I think it’s safe to say that Top Gear is a respected and trusted source of automotive news and opinion. When the television hosts or blog writers give an opinion, the world tends to listen.
When I saw the headline that the British blokes had driven the upcoming 2015 Mustang, I prepared myself to read about Ford’s still-inferior performance, interior, steering, yada, yada, yada.
Instead what I read was an absolutely glowing take on the pony car that has taken 50 years to finally arrive on UK shores. That’s great for them, but what will it mean to Mustang purists here in the United States?
In the UK, the new Mustang will be offered with an EcoBoost 4-cylinder or the same V8 sold here. In the U.S., we will also get a naturally aspirated V6 as the base engine, with the 4-cylinder being a step up. There’s no doubt in my mind that the V8 will continue to offer the throaty and fast Mustang experience fans here have come to know and love, but can the 4-cylinder still pass as a Mustang?
Allow me to quote one section of the Top Gear article, which was posted in a Q&A format:
Would the EcoBoost Stang give a GT86 a run for its money?
It wouldn’t just give it a run, it would smash its face in. The new Stang has a stack more grip, more power, more torque and is an altogether bigger, faster car.
Suddenly the Mustang isn’t just competing with the likes of other muscle cars like the new Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Camaro—it will take on small coupes like the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ as well.
For 2015, the Mustang has dropped much of what has always made it a Mustang. It has finally grown out of its retro phase and into a more sleek and modern look. It has the aforementioned 4-cylinder, and it has, for the first time, an independent rear suspension.
Personally, these changes make me more likely to look toward a Mustang to fill my sports-car desires, but I know there are plenty of old-school Mustang lovers who will limit themselves to the used market for future ‘Stang purchases.
Expect the 2015 Mustang to begin arriving on dealer lots next month.
Are you a new Mustang or old Mustang type of person?