You know the Ford Focus ST, right? For the most part, it’s kind of a half-way point to the Focus RS, yet fully capable of handling many of the pocket rockets available around the world. So what if the ST treatment was given to the 2015 Mustang?
The completely-overhauled 2015 Mustang is already available with the base 3.7L V6, the turbo-charged four-cylinder EcoBoost, the rev-happy GT V8, and the upcoming Shelby GT350, with the possible inclusion of the rumored GT350R to boot. The logica conclusion is that the Mustang ST would/could be inserted between the EcoBoost and the GT models of the ‘Stang.
Road & Track is making that suggestion, even rendering this most modern of Mustangs, while pointing out that the 310-horse EcoBoost has already been shown by tuners to be fully capable of being pushed to 400 horses. For the Mustang EcoBoost to become a Mustang ST, all that’s would be left to do is to bolt on some GT Performance Package items, such as additional bracing, bigger sway bars, stiffer springs, better-performing dampers, and massive Brembo six-piston brakes, plus a 3.73 axle (housed in a Torsen differential), and put all of down on 19-inch wheels.
Visually, the Mustang ST rendering features aero effects similar to the Focus ST, including a revised front fascia with the mesh grille insert and an aggressive splitter, plus some memorable side skirts. Inside, the proposed Mustang ST would include Recaros, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and other accoutrements.
So what would this enthusiast’s vision cost? According the R&T, the Mustang ST could be affordable, to the tune of being priced within $5,000 or $6,000 of the cost of a base car. It would start at $31,170, which is ever so slightly less than a base Mustang GT.
Ford — are you listening?