shows us why you should never hand the keys to your Roush Mustang over to that random valet guy. The next time you need your 400+ horsepower car parked, it might be worth doing yourself.

Have you ever been in that awkward position that requires you to hand your keys over to a valet, knowing full well he’s probably going to beat hell out of your Mustang as soon as you’re out of sight? It happens, and this video shows what an experienced drifter might do when you’re not around. Granted, pro drifter Justin Pawlak (JTP) probably won’t be the guy parking your Roush like he was in this video, but give me a set of keys to a brand new Roush and I’m probably not heading right to the nearest parking spot either.

And if you like this kinda thing, you might want to check out some Ken Box precision Gorilla drifting. Seriously, just do it.
Roush Mustang - Justin Pawlak

May 22

Spied: New 2015 Mustang Engine Variant – What is it?

Could this be the next SVO or GT350 / SVT S550 Mustang? Pay close attention to the above video and tell us what you hear!

Spotted on the streets last week was this 2015 Mustang. While it seems at first like just another Ford test mule putzing around Dearborn, it gives off an exhaust note that should have you wondering what motor is under the hood.

Flat Plane Crank V8 Mustang - Possible

What Engine is it?

With such a short-lived exhaust note, it’s very difficult to tell if it’s a 4, 6 or 8 cylinder motor. We do know a 2.3L EcoBoost is coming, the Coyote v8 and 3.7L V6 from 2014 will be back and Ford has something in store for a GT500 replacement. It’s most certainly not the Coyote and one would obviously imagine this is not the supercharged V8 Trinity motor found in the current GT500. That leaves the 2.3L turbo 4, naturally aspirated 3.7L or a new engine variant as the only probable possibilities.

Mustang - Flat Plane Crank V8 - Possible Boost GuagesTaking those options one at a time, the 2.3L EcoBoost engine makes sense, at least after you first hear it. Two reasons this 2015 Mustang might not sound like the previous EcoBoost S550s we’ve seen but still be that same motor: 1. The exhaust seems to be a modified quad-tipped system that certainly could change the sound and 2. They could be retooling the 2.3L and creating a higher output, SVO version of the current EcoBoost model. There also appears to be A-pillar gauges that could indicate the car is boosted.

The Flip Side: Taking the devil’s advocate side of that argument, you simply don’t hear the turbo–it does sound like a naturally aspirated vehicle. Those gauges could also simply be performance monitoring additions made by Ford’s testing team for what purpose we won’t know.

Moving on the 3.7L, 305HP V6 that is currently in the 2014 Mustang, we have a serious possibility. Many have said that it does indeed sound like a V6, but does it sound like the Mustang’s 3.7?

The Flip Side: It’s hard to argue with someone saying there’s a V6 under the hood of that Mustang. Frankly, it’s entirely possible this is simply a base model 2015 Mustang, but then why would Ford still be testing that motor this late in the game? It’s also pretty quiet at idle and hits high in the rpm band pretty fast…food for thought.

That leaves what appears to me to be the most likely scenario: Ford is testing a new motor. By my untrained ear, and considering the briefness of the video, this could be almost any engine–4,6 or even 8 cylinder–but does not sound turbo’d. My guess is it’s a N/A car. At this point, you’ve probably heard a whisper or two about Ford working on a flat plane crank (FPC) V8 engine nicknamed (or codenamed, depending on who you ask) “Voodoo.” We briefly covered it back when Ford accidentally leaked the 2015 engine options. If you’ve heard a few FPC V8s before, you wouldn’t rule it out as a possibility, especially given the unique exhaust setup seen on this test mule.

Enough theorizing–tell us what engine you think this is in the comments below.

May 20

2015 Mustang Pricing (GT, V6 & EcoBoost)

2015 Ford Mustang GT

Ford has revealed the pricing for the 2015 Mustang, and there’s more than a couple surprises.

2015 Ford Mustang Pricing (Base Prices – Retail)

*Note: Prices include a $825 Destination & Delivery Charge & Manual Transmission. 6 Speed Auto is a premium upgrade.

Mustang V6 Fastback (050A) – $24,425
Mustang V6 Fastback (051A) – $25,420

2014 Mustang ECOBOOST Fastback (100A) – $25,995
Mustang ECOBOOST Fastback (200A): $29,995
Mustang ECOBOOST Fastback (201A): $31,790

2015 MUSTANG GT Fastback (300A) – $32,925
MUSTANG GT Premium Fastback (400A) – $36,100
MUSTANG GT Premium Fastback (401A) – $38,720
MUSTANG GT 50YR Limited Edition (500A) – $46,995

Mustang V6 Convertible – Not yet available
MUSTANG ECOBOOST Convertible – Not yet available
MUSTANG GT Convertible – Not yet available

2015 Mustang Options With Pricing

50th Anniversary Package – $1595Wimbledon White 2015 Anniversary Mustang GT

6-Speed Automatic Transmission – $1195

GT Performance PKG – $2,495
ECOBOOST Performance Package (67E) – $1995
3.55 Diff – $395

20″ Machined Aluminum Wheels – $1295
19″ Wheels – $995 (GT)
Spare Wheel/Tire – $195
18″ Painted Aluminum Wheels (641) – $155

Wheel Stripe Package (Ecoboost) – $895

Interior2015 Mustang GT - Triple Yellow
Recaros Leather – $1595
Premium Trim Package – $295
Floor Mats – $85

Adaptive Cruise Control (52S) – $1195
Navigation – $795
Enhanced Security Package – $395
Reverse Park Assist – $295

Order Banks Open

First, let’s not overshadow how big of a day this is for enthusiasts who have been waiting to order the 6th Generation Ford Mustang–today you can rejoice in knowing Ford will finally accept deposits. With the opening of order banks, those eagerly awaiting this day are rushing to dealerships to place orders, in some cases, even before they knew what the car would cost. For many, pricing wasn’t the main concern; figuring out what color and available options they wanted was a bigger deal. Others, influenced by the final horsepower and torque numbers for all three motors that Ford will not reveal, are still holding their wallets in anticipation of Ford finally announcing power and weight specs.

Pricing Insights – GT vs. EcoBoost vs. V6

Some noteworthy facts regarding pricing:

  • - The EcoBoost is priced at a $1,570 premium over the base model V6
  • - The base V6 has a premium of $1,090 over the 2014 model
  • - The GT is roughly $7,000 more than the EcoBoost 4 cylinder

Also worth mentioning is that you won’t find a performance package available if you’re looking at picking up a 2015 V6.

Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mustang

While the price of a limited edition (LE) 2015 Oxford While Mustang ($46,995) might scare some, considering the collectability that comes with a 1 out of 1,640 run Mustang that’s essentially a fully loaded GT, the $10k premium starts looking better. The LE 50th cars are also the only 2015 Mustangs being offered with an automatic transmission with the performance package (PP), but do not offer anything in the way of added performance over the PP GT–only cosmetic and interior upgrades. Also, do not expect any X plan pricing on the 50th Anniversary LE Mustangs. If you want X plan pricing, perhaps consider a standard GT with the 50th Anniversary Package.

Missing From The Equation – Power Numbers, Convertibles & The GT350

We’ve known for a while that there will be three motors offered with the 2015 Mustang, but what parts each car may use or how much power they’ll put down is yet to be stated by Ford. Keeping in mind the EcoBoost’s 2.3L is based highly on the Lincoln MKC’s new engine, the V6 is still the same 3.7L from the 2014 Mustang and that a beefed up version of the Coyote will be under the hood of the GT, the estimates Ford did provide should paint a predictable future for each.

Engine Info From Ford:2015 Mustang 4 Cylinder 2.3L Engine Photo 3

- All-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost®, producing more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque and with projected class-leading fuel efficiency

- Upgraded 5.0-liter V8, generating more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque

- Upgraded 3.7-liter V6, producing more than 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque

No Convertibles, Yet…

It’s been said we’ll have to wait for the convertibles until later in the fall, and that still seems to hold true. There is no more information in the ordering banks regarding the convertible models as there was a week or six weeks ago–the wait continues.

The GT350/SVT

With the opening of S550 order banks there is still no sign of a release date or any additional information on a top model replacement vehicle for the current GT500. We’ve seen it testing, got a peek at the interior and know Ford has something special in the works, but it’s looking quite certain that the top-end model S550 will not be available until the 2015 model year.

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