Car and Driver has been doing their 10 Best list for eons (i.e. 33 years), and the Ford Mustang has placed nine times since 1983. With the new 2015 Mustang on the street, should it be any surprise that it has made C&D‘s 2014 list?
“Dive into a series of challenging turns in the 2015 Mustang and you’re not driving a car, you’re wearing wheels,” C&D commented. “It reminds us that driving a great car can be play, something that even grownups enjoy.”
When the 2015 Mustang made the list for the first time in 1983, it was just after the return of the 5.0 V8 and the GT. The magazine heaped praise on the pony car’s performance and styling, saying, “Everybody we know who’s bought one thinks it’s the greatest thing since draft beer.” The Mustang couldn’t even attain 200 horsepower in those years, but its potential was fulfilled in 1987 with a 225-horse reign that proved to make the Mustang the 1955-57 Chevy of the modern era.
But today is a different story. It wasn’t too long that the Mustang Cobra struggled to get into the 13s (okay, a lie − mid-13s) almost 20 years ago, but now we live in an age where the V6 is performing almost as well. “It’s a huge honor to have the 2015 Mustang GT recognized on Car and Driver’s 10Best list,” said Mustang chief engineer, Dave Pericak. “The substantial amount of time and effort our engineering team put into Mustang has paid off; we’re hopeful that the car has a substantial presence on the 10Best list for years to come.”
Aside of the base V6, the all-new 2.3L EcoBoost is the SVO incarnate, using direct injection, variable cam timing, and a twin-scroll turbocharger to give 310 horsepower. The Europeans will dig that one, but it’s bound to be popular with Americans hankering for a Euro-coupe but whose interest has been piqued by the Red/White/Blue. Otherwise, those more inclined to good ol’ American torque will be going for the V8-powered Mustang GT, which puts out 435 horsepower. And Ford just announced the 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350 . . . and we hear Ford has a few things up its sleeve.
Is it any wonder that the Mustang is the most-“liked” car on Facebook with 8 million thumbs-up?