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Meet Josh Parker’s Insane 2015 Mustang EcoBeast

Meet Josh Parker’s Insane 2015 Mustang EcoBeast

Josh Parker turned his wife's 2015 Mustang Ecoboost into an EcoBeast Read More

Ford offers us the keys to a fleet of 2018 Mustangs and who are we to say no
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Ford offers us the keys to a fleet of 2018 Mustangs and who are we to say no

With a full day behind the wheel of the 2018 Mustang we’re ready to Read More

First Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT

First Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT

Sleek, athletic, smart, and powerful—that describes the 2018 Ford Read More

Kevin’s 2017 Magnetic Mustang GT Is Show & Go

Kevin’s 2017 Magnetic Mustang GT Is Show & Go

Up next for this 2017 Magnetic Mustang GT are headers, wheels, and a Read More

Jerry is Living the Life In His Ruby Red 2017 Mustang GT

Jerry is Living the Life In His Ruby Red 2017 Mustang GT

Retiree Jerry Lyle, 68, is living the life in his 2017 Mustang GT in Read More

One of a kind Shelby GT350 with a lot of carbon goodness

One of a kind Shelby GT350 with a lot of carbon goodness

Tommy Liveoak’s one of a kind Carbon Fiber Shelby GT350. Read More

Carbon Fiber S550: Yes, this is the real thing!

Carbon Fiber S550: Yes, this is the real thing!

A look at SpeedKore’s all carbon fiber S550 Mustang GT. Read More

Under Pressure: Racing Pikes Peak in a Twin-Turbo Mustang

Under Pressure: Racing Pikes Peak in a Twin-Turbo Mustang

It’s more than the mountain’s altitude, the week’s Read More

ProCharged S550 Shelby GT350 Makes 841 hp

ProCharged S550 Shelby GT350 Makes 841 hp

Ford really nailed it with one of its latest performance machines, the Read More

MRT’s Double-Blown Sport Touring 2017 Ford Mustang Project

MRT’s Double-Blown Sport Touring 2017 Ford Mustang Project

Full feature on MRT’s EcoBoost Mustang. Read More

Introducing Roush’s P51 Mustang, a 727HP Ride

Introducing Roush’s P51 Mustang, a 727HP Ride

The P-51 Mustang fighter plane gave the Ford Mustang its name, and Read More

Beautiful 2016 GT California Special Is His Third Mustang

Beautiful 2016 GT California Special Is His Third Mustang

Reader from Orlando shares his beautiful 2016 Ford Mustang California Read More

Ultimate Shelby Dream Garage

Ultimate Shelby Dream Garage

A reader shares a trio of Shelby Mustangs in his dream garage. Read More

George Farmer’s 2015 Ford Mustang GT looks hot, stomps hard

George Farmer’s 2015 Ford Mustang GT looks hot, stomps hard

NFL running back George Farmer’s modified 2015 Ford Mustang. Read More

2016 5.0 Performance Pack GT Awesomely Bad

2016 5.0 Performance Pack GT Awesomely Bad

This beautiful red 2016 Performance Package Mustang 5.0L is owned by Read More

About

Ford Motor Company dropped the curtain on the 2015 Mustang on December 5th, 2013 in six different cities, on four different continents. It was a massive unveiling by any account, and marked the 50th anniversary of the famous pony car as well as the era of the "S550." Though production and sales would not occur until the following year, Ford was quick to get the word out about the new model and its many enhancements.

Whereas many of the previous generations in the modern era could easily be deemed a simple evolutionary design when it comes to the chassis, the 2015 Mustang, or S550 as the new platform was dubbed internally, is a considerable departure in utilizing an independent rear suspension (IRS) on all models. The simplicity and durability of the former solid axle gave way for better ride quality and world-class handling capability. Both the rear and front suspension were clean-sheet designs, an integral-link rear suspension was designed to equal or surpass the previous Boss 302, and the front uses a MacPherson strut arrangement with double-ball joints and twin lower links (rather than A-arms). The S550 retains the same 107-inch wheelbase as its S197 predecessor, and electric-assist power steering.

Prior to its initial launch, Ford announced several other improvements over last year’s offering in the performance department. A throwback to 1986, the S550 marked the return of a fearsome trio of engines – a turbo 4-cylinder, V-6, and a 5.0L V-8. This go-round, though, every engine offered over 300 horsepower, and was designed specifically for the Mustang. The 2.3L Ecoboost, 3.7L V-6, and Coyote 5.0L all received revisions to make them more potent than ever. And each engine was backed by either a 6-speed manual or paddle-shifted automatic transmission with matching improvements in shifting. The brakes are no slouch on the S550 either, as the V-6 Mustang uses a 2-piston caliper and 12-inch rotor combo, while the Ecoboost and GT have 14-inch rotors and 4-piston calipers. There is also a massive 15-inch rotor, 6-piston caliper for track rats available on the GT. Wheel and tire combos start at 17x7.5 with 235/55R17 on the V-6 and Ecoboost, and 18x8 with 235/50R18 on the GT (with larger wheels optional up to 19x9.5).

The 2015 Mustang is a departure from the retro styling that re-launched the brand in 2005, though it uses several design queues from older generations such as the C-pillar, which is reminiscent of a fastback. The defined B-pillar of the S197 has been traded for a seamless design that appears a modern take on the late ‘60s and ‘70s Mustangs. The front and rear fascia are devoid of the hard edges that made the S197 retro, and instead uses a more rounded approach. The wrap-around headlights flow into the flared and muscular fenders, which contribute to the wider body. By pushing the A-pillar back and adding space between the cowl and front wheels, the hood and fenders have been lengthened. The hood, roof, and decklid have all been lowered, which effectively sinks the greenhouse into the body and makes the shoulders much more pronounced. The front grille is a sultry, large open mouth, and the front fascia is now flush with the fenders. The rear end is appropriately capped off with angled tribar taillights, which are showcased by the blacked-out rear panel, and a diffuser below.

As modern as the exterior may feel, Ford intended to surpass those expectations in the interior and electronics. Track Apps, launch control, tire pressure monitoring, and a number of toggles for different driving modes – Normal, Sport, Track, and Snow – that are integrated with the stability control system keep the driver tuned into the performance. Meanwhile push button start, SYNC AppLink, MyKey, MyColor gauges, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, remote starting and window-open are just a few of the many high-tech gadgets in which the 2015 is equipped. The style of the interior, though, is not entirely "techy." In fact, it has an aeronautical inspiration that even seems to borrow from the Ford GT with its toggle switches. Seating position is lower than the S197, and there is more hip and shoulder room for rear seat occupants. The trunk is also larger, and there is a wider pass-through from the rear seats.