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KAR Motorsports’ 1,000hp 2015 Ford Mustang S550 Is a Carbon Fiber Knockout

KAR Motorsports’ 1,000hp 2015 Ford Mustang S550 Is a Carbon Fiber Knockout

Carlos Gomez' S550 is as much a looker as a tough-as-nails stomper! Read More

Stage 3 Performance 2015 S550 Ford Mustang Is Supercharged, Juiced, and Hell on Wheels

Stage 3 Performance 2015 S550 Ford Mustang Is Supercharged, Juiced, and Hell on Wheels

Sam Soto’s 2015 S550 Ford Mustang features a Vortech supercharger, Read More

Ice Nine’s Widebody 2015 S550 Ford Mustang: Bold, Brash & Boosted

Ice Nine’s Widebody 2015 S550 Ford Mustang: Bold, Brash & Boosted

From the northern reaches of metro Detroit’s urban sprawl, the Ice Read More

Vortech’s S550 EcoBoost Cooler Upgrade Keeps Heat Soak Away and Adds Power With Minimal Effort
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Vortech’s S550 EcoBoost Cooler Upgrade Keeps Heat Soak Away and Adds Power With Minimal Effort

The upside of any forced induction system is that is shoves more air Read More

Wheeling the Shelby Super Snake: A 750-Plus Horsepower Street King
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Wheeling the Shelby Super Snake: A 750-Plus Horsepower Street King

Stepping up to the 750-plus package offers your choice of Kenne Bell Read More

First Drive: Shelby GT EcoBoost - Big Bang from a Small Engine!
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First Drive: Shelby GT EcoBoost - Big Bang from a Small Engine!

Shelby has now put its touches on the newest member of the pony Read More

This 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Is One Sweet S550

This 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium Is One Sweet S550

Tony Gettemy has owned plenty of Mustangs over time—23 to be Read More

Summertime Bliss in a 2015 Ford S550 Ragtop Mustang

Summertime Bliss in a 2015 Ford S550 Ragtop Mustang

You’re looking at one of the earliest fitments of a Ford Read More

First Drive: 2016 Shelby GT350 & GT350R Mustangs

First Drive: 2016 Shelby GT350 & GT350R Mustangs

Ford has captured the essence of the original Shelby GT350 and created Read More

Eddie Rios’ Fully Loaded & Street-Driven 2015 Ford Mustang S550

Eddie Rios’ Fully Loaded & Street-Driven 2015 Ford Mustang S550

Eddie Rios knows fast. As the owner of Addiction Motorsports in Canoga Read More

2015 Super Snake Track Test: Pressing “Go” on the 750hp Shelby Mustang
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2015 Super Snake Track Test: Pressing “Go” on the 750hp Shelby Mustang

The latest Super Snake thrills with explosive power and race-inspired Read More

Making the 2015 Shelby GT350 a Winner on the Sales Floor and at the Racetrack

Making the 2015 Shelby GT350 a Winner on the Sales Floor and at the Racetrack

At the car’s debut at Watkins Glen on June 26, 2015, driver Scott Read More

Kenneth Chen’s Daily Driven 2015 Ford Mustang GT Does It All

Kenneth Chen’s Daily Driven 2015 Ford Mustang GT Does It All

Atlanta resident Kenneth Chen wasted no time getting his daily driven Read More

A Close Look at Kenne Bell’s 2.8L Twin-Screw S550 Mustang Supercharger
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A Close Look at Kenne Bell’s 2.8L Twin-Screw S550 Mustang Supercharger

Adding boost to any Coyote motor is always rewarding, especially if it Read More

Badass 2015 Mustang S550 That’s Equally at Home on the Dragstrip and at a Show

Badass 2015 Mustang S550 That’s Equally at Home on the Dragstrip and at a Show

Watson chose to go the drag-warrior route, creating this purposeful 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.