The 2015 Ford Mustang is one of the most anticipated new vehicle of the year. And the redesigned and iconic Mustang was just unveiled by the Detroit-based automaker.
While in the past some of the comparisons against the BMW M3 or Porsche 911 were called absurd, with the new generation Mustang GT the tone of voice may change. According to the automaker, the Mustang GT aimed to move away from the comparison with the Camaro and rather look at the BMW M3 and Porsche 911 as a benchmark.
So what does it mean? First, the goal is to shy away from the renowned straight line performance and rather focus on “world-class” handling. In other words, the Mustang gets an European pedigree.
The new Mustang GT retains the current model’s 107.1-inch wheelbase, but it’s one fifth of an inch shorter overall. The most dynamic change of dimension, though, is the width. The rear track has been stretched from 62.1 to 64.9 inches, and the car is 1.5 inches wider overall. Finally, it’s 1.4 inches lower than the today’s car.
Another big change comes from the inside. For completely redesign the Mustang’s cabin, giving it a more premium look. The designers are using higher quality materials and trim, while retaining its sporty look.
Under the hood the Mustang gets a series of three different engines. At the lower end, the Mustang features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The 3.7-liter V6 will remain as the base engine, while the GT will feature the 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Ford has yet to release performance data, but the GT model will apparently feature more than 420hp and 390lb-ft.
How will the new Mustang fare against the upcoming BMW M3/M4? We’ll find out in late 2014.