Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
April 10, 2014

5.0 Feedback

Stripped Down

I prefer the stripped-down, all-go version of cars. I want to be completely disconnected from the world when I’m behind the wheel banging through the gears. The only exception for me is digital music. As much as I too get nostalgic when I think back to slamming the huge eight-track tapes into the dash, the media music gets better and smaller with each passing generation. 

I don’t need to tweet, text, compute, or whatever. The rumble and screams of the engine are enough stimulation for me with Sammy Hagar yelling in the background. My Shelby was bought off the showroom floor, so I didn’t pick the options, but it only has two: HID headlamps and a Shaker 1000. If I could’ve ordered it any way I wanted in a perfect world, I would’ve left off the Shaker, SYNC, air conditioning, power windows, and power seat. I wouldn’t want launch control either, or my own in-dash dragstrip. But that’s just me. Don’t even get me started on paddle shifters...

Dale Carriker
West Caldwell, NJ

Thanks for writing in, Dale. To each his own, they say. You are going to be hard pressed to find a modern car with roll-up windows and manual locks, but you were able to shed a lot of options on your ride. That’s the beauty of making such tech optional.

He Likes It

In reply to your Bench Racer question of what we thought of the new Mustang. I like it. I’m glad it still looks like a Mustang. I was afraid it was going to be too Euro, but it looks good. I wouldn’t sell my ’06 GT for one but it’s a good transition into the next 10 years. I am waiting to see what the Cobra will look like. By the way, I subscribed to two other Mustang mags in the past, but enjoy yours the most, so now I only get one. My favorite articles are the ones related to road racing.

John Musial
Via email

It seems the latest Mustang is a polarizing figure for most enthusiasts. Some love it, and some hate it. We tend to believe that the haters will mellow over time. Clearly the S550 has European aspirations, but it seems like a great first step toward taking the beloved pony car in a more modern direction. Oh, and thanks for buying into what we are doing around here. We appreciate the support.

Full Coverage

Great viewpoint and comprehensive coverage of the birth of the S550! It beats Car and Driver’s and Motor Trend’s paltry efforts hands down. Are they GM shills?

Since you asked, I was in love with the ’15 Mustang before I even saw it. I was in Dearborn for the Mustang Memories show in 2012 and visited the test track, SVT shop and Flat Rock assembly plant. I could sense the enthusiasm the engineers and designers had for the project way back then. I knew Ford would unveil a truly world-class sports car with global appeal. When I first saw the Mustang on Good Morning, America, with Mr. Mulally bursting with pride, I was completely awed. I can hardly wait to see the cars in person in April at Charlotte. I heard that test drives might be available!

I have already called my dealer to let him know I will be placing my order for a Ruby Red one in the fall.

Art Kelly
Birmingham, AL

Thanks for the kind words regarding our coverage, Art. We’d have loved to provide even more detail, but it seemed as though some aspects of the car were still being finalized at the time of our visit. Ford had us from the moment they said that beating the Boss 302 around the race track was the goal for the S550. Knowing how good the Boss was, means this car should be a serious performer. The car is definitely better in person, so enjoy checking it out at the MCA 50th anniversary show. We’ll be there too.

Not A Fan

It’s a sad day in the Mustang community in my view of the latest addition to Ford. I would consider myself a huge fan of the Mustang and the longevity of years it’s survived and looking at its evolution, but all good things must unfortunately come to an end.

I own a ’93 GT that I’ve had since 2005; it had 36,000 original miles on it when I bought it. This past year I added an ’09 V-6 convertible to my stable, and both cars are my favorite because you can see evolution from past Mustangs in them. Well, you can see it in the ’09; the Fox not so much.

I have to admit I am certainly not a fan of the ’15 Ford Mustang/Fusion. It’s sad to see a great line of cars come to an end, but I just cannot get over the fact that they just took a Fusion and slapped a running horse on the front and called it a Mustang. This new Mustang will never find its way into my driveway. I’d sooner drive a Bow Tie than this car.

Tim Handy
Macomb, MI

We’re sorry that you don’t approve of the ’15 Mustang styling, Tim. You are certainly not alone in having a negative first impression of the car. Keep in mind that Ford tends to refresh its cars every couple of years, so you might like the next iteration better. Even if you don’t the good news is you have 50 years of previous Mustangs at your disposal. There’s no need to hastily move to Brand X.


Short Times

Our own Senior Tech Editor KJ Jones took home two prestigious awards this past January: the NMCA West Ambassador of the Year award and the MPMC Robert E. Petersen Media Award. Both awards recognized KJ’s ongoing contributions to the world of motorsports, and we couldn’t be more proud of him. Congratulations!... 5.0&SF feature car alum, the Mothers Polish RTR Spec 3 sold for $110,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The entire proceeds of the auction benefit the TGen Foundation, which funds research to cure myriad ailments, including autism, brain tumors, diabetes, melanoma, and pancreatic cancer... Sam Pack, a Ford dealer from Texas, purchased the rights to the first retail ’15 Mustang for $300,000 at the Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona. The proceeds of the auction benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.