One thing that professionals who have taken automotive courses for a career in auto repair certainly understand is the difference between a V8 Mustang and an entry level V6 version. For the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, it looks like Ford is stirring the pot by adding a new vehicle to its entry-level collection.
Introducing the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost. It’s an entry-level Mustang, but any automotive technician should be happy to look under its hood. Here’s why:
Faster, More Powerful, Still Compact
This new compact vehicle offers enough speed and power to make you forget it’s not one of the top-of-the-line Mustangs. The specs for this vehicle include:
- 310 horsepower
- 320 pound-feet of torque
- Turbo-charged 2.3 litre four cylinder engine
- Between 2,500 and 6,000 rpm
- Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just over 5 seconds
- Electric power-assisted steering
- GT wheelbase on the premium model
- Dual exhaust
- 6-speed automatic transmission
To put things a bit more in perspective, try comparing these features and numbers to luxury cars like the BMW 435i or even older GT models, and you’ll see how the Mustang Ecoboost really compares favourably to some of the top cars out there. It’s only when you compare it to the latest V8 vehicles that bear the same Ford Mustang name that it falls short, though not by much.
Looks and Feels Like a Mustang
To say that the new Ecoboost is nice to look at is a bit of an understatement. This is a sleek, stylish car both in the cabin and outside. Here is some of what you get:
- Fastback shape
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Recaro brand cloth-front sport seats (optional upgrade for models with an ebony interior)
- HID headlamps
- Mustang chin and rear spoilers
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Sirius XM HD radio (also with the premium package)
One potential drawback to the vehicle many commentators have remarked on is the sound it makes. While this may be a very smooth ride, it’s also a bit of a noisy one. This is an issue with many high-output four-cylinder cars, and one which Ford hasn’t properly resolved yet.
Others, though, have claimed that the engine sound the car puts out is fake, and if you remove one fuse in particular, you don’t hear anything. YouTuber SubaruWRXFan decided to test that rumour and found that the sound was real. You can watch his test here:
Are you excited by the new 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost? What does this vehicle mean for the future of entry level sports cars?