Instead of the sleek and sporty look of the Evos concept, seen above, the 2015 Mustang will probably look, well, like a Mustang.
That makes me sad.
With new architecture and the promise of a new era spanning continents, I had hoped the Mustang would ditch all things retro and forge new paths while going on sale in places like Germany. Instead it appears the mostly new car will be an evolution of the pony car instead of the revolution I had wanted.
Small steps forward are good, but the new car doesn’t seem like it’ll be enough to render the 2013 and 2014 used models obsolete.
First of all, those sculpted new looks will get power from the same engines as the current model. No new turbocharged mills, in 4- or 6-cylinder guise, will lurk under the hood right away. Within the first 3 models years of this new generation, a turbocharged 4-cylinder will probably hit the market along with the possibility of the same EcoBoost V6 from the Taurus SHO.
For now, though, here’s what Car and Driver said:
At launch, the Mustang will be available with the same engine options offered by the current Mustang: a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 and the “Coyote” 5.0-liter V-8, each with the same power ratings as the Mustangs on showroom floors today (305 and 420 horsepower, respectively). Transmissions, too, will carry over at the outset, with shoppers given a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. That will change in the two to three years after launch, when the 10-speed auto being jointly developed with GM will replace the six-speed slushbox.
It’s also notable that the 5.0 GT Mustang could get an upgrade to 500 hp in the months following its launch, while the planned turbo 4 could see 310 ponies.
So we know, in the coming years, the Mustang will see some significant powertrain changes. At launch, though, I’m not seeing anything compelling enough to buy new over used. I know plenty of people will get all upset over the inclusion of a 4-cylinder Mustang and harken back to the days of the underpowered ’86 4-banger, but rest assured the newest model will spawn new and powerful versions of the Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 and Boss 302 as well.
I’m sure the 2015 Mustang will look incredible in person and be worthy of all the second and third looks it gets, but until the retro flavor is gone, I’ll point my sports-car lust in other directions.
Germany, I’m lookin’ at you.
What would you buy for the same money: a new 2015 Mustang or a used Porsche?